Ife Durisinmi - Etti

Entrepreneur/Business Owner

Ife Durisinmi - Etti studied MBA Global Business at Coventry University and graduated in 2012. Since graduating they have been working as an Entrepreneur/Business Owner. Of their time at Coventry University they said; “ My experience at Coventry was nothing short of amazing... Coming from a very strict science background, the faculty made learning easy. I loved the fact that I could walk up to any member of staff to ask questions. I loved the fact that the people in the class were from diverse backgrounds. "Coventry University opened me to the world of the world of business and entrepreneurship through my MBA and I’m forever thankful for that experience. Since graduating Since I left Coventry University, my life has been a whirlwind. During my MBA, I started interviewing for jobs in Nigeria and I got my dream job... Agter 5 years, I left and started AGS Tribe, a social enterprise created to democratize opportunities for female entrepreneurs and professionals in Africa. It is a platform that brings female entrepreneurs together to form cross boarder relationships with the aim of transforming Africa. I am very passionate about women and youth contributing to national development and have been able to empower female entrepreneurs through the AGS Enterprise Challenge, a program launched to empower female entrepreneurs through funding, mentorship and training amongst other projects. Recently, I launched a $1,000,000 women empowerment fund to fund female businesses in Nigeria. In 2016, my company was selected as one of the organisations who can transform Africa by the Tony Elumelu Foundation and i was selected as one of the Alumni Hub Leads for the South West region of Nigeria under the Foundation. I am also a beneficiary of the Variant Advisory and Winner of the Jumia Super Startup Competition. In 2017, I received an award from Vivian Fowler College for Girls, one of Nigeria’s best secondary schools in recognition of her contribution to women empowerment and in 2018, I also received the Women’s Advocacy Award from the West African Leadership Organization for her exemplary leadership and dedication to the socio economic development in West Africa. I was selected as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum, a community of young people across the world making an impact in their respective communities and under the community, I am the Project Lead for Startup Dome, a project launched to bridge the gender gap through socio economic empowerment of women in Nigeria. In March 2018, I was invited to Harvard University to serve as a panelist during their African Development Conference to discuss the role of women in democracy and how it impacts on business in Africa. I was also named a Peace Scholar by the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs and was recently selected to receive mentorship from world renowned artist and business man, Akon as a result of my contributions to the entrepreneurship sector in Africa. I am also a One Young World Ambassador and was recently appointed as a Youth Advisory Group Member for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), a global coalition formed by the World Bank, aimed at providing catalytic support to employment and productive work for 150 million youth by 2030. In December 2019, I was listed as one of the 52 women who made impact in 2019. I am currently about to launch Africa’s first socio economic empowerment platform for women on the 1st of October, 2020. Before Coventry University, I had no prior knowledge of business (or finance) or even marketing because I was a strict science student. I studied biochemistry.. I didn’t even know how to do presentations boldly. Today, I can boldly do business analysis, work as a consultant or even understand all the business jargons most of the big 4’s use in the business world. During my time at Coventry University, for some reason, my group members always pushed me to give group presentations, before then, I hated it but it is a very important skill to have as an entrepreneur because you’d find out that 70% of the time, you are presenting your idea to a new audience or pitching to investors. I also found out that I was leading our teams effortlessly, all of which I couldn’t do during my undergraduate degree. I think the seriousness of the business school really put a lot of things in perspective for me. It was an excellent time and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. They gave me the opportunity to get a business degree when other schools didn’t, today, some of those schools have called me to inspire their students. It taught me to never base anyone on just qualifications alone but also their willingness to learn, grow and make a difference. Coventry did that for me!"

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