Dupsy Abiola

CEO, Founder, Intern Avenue

We first met Dupsy at our Lean Startup event with Eric Ries where, not exactly backward about coming forward, she was first in line to pitch a question to Eric.

After graduating from Oxford University Dupsy worked as a barrister for a leading law firm before leaving to create Intern Avenue in late 2010. Intern Avenue connects students and graduates with paid internship opportunities. She’s passionate about promoting diversity, open access, and reducing youth unemployment. Dupsy’s work resulted in her inclusion on the Thomson Reuters Power List as one of Britain’s most influential black people under 40 and she is listed on the Silicon 60 top tech stars to watch. She has also pitched her business successfully on BBC’s Dragons’ Den.

Unbreakable Rules to Run My Business By

One of the things Dupsy has consciously done in her time as an entrepreneur is document the lessons she has learned the hard way.

As she says herself, “Sometimes you forget things about yourself that would be helpful to remember when you’re in the same situation.” She has turned this into her own personal, ‘unbreakable rules’, for running her business. Dupsy will share five of the rules she lives by and tell the stories behind them. From finding the right advice for you, changing direction, through navigating the sometimes murky world of investors to how to pitch your business effectively to customers, partners, investors you’ll learn some great lessons from her honesty and openness.