TechCrunch Names Iyin Aboyeji and Kola Aina as Speakers for Startup Battlefield Africa

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TechCrunch Announces Iyin Aboyeji and Ventures Platform CEO as Speakers for Startup Battlefield Africa

With Startup Battlefield Africa just two months away, US Tech media platform, TechCrunch has just unveiled two speakers for the event. Iyin Aboyeji, founder and CEO of Flutterwave, and Kola Aina, founder and CEO of Ventures Platform are two key speakers for the showpiece this December.

It’s no surprise that these two individuals were chosen as speakers for this event. Their pedigree is highly impressive.

Iyin Aboyeji is an entrepreneur par excellence. Before Flutterwave, Mr Aboyeji helped startup the developer training and outsourcing company, Andela. He was instrumental in bringing the company’s second base of operations to Lagos, Nigeria. And over the past few years, Andela has become a powerful force in IT in Nigeria and abroad. It has raised over $40 million from investors like Mark Zuckerberg.

After leaving Andela, Mr Aboyeji setup

Since its creation, Flutterwave has been playing a big role in opening Nigeria’s payments field. The company has partnered with several foreign companies to ensure Nigerians can make payments easily to anywhere across the globe.

One key innovation of the company is Barter, a virtual card for foreign transactions. Barter offsets the challenges Nigerians go through making payments abroad. It allows users to set up a VISA virtual card in a foreign currency to make payments.

Mr Kola Aina is another noteworthy individual in the Nigerian tech ecosystem. Focused on early growth startups, Mr Kola Aina’s Ventures Platform plays a key role in pushing tech innovations in the country. His VC firm runs a 16-week accelerator programme for selected startups. It provides the seed funding and mentorship in return for a 10% state in their companies.

Mr Aina and Mr Aboyeji are not the only speakers TechCrunch has announced for the Startup Battlefield Africa event though. Other speakers include senior partner at TLCom Capital and former Nigerian Minister of Communications Technology, Ms Omobola Johnson. Another notable speaker is Lexi Novitske, the principal investment officer at Singularity Capital.


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