Building Your Global Startup from Scratch with Isimeme Whyte| StartupGrind Benin

Oct 29, 2022, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Ideas are everywhere but building an idea from startup to launch and then going global is something every founder dreams of. In this month's event, we're hosting a stalwart who has launched and built her brand from the ground to dazzling heights and she shares her journey and secrets she has employed to help her create such an amazing impact and reach the business goals she and her team have set.

In-person event
Fireside ChatWorkshop

About this event

Are you a startup founder or entrepreneur who has an idea for a startup you believe will change the world and impact lives positively? Then this session is for you. Come and discover how to launch your startup and take your solution global. Our guest this October is set to do justice to this. 

Isimeme Whyte is a social impact entrepreneur, human rights advocate and purpose clarity coach whose work cuts across many youth, girl-child and women initiatives in various sectors including socioeconomic development programs for women and youths, community development, girl child rights, migrant rehabilitation and reintegration and human trafficking, education, leadership and public service, local content development initiatives, and so on. Isimeme has over 18 years extensive experience in government/NGO partnerships, community advocacy and engagement, SMEs business development, market systems development, project management, case/crises management, research monitoring and evaluation, counselling and mentoring, as well as in institutions and community-based organizations that provide services to young people.

Isimeme Whyte has served in various capacities in the private and public sector. She was the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Esan-West LG Council of Edo state, former Social Accountability Officer for the World Bank SEEFOR project in Edo State, former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on World Bank Projects where she oversaw World Bank projects in the state, and former Special Assistant to the Governor on NGOs under which she founded the Conference of NGOs (CONGOs).

Isimeme Whyte is the initiator of several youth-focused volunteer initiatives and programs and was a Youth Ambassador for the British Council’s Belongings Africa Project in 2007. She is a graduate of Girls Power Initiative (GPI, Benin), Kudirat Initiative for Democracy’s (KIND) KUDRA program and LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism) Africa. She is the founder of Genius Hub, a social enterprise and Chairperson on the board of Genius Hub Global Initiative. She is the initiator of the CEOs’ Meeting. Isimeme also serves on the board of the Conference of NGOs (CONGOs) in Edo State and Lady Mechanic Initiative. She is Vice President of Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), Nigeria; member of Edo State Exporters Cluster; Coordinator of Edo State Women Entrepreneurship Platform; coordinator of Association of Nigerian Businesswomen Network, Edo state.

It is worthy of note that Isimeme Whyte has worked on several projects funded by the UK-Cabinet Office, the Department for International Development (DFID) (now the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE II) Project, the International Organization for Migration, GIZ and the Nigeria-German Cooperation, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria, Action Aid and BATN Foundation, Coca-Cola Nigeria, the National Agency for Prohibition of trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Edo State Taskforce Against Human Trafficking (ETAHT), the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) and many other organizations with focus on human trafficking and irregular migration, reducing youth unemployment through skills and entrepreneurship development, product manufacturing & mass production.

Through her visionary leadership, Genius Hub has facilitated skills training and entrepreneurship development programs for over 3,500 beneficiaries and counting including youths, women, returned irregular migrants, survivors of human trafficking and sexual & gender-based violence (SGBV) in Edo state. Genius Hub has also established regional offices in Lagos and Kano states.

Isimeme has a BSc. in Microbiology from the prestigious University of Benin, a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from RIPA International, UK and certificates in Project Management, and Policy Development & Advocacy from the University of Washington.


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  • Joycy Ubi

    Joycy Ubi


Introduction and Networking
Guest arrival /registration
Ice breakers and Videos
Welcome address from host. What is Startup Grind, our values and objectives, community objectives, and achievements? Hosted by Chapter Co-director, Abbo D'Léon
Building Your Global Startup from Scratch with Isimeme Whyte| StartupGrind Benin
Fireside Chat with Isimeme Whyte Hosted by Chapter Co-director, Abbo D'Léon
Networking and Food
Creative Connects, Games, Funs and Interviews


  • Osayi Omokaro

    Startup Grind Benin City

    Chapter Director

  • Abbo D'Leon

    Pro House Concepts and Innovations



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Genius Hub Global Initiative

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Center for Enterprise & Capacity Development

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Treskaro Systems & Solution

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Pro House Concepts

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