Founder message

Being essential to the solution.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (BA ’12)

Founding Partner, Future Africa. Previous: Andella, Flutterwave and Bookneto (Velocity ’12)

This is an image of a man sitting in a chair, waist up. He is laughing and wearing a blue tailored jacket with a red tie. He is the only person in the image.

The world has a lot of problems and it’s very easy to be overwhelmed by them. What I’ve learned on this journey is that if you’re a person who continually asks, “Why not” or “Why not me”, that will take you very far because then you become essential to the solution.

University startup incubators are powerful because they’re where entrepreneurs have a certain safety net and a place that gives them freedom to learn from a community of peers and colleagues. That’s important because at the end of the day, a big part of who you become is what you learn from others. At Velocity you see people who you share a lot of similarities with. They are all building something exceptional, which opens your mind to the idea that you can do it too — and maybe even better. That can drive you in ways you might not realize until years later. Being part of a legacy — a location, institution, and incubator — gives you the opportunity to get daily reminders of people who have made a big impact on society.

To have Velocity, a place to grow and build backed by a university that prides itself on entrepreneurship, is not automatic. In fact, it’s rare. I’ve been to many places in the world and a lot of students don’t have the same opportunity. It’s genius that students have this space at a university dedicated to entrepreneurship.