Laurence Latimer is founder of LGL Growth Consulting International, a consulting firm that helps clients identify, build, and scale new business initiatives. Prior to returning to LGLG Consulting, Laurence was head of ventures for IEX Group which operates the Investors Exchange (IEX). During his 5 year tenure at IEX, he was responsible for corporate and business development, venture investments, and the launch of 4 new businesses...
Queen Chinyere Quinn is a Co-Founder and Partner at Kupanda Capital, an investment platform established to create, capitalize and scale pan-African companies. In this capacity, Queen has worked to provide tailored advice and support to entrepreneurs, project developers, fund managers and corporations operating in Africa. She has worked on deals in various sectors across Africa, including media, consumer and energy; and leads the platform on issues related to impact investing...
Leo Williams is the Executive Director of Williams & Associates Investments Limited, an investment advisory firm that seeks to attract capital to businesses in Jamaica and the Caribbean region. The firm assisted in the conceptualization and capitalization of the first REIT in the Caribbean that now trades on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, being Kingston Properties Limited...
Kamil Ali-Jackson, Esquire, is a co-founder of Aclaris and has served as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary since its inception in 2012. Kamil has more than 35 years of experience in the legal and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, from 2011 to 2020, she served as Chief Legal Officer of Nexeption, Inc. and its affiliates...
Growth Track Partners
Dozie Ibekwe is an investor at Pamoja Capital, the Geneva-based investment office of the McCall MacBain Foundation. Previously, he was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, where he worked in the Houston, London and Lagos offices. Dozie earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.
EarlyBird is a Nairobi based Venture Lab that focuses on providing early-stage startup interventions to catalyze the ecosystem to produce more investment quality ready businesses. They focus on Tech-enabled startups with a clear path to revenue and scale. EarlyBird Venture lab’s founder and CEO is Peter Ngunyi, former President at BRCK (2018 TIME magazine top 50 most genius companies).
Feedback from judges will address the following criteria and be given a score on a scale from 1-5 (with 1 = poor and 5 = very good). The pitch with the highest overall score will be declared the winner.
Understanding of your market.
Unit economics & financial overview.
Startups that fit the following criteria are eligible to participate;
Early-stage startups (for-profit and not-for-profit).
Africa-focused with a portion or all of its operations in Africa.
Have less than 30 employees.
Have less than 5 years in operation.
Have raised less than $500K in funding to date.
NVC Expert Session
Wale Otegbade | Patent Attorney at Carter Deluca
Wale Otegbade is a Patent Attorney at Carter Deluca, a law firm that specializes in Intellectual Property. He is an alum of New York University Tandon School of Engineering where he earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he earned his J.D. Wale handles all aspects of patent and trademark preparation and prosecution.