Do you have a business idea burning within you? or Have you founded a startup and will like to take it to the next level? Logon on to Twitter today at 12Noon WAT and follow @bellanaija and @startaHQ – using the hashtag #BNAskDotun – Dr. Dotun Olowoporoku will answer your questions. We are so glad to have one of the leading experts in the African startup space join us today.
We bet you are wondering, who is Dotun?
Dotun is the Managing Partner at Starta, a platform that makes it easier to build, discover and track high growth businesses in Africa. He is the founder of Yhello Technologies an on-demand food delivery platform in the UK. He was responsible for investing in early stage startups in Africa via Potential.VC, a UK-based angel syndicate fund. Dotun teaches facilitates growth hacking workshops for startups and SMEs. He is the co-founder of High Growth Africa Summit, two-days conference dedicated to teaching entrepreneurs how to build, scale and fund high growth businesses in Africa.
He was the recipient of 2014 Southwest England Breakthrough Business Prize, and has been identified as one of the 42 under 42 most influential business person in Southwest England.
Dotun has a PhD in environmental management and worked as a Post-doc Research Fellow, but found it more interesting to be a startup pirate than join the academic navy.
In Dr. Dotun’s words;
I consider myself an accidental entrepreneur. I founded my first business whilst working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Bristol, England.
I had to quickly learn how to acquire customers, manage a tech team, launch products, grow revenue month-on-month, raise money, hire top management teams, launch across 3 cities in England and form strategic partnerships with multi-billion dollar competitors.
I’ve had my share of business failures and successes along the way. I was the recipient of 2014 Southwest England Breakthrough Business Prize, and was recognised as one of the 42 under 42 most influential business people in Southwest England.
I worked as a Venture Partner at Potential VC, a seed stage venture capital that invests in early stage tech startups in Europe, US and Africa. In the past few years, I have come to realise that some aspects of entrepreneurship can be learned.
I’ve hosted growth hacking workshops across incubators and accelerators in Africa. Last year, I co-founded and hosted the High Growth Africa Summit, we convened over 350 tech founders, and 150 international investors, and brought partners from Google, 500 Startups, Ventures Platform, GitHub
We are looking forward to chatting with you at 12 Noon.