Meet our 2023 Annual Celebration honorees: Wemimo Abbey


LEDA’s 2023 Annual Celebration is coming up on May 3! We are excited to see everyone again and toast LEDA’s successes. We are even more excited to announce that one of this year’s honorees is Wemimo Abbey! He will join us at our event and share his perspectives on leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Wemimo grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and came to the United States when he was 17. He and his mother struggled to receive a loan without a credit score and borrowed money from a payday lender at over 400% interest. That experience inspired Wemimo and his co-founder to start Esusu, a financial technology company that helps households use their on-time rent payments to build credit. Most recently, Esusu raised a $130 million Series B equity financing round with a $1 billion valuation.

Beyond Esusu, Wemimo is Board Member/Commissioner at the Smithsonian National Portraits Gallery. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Business Management. He earned his M.P.A. from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Wemimo has been recognized on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2020, and both the Crain’s and Fortune “40 Under 40” lists in 2022. In 2021 and 2022, he was selected by Goldman Sachs as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.”


Published March 23, 2023

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