Chike Ukaegbu

Chike Ukaegbu

Lead Executive at Startup52

“Chike Ukaegbu is an Educator, Entrepreneur, Investor, Humanitarian and Biomedical Engineer who is passionate about curbing disconnection, poverty, educational disadvantage and opportunity divide in underrepresented communities.

Chike is an ardent believer in diversity/inclusion and its benefits and continues to advocate for its support and adoption. He is currently raising a diversity focused Venture Capital fund and was recently invited to The White House to do a briefing on initiatives that support diversity, STEM education and entrepreneurship for youths and underserved communities.

Chike co-founded Re:LIFE Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit with the mission to empower youth through entrepreneurship and education and have served over 400 youths since its inception. He is also the founder of Startup52, NYC’s first diversity focused accelerator with a mission to increase the representation of founders from untapped communities in tech and startup entrepreneurship.

He is an ex-fellow of the prestigious Colin Powell Leadership Fellowship on leadership and public policy, was named a 2014 NYC Rising Star by Pave for his contributions to youth development and recently, a 2015 Ashoka Emerging Innovator Finalist. He gave a 2014 TEDx talk on entrepreneurship in Hawaii and continues to advocate for economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities through various outlets, among other achievements.

Chike and his endeavors have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Ebony, BizJournal, Opportunity Lives, UrbanGeekz, etc and was recently interviewed by Randi Zuckerberg on her SiriusXM show, Dot Complicated!

Chike studied Venture Capital & Investments at Stanford, MBA courses at UPenn, Executive Leadership and Management at Cornell, and Biomedical Engineering at The City College of New York, where he taught Math for seven years and served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for two.”

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