Shola Akinlade

Shola is CEO and co-founder of Paystack, a technology company powering payments and growth for businesses in Africa. 

Over 60,000 businesses of all sizes – from startups to government agencies – use Paystack’s robust suite of payments APIs to collect and transfer online and offline payments securely. Paystack processes over 50% of all online payments in Nigeria (Africa’s largest economy), and accelerates growth for Africa’s best companies, helping them launch new business models, and deepen customer relationships.

Paystack was the first Nigerian company to be accepted into Silicon Valley-based accelerator, Y Combinator, and has raised over $10 million from both international and local investors including Stripe, Visa, Tencent, Y Combinator, Comcast Ventures Catalyst Fund, Blue Haven Ventures, and Ventures Platform.

Prior to Paystack, Shola co-founded Precurio, an open-source collaboration software for businesses in emerging markets which was downloaded over 150,000 times and made available in 6 languages. Shola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Babcock University.

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