Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021 Techstars Edmonton Startup Week 2021
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Global Morning Keynote with Kelechi Nwokocha


Kelechi Nwokocha
Bongalow, CEO

Kelechi Nwokocha is the CEO of Bongalow, a company he started after his mother, who resides in the US, lost a substantial sum to unscrupulous real estate agents. Noticing that the involvement of banks would provide security to the home buying process, Kelechi became curious about the involvement of mortgage banks in such transactions and began aggregating mortgage lenders to make it more convenient and safer for anyone to purchase property and access financing. He began his career on Wall Street and was a Special Assistant to the Ministernof Industry, Trade, and Investments prior to Bongalow. He is a father of 1 and enjoys traveling the world.

Skye Kihara
Black Business Ventures Association, Operations & Community Manager

Skye Kihara’s innovation ethos and professional philosophy is to lead with community in mind. She is dedicated to helping startup focused organizations succeed through optimal operations, community development, and innovative program implementation. 

Skye’s passion is to be the catalyst for explosive solutions by connecting ideas and those behind them with resources to launch their next best startup solution. 

Prior to joining BBVA, she helped lead community development at Startup Edmonton, where she launched the first Foundations for Black Founders, after organizing, listening, and learning from Black and BIPOC tech expert roundtables. She is excited to contribute to an ever-changing, ever-growing tech ecosystem - helping to usher in more ideas and diverse founders into the tech ecosystem. Skye is looking forward to contributing to the cultivation of a deeply interconnected technology world.


Roll out of bed, grab your coffee, and start your morning with an inspiring chat with a global entrepreneurial leader highlighting their unique journey and disruptive startup. 

We all need a good pick-me-up in the morning and listening to those who have been through the process, know the struggles, and can remind us that there is a light at the end of the 16 hour days… well that’s a good morning!

This morning will feature Kelechi Nwokocha who is the CEO of Bongalow in Nigeria. 


Thank you to DrugBank for sponsoring the Entrepreneurship track as part of Edmonton Startup Week.

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Attendees (41)

Maggie Barton Baird
Maggie Barton Baird
MB & Company, Principal
CC
Chase Christensen
RBCx, VP, Relationship Management
Rob Ziola
Rob Ziola
Innovation Canada, Innovation Advisor
Cory Sellar
Cory Sellar
Innovate Edmonton, Marketing & Communications Specialist
Allan Waine
Allan Waine
Startup Edmonton, Program Facilitator
Noah Fast
Noah Fast
Economic Development Winnipeg, Business Development Officer
Barbara McKenzie
Barbara McKenzie
Innovate Edmonton, Director, Strategic and Operational Growth
Shamelle Pless
Shamelle Pless
Innovate Edmonton, Manager, Brand & Digital Presence
Anna Knight
Anna Knight
Startup Edmonton, Program Coordinator
Christian Tokarski
Christian Tokarski
Innovate Edmonton, Head of Startup Edmonton
Keenan Pascal
Keenan Pascal
Token Naturals, CEO
Christian Idicula
Christian Idicula
KASTx Ventures, Director, Operations
Daniel Saraolu
Daniel Saraolu
Canadian Entrepreneurs, founder and CEO
Aatif Baskanderi
Aatif Baskanderi
The Northpine Foundation, CEO
Luke Statt
Luke Statt
Innovate Edmonton
Sam Hassar
Sam Hassar
Hassar Consulting Group Inc., Founder & CEO
Seanna Baxter
Seanna Baxter
Innovate Edmonton, General Admin
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