One of Access Bank Plc initiative that aims to nurture, fund and accelerate the growth of Fintech start-ups, Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) has concluded plans to host women in the technology industry on Friday June 11, 2021.
The webinar event with the Theme “Women in Tech: Driving Diversity in the African Tech Industry” will feature Ade Bajomo Executive Director for Information Technology and Operations at Access Bank, will deliver the special guest address.
Bajomo whom also doubles as the President Fintech Association of Nigeria (FintechNGR) will be joined by a line-up of Africa’s leading minds that will be sharing hands on experiences as panel of discussants. Some of the speakers includes, Colette Otusheso Head, Accelerate Tv, Teju Ajani Managing Director, Apple inc. Nigeria, Fade Ogunro Chief Executive Officer Bookings Africa.
Others are, Eloho Omame Entrepreneur, Investor, Founder, Firstcheck Africa, Tosin Faniro-Dada Chief Executive Officer, Endeavor, Prof. Olayinka David-West Associate Dean, Lagos Business School and Simileoluwa Afolabi-Jumbo Founder, SQL Babe.
Participants are expected to learn how to build skills and knowledge to better champion digital transformation, emerging trends to guide near-term decisions, best practice for innovative technologies and global networking opportunities.
However, women in tech advocates noted that we have more jobs in computer science, product development and management, business analysis and solution architecture than graduates Females available to fill those positions, and the number of women in the tech workforce will shrink in the next 10 years unless we act right now.
Stressing that information technology is one of the fastest-growing industries, and technical innovation will play a crucial role in almost every sector of our global economy.
Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) is an Access Bank initiative that aims to nurture, fund, and accelerate the growth of FinTech startups in Africa through its mentorship and accelerator programmes, fast-tracking their growth and maturity to deliver relevant solutions to the market, providing greater access to financial services to the financial excluded across the continent.
It seeks to create new opportunities for African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing incubation support to startups. Shore up the business capacity of startups, support business development, and facilitate access to capital, markets, customers and global innovation partners.
AFF also provides a test bed to showcase best practices and the successes of African-led FinTech solutions. Financial solution providers in the global financial services sector are facing stiffer competition from new players in the financial technology (FinTech) space.
This compelling because emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, P2P payments and lending, Robo-advisory, and Crowdfunding are disrupting traditional business models.