Meet the Speaker Line Up for Forbes’ First Digital Startup Accelerator in Nigeria

The Forbes Digital Startup Accelerator (Nigeria Edition) program is a sponsored 4 week digital training to help businesses build and scale their companies for the future. Forbes is looking for experienced companies who are ready to scale and opened the application to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. The program is free. No equity ask. No obligation. Accepted companies will have access to $100k in free credits and perks from AWS, Google Cloud, and IBM Cloud. 

200+ companies were selected for the 2020 program. Here are the speakers who will be providing thought leadership and expertise with the cohort:

Speaker Line Up (More to be announced)

  1. Tom Davis Chief Growth Officer at Forbes 
  2. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  3. Einstein Ntim Managing Partner at the Africa Future Fund
  4. Christine Ntim Chief Marketing Officer at Global Startup Ecosystem  
  5. Liz Walsh VP of Marketing at Forbes 
  6. Connor Davis Sales Development Representative at Forbes
  7. Parag Tolia VP of Business Operations at Forbes 
  8. Mary Baru Vice President, Content Strategy & Operations, Growth Team at Forbes
  9. Will Delehanty Senior Manager Demand Generation at Forbes
  10. Chike Ukaegbu CEO@Startup52, UN MIPAD Hall of Fame, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Advocate, Ex-Presidential Candidate@Nigeria
  11. Ty Heath Global Lead, B2B Institute @ LinkedIn
  12. Aisha Taylor Community Engagement & Partnerships | Google
  13. John-Paul Iwuoha LinkedIn Top Voice/ Founder & CEO at Smallstarter Africa
  14. Josephine Nzerem Director, Venture and Talent, Ashoka Africa
  15. Onajite Emerhor Head, Google for Startups Accelerator Africa & WomenTechmakers SSA at Google
  16. Ryan Foland Digital Speaker and Brand Consultant
  17. Busie Matsiko-Andan Global Strategy Consultant at Pont Global
  18. David Steinacker Head of SSA, Online Partnerships Group, Emerging Markets at Google 
  19. Dr Anino Emuwa FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR Avandis Consulting/ Strategy Coach Cartier Women’s Initiative
  20. Ibukun Onitiju Head of Digital, Nestlé Central & West Africa
  21. Olufunbi Falayi Passion Incubator (PI) is a technology incubator and accelerator with expertise in technology product investments.
  22. Dr Are AbdulHafiz Chief Executive Officer at The SmartHUB Nigeria
  23. UwemUwemakpan Lagos Chapter Director Startup Grind
  24. Wole Odetayo Co-Founder/Executive Director-
  25. Chinedu Enekwe Co-Founder at Stealth Early Stage Growth Venture Fund
  26. Lexi Novitske Principal, Investment Officer – Acuity Venture Partners
  27. Maya Horgan Famodu Founder & Partner at Ingressive Capital
  28. Bunmi Akinyemiju CEO Venture Garden Group 
  29. Collins Nnabugwu Special Envoy, State of African Diaspora
  30. Gary Whitehill Global Transformation Maverick/ Future Sub-Saharan Africa
  31. Mimshach Obioha Executive Director at Ventures Platform Foundation
  32. Tito Ovia Co-Founder/Head of Growth at Helium Health
  33. Faiz Bashir CEO at FlexiSAF 
  34. Jennifer Foltz Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Department of State- Nigeria 
  35. Marcus Damas Founder, Fueled by Culture
  36. Marcus Noel Founder, ICON
  37. Michael  Akindele Startup Advisor | Digital Transformation Specialist
  38. Jhonson Napoleon Social Media Influencer
  39. Cherae Robinson CEO, Tastemakers Africa
  40. Gary Whitehill Global Transformation Maverick/ Future Sub-Saharan Africa

To get involved as an applicant, speaker, mentor, or partner, email the team at

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