Creating sustainable businesses and joys across the urban developing world
This interview was conducted with Bunmi, co-founder of Generation Enterprise.
A firm believer in enterprise solutions to poverty, Bunmi launches youth-run businesses in “bottom-of-the-pyramid” markets to create sustainable social transformation in Africa through his non-profit, Generation Enterprise. By adapting Silicon Valley startup concepts, poor, undereducated youth in Nigeria establish innovative businesses that create wealth and jobs for themselves and their communities. Generation Enterprise has now co-created over 40 businesses and plugs them into local supply chains, moving the otherwise precarious youth from the informal sector to formal business.
Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Bunmi was a consultant with KPMG where he advised 3 of Africa’s biggest companies in cement manufacturing, telecoms and banking across Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, South Africa.
He is a strong advocate for improving access to finance for Africa’s youth. He has spoken at the Harvard Africa Business Conference, International Labor Organization Work4Youth conference, TEDxLagos, TV stations and has received the KPMG Africa Chairman’s Social Innovation Award, LEAP Africa Social Innovation Award amongst others. He co-founded and sits on the board several non-profit ventures including GenVoices.org, Unveiling Africa Foundation, Engineers with a Mission, and Kinnect. He holds a BSc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Baylor University, TX.