Neema Williams Morel is a local tech entrepreneur who grew up in Tottenham, running her business Oratus Moretech. She has been working hard to create a newly released platform called Coluko, which helps people to find freelancers; in turn connecting freelancers to work. As well as her business project, Neema is also a foster carer, something which is an important part of her life. Rachel Ho caught up with her to find out more.
Photo supplied: Neema Williams Morel, founder of Oratus Moretech and creator of Coluko.
Where did you grow up and what did your parents do?
I grew up in Tottenham. My mother who is Tanzanian worked in The Shoe Shop on Tottenham high road for 20 years and my father who is Jamaican worked in a small factory creating the frames for optical services.
Describe your relationship to Tottenham.
My whole world revolved around Tottenham, I went to school there, set up my first office there, bought my first house there and met my now husband and got married there.
You became a foster carer at 24, what led you to do that?
I became a foster carer at 24, it was something that I always said I would love to do at some point in my life. When I got married to my husband and realised that he had been in the care system and had felt the same way about fostering, we decided why not now!
I had previously worked with the youth service for 8 years and I felt that together, we could provide a supportive, loving and understanding environment for a young person. We chose to care for teenagers as we felt best suited to provide care for this age group. Up until today it is one of my life journeys that I feel most proud of.
And you are also a tech entrepreneur, tell us more about that as well as Oratus Moretech?
Along with my passion for the community, I have always been involved in business starting my first club at the age of 14. Since setting up my first club, I have grown so much, and been able to better understand and navigate the business world with all it’s emerging developments. My husband who is a software engineer, introduced me to the world of technology which I was able to implement into a lot of my business structures. I became particularly interested in user experience, interface design and machine learning (artificial intelligence). Implementing technology became a thing for me and I began sourcing and implementing it for other businesses.
I have a great eye for business development and strategy and in 2015, I decided to create Oratus Moretech “my business”, with the aim of using it to solve business issues through technology. The biggest issue that we are currently solving is one that I noticed whilst living in Tottenham. This is the problem of local and talented freelancers not being able to scale their businesses.
To support this we have launched Coluko, a mobile app that helps people connect and stay connected to freelancers. The aim is for Coluko to be an easy and free alternative way of exchanging contact details and then storing them in a list that automatically updates if the freelancer changes their information. Saving freelancers time and money whilst helping them grow their reach.
Oratus Moretech creates business assistance with software development & innovative technology.
As a woman, how do you think Tottenham has changed? What would you like to see change?
I feel that Tottenham is a cultural hub that due to its diverse population holds some of the most uniquely skilled and talented individuals, which is surprising to the fact that Tottenham is also high in unemployment and poverty!
“why is an area that is so uniquely talented suffering higher than average rates of unemployment and poverty?”. (A question I asked myself when formulating Coluko).
However, Tottenham has changed from being a predominantly male-led borough, to housing some of the most well known and documented women. I have been privileged to grow up in Tottenham around many female-led business owners, community champions and fearless female founders.
As a woman, Tottenham has allowed me to feel equally part of society and part of a larger diverse family. I would like to see our female pioneers propelled in mediums that allow other young women to feel inspired and to be able to dream big. I am keen on progressing the development of women in technology and specifically women of minority in technology, because we lack here in presence (and as technology is a thing of the future, we need to be embedded in it's core).
Photo supplied: Neema WIlliams Morel
I would like to use my knowledge and experience to support growth
and change in Tottenham.
Favourite thing to do in Tottenham?
My favourite thing to do in Tottenham is to visit the food and hair shops, but there are lot of quirky and interesting spots in Tottenham. So, I occasionally take a walk around and try something new each time I visit.
Anything you would like to add?
Yes, please Get Early access to the app and download it, by visiting https://coluko.com
We really appreciate all interactions as my team and I continue to work on building structures that will shape the modern world.
Also if you get a moment stop by our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colukoapp/