In 2016, a picture someone shared of a wooden box they used to save money inspired Eweniyi and her co-founders to create PiggyBank, now known as PiggyVest. Today, she is the CMO of this savings and investments app and also co-founded Feminist Coalition and FirstCheck Africa, an angel fund and community for African women in tech.
On getting into tech
“In 2014, I co-founded PushCV to connect verified employers to pre-screened candidates. We spent two years raising venture funding and worked on several other products that failed. In that time, I also worked as editor-in-chief at Techpoint, founding writer at Zikoko!, and then staff writer of Konbini, so my tech journey is very interspersed with journalism and writing.”
On getting more women into tech
“The lack of women in tech [can’t be explained away] with innate biological differences. It’s really down to a combination of systemic bias, men funding men and a working culture that excludes women. When women are given an opportunity they excel.”
On the work she is doing with FirstCheck Africa
“People often say there isn’t a pipeline of women, in particular Black or African women, in tech. My FirstCheck Africa co-founder, Eloho Omame, and I want to build that pipeline; to find women early on before they get discouraged by the fundraising process, and give them money to build a minimum viable product so they can go on to raise seed-stage funding”