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Meet Kike Oniwinde, Nigerian Entrepreneur Whose App,BYP Network Helps Young Black Professionals Connect

It’s amazing to tell stories of young innovative  Nigerians like 25-year-old Nigerian Entrepreneur , Kike Oniwinde,  who founded  BYP Network, an app which connects black professionals and students all over the world for networking and career purposes.

This platform was created to link up black professionals so they can see black’s excellence and to establish the black community.

The London-based Entrepreneur is also a Great Britain Javelin Thrower who has received a full track and field scholarship to study in Florida. Oniwinde studied Economics at the University of Nottingham. She also has a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Florida.

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This idea sprang up  when she studied abroad and met talented black students who She never realised existed before. When talking about what inspired her she said “I grew up as an elite athlete and I only saw my value in my sport as the entertainment industry is where black people succeeded. It wasn’t until I met exceptional black students at UF that I realized we succeed in all industries. From this, I decided to create a platform to connect black professionals globally so that we can all see our excellence.”

 

She has worked in sales in Fintech and front office at major investment banks including Goldman Sachs and Citi.

She explained BYP Network, was to create an avenue where black professionals who want to connect locally and globally to people to create new businesses, friendship or careers. She said “The plan is for BYP Network to be the go to platform for black professionals who want to connect locally and globally to create new businesses, friendships and careers. Representation is important and I believe this platform will empower the black community. I’ve benefited significantly, as I connected with my American Co-founder, Adrian Claudius-Cole through BYP Network”. BYP Network has since hosted thousands of black professionals in the past year and a half in London, England with plans of international expansion.

The app has gained her recognition as she has been named by Sky Corp as Future Leader in Technology. She has also been named Sky Woman in Technology Scholar gaining a $33,000 grant and full backing from Sky Corps. She has also won the Founder Forum “F-Factor” Competition and the New Entrepreneurs Foundation pitch contest. She gained over $50,000 in funding and has also been featured on a national UK newspaper, Sunday Times.

 

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