At this event, we will be chatting with Akan Nelson. Akan Nelson is the founder and CEO at Evolve Credit, an online loan marketplace that connects borrowers to lenders.
Evolve Credit became fully operational in December 2020. In three months, Akan has led the founding team to generate $43,000 in approved loans via the online marketplace at a 92% repayment rate, secure 10 institutional lending partners, including the largest digital lender in Nigeria, and process 1,914 loan requests. Evolve Credit has also grown to 36,188 registered users (8,677 added in the last 3 months); 47,000 monthly online visitors to the Evolve Credit Marketplace.
Evolve Credit gives you access to an extensive database of loans and financial products, tools, and insights completely free of charge.
The theme of this event is "Fine-tuning your Business Model" and we will be talking extensively on how you can adapt and evolve your business model post-covid to attract Funding.
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Akan is the co-founder and CEO of Evolve Credit, a company birthed out of the realization that Africans needed an online marketplace where they could explore their best loan options, just like they did when shopping online.Evolve Credit gives you access to extensive database of loans and financial products, tools, and insights completely free of charge.
Chief Executive Officer
Developers Student Club ATBU
YOWAD (Youths with a difference) International.
Mobovet Nigeria Limited
The Money Africa
Founder and Creative Director of Mustee’s Clothing, Mustapha is a graduate of Computer Sciences from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. He Started learning how to sew from the early age of 7 and have learnt and mastered the art of cloth making in Jos, Bauchi, Keffi and Lagos State. His brand, Mustee’s Clothing, an affordable luxurious men’s wear brand which was founded 6 years ago is known for meeting the clothing needs of men of all ages. He is an art and technology enthusiast and a photography hobbyist.
Mustapha also holds an Executive mMBA in leadership and management from Accra Business School. He is currently pursuing his Masters in entrepreneurship and business development form Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi. He is also a Fellow, African Young Leaders Fellowship Program 2019 Cohort and a Yali RLC Alumni.
He Co-founded Uplift Hub, a virtual hub committed to achieving the SDG goals through the use of human capital and technology in Africa. He is also the host of Uplift Podcast.
Abdulmalik Ango Is an experienced Senior Staff with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in Mobile Application Development, Android, Kotlin, Tailoring, and Android Studio. A driven, lifelong learner and determined student of life. Abdulmalik is passionate about growing communities, and he is currently the Lead for DSC Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi and also the Vice President international affairs for the Nigerian Association of Computer Science Students NACOSS
Fatima Yagana Babakura has been an inspirational figurehead for many young women. She is the founder and creative director of Timabee, a luxury accessory brand that is committed to designing and manufacturing high-end pieces with the best leathers for women. Her love for designing and the curiosity to see her design come to life was what pushed her to start Timabee.
Fatima graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University. In May 2016, she was the Personal Assistant to the honorable Commissioner for Environment Gombe state. During the course of her work in that position, she efficiently managed the media and social media pages for the ministry where she helped create awareness among people about the ministry which in turn increased productivity in the ministry. She also worked as an intern with KPMG Nigeria in 2017 where she carried out research for analysis to benchmark NEXIM against other EXIM banks, in addition to numerous other assignments.
Fatima started Timabee in 2014 where she carefully selects materials, designs and makes samples of handbags and shoes, then decides what goes into a collection. She oversees the creative process and gives guidance to her creative manufacturers to ensure the quality of handbags and manages promotion to ensure efficient marketing of the brand to increase sales. Timabee has exhibited both locally and internationally.
In 2016, Timabee won the "best brand of the year " at an event organized by Team 360 group in Toronto, Canada. In 2017, Fatima was awarded "Iconic Woman" at Women's Economic Forum's (WEF) annual event in India. MAX Group nominated her as "entrepreneur of the year " in Toronto. In 2018, Fatima was listed among "100 most influential Nigerians ". Fatima has also been invited to speak at WEF, MAX GROUP Canada's annual Gala. She was also listed as one of the "22 women entrepreneurs redefining African luxury ". Fatima and Timabee have been featured in countless newspapers and magazines around the world.
Passionate about entrepreneurship and mentorship in Africa especially for women, Fatima founded Timabee Global Resources (TGR). TGR is a platform that helps anyone inspired or interested in the accessory business to navigate their way from product development up until delivery processes.
