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 17, 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

Entrepreneurship

Programme Manager

Tyra Alexander

Employment

Programme Manager

Sonya Barlow

Diversity and Inclusion 

Programme Manager

Hannah Dinesh

Community and Campaigns

Programme Manager

Our Advisory Board

Sarah Drinkwater

Director of Beneficial Technology

 Omidyar Network 

Amali de Alwis MBE FRSA

Managing Director

Microsoft for Startups UK 

Ugo Ikokwu

Grants Manager

Trust for London

David Fogal 

COO

WeFarm

Abadesi ​Osunsade

Founder

HustleCrew

Brett Harris Wigdortz OBE

CEO and Co-Founder

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Cristiana Camisotti

Entrepreneur and Advisor

Funke Omisore

Investment Management  Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP