Female Founders Lounge- Lagos


January 25, 2024

This is a gathering created for growth! Let's come together to build an incredible network of female founders, leaders, and a thriving female tech ecosystem right here in Lagos, Nigeria. What to expect: In-depth and interactive discussions about topical issues affecting female founders on the continent. Connecting with like-minded people. Lots of Networking Who to expect: Other Female Founders and Women in Tech Gbenga Omolokun (MD, VFD Microfinance Bank). About: Gbenga Omolokun is the Managing Director of VFD Microfinance Bank. Gbenga is a brilliant business strategist skilled in operations strategy and general management. He has over 15 years of rich expertise in business process improvement, general management, technology and strategy across various industries. Gbenga is skilled in establishing and scaling new businesses and ventures. Prior to his current role, he served as a manager in the advisory division of KPMG Nigeria, before occupying Executive and Non-Executive Directorial positions in several companies. Tomie Balogun (CEO, Twelve). About: Tomie is the Founder and CEO of Twelve, a private investment and advisory company. Under her astute leadership, Twelve successfully mobilized $27m+ in funding for SMEs across multiple sectors and led 2 investor syndicates to invest $1.4m for 2 Africa focused top VC funds. These VC funds have collectively invested in 90+ startups with a collective valuation of $3.5bn, which have created over 1,000+ jobs in Africa. Celebrated as one of 100 most inspiring women in Africa by Leading Ladies Africa and shortlisted as a finalist in the gender streaming award for female role models by Accenture, Tomie Balogun is recognized as an innovative contributor to the financial services space in Africa. She is a Techstars global mentor and serves as a non-Exective Director at the Midlothian Angel Network (Midlo Angels) based in Texas, USA. Midlo Angels invests actively in underrepresented and minority founders. She’s also an Amazon best selling author of the book, investment clubs, how to create wealth beyond your paycheck. Tomie holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and is an alumnus of the Harvard Fintech program. Ibukun Akinola (Head- Customer Finance, PiggyVest). About: Ibukun Akinola is an Entrepreneur and Finance lead with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian Tech space, where she presently leads the Customer Finance team at Piggytech-one of Africa’s foremost Financial Technology Company. She oversees support, compliance, dispute resolution and Processor partnerships. Ibukun’s entrepreneurial journey started in 2014 when, along with her Co-Founders, started PushCV, an Online recruitment platform aimed at bridging the gap between job seekers and employers of labour. Other products in their catalog include 500Dishes, 99Staff and Frontdesk.ng. In 2016, PiggyBank.ng, an Online Savings platform aimed at democratizing savings was launched. In 2019, The product morphed into Piggyvest, adding micro- investment options to the platform, thereby making most investment instruments accessible and affordable to their over 5 Million users who have savings in billions of naira. More products in the Piggytech ecosystem include a spending and social commerce app called Pocket by Piggyvest and a merchant app called Patronize. Ibukun is an Advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women's rights and has spent the last 9 years doing that on various platforms Bukky Ogunsakin (Founder, BBO Solicitors). About: Olubukola (Buki) Ogunsakin, is the Principal and Head Satoshi (Thinker) at BBO Solicitors. She is an Emerging Tech Lawyer primarily working with clients in emerging technology areas such as NFTs, Metaverse, Crypto Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence; as well as Cybersecurity, and Data Privacy. Buki is highly sought after by her clients due to her 20 years experience in Strategy & Project management. She is also currently a Web3 legal Consultant with InterStellar Inc., and volunteers as Director of Strategy at E4E. Buki holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and an MSc. in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMU). She also holds an NFT Talents Certificate from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. She is a Smart Contract Research Fellow and a Kleros Decentralized Justice Fellow. Buki is also a Certified NFT Expert™ from the Blockchain Council, and a Certified International Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E). She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Blockchain Nigeria User Group (BNUG) and more. She is married with 5 children. Aminat Adebiyi (Research Scientist, IBM). About: Research Staff Member, Experimentalist & Maker | Tech for Justice. Member, IBM Academy of Technology. Specialty in Biomedical IoT, Data Science, and Machine Learning. Human Factors and IoT. Bukky Babajide (Founder, Female Techpreneur). About: Bukky M. Babajide is an IT & Business Transformation consultant, she has worked on various projects namely; HR implementation, Fintech, Logistics and more for over 10 years. She is the Director of Crystal Options, a Tech company that specialises in development of enterprise softwares and Training and Recruitment of IT professionals. Bukky is a seasoned professional with a vision to transform the tech space with the experience gathered and her business analysis expertise. She has a great team of volunteers and professionals working with her to make this initiative a success. Tobi Olanihun (Founder, TEPS). About: Tobi Olanihun is the Chief Experience Officer of WOW! Connect Services Ltd, an experiential event agency that creates exclamation-worthy experiences. She is also the founder of TEPS (The Experience Plug Systems) – an innovative platform that automates key elements of event management from online registration to ticketing, in-person virtual check-ins, and post-event analytics. Tobi was at the forefront of virtual event management in Nigeria providing fun and seamless tech innovations to virtual events during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She still remains the most experienced purveyor of hybrid events in sub-Saharan Africa. Tobi is an advocate for Women and uses her voice and resources to support Women-focused programs in Africa.