Bello Micah has more than five years of experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors in Nigeria. He is the founder of Gombe Hikers Initiative and the curator of the annual Young Emerging Leaders Conference in Gombe State. He holds a Bachelors and Masters in Peace and Conflict Management (In view) degree
from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a certificate of Business Management from African Management Initiative and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University, and has attended several training, workshop and conferences within and outside Nigeria. His
skills include writing, public speaking, youth engagement, security management, business development, and mentorship. He is a 2018 North East Social Innovation Fellow with North East Regional Initiative (USAID/OTI), 2017 Ambassador of Guardians of the Nations International (GOTNI), 2017 Fellow of
Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre West Africa (YALI-RLC). He is also a recipient of many awards including 2016 Outstanding Performance/Early Bird Award by Bank of Industry Nigeria, 2011 National Merit Scholarship Award by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation / Total E&P
Nigerian Limited. He is currently an employee of International Committee of the Red Cross in Nigeria.
Praise Akobo is a SocialPreneur and Veterinary Medical Student, who is helping youths live leading lives irrespective of their EMOTIONS, PASSION and LOCATION.
An Emotional Intelligence Trainer who has successfully trained 600+ creators on, how to be sound from the inside because no one can perform optimally outside, if not sound from the inside. Specifically, for businesses/brands, she teaches "Emotional Selling Hacks" to get more sales.
She is the CO-FOUNDER of YOWAD(Youths with a difference) International.
A multi award winner ranging from best social innovator, capacity leader, best consistent contributor.
Akpem Terese Shadrach has over 3 years of experience in the entrepreneurship and nonprofit sectors. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Agriculture Makurdi in 2017.
He is very passionate about human capital development especially of the youths in his community and country at large in areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and politics. He has worked with several local and international organizations including ONE Campaign (as ONE Champion 2018), Youth Opportunities (Country Ambassador), TeachSDGs (Ambassador), and Nigerian YouthSDGs (State coordinator). His commitment to leadership and human capital development earned him a seat as a panelist at the World Youth Forum 2018 which held in Egypt under the auspices of His Excellency, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi; the President of Egypt.
Dr. Shadrach is currently the CEO of Mobovet Nigeria Limited; a veterinary-based company and the founder of Youths with a Future Initiative; a non-governmental organization committed to localizing the Sustainable Development goals, the Africa 2063 Agenda and Youth empowerment in areas of entrepreneurship, governance, politics and social activism.
He recently won the VetsArk innovation challenge to develop his innovation: Vet-Connect which is Nigeria's first digital platform where users (animal farmers and pet owners) can call a Veterinary Doctor anywhere in Nigeria regardless of their location. Vet Connect can be downloaded on Google play store or at www.vetconnect.com.ng.
As part of his commitment to fighting poverty and unemployment in his community and country at large, Shadrach trains young people on profitable animal husbandry practices in order to help them set up businesses and be self-reliant. Through these experiences, he has developed strong capacity in areas of entrepreneurship, poverty, capacity building and youth empowerment. He is passionate human capital development, good governance, and youth participation in politics.
Tosin is a chartered accountant with 10 years of experience across accounting, corporate finance, auditing and taxation.
In 2018, She founded Money Africa, a personal finance platform that teaches people to build healthy financial habits and generate multiple income streams.
Before devoting her work to Money Africa, she worked with several multinationals — Bloomberg TV, CNBC Africa, BAT to name a few.
Startup Grind Lagos
Einsteinette / The Afropreneur
Blessing Abeng is a multi-faceted entrepreneur driven by the need to create lasting solutions to key problems faced by individuals, and SMEs.
As a brand strategist, communications manager and entrepreneur, Blessing creates unforgettable experiences that reflect the personality of brands and converts a stranger to loyal customers.
She has created Einsteinette Limited – a branding and communications company for SMEs, and is currently developing Style Revamp Africa, an upcycling fashion brand tackling waste one at clothing item at a time.
She is currently the Codirector for Startup Grind Lagos, the cofounder of The Afropreneur, a mentor on the African Entrepreneurship Awards platform, a WIMBIZ associate and a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Alumni.