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Today, the Founder Institute, the world's premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Lagos Virtual 2021 program!

If you could use a structured process and feedback from Lagos's top entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Lagos Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today.

Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 200+ cities worldwide, the Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the critical support network and structured process needed to build an enduring company. Since 2009, the program has helped over 4,500 Graduates raise over $950M funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more.

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Lagos, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs and hear more about the program:

The Lagos program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Adeboye Idowu [http://linkedin.com/in/adeboye-idowu-54937223] (CFO, Shap Shap), Adeola Kayode, Africa Admin, Chika Nwogu [http://www.linkedin.com/in/chikanwogu] (Founder, WriteMyBusiness), Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. [http://www.linkedin.com/in/cfagbata] (Co-founder, GoDo Hub), Fasuyi Oluwarotimi [https://www.linkedin.com/in/fasuyi-oluwarotimi-7785686/] (MR, VAS Digimobility Limited), Ifedy Eze [linkedin.com/in/eze-ifedy-a4473096] (Lead Strategist, Maisematrix Consulting), Lagos Admin, Lagos Admin, Omobola Omofaiye [http://www.linkedin.com/in/bola-omofaiye-b9129553] (Director, Jump Start Venture Capital), Wande Adalemo [https://www.linkedin.com/in/wandyvirus/] (Founder/CEO, Wave5Wireless (Atmosphere)).

In addition, some of Lagos's top entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors will be participating in the program, providing them with expert training, feedback, and evaluation. The list of mentors for the Lagos Founder Institute includes:

