December 2022

Blackout Tuesday #11. A panel discussion on Raising a Fund, an update from the founder of Launchpad Accelerator by Black Girl Fest, a conversation around The Weathering Effect, and a musical performance.


Folake Shasanya

Folake Shasanya is the Head of New and Strategic Channels, EMEA at SVB. A newly established global business area at SVB, NSC is mandated to increase our clients’ probability of success in the innovation economy by improving access to information, network and capital for overlooked and underestimated founders.

Folake joined SVB in July 2019 as Head of EMEA Warehouse Financing where she established a new high growth business are for the Fintech practice, providing scaleable debt solutions in the form of structured warehouse financing.

A 15 year veteran in structured finance, Folake previously led acquisition financing at Royal Bank of Scotland (NatWest Markets) providing funding solutions to non-bank lenders and private equity firms. She was also director of the credit division at SIFMA helping to shape regulatory and market structures in the fall out of the Global Financial Crisis. She began her finance career in 2005 as a structurer in the asset backed financing group at Credit Suisse, having joined under a special winter internship program and never looked back. 

Yvonne Bajela

Partner – LocalGlobe & Latitude

Karl Lokko

Chairman at Black Seed

Temi Marcella

Partner at Magic Fund

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji was born in Lagos on March 28, 1991, to Reverend (Mr) and Reverend (Mrs) Aboyeji. He is a Nigerian native of Isin LGA in Kwara State. He attended Primary School at St Saviour’s Primary School Ebute-Metta, Lagos. After earning his secondary school certificate from the Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja in 2007, he continued to the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies. 

Iyinoluwa is currently the CEO and General Partner of Fund for Africa’s Future (popularly known as Future Africa), Africa’s largest seed stage investor which has invested millions of dollars into over hundred startups across Africa. 

Nicole Crentsil

Nicole Crentsil is a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur, angel investor and cultural curator based in London. In 2018, Forbes listed Nicole as one of 100 women to follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. In the same year, TimeOut named Nicole as 1 of 50 Londoner’s shaping the city’s cultural landscape.

Nicole is the CEO of Black Girl Fest a platform dedicated to Black women, girls and non-binary people. Nicole is passionate about connecting women, young people and underrepresented groups to art, culture and events.

Jacque Onalo

Human Rights Lawyer. Leadership Development Specialist. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Expert.

Suzanne Alleyne

Suzanne Alleyne is a Cultural Thinker and Founder of Alleyne& a strategic consultancy (organisational development, strategy, visual and brand identity and facilitation) and incubator (research and future thinking). Her passion and talent lie in exploring society’s big questions and creating solutions to develop a more equitable whilst profitable society. Her current groundbreaking research project is Neurology of PowerTM, an iterative project that asks where power resides in the brain and body.  A core strand of this research interrogates the relationship between power, well-being, self-care, the individual, organisations and wider society.

Justin King

Associate Director at Milltown Partners

Dame Donna Kinnair




Welcome & Partnership Update

Raising a Fund

Launchpad Update & Q&A

The Weathering Effect