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Chris Folayan

Chris Folayan - Author + Serial Entrepreneur + Investor

Chris Folayan is a renowned, award-winning serial entrepreneur and founder with a proven track record of starting and scaling multi-million-dollar global companies. With decades of experience in investing and raising millions and building successful global businesses from the ground up, Chris started his first company at the young age of seven and has since built a reputation as an expert in multiple fields.

As a self-taught software programmer and developer, Chris quickly climbed the ranks of Fortune 500 companies while still attending college in California. He worked on state-of-the-art software and mobile app platform applications, helped corporations with due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, all before starting his own software and application development company at the age of 20. Chris has also developed several patents which has indeed given this serial entrepreneur the badge of honor as an inventor. His inventions have been used by global companies and has changed the landscape of global eCommerce.

Today, Chris is a highly sought-after executive, mentor, investor, and board member, having raised millions of dollars in venture capital funds globally and built numerous successful companies that have earned him several enviable awards and recognitions globally. His companies have worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including SONY, DHL, Quantum, LSI Logic, Accenture, Adobe, Cisco, EMC, Merrill Lynch, CapitalOne and many others.

Chris is also a prolific public speaker who has traveled the world, speaking on stages such as the UN and mentoring students and startup founders at most of the worlds prestigious universities. He has been featured in some of the most prominent media outlets, including Fortune, New York Times, Bloomberg, CNN, TechCrunch, and many others. He has also been featured in the award winning book "The Next Africa" , "The New Leadership Literacies" and several other high profile books. Chris is recognized for his innovative thinking, dedication to helping others achieve success, and his ability to turn a simple ideas into global success stories.

From starting his own company in his garage to commanding a global audience and clientele, Chris has learned the ins and outs of building a fully functional, successful business. He knows what it takes to win and lose, having bootstrapped several companies on his own, gaining practical, real-life experiences and wisdom from both fantastic and bad outcomes. With his entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen, and dedication to helping others succeed, Chris is a force to be reckoned with in the world of entrepreneurship. He has written several books including his most recent book "From Pitch To Close: What Founders and CEOs Need to Know and Do Before An Investor Meeting". A book providing founders with information on how to build an investable company.

Chris has also been named one of the top 700 most influential African's in 2022. He is a previous recipient of the 30 Black Star Award, United Arab Emirates Mentorship Award among many others.