Ovamba co-founder makes historic Slush conference appearance

Ovamba co-founder Viola Llewellyn has become the first female African tech founder to speak at Slush's Central Stage

Ovamba co-founder Viola Llewellyn has become the first female African tech founder to speak at Slush's Central Stage since the Finnish tech conference was established in 2008.

The conference ran over the weekend and drew about 20 000 attendants. Viola discussed how her startup aims to improve financial accessibility in Africa as well as the importance of financial services in emerging markets, and was by joined by Solaris Bank co-founder Marko Wenthin and cryptocurrency expert Andreas Antonopoulos for a discussion on the democratisation of financial services.

“This is epic. Ovamba has worked hard to open the doors to financial inclusion,” Viola said in a statement.

“Our recent collaboration with Microsoft to develop an African language driven chatbot is one of many innovations that will achieve this aim. Being at Slush to showcase this is a fantastic opportunity for the world to see Africa very differently,” she added.

Founded in 2013 by Llewellyn and Marvin Cole, Cameroon-based Ovamba is a two-time winner of the African FinTech Awards' Lending and Finance category.