The co-founder of Kobopay, one of Nigeria’s most innovative financial sector brands, has been shortlisted for a prestigious entrepreneurial award and will fly out to the United Arab Emirates for the Finals later this month.

The Awards event will be delivered as part of the inaugural Inspiring Futures, which is being staged by The Adam Bradford Agency as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It will be held on 17 November at Media One Hotel in Dubai Media City.

Following a grueling application process to compete for a prize that includes a cash award, investment opportunities, audience to global brands/ networks, and professional mentorship, Leslie Emenalo, the co-founder of Kobopay has been selected from a hugely competitive field of more than 200 aspirants.

Leslie will pitch Kobopay’s business model to a panel of expert business
‘dragons’, including AdamBradford (founder of the Adam Bradford Agency), John
Martin St Valery (chairman of the British Business Group), Helen Barrett (partner
at CBD Corporate Services), Adel Al Awadhi (executive chairman of The
Corporate Group) and Vincent Bardet (representing FedEx).

Kobopay is a digital bank aimed at providing the underserved with access to
everyday financial services. By aggregating financial services through a single,
easy-to-use platform.

The goal of the product is to ‘democratize’ financial services while also facilitating trade and remittance services.

Leslie said: “Financial inclusivity is the heart of Kobopay, providing access to everyone -irrespective of status,
location or literacy.

“My team and I are ecstatic to have been chosen out of the hundreds of applicants. It shows that there is real belief in our vision and the world we’re trying to create”.

Adam Bradford, founder, and MD of The Adam Bradford Agency said: “We were hugely impressed by the calibre of applicants and hopefuls, and its testament to the value, power, and potential of Leslie’s business that Kobopay emerged from the field.

“We look forward to welcoming Leslie to the Inspiring Futures event which will be a celebration of entrepreneurship and serve as a catalyst for business ambition, in keeping with The AdamBradford Agency’s own remit of supporting enterprising young people to achieve economic and social success.”

Emenalo has been supported in the growth of his business by the Aiivon Innovation Hub. The Hub operates primarily as an enterprise support organization and has built up an impressive portfolio of projects during its first five years in operation, growing and scaling start-up entrepreneurs through the provision of key enabling structures, co-working spaces, business incubation, and capacity development programmes.

Ama Ase

Ama Ase, the Managing Partner of Aiivon, said: “We are extremely proud of Leslie’s achievements through the Kobobank project and feel very humbled to have played our own part in his success. His hard work and perseverance have helped secure this fantastic opportunity to achieve international recognition.

“Leslie’s story is one of many that we encounter every day through our
organization, and this latest success will serve to inspire us even further
as we seek to deliver real opportunities for bright, young entrepreneurs
in Nigeria.”

Aiivon is a key strategic partner of The Adam Bradford Agency.
About Adam Bradford.

Adam Bradford

Adam Bradford is a social activist, entrepreneur, and business advisor, who
has worked with young entrepreneurs here in the UK and internationally
throughout his career, delivering numerous initiatives to support ambitions.

Having started his first business aged 15, Adam’s most recent
achievement was the development and sale of the BetProtect app.

The BetProtect app was developed to help at-risk gamblers and was
inspired by his dad’s own battle against gambling addiction.

Today, Adam’s focus is split between his social activism work and
managing the Adam Bradford Agency.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe


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