Featuring three entrepreneurial leaders working to scale their ventures and accelerate social and economic progress in the developing world. The speakers will share the personal and professional circumstances that led them to become entrepreneurs, as well as the future
trajectory that they envision for themselves, their companies, and entrepreneurship as a driver of international development.
Tunde Alawode of dot Learn.
Keynote speaker Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu of soleRebels.
Co-Founder and COO, dot Learn
Tunde Alawode is co-founder and chief operating officer of dot Learn, Africa's MOOC platform. Leveraging their MIT-developed video-vectorization technology, which makes video learning as accessible and affordable as SMS, dot Learn offers online courses to help students in Sub-Saharan Africa study for exams and get into college. Tuned is currently a student at MIT pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His specialty is in the material science of clean energy. His past work has focused on delivering sustainable energy to communities and helping to figure out operational strategies in the African energy sector.
FERNANDA DE VELASCO
Director of Finance & Special Projects, Play Business
Fernanda is a co-founder of Play Business, a unique equity crowd-funding model that incentivizes the growth of innovative enterprises. Fernanda’s ultimate objective is to create an ecosystem in which makers build businesses, players invest in new enterprises, co-founders form teams, and mentors advise entrepreneurs. The Play Business community is catalyzing the culture of entrepreneurship in Mexico and Latin America.
Having always lived In Mexico, Fernanda realizes that entrepreneurs with great ideas and investors need a platform to connect and share information. Before coming to MIT Sloan, she analyzed large companies in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Chile as a Corporate Banking Associate at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and HSBC. She customized financing structures and products to suit clients’ needs. This experience has been key to advising entrepreneurs in planning and making decisions that promote sustainable growth and satisfy investors.
Fernanda holds a Bachelor’s in Financial Management from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. Fernanda is an MBA candidate at the Sloan School of Management.