Odunayo Eweniyi

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Original short description: "Nigerian Entrepreneur"

Odunayo Eweniyi
Born (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 28)
Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Nationality Nigerian
Education B.Eng. in Computer Engineering, Covenant University.
Occupation Technology Entrepreneur
Years active 2013-present
Known for PiggyVest
Notable work(s) Co-founding PushCV
Co-founding Wine&Whine Nigeria
Title CoFounder & COO of PiggyVest

Odunayo Eunice Eweniyi (born 23 December 1993) is a cofounder of PiggyVest Nigeria and serves as its Chief Operations Officer.[1][2]

She is also the cofounder of PushCV, a job site in Africa, with a database of pre-screened candidates. On November 2018, She cofounded Wine & Whine Nigeria, a community for Women empowerment in Nigeria with Damilola Odufuwa.[3][4]

Early life and education

Odunayo was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, to parent who were both professorss. She is a native of Oyo State and has lived most part of her life in the Southwest region of Nigeria, where she did her primary and secondary school education. Odunayo earned her bachelor's degree at the Covenant University, where she graduated top of her class with a first-class honours in computer engineering. She is currently studying for a master's degree in finance (Banking Division) at the SOAS University of London.[5]

Career

Odunayo career began in 2014, when she held an Operation Specialist position with Parolz, a startup company in Lagos. In 2014, she accepted a position as a Junior Editor for TechCabal before joining Techpoint Africa, where she was the Editor-in-chief for 7 months.[5] Odunayo is also credited as one of the founding writers for Zikoko, working with the team for over a year before exiting to focus on building startups.

Entrepreneurial pursuits

Odunayo ventured into entrepreneurship at a very young age, cofounding startups almost immediately after her University education. In 2014, Odunayo and her college friend, Somto Ifezue, cofounded PushCV shortly after they reconnected. In 2016, the duo together with Josh Chibueze and two others co-founded PiggyVest, an online savings and investment platform disrupting the finance sector in Nigeria, using technology and enabling users with the tools to manage and grow their finance effectively.[6] PiggyVest, which was formerly known as Piggybank,[7] raised $1.1m in seed investment in 2016. In 2019, the firm confirmed that over 250,000 people use the platform, saving a total of $20m in 3 years.[8][9]

Governance and boards

Odunayo is an advisory board member of the Gender Lens Accelerator Best Practices Initiative from Village Capital and the IFCTemplate:Disambiguation needed Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi). She is also an advisory board member for TrainFuture, Switzerland and previously consulted for the New York Equity Group from 2018-2019.

Personal life

Odunayo lives in Lagos, Nigeria. When she is not doing business or investing in startups, Odunayo enjoys speaking and teaching at various events and workshops.[4][10]

Awards and recognition

  • OkayAfrica's 100 Women Honoree 2020[11]
  • Lord's Achievers Award Honoree 2020
  • Most Influential Young Nigerian in Science and Technology 2019[12]
  • Her Network Technology Woman of the Year 2019[13]
  • Featured Speaker, World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings 2019[4]
  • YTech100 2019 Honoree
  • Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2019[1]
  • Forbes Africa Top 20 New Wealth Creators 2019[7]
  • Wealth and Society Asian Banker Entrepreneur of the year 2019[9][14]
  • Quartz Africa 30 Innovators 2019
  • Leading ladies Africa 100 Most Inspiring Women 2019
  • BusinessDay’s Spark 2019
  • The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology 2018[15]
  • YNaija Most Influential People in Technology 2017, 2018

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "#30Under30: Technology Category 2019". Forbes Africa. https://www.forbesafrica.com/30-under-30/2019/07/01/30under30-technology-category-2019/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  2. "Meet Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder & COO of Piggybank.ng, Nigeria". Nessa Foundation. https://nsesafoundation.org/stem-wow-odunayo/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  3. "In Conversation With Odunayo Eweniyi & Damilola Odufuwa, Founders of Wine & Whine". Konbini. https://www.konbini.com/ng/lifestyle/in-conversation-with-odunayo-eweniyi-damilola-odufuwa-founders-of-wine-whine/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Odunayo Eweniyi". World Bank Live. https://live.worldbank.org/experts/odunayo-eweniyi. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Brains, Focus And Grit: A Profile of Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder, Piggybank.ng". TechCabal. https://techcabal.com/2018/06/08/brains-laser-focus-and-grit-a-profile-of-odunayo-eweniyi-co-founder-piggybank-ng/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  6. "How I work:Odunayo Eweniyi, PiggyVest Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer". Techpoint Africa. https://techpoint.africa/2019/07/29/how-i-work-odunayo-eweniyi-piggyvest-co-founder-and-chief-operations-officer/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "15 Minutes With Odunayo Eweniyi - Co-Founder PiggyVest". The Avalon Daily. https://www.theavalondaily.com/blog/2019/6/14/15-minutes-with-odunayo-eweniyi-co-founder-piggy-vest. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  8. "Odunayo Eweniyi: How we got the idea for Piggybank". The Cable Nigeria. https://www.thecable.ng/odunayo-eweniyi-got-the-idea-piggybank. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Odunayo Eweniyi Named Entrepreneur of the Year at Wealth and Society Awards". Technext. https://technext.ng/2019/05/07/piggyvest-coo-odunayo-eweniyi-named-entrepreneur-of-the-year-at-wealth-and-society-west-africa-awards/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  10. "How to make money in this digital age, according to experts at the 2020 SMWLagos". Pulse Nigeria. https://www.pulse.ng/bi/strategy/how-to-make-money-in-this-digital-age-according-to-experts-at-the-2020-smwlagos/2bp6z52. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  11. "Odunayo Eweniyi - OKAYAFRICA's 100 WOMEN". Okay Africa. https://100women.okayafrica.com/profiles-2020/odunayo-eweniyi. Retrieved 18 March 2020. 
  12. "Profiles: 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians". Avance Media. https://avancemedia.org/2019miyn/. Retrieved 18 March 2020. 
  13. "Winners at Her Network Woman of the Year Awards 2019". The Guardian Nigeria News. https://guardian.ng/guardian-woman/winners-at-her-network-woman-of-the-year-awards-2019/. Retrieved 18 March 2020. 
  14. "PiggyVest C.O.O Odunayo Eweniyi recognised as 2019 SME Entrepreneur of the Year at Wealth and Society West Africa". Ventures Africa. http://venturesafrica.com/piggyvest-coo-odunayo-eweniyi-recognised-as-2019-sme-entrepreneur-of-the-year-at-wealth-and-society-west-africa/. Retrieved 17 March 2020. 
  15. "The Future Awards Africa Prize In Technology". The Future Awards Africa. https://awards.thefutureafrica.com/the-future-awards-africa-prize-in-technology/. Retrieved 17 March 2020.