Iynna currently serves as Global Programs Manager at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) — New York’s first and largest early-stage startup accelerator and seed VC fund with 230+ investments worth $4B in market cap. She joined as ERA Global Employee #1 to build the division focused on accelerating the US entry of international startups. In her role, she has worked with 100+ companies, signed partnerships with 50+ governments and led 16 acceleration programs.
Prior to ERA, Iynna managed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ digital global accelerator to support the growth of social ventures across the world. Iynna acquired her operational skills during her time as the COO of Enza Academy — an award-winning early-stage Edtech startup providing STEM and entrepreneurship training to underrepresented low-income youth in the New York tri-state area. She started her career at the United Nations, working for the Communications, Public Information and Media team.
As a proud African product, being from Cameroon and Madagascar, Iynna is passionate about bridging the socioeconomic gap in Africa through early-stage technology investing. She also has global experience having lived in France, the UK, Russia, Senegal and the US. She is a native French and English speaker as well as fluent in Spanish. She holds a Master in International Affairs, specializing in International Development from NYU and a Bachelor in International Relations and Spanish from Durham University, in England.