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By Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Kike Oniwinde has built an app, named @bypnetwork to connect black professionals and students all over the world for networking and career purposes.

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The 25-year-old has a Masters degree in Management from University of Florida, which she gained on full track and field scholarship.

She also has a bachelors in Economics and has been named as a Future Leader in Technology by Sky Corp.

“I grew up as an elite athlete and I only saw my value in my sport as the entertainment industry is where black people succeeded. It wasn’t until I met exceptional black students at UF that I realized we succeed in all industries. From this, I decided to create a platform to connect black professionals globally so that we can all see our excellence”.

Kike has been named as a Sky Woman in Technology Scholar gaining a $33,000 grant and full backing From Sky Corp. She also won the Founders Forum ‘F-Factor’ Competition beating 200 applicants along with winning the New Entrepreneurs Foundation pitch contest. She gained over $50k in funding and was featured in the Sunday Times (A national UK paper).

“The plan is for BYP Network to be the go to platform for black professionals who want to connect locally and globally to create new businesses, friendships and careers. Representation is important and I believe this platform will empower the black community. I’ve benefited significantly, as I connected with my American Co-founder, Adrian Claudius-Cole through BYP Network”, she said.

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