Izzy Obeng is a professional speaker, business coach and entrepreneur leading Foundervine a non-profit training consultancy connecting purpose-driven companies to impactful start-ups. Foundervine’s ambition is to address the social and economic inequality faced by women and underserved communities when starting a business or social enterprise. Since launching in 2018, Foundervine has engaged over 2,000 young business leaders in creating, testing, sustaining and developing entrepreneurial ventures in partnership with world-leading companies such as Microsoft, PwC, Shell and EY Foundation.
Prior to Foundervine, Izzy launched the Queen Mary University of London start-up incubator and delivered large-scale talent development programmes at KPMG UK. A management consultant by training, she has cross-cultural experience in leadership, organisational transformation and integration, strategy development, organisational design and culture change.
As a speaker, Izzy thrives on sharing knowledge and insights on the future of education and diversity & inclusion within the technology sector.
In 2019, Izzy was invited to Downing Street to discuss approaches to inclusive start-up ecosystem growth with the Prime Minister’s office. The discussion led to the formation of the BME SME Roundtable and Future Founders Alliance (FFA), a collective of mission-driven organisations committed to building the pipeline of diverse tech talent. Izzy has been featured in the BBC, The Times, TEDx and in 2018 was awarded the Maserati 100. She now divides her time between the UK and West Africa, delivering start-up and scale-up acceleration programmes designed to develop the digital innovation ecosystem across Sub-Saharan Africa.