……Architect of Africa’s Largest Digital Financial Inclusion Program for Farmers Joins Endeavor Network
Bolaji Akinboro, co-founder of Cellulant Corporation and CEO of Cellulant Nigeria, was selected to join the Endeavor Global Entrepreneurs Network, a leading high-impact entrepreneurship movement around the world that supports organizations to have prime opportunities for growth.
Through a rigorous, multi-step selection process, Endeavor annually screens thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world to identify those with the best talent and potential for impact.
In the past two decades, Bolaji’s work has focused on creating impactful projects across Africa having spent time working in business development with reputable companies in the continent. Prior to assuming his role as CEO of Cellulant Nigeria, Bolaji led the planning and the execution of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) project; an agricultural subsidy program for the Federal Government of Nigeria which enabled the disbursement of fertilizer, seed and other agricultural inputs worth $1B to rural farmers through an e-wallet platform. The eWallet platform has build the foundation for mass-adoption of digital financial services for the unbanked in Nigeria. The technology has also been adopted by the Liberia, Togo, and the Afghanistan governments to transform their agriculture sectors.
Asked about his selection in the Endeavor network, Bolaji stated- “joining the Endeavor network is another step towards strengthening our teams and scaling our work in Africa. Today, Cellulant has built a large network of payment players in Africa and we are working to solve the most challenging problems in Africa. Endeavor will afford us a great network of peers around the world who can serve as mentors for our teams as we do this work. Furthermore, Cellulant will have the opportunity to shape the global conversations and knowledge-building on what it will take for Africa to experience high-impact growth in various sectors in the coming years.”
Bolaji joins his Cellulant co-founder and group CEO Ken Njoroge, recently selected as the first high-impact Sub-Saharan entrepreneur by Endeavor during their 72nd International Selection Panel (ISP) held in Beirut, Lebanon on June 24-26, 2017.
On the selection, Fiona Mugai, Managing Director for Endeavor Kenya said, “We are thrilled to welcome Bolaji to the Endeavor network after a rigorous and highly competitive selection process. His selection as an Endeavor entrepreneur is a testament to the growth and potential of the African entrepreneurial ecosystem. Bolaji and his co-founder Ken have demonstrated their ability as young entrepreneurs to build an impressive business that has a strong brand in the larger African market. Through Endeavor, Bolaji will be able to multiply his impact as the role model Africa needs to spur its future entrepreneurial and economic growth. We look forward to working with Bolaji, Ken and their team at Cellulant to further scale their expansion into new markets and supporting their efforts in transforming lives through promoting financial inclusion in Africa.”
Post-selection, Endeavor is working with Cellulant’s co-founders and team to catalyze the already transformational work that the company is doing in Africa.