FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22nd November 2017
OVAMBA CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT VIOLA LLEWELLYN TO SPEAK AT SLUSH 2017
November 2017, Washington, DC– Viola Llewellyn, Co-Founder & President of Ovamba Solutions, Inc. has been confirmed to speak on the Center Stage at Slush 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. Slush has grown from a 300 person event in 2008, to a globally renowned gathering of thousands where entrepreneurs and investors meet. Slush is one of the premier technology and innovation gatherings in the world.
This will be the first time that Slush has had a female African FinTech founder on its prestigious Central Stage. Slush’s Central, Founder & Fireside Stages have been graced in the past by founders and investors such as Daniel Ek, Founder of Spotify, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Danae Ringelmann co-founder of Indiegogo, and Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen Fund, to name a few. The key note address this year will be delivered by Al Gore, former U.S.A. Vice President during the Clinton Administration.
Ms. Llewellyn will be joined by Marko Wenthin, co-founder & CCO of Solaris Bank and Andreas Antonopoulos, Bitcoin & Open Blockchain expert. The theme of their discussion is ‘The Democratisation of Financial Services’. She will be discussing how Ovamba has shaped and recreated financial accessibility in Africa and the importance of financial services in emerging markets. “This is epic! Ovamba has worked hard to open the doors to financial inclusion” Ms. Llewellyn stated. She further added, “Our recent collaboration with Microsoft to develop an African language driven “chatbot” is one of many innovations that will achieve this aim. Being at Slush to showcase this is a fantastic opportunity for the world to see Africa very differently”.
Slush is expecting upwards of 20,000 people to attend the 2 day event which runs from November 30th – December 1st 2017.
About Viola A. Llewellyn
Viola Llewellyn is the Co-Founder and President of African FinTech innovator, Ovamba Solutions, Inc., which funds African SMEs in the trade & commodities sectors to help them grow. She oversees strategy, business development & investor relations globally. She and her team have created technology and business services to deliver financial inclusion to Africas SMEs, including an African natural-language chatbot and proprietary, culturally sensitive algorithms to measure SME risk within the African context. Ms. Llewellyn is a Trustee on the Board of The Int’l Women’s Think Tank, the African Women’s Fintech & Payments Network & the European Women Payments Network. Ms. Llewellyn has spent over 15 years in management, consulting, technology and the alternative finance sector.
Slush (www.slush.org) is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. In 2016, Slush was organized in Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore. Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: To help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.
Ovamba (www.Ovamba.com) is an award winning US-founded Sharia Certified FinTech innovator that combines off-balance sheet asset backed lending with eCommerce, logistics & flexible warehousing to provide SMEs in Africa’s trade & commodities sectors with capital. Ovamba raises capital from institutional investors to help SMEs grow. Ovamba’s award winning technology has produced innovative Africa-sensitive proprietary risk measurement algorithms and natural African language ‘chatbots’ to solve business and functional literacy challenges to promote financial inclusion. Ovamba’s application, ‘Ovamba Plus’ is available for Android phones as a download.
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