Get to Know Us
and Our Mission
Meet Our Founder
Founder and CEO
Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to open doors of opportunity for diverse talent within the startup ecosystem.
In 2018 and 2019, respectively, Deborah was named The UK's Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the Financial Times. She has also been recognised by Tech Nation as one of the 50 Inspiring Black Leaders in Tech, and by The Dots and Tech50 Awards, as a Rising Female Leader.
Deborah launched YSYS after struggling to find pathways into the tech sector, particularly as a black woman. Since its launch in 2017, YSYS has gone on to connect 10,000 diverse individuals with opportunities in tech, She's a passionate advocate for black women in entrepreneurship and has been recognised by the Mayor of London for her advocacy, spotlighting black women in STEM and venture capital.
In addition, to running YSYS, Deborah continues to mentor black women in tech through community groups such as Coders of Color.
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WHO ARE WE
We are a diverse team passionate about building community and driving impact
Recognition and Awards
The UK's Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the Financial Times. (2019, 2019)
Tech Nation 50 Inspiring Black Leaders in Tech,
Tech50 Awards Rising Female Leader.
Wework of colour
Evening standard google
Mayour of london summit