ABOUT YSYS

Community is our greatest asset

About Us

Deborah Okenla

Founder and CEO

How we started:  Founded by Deborah Okenla, Your Startup, Your Story (YSYS) is a startup community dedicated to connecting diverse people with opportunities in tech. 

 

What we’ve achieved: Our members have found new team members, started new roles and secured funding simply by being part of the community. 

 

By harnessing the expertise and diverse experiences of our community, we are able to design diversity and inclusion initiatives that have tangible results.

 

Since 2017, we’ve helped over 10,000 diverse people to advance in tech, and we’re just getting started. 

 

What’s next?: Our mission is to help 100,000+ people to excel in tech by 2023. To reach this goal, we'll be partnering with organisations that are passionate about inclusion, and understand that diversity needs action. 

WHO ARE WE

We are a diverse team passionate about  building community and driving impact 

The Team

Kwaku Dapaah

Programme Manager

(FoundersDoor) 

Hemant Bedarkar

Partnership Manager

Tyra Alexander

Programme Manager

(TalentDoor)

Maya Lingam

Community Data and Impact Manager

Sonya Barlow

D&I Programme Manager

Community Hosts Team

Abiola Babarinde

Communications Host

Malik Agboola 

Media Host

Millie Zah

Programme Host

Claud Williams

Programme Host

Mori Abdul

Events Host

Chisara Nwabara

Training Host

Donell Atkinson-Johnson

Media Host

Claudine Adeyemi

Training Host

Our Advisory Board

Sarah Drinkwater

Director of Beneficial Technology

 Omidyar Network 

Andy Ayim

Product Leader

AHVC School

Roy Azoulay

Founder and CEO

Serelay

David Fogal 

Investor

ADV

Abadesi ​Osunsade

Founder

HustleCrew

Anushka Sharma

Founder

Naaut

Carl Martin

Culture and Learning Lead

Forward Partners

Araceli Camargo

Lab Director

Centric Lab

Cristiana Camisotti

Entrepreneur and Advisor

Contact us

Microsoft for Startups

70 Wilson Street

United Kingdom

London

EC2A 2DB

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