Temi Kolawole (Managing Director)

Temi Kolawole is a highly accomplished software engineer, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast with nearly two decades of experience in the industry. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering Technology from Babcock University and has completed executive education programs at prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, University of Wolverhampton, and Università Bocconi.

Temi’s career began during the early days of the Nigerian internet, where he played a significant role in the growth of popular online brands such as Bella Naija, Sturvs, Notjustok, and TheNETng through his company Antigravity. His work extended beyond the private sector, where he provided solutions to organizations such as the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Heirs Holdings, ECOWAS, the European Union, Honeywell, NIBSS, as well as several businesses and organizations in the USA, UK, Europe, and the Caribbean, and several state governments in Nigeria.

Temi has been recognized for his contributions to the tech industry, including nominations for Best Use of Technology at the Future Awards and African Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. In 2015, he took an appointment in his home state of Kwara with a vision to transform the state through technology. Since then, he has held various roles within the Kwara State Government in revenue administration and as an advisor to the Governor. Most recently, he took on the role of Managing Director of the Ilorin Innovation Hub, a technology center that focuses on providing opportunities and solving problems locally while creating global value.

As a WordPress expert and full-stack developer turned product manager having worked on hundreds of projects over the past two decades, Temi remains committed to keeping up with new technologies and languages. He is currently focused on conducting digital and ICT skills learning programs and building scalable startups in Ilorin, a low-cost “pilot” city with budding tech talent. With a strong passion for startups and entrepreneurship, Temi offers free mentoring to young people interested in tech and is committed to establishing Kwara State as a hub for young, tech-savvy talent.