Core Team

OLUFUNBI FALAYI

OLUFUNBI FALAYI

Co-founder

Olunfunbi is a Computer Science & Economics graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He also earned a scholarship to undertake a short program in Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation at kanthari, India. He previously worked as the Project Lead in the CSR department of Mit-Glauben Engineering Ltd (IT section). Olufunbi, has since helped launch a privately owned and managed vocational training institution, Southern Business Academy Lagos. Olufunbi is a co-founder of Project 4 (an education non-profit organization). He is a Future Award Africa Nominee in Education (2013) and is currently a LEAP Africa Social Innovators Programme and Award (SIPA) FELLOW.

TAIWO AJETUNMOBI

TAIWO AJETUNMOBI

Co-Founder

Taiwo is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Morgan State University, Baltimore. Upon graduating from university, Taiwo spent the early part of his career in corporate strategy roles at McKinsey & Company (Business Analyst) and Altman Vilandrie & Co. (Analyst). After a brief period working as an intervention manager with Technoserve Nigeria, Taiwo joined Hewlett Packard as a Business Strategy Manager. Also, Taiwo is a co-founder of Project 4 (an education non-profit organization)

Wunmi Osholake

Wunmi Osholake

Chief Financial Officer

Wunmi Osholake is an experienced accounting/business development professional with a keen interest in entrepreneurship. Her decade old career includes stints at a top-tier public accounting firm (Ernst & Young) and luxury retail giant (Tiffany & Co). During her professional career, Wunmi has led go-to-market initiatives, spearheaded cross-functional programs aimed at improving efficiency and reducing cost and led the execution of financial audits of multi-billion dollar companies.Wunmi has a master’s degree in business development from Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Adeoye Jaiyeola(AJ)

Adeoye Jaiyeola(AJ)

Product Manager

AJ graduated from American University in Washington DC with a degree in Business Administration and concentration in Entrepreneurship. The last few years, AJ has worked for tech companies in various stages of maturity, including 2 Fortune 500 companies, and 2 venture funded tech startups. Currently, AJ works as a Business Analyst for LiveHealthier (acquired by Centene), helping to define product requirements for key initiatives, and implementing product metrics tracking and reporting across the company's suite of products.

MENTORS/ADVISORS

Opeyemi Awoyemi

Opeyemi Awoyemi

Mentor

Co-founder of Jobberman.com, Nigeria's most popular jobs and career website with more than 1,100,000 users and 20,000 employers. Having being a technology entrepreneur since age 16, Opeyemi had previously founded ennovateNIGERIA; a interactive media, design and marketing company as well as WhoGoHost, Nigeria’s biggest indigenous web hosting and domain registration company in Nigeria serving over 9000 clients. He has domain expertise in product development and digital marketing; and he is an advisor and/or investor in a couple of tech startups in the ecommerce, mobile, payment, new media and entertainment space.He’s been recognized as a notable Nigeria Youth under 30 at different for a such as Forbes Africa, Guardian, Business Day and the Africa Future Awards.He is also an Adjunct faculty at the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

Divad

Divad

Advisor

Divad is an Austin based entrepreneur with a passion for technology startups and disruptive technologies. After graduating from Texas State University with a Finance degree, he went on to work as a financial data analyst for Bloomberg, until fully diving into his true calling for entrepreneurship. Divad has led several teams through initial product launches and crowdfunding campaigns. Most recently having taken a lead role in the SXSW launch for the”sociyall” app, a social media event driven application that allows users to gain insights from different social media feeds. Divad is also the Cofounder and Director of Operations for Zealous,an E-commerce/social media start-up developing a complete online resource for pet-owners. He has domain expertise in Business development, lean methodology and execution strategies. Currently pursuing the Bitcoin technology space by providing web base and mobile solutions.

