Meet Olaoluwa Samuel-biyi – Co-founder at SureGroup
Olaoluwa Samuel-biyi is a co-founder at SureGroup, a revolutionary online gifting platform looking to disrupt traditional gifting systems in Nigeria.
The company now houses SureGifts (shopping vouchers for gifting and rewards), SureRemit (voucher-based international remittances powered by cryptocurrency), and SureCredit (convenient voucher loans).
SureGifts, a digital shopping voucher aggregator, pioneered the concept of gift cards in Nigeria, partnering with brands like Game, Spar, Samsung and Jumia for their digital gift card program.
Leveraging its SureGifts merchant network, Samuel-Biyi and his partners started SureRemit, a platform that uses cryptocurrency to power remittances intended for non-cash uses like utility payments, groceries and medicine. The product is aimed at money sent home by global immigrants.
At its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in January 2018, SureRemit raised $7 million.
SureCredit is “a voucher financing platform for employees of selected companies. Employees can get a voucher to purchase an asset or service from several merchants in NIgeria and pay later over time from their salaries”.
Prior to SureGroup, he managed data-intensive projects in Commercial Planning, Business Intelligence, and Financial Analysis at Jumia in Nigeria. He is a Senior Consultant at Venture Garden Group, advising on start-up investing, business risk, strategy, and finance. Olaoluwa also supports early-stage African entrepreneurs as a Venture Partner at Greenhouse Capital and Hacked Capital.
He studied Accounting and Finance at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, and holds a Master’s degree in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.
He was on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list for entrepreneurship in 2018.