Chris Folayan is a renowned serial entrepreneur, speaker, and founder with a proven track record of starting and scaling multi-million-dollar global companies. With decades of experience in investing and building successful businesses, Chris started his first company at a young age and has gained expertise in multiple fields. Initially starting as a self-taught software programmer and developer, Chris quickly climbed the ranks of Fortune 500 companies while still in college.
He then started his own software and application development company at the age of 20 which he grew globally. Chris has developed several patents used by global companies, making him an esteemed inventor in the field of eCommerce.
Today, Chris is a sought-after executive, speaker, mentor, investor, and board member. He has raised millions of dollars in venture capital funds globally and worked with prestigious clients. Chris is a prolific public speaker, having spoken at prominent venues like the UN and mentored students and startup founders at renowned universities worldwide. He has been featured in notable media outlets from Forbes to CNN and recognized for his innovative thinking and dedication to helping others succeed.
With his entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and dedication to helping others, Chris is a force to be reckoned with in the world of entrepreneurship. He has also authored books, including his recent publication, “From Pitch To Close: What Founders and CEOs Need to Know and Do Before An Investor Meeting.” A book every founder should read prior to seeking an investor.
Chris has received numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of the top 700 most influential Africans in 2022 and receiving the 30 Black Star Award and United Arab Emirates Mentorship Award, among others. Currently Chris is the head of Global Expansion for Interswitch, a Fintech unicorn out of Africa.