Mayowa Owolabi

Mayowa Owolabi

Mentor

He is serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology, mobile devices and the Internet. He is also the Co-founder of Mobile Monday in Nigeria, co-founder of buynownow – www.buynownow.com (sold to shopp!ng in 2013) and dudumobile–www.dudumobile.com. He is an alumnus of King’s College Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University and the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan African University

Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah

Marketing Advisor

Onyeka Akumah has been referred to as one of the most creative Information Technology and Online Marketing experts in the last couple of years in Nigeria. A sort-after speaker at major technology events, Onyeka brings on-board 9 years of technology and marketing experience with a passion for internet based businesses.
Onyeka graduated top of his class with a First Class/Distinction from the Sikkim Manipal University, India where he obtained his first degree in Applied Information Technology (or Software Engineering as we know it). He is also running an MBA program with specialism in Marketing at the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. He has worked with both multinationals and start-ups including Deloitte, British Council, Guaranty Trust Bank, Wakanow.com, Konga.com, Jumia.com, Cheki.com.ng and most recently built and sold a s=tart-up.
Today, Onyeka seats on the board of Internet businesses in Nigeria, Kenya and the US either as an angel investor or advisor to tech entrepreneurs. He is also heavily involved in consulting for medium and larger businesses in the area of Market strategy for Tech Businesses. He has taken advantage of various empowerment initiatives to impact on the lives of over 10,000 youths in the last 9 years through the Lagos Start-up Weekend, Mobile Monday events, Passion Incubator, Founders2Be programs, Rise Network Events, Social Media Week and many more programs.
He lives in Lagos, Nigeria and is married to his lovely wife Edith who has two sons with him – Buni and Chiwete.

Nicolas Waern

Nicolas Waern

Advisor

Nicolas Waern can best be described as a “Global Trendspotter”, a specialized generalist with a positive attitude interested in everything. He is the co-founder of an IT consultancy company in Sweden which delivers “the whole package” ranging from consultancy services, SCRUM development, down to technical solutions for customers. Nicolas holds a Bsc in International Management and a deep insight in IT Management issues on a Master level. He is also an investor and a member of the board to Talking Bookz, a startup coming out of Passion Incubator, which aim is to deliver audio-books to the World, starting with Nigeria. His motto is that all problems are just solutions waiting to happen.

Roberto Edoardo Bellipanni

Roberto Edoardo Bellipanni

Financial Advisor

Roberto is based in Sydney, Australia, where he's part of a local venture capital and invests over 20 hours a week mentoring startups at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and at the privately-held incubator Muru-D. On top of this he is the financial advisor for AIESEC Sydney. Prior to Australia, Roberto was based in Shanghai, China, where he cofounded a social commerce platform, a software as a service and an ecommerce platform with business in 7 countries. Roberto completed his studies in Italy, in the USA and in The Netherlands.

Manuel Pena

Manuel Pena

Mentor

Manuel is an Austin-based entrepreneur with a passion for technology start-ups. He started his career as a financial analyst after graduating with honors from Texas State University. He has started and run several ventures, from selling chocolates door to door as a kid, to founding an E-commerce/Social Media start-up designed as a complete online resource for pet-owners. During SXSW 2014, he helped launch Sociyall; a social media event driven iOS app and most recently became part of TC, an iOS apps studio with several successful applications in the app store. His expertise spans, lean product development, project management, business development, product marketing and market analysis

Fola Olatunji-David

Fola Olatunji-David

Advisor

Fola has worked in technology based roles since 2004, creating channels for IT to interface with businesses. He holds undergraduate degrees in Computing (Portsmouth) , IT and Business (Middlesex) – as well as postgraduate degrees in Business and IS (Middlesex) and Technology Entrepreneurship (UCL). He has carried out technology related work in several countries in different sectors including finance, retail and investment banking, education, and he now focuses on building a Nigerian eco system that supports young innovators and entrepreneurs. He is also a founding member and current VP Strategy of the Young Innovators of Nigeria.