Folarin Aiyegbusi leads Google’s Startup Ecosystem in Africa, which is dedicated to empowering startups across the African continent with the best of Google – its people, methodologies and advanced technology. He is responsible for managing the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa, Black Founders Fund Africa and all startup-oriented initiatives across the continent.
Standing at the intersection of business and technology, he is experienced in managing programs, building tech platforms, building and managing large databases, scaling businesses and connecting startups to the resources required for success.
Prior to Google, Folarin was the Business Information Specialist at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, responsible for all their technology platforms, all business data for 500,000 entrepreneurs across Africa, the development of TEFConnect and several pillars of an entrepreneurship program that sought to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs with $100m over 10 years.
Folarin has facilitated $26m in funding to over 3,000 businesses since 2016.
Folarin has an MSc in Information Systems & Business Analysis from Aston Business School and graduated in the top 10% of the year across all courses in 2015 which led to an invitation to become a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Global Society for Business Excellence.