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Uwem Uwemakpan
VP, Fund Operations at Ingressive Capital


Uwem is a Startup Coach and investor in early-stage startups. He helps entrepreneurs gain the clarity they need to turn their idea/passions into profitable businesses. Uwem is the VP, Fund Operations at Ingressive Capital, a venture capital firm focused on funding the next generation of African innovators across Sub-saharan Africa.

Prior to this, he served as the Entrepreneurship Programme Manager, and the founding team of the largest Pan-African Entrepreneurship Programme, a $100 million initiative – The Tony Elumelu Foundation, which he led for 5 years and surpassed the 10-year goal of training, mentoring and funding 10,000 entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Uwem is now focused on building entrepreneurship ecosystems that empower African entrepreneurs to be the best they can be.

He has affiliations for reputable organisations like Startup Grind, SXSW Pitch, Startupbootcamp Africa, Africa Entrepreneurship Awards, Global Startup Ecosystem and Injinni (Africa’s first edtech incubator).

He believes entrepreneurship is key to Africa’s development and as such invests his time and resources in initiatives that help the African Entrepreneur grow.