  • Abayomi Ogunwo: CFO, Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc., Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc
  • Abisola Longe: CEO, Productivity Plus
  • Abolore Salami: Founder, Riby Finance
  • Abraham Durosawo: Investment Banking Specialist , Unicorn Capital Limited
  • Adaora Ikwuemesi: Director, Kendor Consulting
  • Adebola Adeyemi: Partner, PAC Solicitors.
  • Adekunle Ajiboye: CEO, Aajimatics
  • Adenike Adeyemi: Executive Director, FATE Foundation
  • Adeniyi Duale: Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe
  • Adeola Kayode: Director, Strategy & Business., Isisu
  • Adeoye Abodurin: Director , Xpos Technologies
  • Adewale Yusuf: Chief Executive Officer, TalentQL
  • Adeyemi Ajayi: Partner, Exitum Consulting Limited
  • Adeyemi Adegbayi: Venture Capital Analyst, TLcom Capital LLP
  • Adeyinka Aderombi: Head, Digital Transformation, Leadway Assurance Company
  • Afolabi Akinbo: MD, Proftouch Consulting, Proftouch Consulting
  • Aimuan Ogboghodor: Co-founder, Space Guerilla
  • Akinyinka David Akintunde: Vice President, AFEX Commodity Exchange., AFEX Commodity Exchange.
  • Albert Afolabi: Chief Operating Officer, TM30
  • Amobi Okeke: Principal Strategist, Q Prime
  • Arinze Anyaeche: CEO, Estendo Power Products Co.
  • Atul Kshetry: Managing Director, Hoesch Pipe Mills (Nig) Ltd.
  • Ayo Animashaun: Founder/CEO, Smooth Promotions
  • Ayo Adegboye: MD, BCX
  • Ayodeji Balogun: CEO, AFEX Commodity Exchange, AFEX Commodity Exchange
  • Ayodeji Fasore: Cofounder, FICHAYA, FICHAYA
  • Babafemi Lawal: MD/CEO, Synergon Infrastructure Limited
  • Babajide Ipaye: Founder, Project Keexs
  • Banke Alawaye: CTO, aCubed Limited
  • Barinaada Bema Alexander: Founder, Barinaada Legal
  • Bekeme Masade Olowola: CEO, CSR-in-Action., CSR-in-Action.
  • Bina Idonije: Senior Labour & Employment Legal Counsel, GE Africa
  • Biodun Ogunlabi: Founder/CEO, 3 Way Communcations Limited
  • Biola Akinyemi: DevOps Engineer at Deloitte Digital, Deloitte Digital
  • Biyi Oladipo: Treasurer, NIRA
  • Bola Adeyinka: CEO, First Global Commerce
  • Bolanle Afuye: Head of Digital Services, 9mobile
  • Bunmi Teru: Principal Consultant, Alfred & Victoria Associates
  • Charles Emembolu: CEO, Crestsage Limited
  • Charles Anudu: CEO, Swift Networks
  • Chidinma Onwubere: Associate, PAC Solicitors
  • Chika Nwobi: Founder/CEO, Decagon
  • Chinenye Mba Uzoukwu: CEO, InfoGraphics Nigeria
  • Chinwike Ezebube: Lawyer, Tochukwu Onwugbufor& Co (SAN)
  • Chioma Agwuegbo: Founder, TechHerNG
  • Collins Onuegbu: CEO, Signal Alliance
  • Damola Solanke: Director, Microsoft
  • Dave Emnett: Co-Founder, Ozé
  • David Adebayo: Head Products and Partnership (Health & Education) , Standard Bank Group
  • David Olaniyan: Founder/CEO, Startup Builder
  • David Hundeyin: West Africa Correspondent, The Africa Correspondent
  • Davidson Oturu: Partner, AELEX
  • Debbie Akwara: Principal Customer Experience Consultant, Niche Customer Experience Consulting Firm
  • Debo Ogunrinde: CEO, Mediva Company Limited
  • Deepankar Rustagi: Founder, VConnect
  • Desiree Craig: VP, Product & Technology, uLesson
  • Dimeji Olaniyan
  • Dotun Olowoporoku: Associate Director, Novastar Ventures Limited
  • Dr. Omobola Johnson: Senior Partner, TLcom Capital LLP
  • Dr.(H.C.) Peter Adewale Obadare: Founder/COO, Diital Encode Limited
  • Edward Popoola: Co-founder, CowryWise., CowryWise.
  • Ehi Braimah: CEO , Neo Media & Marketing
  • Ehia Erhaboh: Chief Transformation Officer, Interswitch Group
  • Emmanuel Oluwatosin: Senior Manager, Product Development and Management , Zefo Corp
  • Eni Abugo: Co- Founder, Automotive Consulting
  • Etop Ikpe: CEO, Autochek Africa
  • Fayo Williams: Managing Consultant, Simply Exponential Consult Limited
  • Femi Awosika: CEO, Robert and John Ltd.
  • Francis Osifo: VP / Co-Founder, 54gene
  • Gbemi Akande: Program Manager, Product Innovation, TribeScale
  • Geoffrey Weli Wosu: Co-Founder, Director Legal Compliance and Marketing, VoguePay
  • George Agu: Chief Executive Officer , ActivEdge Technologies Limited
  • Gordy Oshoko: CEO, Treadgold Ltd.
  • Helen Anatogu: Senior Business Officer , Pegasystems
  • Honey Ogundeyi: Country Director, , UK - Nigeria Tech hub
  • Ibrahim Salau: CEO , Environmental Accord
  • Idowu Akinde: Chief Product Officer, Boolean Labs
  • Ife Olatunji: Founder, Metamorph
  • Ifeanyi Akosionu: Business Director, Verraki Africa
  • Ifeyinwa Ufondu: Senior Associate, Benchmac & Ince
  • Innocent Chukwuma: Regional Director, West Africa at Ford Foundation
