The Next FinTech Unicorn Runs on Crypto

PORTFOLIO UPDATES

Fonbnk Co-founder and CEO Christian Duffus presented at this year’s Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) in Paris on the topic “NoFi to DeFi: Driving Financial Inclusion Through Digital Access”.

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

Growth Of The Financial Services Market in Africa

COMMUNITY & EVENTS

Our Founder & Managing Partner, Barbara Iyayi shared her insights on Defi & Web 3 at recent crypto conferences.

  • Celo Connect in Barcelona (April): Barbara Iyayi was a speaker on a panel about investing in emerging economies and discussed opportunities for bringing real world assets into DeFi. Panelists: Simão Cruz (Lightshift Capital), Chris Lee, TKX and Maria Alegre (Flori Ventures).
  • Moonclave crypto conference in Aspen (August): Barbara Iyayi moderated a panel called Crypto: The Engine for Inclusion and discussed the opportunities to use the blockchain & Web3 to solve real world use cases that drive financial inclusion and create economic and ecological prosperity. Panelists: Alex Witt (Celo), Amy Oldenburg (Morgan Stanley), Juan Vita (Mercado Libre).
  • CeloConnect Salon in NYC (September): Barbara Iyayi was a speaker on a panel on Regenerative Finance (ReFi) during NYC Climate Week and discussed opportunities in Web3 that create aligned incentives for impact. Panelists: David Rodriguez (Draft Ventures) and Phil Fogel (Flowcarbon).
  • Kuramo Capital 2022 Sub-Saharan Africa Day in NYC (September): Barbara Iyayi presented our women-led VC fund to an audience of investors such as Ford Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Kuramo Capital that are supporting female fund managers. As part of a panel discussion, Barbara explained how we are capitalizing on the FinTech / Web 3 opportunity in Africa and uniquely set up to champion female founders in the Web 3 space. Faridah Usman moderated the panel with leading female fund managers in Africa: Hema Vallabh (Five35 Ventures), Tokunboh Ishmael (Alitheia), and Tariye Gbadegesin (ARM Harith Infrastructure)
  • Celo Africa Web 3 Fund Launch (July): Duncan led workshops in Nairobi with over 40 startups participating. The workshops were geared towards helping founders in Africa build Web 3 startups.
  • Africa Money and DeFi Summit in Ghana (September): Duncan was a speaker on a panel called “The investment landscape — What is Trending”. Panelists: Olaleye Oladimeji (Legalpreneur Consulting), Yvonne Okafor (Untapped Global), Ayobamigbe Teriba (Founders Factory Africa), Jasiel Martin-Odoom (Accion Venture Lab).

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Unicorn Growth Capital

Unicorn Growth Capital

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Unicorn Growth Capital is an early-stage Web3 VC fund that invests in the future of Finance, bridging TradFi & DeFi to foster more inclusive economies.