iStarter Hub is a social enterprise that is passionate about youth and women empowerment through training, peer-to-peer networking and mentorship especially in the areas of technology, creative designing and entrepreneurship. iStarter Hub provides enabling environment for young people and women to work, learn and collaborate, while ensuring that they are running innovative and sustainable businesses.
Entrepreneurs are vital for economic growth; this should reflect in an educational system that teaches entrepreneurial skills. At iStarter Hub, we have incorporated entrepreneurial skills into our digital skills curriculum to ensure that program beneficiaries are market-ready. The beneficiaries also get mentorship from leaders in the industry.
The potential to advance women economically may be the most exciting transformative feature of technology. African women and girls have a significant role to play in Africa’s economic and innovative transformation.
Modupe Darabidan Adeoye
Modupe Darabidan Adeoye has ten years of experience in the Information Technology sector, with eight years spent in the nonprofit space. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with Economics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. Her work as a Technology Program Coordinator and as a Program Manager in the EDTECH nonprofit space has helped develop her skills as an educational technologist.
Modupe is the Founder/Managing Director at iStarter Hub. Over the years, Modupe has consistently worked with girls and women in low-income communities, developing programs that teach them to create solutions for identified problems in their communities. They learn to leverage available information technologies and entrepreneurial skills in their creativity. She is passionate about Technology, women and youth empowerment.
She is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC Fellow and a Mandela Washington Fellow.
Oje Olaolu Ivagba
Oje Ivagba is a professional communicator with vast experience in nonprofit management, program design, youth work, active citizenship and grassroots engagement in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. He has over 15 years of experience in social sector strategy, leading people and project portfolios funded by local and international donors.
He has led and delivered high-impact outcomes in reputed social good organisations in Nigeria and presently serves as the Deputy Program Director – Nigeria, at Ishk Tolaram Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to a host of youth-led initiatives in Nigeria.
Oje is an alumnus of the department of Mass Communication-University of Lagos, Middlebury Institute for International Studies and Pan Atlantic University – Enterprise Development Center.
Abiola Olukunle is the creative director of BRS SIGNATURES LTD @brssignatures. At BRS Signatures, she makes uniforms and professional garments for all types and cader of professionals across industries, including Schools, Hospitality, Oil and Gas, Security, and more. Simply speaking, She makes everything uniforms!!
Abiola has a strange passion for knitting. It all started during her National youth service, and it’s since her safe place. She has been able to express this passion professionally through Knit Africa, @knitafrica. She has transited from simply knitting clothes, bags, toys for fun to being a knit tutor. Now, it is safe to say She KNITS LIVES. At Knit Africa, Knitting is a therapeutic tool for the mind and body. So, feel free to call her the Knit Doctor! 😉.
She has her first degree in Microbiology from Crawford University and went on to bag a master degree in Public health (Epidemiology, precisely) at the University of Lagos, Unilag. Abiola also got a world bank scholarship to study at the Lagos Business School/ Enterprise Development Center, where she bagged a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management.
Abiola Olukunle currently serves with the teenage ministry in her local church alongside her husband as a youth leader. She volunteers a lot for teenagers and youth events as they hold a special place in her heart.
Obafemi Darabidan is currently the Vice President of Growth at Creditclan. He has over fourteen years of experience in Banking and Finance covering Corporate, Commercial, Retail, and Microfinance banking segments of the Industry.
Obafemi is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), holds a Microfinance Certification (MCP) from the same Institute. Obafemi is also a Certified LivePlan Advisor for Small Businesses.
He is renowned for his wealth of experience and expertise spanning from Business Development, Risk Management amongst other Executive management functions Corporate banking, deal structuring, retail lending, Banking Operations, Client Relationship Management.
Obafemi has practical skills in other areas such as Business Analysis, Problem Solving, Design Thinking, Business Operations, and Strategic Planning. He is passionate about supporting SMEs and impacting emerging economies by developing Business Cases, Financial Models, and Business Advisory.
He volunteers for non-profit causes as a trainer and facilitator with the Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and a trainer and financial advisor at the Covenant Capital (the entrepreneurial arm of The Covenant Nation).