My guest for Episode 93 of The Startup Playbook Podcast is Chike Ukaegbu, a 35 year old entrepreneur, educator and now Presidential Candidate for the 2019 Nigerian elections.
Entrepreneurship to me is about solving problems and no one personifies this more than Chike.
Chike moved from Nigeria to New York at the age of 19 to study biomedical engineering at the City College of New York before continuing on his studies at Cornell, UPenn and Stanford studying Leadership, Business and Venture Capital.
After leaving his studies he wanted to combine his passions on empowering disadvantaged people, STEM and tech and as a result started a technology accelerator called Startup52 – which was the first diversity focused accelerator of it’s kind in the world
Chike has translated these experiences and background to his new position as a presidential candidate for the 2019 Nigerian elections, becoming the youngest presidential candidate in the history of the country.
We discussed a range of topics in this interview including: – How to find and pursue your passion – How diversity drives innovation and profitability – Preparing for a future with AI – What made him run for president of Nigeria