Series: FFI Angel Network
Topic: Raising finance and investment for female founders
Time: 10 am – 11 am
- Why we should invest in female founded enterprises? Examples of good and successful female founded businesses
- Why women should be capital allocators – become angel investors – why?
- Top tips for women when raising capital
- How to approach angel investors
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Name of Speaker – Adesuwa Okunbo-Rhodes, Founder and managing partner at Aruwa Capital Management
Allocated Time: 10 am – 11 am
Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes is the founder and managing partner at Aruwa Capital Management, one of the few women owned and led growth private equity funds closing the gender gaps in Africa. She launched Aruwa Capital Management with her own money in July 2019 leaving the comfort of her six-figure salary job. The fund only invests in companies that either provide employment opportunities to women or make products that empower women.
She is recognised as one of the Top 35 Women Moving Africa Forward for her commitment to gender equality in private equity and across the society through Aruwa Capital’s investments and has more than 12 years of investment banking, private equity and structured credit experience in developed and emerging markets from global institutions
Name of Speaker – Yemi Keri, Chief Executive Officer of Heckerbella Limited
Allocated Time: 10 am – 11 am
Yemi Keri is one of the foremost Women in Technology in Nigeria. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Heckerbella Limited, a Digital Transformation company.
A Chair and Non-Executive Director and award-winning commercially minded technologist with 22 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry, operating at CEO and C-suite level across the public and private sectors. At the forefront of digital transformation to tackle business and social problems, recognised as one of the foremost Women in Technology in Nigeria with demonstrable evidence of delivering reliable business solutions through technology.
She was the Consultant responsible for the implementation of the transformation initiatives of the Information Technology The strategy of the National Pension Commission (PenCom).
Prior to this, she was the General Manager for Information Technology and Enterprise Systems for ntel, NatCom Development and Investment Company Limited. Preceding this, she was the pioneer Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Edo State Directorate of Information Communications & Technology Agency (ICTA) and also held the role of Regional Manager, West Africa for SAP Africa.
Yemi has over twenty-one years of work experience, fifteen of which has been in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries; ten of which has been at the highest management levels.
Yemi holds membership of several professional bodies including ICAN, CIBN, CITN and the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS). She also holds various certifications in Risk and Project management and received the Centenary award for the Most Outstanding Public-Sector CIO in Nigeria in 2014.
Yemi Keri is the co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, a women’s Angel Investing Network with a vision to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class and promote education, cross-border investing and investor mentoring across Africa. She is a member of the Lagos Angel Network and serves as a mentor to various digitally and technology-enabled start-ups. She is also an Expert in Residence (EIR) at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan- Atlantic University, Lagos.