Black Founders Fund

Anthony Edwards Jr

EatOkra Inc

EatOkra supports a vibrant community of consumers and business owners that honor and preserve the culinary heritage and history of the African diaspora. Available on iPhone and Android, the elegant and easy-to-use mobile app allows consumers to find the best Black-owned food outlets nearby and feed their souls by claiming their power as conscious buyers.

Anthony Edwards Jr

Anthony Edwards, Jr. | CEO / Founder

Anthony Edwards, Jr. is a rising star in the technology that created EatOkra – his first solo developed app that has become an award-winning, fast rising apps and companies within the app space.

Anthony is a team leader with the ability to teach, mentor, motivate, maximize productivity and improve efficiency of an organization. Anthony is a full stack developer who’s primary languages are React Native, Ruby on Rails, Ruby, Javascript, HTML, and CSS. and joined BuildingBlok as a junior full stack developer in 2014.

In 2019, he was promoted to the role of CTO at BuildingBlok who’s software manages over 50 thousand projects worth over 800 million. At BuildingBlok, Anthony organizes scrum meetings, designs & writes tests, assigns tasks, and trains his team members. In 2018, Anthony started his own software development and consulting company LillyBytes. He works one on one with business owners and provides a software solution as well as technical review documents used to implement his clients vision.

Anthony is a proud military veteran of nine years and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom 2006-2007 as an avionics technical repairer. He was a shop maintenance manager and managed over twenty soldiers daily activities. Anthony is a graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Janique Edwards, COO | Co-Founder

Janique is a team leader with the ability to connect, organize, maximize productivity and improve program efficiency and started her career with the Department of Homeland Security as a Mission Support Specialist providing administrative support services to smaller subdivisions within the agency. In 2017, she was promoted to the role of a Management and Program Analyst, where she currently uses her skills to examine and execute administrative support programs with the goal of increasing agency productivity.

As COO / Co-Founder of EatOkra, Janique focuses on sourcing and managing business data to attract more users, while developing the company’s brand identity and mission. The company now includes a team of eight; She oversees the daily operations of the company while also focusing on developing company culture, defining the overall mission and values, revising brand identity, managing team morale, framing business goals, and building strong industry relationships. Janique is a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

The Edwards reside in Brooklyn, NY with their lovely daughter Bradley.