Investing in Nigerian tech startups

Team

  • Chika Nwobi

    Chika Nwobi

    Co-Director & Investor 440

    Co-founder MTech. Founder and MD at L5 Lab, early investor in Jobberman and Cheki.ng. Partner at One Africa Media.

  • Kresten Buch

    Kresten Buch

    Co-Director & Investor 440

    Founder & Managing Director of 88mph. Built a business to over €200M revenue during 1997-2001. Serial entrepreneur. Two exits. Angel investor.

  • Sylvia Brune

    Sylvia Brune

    Exec board member & Investor 88mph

    Founder WhatsAhoy. 440 Co-Founder. Ran first 88mph accelerator program in Cape Town. Helped kickstart Startup-bootcamp, and founded a startup that failed.

  • Barbara Darchinger

    Barbara Darchinger

    Head of Design 88mph & 440

    Makes 88mph & 440ng look good and creates brand identities for startups. Designed numerous logos & websites. Was part of four accelerator programs.

  • Amina Adewusi

    Amina Adewusi

    Investment Manager

    Responsible for making sure 440 invests in the best startups Nigeria can offer. Previously with CDC Group and Standard Chartered Bank.

  • Abi Awomosu

    Abi Awomosu

    Digital Marketing & Analytics

    Head of Digital Marketing at L5 Lab and has almost 10 years' experience working in the tech and advertising sectors in UK for Apple, Microsoft, BBH and Publicis Group.

  • Segun Somefun

    Segun Somefun

    Strategy/Biz Dev

    Digital Sales Strategist; Former Head of Solutions Dev for MTN Business with responsibility for design & execution of complex projects; Founder Digital Connect

  • Robinson Oghulo

    Robinson Oghulo

    Accountant & financial controller

Board / Advisors

  • Elo Umeh

    Elo Umeh

    Investor & Advisor

    Founder of Twinpine and Teragon largest African Mobile AD Network. He is a new media and mobile communication expert with core focus on the African Ecosystem.

  • Patrick Ilodianya

    Patrick Ilodianya

    Investor & Advisor

    Managing Director of SFS Capital a fund manager/financial advisory firm which has jointly raised over US$10 Billion for its various clients and has over US $100 million Assets Under Management (AUM).

  • Jura Sidorenko

    Jura Sidorenko

    Tech Advisor

    Built and deployed numerous websites like HumanIPO.com, Deal24.dk, Superhind.ee. 88mph platform, & Mdundo.com. Expert in social media integration and marketing.

Mentors

  • Adia Sowho

    Adia Sowho

    Mobile products & services fanatic. Head of Digital Media - VAS, content services, and mobile advertising business - at Etisalat Nigeria. Previously, engineer with United States Cellular, did an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, and a stint as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

  • Ayo Olashoju

    Ayo Olashoju

    ICT expert. Founder of Tavia Technologies, leading wireless, web and business intelligence firm in Nigeria. 12 years experience in the ICT sector, handled projects ranging from web development, business and management projects. Started in 1996 at Ernst & Young UK on the Technical Lead Advisory team for Corporate Finance.

  • Ayodeji Adewunmi

    Ayodeji Adewunmi

    Entrepreneur & Digital Strategist. Co-founder at Jobberman. Founded and Curates at Top30Under30 - an organisation whose mission it is to kindle entrepreneurship among African youth. Co-founded RealEstateWeb.

  • Afam Edozie

    Afam Edozie

    Entrepreneur and investor, specialised in strategy & marketing. Partner at Grow Africa Equity Partners. Founding CMO & Head of Strategy for MTN Nigeria. Co-founder and MD of Virgin Biznet (now part of Virgin Media). Held senior marketing roles at P&G and Motorola in the UK.

  • Hannes van Rensburg

    Hannes van Rensburg

    Entrepreneur, investor & passionate about mobile technology. Head of Digital Solutions Emerging Markets, VISA and Head of Sub Sahara Africa, VISA. Founder of Fundamo, acquired by Visa. CIO at Sanlam Group, Co-founder of a SA technology company, Infomet, acquired by IBM.

