Oluwatomi Solanke Biography

Oluwatomi Solanke is a technology entrepreneur with vast experience working in Africa's largest economic market. His prior entrepreneurial experience spans several sectors, including technology, logistics, media, and real estate. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Trove Finance, a mobile and web platform that allows Africans "own the globe" by investing in stocks on multiple exchanges globally, such as the NASDAQ, NYSE, and NSE, to mention a few. 

At Trove Finance, Oluwatomi is responsible for all major corporate decisions, handles multiple operational strategies, and is the company liaison between the Board of Directors and investors. He has led the company to become one of the fastest-growing fintechs in Nigeria, processing significant volumes in monthly transactions and growing the reach of the product to a community of over 200,000 Nigerians in about two years. 

Trove Finance is the latest venture for Oluwatomi and his team (founded in 2018); which were his high school friends Austin Akagu, Desayo Ajisegiri and Opeyemi Olanipekun, secured funding from Ventures Platform to scale its operations.

He has in the past worked as a volunteer of the Red Cross Organization in Lagos, where he observed there were thousands of missing Nigerian children lodged in various child care institutions and a million-plus people lodged in internally displaced camps (IDCs) who never got identified. To help identify and match all these people, with the help of a friend, Oluwatomi built WhoSpottedMe, a crowdsourced web-based application that utilizes Facial Recognition Technology and Artificial Intelligence to help in finding missing people. This application since it was launched, has received submissions from 12 states and has resulted in over a thousand data/names given to rescue agencies in Nigeria.

The platform not just helps to reunite children with their parents/guardians, it also helps find unidentified accident victims as well as victims of human trafficking.

Oluwatomi Solanke also founded DropBuddies, a peer to peer delivery platform that connects people who need packages delivered with people headed towards the destination of the package.

Oluwatomi has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the inaugural class of 1000 Entrepreneurs in the $100m Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). Oluwatomi is also a Young African Leaders Initiative fellow, an Ecobank Fintech fellow, as well as a LEAP Africa 2018 Social Innovator. 

Oluwatomi is passionate about new technologies, new ideas and new ways of thinking. He is also a fitness buff and enjoys health-related activities. He's also dedicated his life to using technology to solve problems.