  • Isaiah Oreweme: Partner, PAC Solicitors.
  • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji: Co-founder, Future.africa
  • Jane Egerton Idehen: Country Manager, Avanti Communications Group plc
  • Jean Marc Ricca: Managing Director , BASF West Africa
  • Joel Omeike: Founder CEO, P4PE Institute
  • John Obaro: CEO, SystemSpecs (Remita)
  • Juliet Ehimuan: Director, West Africa, Google Austria
  • Kate Henshaw: Actress, Nollywood
  • Kayode Aladesuyi: CEO, AdsMyWay
  • Kazeem Sanni: Product Manager, Correspondent Banking Products , StanbicIbtc
  • Kelechi Nwosu: Managing Director, TBWA\CONCEPT
  • Kola Aina: Founding Partner, Ventures Platform
  • Lanre Ore: Founder, Kkon Technologies
  • Lanre Adelanwa Basamta: Group Head, Mobile Financial Services, Interswitch Group
  • Lekan Agbaje: Head, Self Service Channels , StanbicIbtc
  • Lino Velev: Partner, Obecto
  • Linus Wahome: CO Founder, ManPro
  • Lola Esan: Director, Ernst & Young
  • Maxwell Ampong: CEO, Maxwell Investment Group
  • Michael Oluo: Co-Founder/CEO, Signaleats
  • Michael Olafusi
  • Mitchell Elegbe: MD/CEO, InterSwitch Limited
  • Modupe Marc Dawodu: Managing Consultant, Marcforte Business Consulting
  • Mohammed Aliyu: Founder & Mentor, Transform Africa
  • Monique Morrow: Senior Distinguished Architect Emerging Technologies, Syniverse
  • Morakinyo Animasaun: CEO, Netplus Limited
  • Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho: Owner, Future Software Resources Ltd.
  • Nkiru Balonwu: Managing Partner, RDF
  • Nnamdi Ezeigbo: Founder, SLOT Systems Limited
  • Obi Anusiem: Co-founder & CEO, NGEX, LLC
  • Obi Asika: Chairman, Social Media Week Lagos
  • Obi Ozor: CEO, Kobo360
  • Odunoluwa Longe: Cofounder/ Director, DIYlawNG
  • Ogechi Adeola: Founder/CEO, Digital Business Tutelage
  • Olajide Ola: Head, Ecosystem, Business Banking, StanbicIbtc
  • Olalekan Akinyele: Deputy Creative Director , Dare Create
  • Olamide Afolabi: Co-founder, Sanwo Touch2Pay Technology Services Limited
  • Olumide Sholanke: Human Resources Director, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
  • Olusegun Adeniji: Co-Founder, Alusoft Technologies ltd. ( AlutaMart )
  • Oluyomi Ojo: Founder/CEO, Printivo
  • Ommo Clark: Founder, iBez
  • Onyeka Akumah: Founder, Farm Crowdy
  • Oreoluwa Shomolu Lesi: Founder, Women's Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC)
  • Osibo Imhoitsike: Executive Director, TBWA\CONCEPT
  • Ovie Adasen: Head Innovation, Digital Enablement & Analytics (IDEAs), StanbicIbtc
  • Pius Okigbo: CEO, InfoSoft Nigeria Limited
  • Rebecca Enonchong: Founder & CEO, AppsTech
  • Saidu Abdullahi: President/CEO, Procentric IQ
  • Sam Ohuabunwa: Mr.
  • Sandra Oyewole: Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP
  • Satoshi Shinada: GP, Kepple Africa Ventures
  • Sean Burrows: C0-founder, Ingressive Capital
  • Segun Adeyemi: Manager, Jumo World
  • Shehu Umar: Director, WattlinQ
  • Simeon Ononobi: CEO, Connected Analytics
  • Solabomi Adedeji: Partner/COO, Platform Capital Investment Partners
  • Sunny Ameh: Country/Commercial Unit Head; Nigeria, Syngenta
  • Temple Ezebuike: Associate Company, Benchmac & Ince
  • Theophilus Emuwa: Managing Partner, AELEX
  • Timi Olagunju: Senior Consultant , Grounds Consulting
  • Timothy Adeleye: CEO, Optiweb Communication
  • Tobenna Okoli: FMCGnaija, Creator/Founder
  • Toluwase Olaniyan: Executive Director, EGO Foundation
  • Tomi Davies: Collaborator-in-Chief, African Business Angel Network ABAN
  • Tomiwa Aladekomo: CEO, Big Cabal Media
  • Tosin Faniro Dada: Head, Lagos Innovates, LSETF
  • Tunde Coker: Managing Director, Rack Centre
  • Tunji Abioye: Founder/CEO, Fuel Communication Limited
  • Uzo Anekwe: Head Business Development, Connect Nigeria
  • Victor Adewusi: Head, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Standard Bank Group
  • Weyinmi Egbe: Alliances & Channel Leader Africa, Technology, Cloud & Systems, Oracle
  • Wilfred Mamah: Head, Digital Strategy, Standard Bank Group
  • Yemi Keri: Member, Board of Directors, Nigerian-German Chamber of Commerce

  • And many more to be announced.

The Founder Institute is designed for founders and teams all throughout the pre-seed stage, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. The Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Join us in Lagos to build a great company in 2019. 

Apply to the Lagos Virtual 2021 Founder Institute today, or learn more at FI.co/overview.  

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