Kike Oniwinde

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Project: Building an app for the Black Young Professionals Network

Kike is proof that people from any background can pursue a career in technology – even when you’re a Team GB javelin thrower!

Rather than come to technology through the conventional route, Kike spotted a business problem whilst at work that she believed technology could solve.

“I started BYP Network after realising how difficult it was to meet other recent black graduates and working professionals, due to the lack of diversity in many organisations. It started as a project from my bedroom in-between work and athletics training but almost instantly people were receptive. It’s been amazing to see the platform grow but it can be so much better and I want to reach millions of people worldwide.”

She hopes the BYP network will create new businesses, offer up job opportunities or create friendship circles full of visionaries. Now that she can see the potential, Kike wants to gain the technical skills that will allow her to develop her ideas.

“Technology is not just for the global elites - anyone can get involved, anyone can bring their ideas to life; they just have to develop a skill and put hard work behind it. I hope my project will inspire all minorities (women and people of colour) that they too can create something that changes the world.

And her inspiration? Who else but Oprah Winfrey?

“I firmly believe that Oprah continuously stands as a beacon of hope for all. As a creator of her own successful platform, she is someone who I can only aspire to emulate.”