October 30, 2018

200 Wellington St. West. #900
Toronto, ON

ScaleUp by My African Corner – Fall Edition

ScaleUp by My African Corner is an event series designed to connect entrepreneurs of African descent with resources and tools to start, grow and scale their businesses.



Did you know that October is small business month? It is a month dedicated to celebrating the contributions of entrepreneurs to society.

Join us as we celebrate small business month with our Fall event – My African Corner presents BUILD YOUR BRAND!



Vivian Kaye (Founder, KinkyCurlyYaki)
Topic: Building a Million Dollar Business from Scratch

Vivian Kaye is the Founder and CEO of KinkyCurlyYaki. KinkyCurlyYaki is the premier provider of textured hair extensions designed to blend perfectly with kinky, curly, and coarse hair textures. KinkyCurlyYaki is Vivian’s second successful business and her first in the beauty industry. She initially launched the business as a side hustle but has since turned it into a seven figure company.


Gbemi Akande, Venture Studio Manager, TribalScale
Topic: What Great Companies Do

Gbemi is the Operations Manager of TribalScale Venture Studios. Gbemi manages the implementation of the Venture Studios program. He has extensive experience leading corporative innovation strategies around the world, including the Middle East & Africa. Gbemi has also managed multiple startup incubators and accelerator programs, as well corporate innovation labs.


Tomi Gbeleyi (Founder, Makeup for Melanin Girls)
Topic: From 0 to 300k loyal customers

Tomi Gbeleyi is the founder and CEO of Makeup for Melanin Girls, a beauty brand that leverages online communities to develop cosmetics and shopping experiences tailored to multiethnic beauty customers. In just 10 months since launch, Makeup for Melanin Girls has been featured in Glamour, Flare, BuzzFeed and Byrdie. A direct to consumer brand, Makeup for Melanin Girls has an online community of 300,000+ women, a community that was built by Tomi’s social media marketing skills.


Tayo Bero (Journalist)

Tayo is a journalist who works in both radio and online.

While finishing her undergrad degree at Ryerson University’s school of journalism, she got her start producing local news at CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning. Since then, she has continued to work in local news, as well as crafting compelling arts, entertainment and current affairs radio stories on a number of other CBC platforms








June 27, 2018

80 Spadina Avenue,
Toronto, ON

ScaleUp by My African Corner – June Edition

ScaleUp by My African Corner is an event series designed to connect entrepreneurs of African descent with resources and tools to start, grow and scale their businesses.


Topic: Standout With Social – Turn Likes Into Leads

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to build a loyal community of followers
  • How to convert your likes on social media into paying customers

And more



Bili Balogun – Stand Out In A Noisy Market Place

Anything but conventional, Bili Balogun is a budding beauty maven who seeks to change the narrative of inclusivity in the beauty industry, through her beauty subscription box; Tribe Beauty Box. Unlike many other entrepreneurs building a business, Bili is actually a Political Science graduate of the University of Toronto with just as much of a love for current affairs as she is a cosmetics junkie. Bili believes in team effort, which landed her Paypal’s award for “Best Collaborative Team” in December 2016. Her sales background which earned her “Most Outstanding Performer” in 2015, built patience, honesty & customer service skills in her.

Surrounding herself with a network of professionals who do it best, her focus has been on building a business of accessibility and empowerment. Her travels across the globe and living on two different continents inspires Bili’s drive and hustle. With persistence and charm, Bili has built relationships with beauty professionals across North America in Toronto, Montreal, LA, and New York and secured partnerships with brands such Boscia, Essie, Crown Brushes and Vasanti Cosmetics.


Eden Hagos – Build A Loyal Community

Eden Hagos is a celebrated host, food writer, and founder of the media and events company, Black Foodie. She’s an Ethiopian Canadian with a passion for African and Caribbean cuisine and hosts unique food events throughout Toronto. Her work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Essence, and CBC.


Dress Code – Business casual

Refreshments will be provided.


*Do you have a business? Are you listed on My African Corner? Email us with your My African Corner business link for $5 off regular tickets – info@myafricancorner.com


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