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The VC4A Team

Meet Our Team

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Boyewa Abiodun-Adepoju

Boyewa Abiodun-Adepoju

Marketing Lead – Nigeria: Boye is the gear that connects marketing efforts to the community, programs, and communications at VC4A. For nearly a decade, she’s worked with several startups ranging from food & beverage to fintech, building and growing their message and brand at scale across three markets in SSA. She is excited to use this insight to support an ecosystem that is suitable for these startups to succeed.

Hendrik Admiraal

Hendrik Admiraal

Lead Developer – Netherlands: Hendrik is a web developer, designer, former label manager, and event organizer from The Netherlands. Previously he launched event organizations and has worked for 10+ years as a freelance web developer. After exiting his own company he joined several tech start-ups where he gained valuable insights into their growth and the problems they can encounter.

Frederique Bisserier

Frederique Bisserier

Consultant – Netherlands: Frederique designs and implements startup support programs by VC4A as part of larger donor-funded initiatives. She worked with a variety of Francophone African partners through different projects, such as the World Bank-funded L’Afrique Excelle. Prior to VC4A, Frederique held senior marketing management roles with big corporates such as Philips, Danone & TNS Kantar, managing innovation projects.

Akram Eladwy

Akram Eladwy

Community Platform Associate – Egypt: Akram worked across ecosystems on a mission to develop and guide entrepreneurs. He joined VC4A on the quest to support startups, entrepreneurs and programs. He has engaged with over 100 startups in different sectors providing mentorship, accessibility, and training. Akram also worked with Flat6labs, one of MENA’s leading accelerators.

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Jason Delorie

Senior Platform Associate – Mauritius: Combining his passion for innovation & creative problem solving with his love for the African Startup ecosystem, Jason strives to make a positive impact on the entrepreneurs and startups he connects with. Jason is responsible for managing and maintaining the VC4A platform and working with members to maximize their utility of VC4A tools and digital infrastructure.

Matt Foster

Matthew Foster

Software Developer – Netherlands: Matt is a WordPress and Frontend Developer from England. He lives in the Netherlands with his partner and his dog. He has a background in Art, Design, and sarcastic responses.

Lucía Hernández

Lucía Hernández

ES2 Latam Management – Bolivia: After working as a software developer, founding 4 companies, and volunteering in several non-profit organizations in Uruguay and Bolivia, today, Lucía supports the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Latin America leading projects with various organizations.

Arnout Kroezen

Arnout Kroezen

Director of Finance– Netherlands: Arnout heads the financial management of VC4A. Arnout is a financial expert by training, an entrepreneur, and a manager. He has run his own trading business on the Dutch stock exchange and acts as a financial controller for his company. He has a keen interest in emerging markets and the African investment opportunity.

Bolade Oye

Bolade Oye

Front-end Developer – Nigeria: Bolade is a self-taught front-end developer and a product designer with over 5 years of experience in both fields. He enjoys building and designing interfaces that make solving complex problems easy and intuitive. He also dabbles in music production and loves gaming.

Femi Oye

Femi Oye

Front-end Developer – Nigeria: Femi is a digital product designer and front-end developer with years of experience in building world-class digital products that help people and businesses succeed. He enjoys the process of transforming ideas into meaningful digital experiences, and He constantly learns new and better ways of designing products. Outside of work you’ll catch him watching a show on Netflix, reading a book, listening to music or a podcast, and visiting new places.

Iris Parra

Iris Parra

Latin America Lead – Peru: Iris leads the Venture Showcase and Mentorship marketplace for VC4A in Latin America. She is a social entrepreneur and digital nomad with a passion for travel, languages, and sustainability. Gaining experience in management and consulting roles, in the past 10 years she has been connecting leaders with purpose-driven organizations to contribute to the development of emerging markets.

Niek van Dijk

Niek van Dijk

Program Lead – Netherlands: Niek develops and manages startup support programs run by VC4A. He gets his energy from working on entrepreneurship that is focused on tackling societal challenges. Prior to joining VC4A, Niek worked for 10+ years with social enterprises, NGO’s and government to develop and lead a variety of projects focused on advancing entrepreneurship in Sub-Sahara Africa and South- and South-East Asia.

Thomas van Halen

Thomas van Halen

Pro Services – Netherlands: Entrepreneurship, being part of an inspiring community and driven to make a difference: this explains the match between VC4A and Thomas best. Linking people with the right opportunities is where Thomas gets his energy from. His focus has always been on entrepreneurship and Africa. As a member of the board, he manages the Twiga Foundation supporting bright students in Kenya. On a commercial level, he invented, established, and managed two companies.

Bertil van Vugt

Bertil van Vugt

@brutuzBusiness Development Lead – Netherlands: Bertil is responsible for business development at VC4A, working with partners to improve the services on the VC4A.com platform. He managed the 3-year ‘Inclusive Business Accelerator’ program on the side of VC4A. Bertil studied journalism (Ba) and Political Science (Ma) and gained content and technical experience while working in the African startup and media space since 2006 in Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, and other countries across the continent.

Ion Vrinceanu

Ion Vrinceanu

Software Developer – Romania: Ion is a self-taught web developer that started as a freelancer 10 years ago and discovered the WordPress community 5 years ago. Since then, he build WordPress plugins and themes with more than 35.000 downloads. There’s no new day without learning something new and his motto is “If you have to explain your product, it’s not as good as you think”.

Ben White

Ben White

@zia505 – Founder, CEO & Community Evangelist
Netherlands, United States
: Ben has been venturing in the African technology and media space since 2003. Involved in multiple startups, Ben is also the founder of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs, and the African Business Angel Network (ABAN). Ben is on the board of ActivSpaces and in 2007 he founded VC4A.