Media Mogul, Biola Alabi has become one of the latest recipients of the 2023 Diversity VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Scholarship hosted by Stanford University
Gatekeepers News reports that the VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Scholarship offered in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, is an invite-only, educational program for emerging leaders who want to shape the future of the venture capital industry.
Biola Alabi acknowledged the scholarship via her twitter handle on Saturday while expressing her joy and excitement to be a recipient of such outstanding opportunity.
500 Global aims to support and propel others who are on a mission to uplift people and economies around the world through entrepreneurship.
VC Unlocked: Silicon Valley Diversity Scholarship recipients are seen as already catalysts for change and would be provided the needed support and confidence they need to make better investments.
The 2-week program is taught by Stanford University faculty and 500 Global leaders who share their knowledge and expertise in live, interactive sessions
500 Global described Biola via their twitter handle; as one who’s “dedicated to supporting African founders and fund managers to help build a sustainable African ecosystem.”
Biola Alabi is the CEO of Biola Alabi Media (BAM), a production company that produces TV series and movies for the Nigerian market, such as the food travel series Bukas and Joints, movies; Lara and the Beat and Banana Island Ghost.
Biola Alabi previously served as Managing Director for M-Net Africa part of the globally-renowned Naspers Group, where she launched seven Africa Magic channels including the indigenous language channels; Africa Magic Yoruba and Hausa. She also developed the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards which is regarded as the “African Oscars”.
She oversaw four editions of the popular reality series Big Brother Africa, and created the Face of Africa finale in Lagos in 2010.
In 2015, She started Biola Alabi Media consultancy to bring people together to solve some of the biggest problems facing the continent while connecting storytellers with funding and distribution.
The media mogul is an active angel investor and advisor in the fast-growing African technology and media startup ecosystem. She is a limited partner in numerous funds, with investments in companies like Trove Technologies, and Chekkit.
She is also a Non-Executive Director at Unilever Nigeria PLC, a member of the board of directors at Monty Mobile, and the Chairwoman of Big Cabal Media.
All these form part of Alabi’s push to create positive African female role models who are diverse and nuanced.
Alabi has drawn global attention as she was named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes in 2012, CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year in 2013, Named 1 of 16 in the Yale World Fellows Recipient in 2014 and the Financial Times named her to its 100 Female Executives list in 2018.