  • Francis Ebuehi

    Francis Ebuehi

    Innovator, specialising in development and commercialization of digital products. VP of VAS at Airtel Nigeria. Previously, COO at Spinlet Africa, Online Marketplace Manager for SSA at MIH/Naspers, manager at Dealfish West Africa, and other roles covering electronic banking, product development, and new business.

  • Elo Umeh

    Elo Umeh

    Entrepreneur and investor, specializing in digital advertising, reporting and analytics. Partner at L5Lab. Co-founder Twinpine, a premium ad network. Co-Chair Mobile Marketing Association. Investor & CEO at Terragon group.

  • Jay Alabraba

    Jay Alabraba

    Entrepreneur specialising in financial services. Co-Founder at Pagatech. Founder at Quest Exchange Corporation. Previously investment banking at BGL Plc and Goldman Sachs. Also stints at Eli Lilly & Co. and Microsoft.

  • Michael Collins

    Michael Collins

    Aka Don Jazzy. Founder and president of one of the biggest and fastest growing record labels in Africa. Award winning music producer. Social Media guru. Owner of Mavin Energy.

  • Tomi Hoduno

    Tomi Hoduno

    Entrepreneur. Country Manager of Cheki Nigeria who has built Nigeria's number one car website with a small passionate team.

  • Mitchell Elegbe

    Mitchell Elegbe

    Entrepreneur specialised in electronic payment solutions. Founder and CEO of Interswitch. Previously, Head of Group Marketing and Business Solutions in Telnet Nigeria. CNBC/Forbes All African Business Leader West Africa, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. Fellow at the Bishop Tutu African Leadership Institute.

  • Obinnia Abajue

    Obinnia Abajue

    Banking expert. Executive Director of Personal & Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC. Formerly the acting CEO of Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund. Experience in asset management and sales. His passion is what he calls “Focused Intrapreneurship” to make a difference in both his industry and community.

  • Obinna Ekezie

    Obinna Ekezie

    Entrepreneur and professional athlete. Founder and CEO at Wakanow.com. Co-founder of ByMobilePhone Ltd. Professional basketball player with five years in the NBA, originally drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999.

  • Raphael Afaedor

    Raphael Afaedor

    Entrepreneur, specialising in products, sales, and marketing. Co-founder and CEO at supermartng.com. Previously, founder and MD at Jumia, Head of Sales and Marketing at Notore Chemical Industries, as well as various engineer and product roles at Monster.com.

  • Larry Annetts

    Larry Annetts

    Accomplished marketer and strategist. CMO of MTN South Africa. Previously, CMO of MTN Nigeria, set up MTN in Uganda and Rwanda, and launched the first Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) platform in Africa. Through his inspirational leadership, MTN has become the most awarded telecom brand in Nigeria, receiving 11 prestigious awards.

  • Bex Nwawudu

    Bex Nwawudu

    Finance & Investment specialist. Founding & Managing Partner of CBO Capital Partners. Two decades of experience in private equity, investment banking, proprietary trading, and principal investing. Previously headed the Fixed Income Division at First City Monument Bank. Alumnus of London Business School and Cambridge University.

  • Sim Shagaya

    Sim Shagaya

    Technophile, afrophile, futurist, libertarian, entrepreneur. Founder & CEO at Nigerian online shopping business Konga. Co-founder E-Motion Advertising & Co-founder Dealdey. Africa Representative for Google, when they were starting operations in SSA. VP, West Africa at Rand Merchant Bank.

  • Adedotun Sulaiman

    Adedotun Sulaiman

    Chairman, chartered accountant, & management consultant with a passion for strategy, business growth, and developing talent. Director or Chairman of the Board at several businesses including InterSwitch, Lagos Angel Network, Helios Towers, Cornerstone Insurance Plc, MoneyBox Africa, and Cadbury. Previously, Country Managing Partner at Arthur Andersen & Co and Country Managing Director and Chairman at Accenture Nigeria.