Chike Ukaegbu is the founder and lead executive of Startup52, NYC’s premier and award-winning diversity-focused accelerator with a mission to increase the representation of founders from untapped communities in tech and startup entrepreneurship. He is also the executive producer and host of TECH:INColors, a new facebook live show that explores the intersection of tech, entrepreneurship, culture and inclusive diversity.
Chike’s passion for diversity and untapped/under-tapped communities has led him to speak at several national conferences as well as at the White House, TEDx, Harvard, VC conferences, NY Governor Cuomo’s MWBE Forum, and recognized by NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio. Chike and Startup52 have both been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Ebony, BizJournal, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, UrbanGeekz, and many others. He has also been interviewed on several national podcasts and shows, including by Randi Zuckerberg and HuffPost Live. Startup52 was named one of America’s 2016 Best Entrepreneurial Businesses by Entrepreneur Magazine, a Top 20 business Accelerator by Small Business Trends, and a 2017 organizational finalist for the National Diversity-in-Tech Awards by Code/Interactive.
Chike is a former Journal and Book Reviewer for the Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy (ASAP) system. He studied Venture Capital & Investments at Stanford, took MBA courses at UPenn, Exec Leadership & Mngt at Cornell, and Biomed Engineering at CCNY, where he taught Math for seven years and served as EIR for two. He was named a 2017 40under40 Achiever by The Network Journal.
Chike’s research and work has largely focused on engagement, development, inclusion and economic empowerment through tech, entrepreneurship and education in untapped communities.
However, of all these, Chike is most humbled by the opportunity to continue to engineer the successful transition of at-risk youth from disconnection to entrepreneurship and/or higher education.
We are proud of his achievement and we name him Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Business and Entrepreneurship category.