Deborah Okenla

Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a thriving startup community for founders, developers, creatives and investors on a mission to make a difference. YSYS supports and empowers organisations who want to drive diversity, inclusion and social change in London’s startup ecosystem. Together with their community, they collaborate with accelerators, incubators, venture capitalists, not-for profits, universities and corporates on impact projects. Their impact projects include; JPMorgan, Capital Enterprise, OneTech, Tech Inclusion, FFWD, the Mayor of London Digital Talent Programme and more.

Deborah has extensive experience in launching accelerator programmes and building engaged communities, with a shared mission. She has worked with Google for Startups, Huckletree, Incubus Ventures, Capital Enterprise, The British Council and the ODI.

She is a passionate advocate for black women in tech and has been recognised for her campaign “Where Are The Faces” spotlighting black women in the UK tech ecosystem – by LEAP, Rajesh Agarwal, Deputy Mayor of London, Forbes and The Evening Standard

Deborah also sits on the Board of Directors for Capital Enterprise a membership body for deliverers of enterprise support services in London.

Recently she was named The UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Technology by the Financial Times.

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