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The Gary Fowler | Muiwa Oni Interview

The Gary Fowler | Muiwa Oni Interview

Join Gary Fowler as he interviews SmartUp Co-founder Muiwa Oni. SmartUp is an ed-tech platform using SIS and LMS solutions.

Date: July 7, 2021 Time: 11:00 - 11:30 Zoom


Muiwa Oni
Co-founder of SmartUp

Muiwa Oni is Co-founder of Smartup, an ed-tech platform. Muiwa is a business development professional with over 10 years of experience in commercial leadership, business strategy, product management, E-Learning, and E- Commerce. For the last decade, Muiwa has led various multinationals, such as Coca-Cola Nigeria, British American Tobacco and Guinness Nigeria (Diageo). Having specialized in business development and customer outreach, Muiwa is today using his experience to develop digital business models and build organizations that are financially sustainable, return a profit and drive social impact.

SmartUp is an ed-tech platform that provides Student Information System (SIS) and Learning Management System (LMS) solutions by incorporating/digitizing/commercializing formal & informal education. Starting at K1 and following users through their lifelong learning journey, SmartUp educates those eager to learn across West Africa & beyond.


Gary Fowler
CEO, President, and Co-founder of GSD Venture Studios
Award-winning Senior level executive with 30+ years of success in global strategic innovation leadership, sales, marketing, operational, and investment management. CEO and Co-Founder of the award-winning growth stage AI venture studio, GSD Venture Studios. Co-Founder of the award-winning AI startup as well as the investment firm, DY Investments. Gary was involved in the management team of ClickSoftware that was recently sold for $1.35 billion dollars to SalesForce. Gary raised several rounds of funding to position as a leading AI employee engagement company. Gary is a recognized expert in entrepreneurship (including entrepreneurial education), lean startup methods, innovation management, and technology development. Consultant to numerous international companies and startups. Extensive experience with fundraising and a successful IPO (CKSW). Executive-level positions in top-tier companies: ClickSoftware, Mirantis, Siemens, HP, etc. Founder of Fowler International, Tecra,, Findo, GSD Venture Studios, GVA LaunchGurus (Co-Founder), Fowler Development, Broadiant, DY Investments, Zemplee (Co-Founder), and more.  Gary was recently named “One of the 10 Most Inspiring Global AI Executives in 2020”.
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