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Damilare Akanmu

Damilare Akanmu

Product Manager, Payments at First Bank Nigeria Limited
Lagos, Nigeria

Mentorship Connection

This connection is free for all venture stages.

Three meetings per month

Unlimited chat, email, or text within boundaries.


Creating social impact and getting engaged in activities that allow me to contribute positively to my environment give me energy and a reason to look forward to a bright future for mankind. Leveraging on my professional experience and all the skills I picked up during my personal development journey, I can support early-stage startups to find product market fit and offer ideas and strategies for growth.

I have been in business development within the financial space for over 12 years offering business advisory to HNIs and SMEs. I am presently a Product Manager, however, I have invested in personal development and have developed competency in areas such as product growth engineering, AI/ML, data analytics, strategy, and much more.

Asides from my official role in one of the biggest banks in Nigeria, I offer mentorship as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at an Accelerator focused on social impact startups in Africa. At the same time, I am also an Engagement Manager with a global Management Consultancy offering pro bono strategy development services to startups, NGOs, and Social Enterprises.

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Mentorship motivation

  • I am looking for new investments
  • I like to learn about industries and new businesses
  • I want to give back to the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs coming up
  • I want to make new connections for myself and/or the organization I represent
  • I want to scout for new opportunities in engaging as an advisor or for a board seat

I am a lifelong learner. I love discovering and learning about industries and emerging businesses. I follow trends and new developments closely, getting involved to discover and observe how our world benefits from them. I also enjoy staying active within the tech ecosystem to expand my network.

My experience of over a decade supporting SMEs gives me the advantage to assist early-stage startups to scale.