Woman Crush Wednesday: Kike Oniwinde, Founder of BYP Network

“The future is Female”, they say. This quote comes to mind whenever the name Kike Oniwinde is mentioned. Kike is the Founder and CEO of BYP Network, an organisation with a vision to change the Black narrative globally in the Technology sphere of influence. And she is our woman Crush for this week!

 

Technology is the future today, as the world embraces digitalization. Kike is one of the few young woman making great strides in the advancement of Science and Technology. With the launch of digital platform BYP, young professionals are availed the opportunity to get the support and development required for career progression right from their first venture into work experience, to their top management levels.

The platform, often referred to as the”LinkedIn for Black professionals’, empowers black experts around the world to meet new friends, build networks and connect with global corporations. With over 30,000 members across more than 65 countries, the platform has gone on to win awards over the past years since its inception in 2016, placing Kike amongst the prestigious Forbes ’30 under 30′ list.

Kike revealed that black women are underrepresented in the Tech industry. She said it is her desire to change this narrative by helping the Black community through Technology.

“I had this real desire to help the black community on a global scale and I knew that technology can help make this a reality” she said.

When asked her vision for the future of STEM, Kike said her vision is for the Black community to be equally represented in the all sphere, especially in the Tech terrain.

“My vision for the future is for the black community to be fairly represented across all industries. Technology is the most important industry [for the future] and I want there to be drones of us entering and creating products and services that can change the world. To move beyond a limited mindset, dream big and be fuelled by ambition to see it through. I want it to be commonplace to see black founders receiving funding, scaling companies and exiting through selling or IPO’ing. I want black founders to become investors so that they can put money in to more black-owned companies. I want all of this to be a part of the vision to change the black narrative, so that our excellence is known as the norm and any other depiction of the black community that isn’t positive is seen as an outlier. My dreams are to continue to highlight and unlock the talent that exists within the community so that our visibility can inspire the younger generation to tap into their potential and know that they too can reach great heights” she said.

Kike grew up in East London. She has a BSc (Hons) Economics degree from the University of Nottingham and MSc Management degree from the University of Florida, where she received a full track and field scholarship. She is also an ex-Great Britain javelin thrower.

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