So many of my favourite partners and collaborators on one panel! From left: Ben (@benpecotich) from Dynamic 4, our Ripple Giving joint venture partner, John from @darcystproject, who have crowdfunded with us twice, Shannon (@shannonrcarruth76) from ING Australia, with whom we run #Dreamstarter and Lucy (@lucybrotherton) from @cityofparramatta, with whom we run Pitch for Good Parramatta. I'm just here being a fan boy. #socialenterprise#socent#socentau#entrepreneurship
Babajide Ipaye (Keexs)
Born in Nigeria, Jide has a BSC in Microbiology from the University of Lagos, and has 14 years of experience in technology and Strategy having worked in Multinationals such as Guinness and Total and then running his own IT company in his home country.
With a shoe size to match his accomplishments, Jide struggled to find shoes to fit his size 48 feet. This is how Keexs was born; Jide decided to make his own shoes! In order to achieve this, Jide recognised the importance of acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge to do so.
He subsequently travelled to the Netherlands where he attended SLEM, an international innovation and training institute for footwear and leather industries, where he learned how to make sneakers from scratch.
Jide then teamed up with friend Moyosore Olowo to raise funds for this new venture, through a global online crowdfunding campaign where they raised enough money to help bring this project to life.
Following this success, KEEXS has been featured on numerous platforms such as Origin Africa (Madagascar), The African Fashion Week Nigeria, Heineken Lagos Fashion Week, Thomson Reuters, eNCA news, TV5Monde, Ebony Life TV, South African Fashion Week and CNN African Voices. KEEXS is positioned as the First Innovative and Social Footwear Brand in Africa.
Meet Jide and other inspiring speakers at Youthpreneur Business Summit.
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