Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter (Iroko, Spark)

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00 PM UTC

iROKOtv launched as a YouTube channel to stream Nollywood movies in December 2010. In early 2011, US-based hedge fund Tiger Global led on a round of investment totalling $3Mn and followed on soon after with Series B investment of a further $5Mn, with Kinnevik, and this was used to build a dedicated movie platform which launched on 1 December 2011.

About this event

Jason Njoku, co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv has been credited with igniting Nigeria's internet and tech start-up scene, as well as revolutionising Nollywood's global distribution system. In 2012 he was touted by Forbes Africa as one of Africa's Top Young Millionaires to watch and has also been named as one of London's Top Black Men of Power in Black Enterprise Magazine. In 2013, he was named by New African Magazine as one of Africa's Top 50 African Trailblazers and was also crowned the CNBC Young Business Entrepreneur of the Year for West Africa. He has also been featured in CNN, BBC, Financial Times, France 24, Le Monde, Fast Company, Fin Week, Forbes and other notable international news outlets around the world. Bastian Gotter graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) in 2006 with a degree in Management Sciences. Post-University, Bastian worked as a Middle Distillates Trader at BP for almost six years.  Gotter co-founded and seed-funded iROKOtv from the company's launch in 2010 and has overseen the company securing $21Mn in VC funding from international investors, making iROKOtv one of Africa's most well-funded internet companies. In 2011, he left his job at BP to concentrate fully on building iROKOtv. As COO, he heads up the company's technical teams around the globe from his base in Lagos. In 2013, he launched Spark with his business partners Jason Njoku and Mary Remmy-Njoku to invest in and grow Lagos-based internet start-ups.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


3:00 PMNetworking and Food
4:00 PMFireside Chat
5:00 PMNetworking


  • Mayokun Adeoti

    Startup Grind


  • Phin Mpofu (Startup Grind)

    Startup Grind

    Director, Success + Community

  • Tini Mamuchashvili

    SG HQ

    Community Manager for Europe & Africa