Forbes Africa just unveiled its fifth annual “30 under 30” list, highlighting the top young entrepreneurs, innovators and gamechangers.
And guess what: WealthLAB co-founder Odunayo Eweniyi is on it. See the full Forbes list here.
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Extremely honored to be on the list of this year’s Forbes 30under30 2019 in Technology along with my cofounders @somtoifezue and @JoshChibueze. Thank you everyone for the support, we could not have done this without you guys! Thank you @forbesafrica! #thegirlthatcould #30under30
Alongside co-founders Joshua Chibueze, 26, and Somto Ifezue, 28, Odunayo built PiggyVest, a fintech app that’s helped over 230,000 African Millennials invest and save over $15M.
“PiggyVest was born out of the need to help people create a sustainable means of saving,” Odunayo told Forbes. PiggyVest users currently earn 10-13% on savings.
Just last May, PiggyVest—then known as Piggybank—closed a seed round, raising $1.1M. In doing so, Odunayo became one of under 30 Black women to raise over $1M in startup capital.
While the app started as a digital piggy bank for savers, Odunayo told TechCrunch the goal was to become a “financial warehouse” where other financial providers “can plug in their services for [PiggyVest] users.”
That vision recently came to life with the launch a new investment feature called “Investify,” which pays around 25% depending on the investment opportunity.
These investments will range from classic guaranteed fixed income opportunities (TBills, bonds, commercial papers, etc) to unconventional opportunities in real estate, agriculture, and transportation.
Minimum amount you can invest will vary by investment opportunities.
— PiggyVest (@PiggyBankNG) April 30, 2019
The Forbes distinction comes on the heels of an impressive recent run of awards for the young entrepreneur.
In March, Odunayo earned an award from Forbes as one of the top young “wealth creators” in Africa. Shortly after, Odunayo was named 2019 SME Entrepreneur of the Year in Wealth and Society in West Africa.
Prior to founding PiggyVest, Odunayo co-founded PushCV, the largest job database in Africa.
“I’ve always wanted to make an impact. I didn’t know how I would do it, but i felt a compulsion to.”Odunayo told Black Enterprise in a recent interview.
In addition to PiggyVest, Odunayo’s co-founded WealthLAB (yes, this WealthLAB) with NYC-based investor-entrepreneur Philip Michael. The two also invest in women —and minority run startups in the US.
Forbes Africa named 120 entrepreneurs across four categories: trade, technology, innovation, and sport. “I’m honored but I’m just ready to work,” Odunayo said when asked about the award. “I’m already thinking about what’s next.”
Well, alright then. Hit her up and congratulate her on IG here!
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Gary Vee’s ‘$1.80’ Instagram Strategy To Hack Your Follower Count
Entrepreneur and bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk—aka Gary Vee!— is one of the biggest business on social media today.
His IG currently boasts 4M followers while his YouTube has near 1.6M subscribers.
The CEO of Vayner Media, Gary uses (and absolutely loves) social media to propel the growth of his business, now valued at a whopping $125 million, which even includes a media franchise.
(And no, WealthLAB’s not for sale, G.)
Obviously, if you’re someone just starting out in business, you’re looking for ways to get your business out there. How to get more followers.
For 90%+, you pick a couple of platforms, you post. More often than not, you end up with dwindling traffic, or no shares or comments.
So how do you get around that?
According to Gary Vee, you can get more followers and more engagement through a $1.80 strategy. (Well, sorta.)
Here’s how you do it.
Make a list of every hashtag that fit the work your business does. Apart from this, check out the other tags people use when generating content similar to yours.
$1.80 strategy on instagram pic.twitter.com/ZxfDONb23v
— Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) November 28, 2017
With this in hand, check out any hashtag for the top posts surrounding that description—and then share your two cents about it as a comment.
If you were to do this ten times over, your work would equal $0.02*9 posts*the hashtags= $1.80. (Yeah, kinda corny, but you get the logic.)
Check it out here, in his own words.
Over time, this can help you snag followers, and you will continuously learn about what matters to many of your followers.