Sade Aboyade-Cole is a sales leader turned emerging fund manager at Archangel Fund, where she invests in startups led by women and diverse teams building audacious products in Africa.
She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she was a celebrity stylist with clients such as Ciara, Tiwa savage, Darey Art Alade, Olamide, Yemi Alade, Wizkid, and Vector, among others. Notable amongst her work in the creative industry was a three-year stint as the lead stylist and project manager for African Fashion Week Nigeria. During her time there, she led model castings and creative talent acquisitions, styled several seasonal campaigns, and liaised with cross-functional artistic departmental heads. She was also the wardrobe stylist for Project Fame West Africa season 10.
Since relocating to California, she has worked at Google, in the Financial Services industry, and is highly involved in the venture space as a Venture Partner at VU Venture Partners. Sade’s most recent position was as the Director of Training and Sales Enablement at American Income Life, where she managed the sales team across 13 territories, driving significant revenue for the company. Sade holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech & startup space and when she isn’t working, you can usually find her sculpting for her Eponymous Art brand.
The Creative Economy
The Creative Economy
Broad and powerful, the creative industry in Africa holds great promise and spans multiple sectors including film, art, fashion, music, social media content creation, among others. This panel will engage different actors across the value chain on how to break down the barriers that are holding back the industry from achieving its full potential. In this discussion, we will cover the tailwinds that have supported the growth of African creative content so far, how to further increase access to financing for creative entrepreneurs, how to formalize the industry to better realize the economic benefits of its output, how to boost investment in the physical and digital infrastructure that support the creative economy, how to better leverage global digital platforms to distribute creative products more effectively and finally government policies needed to support the overall development of the industry.