In 2022, Oyin Solebo joined Techstars as the Managing Director of the ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator.
Early this year, the first cohort of 12 startups graduated from its three-month program designed to provide founders with learning resources, community, and mentorship.
On this episode of Equity Merchants, Solebo shares tips for founders applying to the accelerator, while giving her thoughts on building in public. She also shares how the team was able to increase participation by female founders in its last cohort.
You can also read the article here: https://techpoint.africa/2023/06/28/oyin-solebo-techstars/
00:00 - Tidbits
01:04 - Intro
01:41 - We meet Oyin
02:51 - How ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator came to be
03:25 - Journey to Managing Director
05:43 - From investment banking to venture capitalism
07:45 - Criteria for getting into the accelerator
11:53 - Gauging passion and coachability
15:23 - The Techstars advantage
18:38 - Benefits of an accelerator to the economy
21:53 - Bringing women in
28:00 - Learnings from entrepreneurship
29:39 - Building in public vs building in private
31:46 - Investor due diligence
34:28 - Becoming a really good investor
37:30 - Outro
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