September 2015 Guest Lecture Weekend

Kelechi Udoagwu | Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Every quarter at MEST, we host business and technology leaders from around the world as Guest Speakers. They come to share lessons learned from their professional experiences with our budding entrepreneurs and students.

The September Guest Lecture was vibrant with the now-legendary MEST energy which made our visitors feel right at home. The Guest Speakers threw caution and time to the wind and candidly answered all questions – on business, software development, and investment funding.

The speakers also had an enjoyable time getting to learn about how business and startups fare in Africa. It was altogether a successful and memorable day.

Here’s a peek into the Guest Lecture speakers’ profiles and some photos from the weekend.


Speakers’ Profiles

Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica is a revenue-obsessed entrepreneur who loves to pitch investors and help others achieve their revenue and fundraising goals. Currently Venture Partner/ Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups, she focuses on helping founders pay attention to what has heart and meaning to their customers, team and investors.

Previously, she co-founded inDinero Full Service and advised 300+ startups on their finances, then she co-founded SlideChef, a cloud presentation wizard. To help the startup community, she led SF PitchMasters and taught pitching at Stanford’s VLAB. With a B. A in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, her dream is to democratize the power to inspire others and enable more social good organizations to grow.

Toro Orero
Toro Orero is Managing Partner at DraperDarkFlow, a silicon valley based Venture Capital Fund for awesome African startups that have a vision of changing the world. DraperDarkFlow focuses on startups that have global ideas and not necessarily focused on only Africa as its market.

Currently, investing between $100k-$200k in startups with initial traction (post-hustle, he calls it), DraperDarkFlow concentrates on startups doing productive stuff in scalable waysfrom Africa. The value that counts is the simplicity of product, person or team, and the process of execution. It’s never solely about the business plan.


Aaron Fu

Aaron Fu is Managing Partner at NEST VC, Kenya, a group of entrepreneurs turned investors, who invest in entrepreneurs based in the heart of Asia. He has more than 8 years of experience in financial services and technology across Europe, Asia and Africa with Standard Chartered and Société Générale. He has led global, regional and local product and service launches, large-scale change projects and sustainable community impact initiatives.

Driven by a passion for crafting experiences and growing start-ups, Aaron has also co-founded, invested in and advised businesses spanning industries including transport, hospitality, F&B and consulting. He joins NEST to extend its startup eco-system and accelerator programs to the rapidly emerging innovation hubs in Africa.


Some photos captured from the weekend