Africa’s Growth Trajectory Within The Innovation & Tech Industry

When

February 10 ,  2022

Time : 15H30 – 17H00

Location : 22 On Sloane

Join this session via Zoom.

Description

We have seen how African startups have made a significant contribution in the tech space despite the challenges the continent has faced and the recent covid-19 pandemic. During this intense period, we have seen several startups fail and some pivoting in a different direction in order to thrive. One of those success stories is that of Kolawole Olajide and Bridgelabs.
Join our Masterclass session on the 10th of February as the Bridgelabs founder, Kolawole Olajide discusses his interpretation of Africa’s growth trajectory within the innovation and tech industry given his successful background in the space.

About Kola

 

“Kola co-founded Bridge Labs out of his passion for building high-quality tech products designed to enable forward-thinking organisations to compete and perform in the 21st century. He currently leads the digital transformation for 2 businesses with each over a billion rand in revenue and most deals structured as profit share agreements.

 

He has extensive experience as the technical lead for several major government and private sector systems design projects including leading the technology development for the western cape government integrated development and planning division which earned him an exceptional skills visa at a young age, learning systems design at the African Leadership University (recently voted most innovative company in Africa by Fast Company)  and more recently led the digital transformation of SAʼs largest privately owned vehicle dealership.

 

He has received multiple innovation awards including a R500,000 innovation prize at the annual SAB innovation awards, best innovation in education meeting UN Sustainable development goals (out of over 1,000 applications submitted globally), Anzisha/Mastercard foundation award as one of the top entrepreneurs in Africa and a recent Forbes 30-Under-30 Honoree for his work in education, marketing, insurance and banking.

 

He has been invited to speak on multiple media platforms most notably CNN, and CNBC. He was selected as a Judge for 2021 Harvard Business School Africa Business Competition which aims to identify Africa’s most promising startups and was invited by the Stanford Graduate School Of Business to speak about Africa focused business models. He is also known to provide guest lectures at GIBS and University of Johannesburg.”