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Deborah Okenla

Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story)

Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story); a startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to open doors of opportunity for diverse talent within the startup ecosystem. YSYS run two programmes: FoundersDoor the first UK pre-accelerator for women and BAME entrepreneurs, supported by The Mayor of London and TalentDoor a series of career focused events for diverse talent. Since 2017 they have provided access to opportunities for over 8,000 individuals across the UK, in partnership with FT, Linkedin, Google, JPMorgan and more.

Deborah is a passionate advocate for women of colour in entrepreneurship and regularly mentors women leading community groups across London.

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