African Changemaker

Wale Ayeni

Wale Ayeni is a champion of Africa’s startup ecosystem and an advocate for venture capital and investment on the continent.

Through his strategic vision, industry expertise, and commitment to collaboration, Ayeni has left an indelible mark on the investment landscape, empowering entrepreneurs, and driving economic growth across the continent.

He currently leads investments in early-growth tech companies in frontier markets with Helios Digital Ventures.


Helios Digital Ventures is on a mission to support founders at the early-growth stage to build long-lasting businesses using technology to rethink and deliver impact.

Prior to that, Wale led IFC’s venture capital deals in frontier markets across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.


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