Laissa Mouen

Co-founder and CEO, Kinaya Ventures





Laïssa Mouen has co-founded Kinaya Ventures, an innovation platform that pushes the boundaries of open collaboration and startup acceleration in Africa.

Kinaya Ventures works at the intersection of corporate innovation, corporate-startup partnerships, startup acceleration and investment.

Shaping the future of corporate-startup collaborations in Africa, Spring Fellowship, its anchor acceleration program, brings together startups, corporates, tech & ecosystem partners, and investors to drive innovation and create new partnerships that deliver real and meaningful business impact in Africa.

Prior to that, she was Managing Director of Cofina-Dojo, a venture which accompanies startups and supports innovative practices. Cofina-Dojo was created through a strategic alliance between Groupe Cofina and Dojo Group.

She has also held roles running the Innovation, Marketing and Brand Communication Department at Groupe Cofina, as well as launching Cofina Startup House, an acceleration program which supports innovative startups in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Before her time in the world of innovation and startups, Laïssa Mouen worked for more than a decade in senior positions in corporate and investment banking in West and Central Africa, at Crédit-Lyonnais/Crédit Agricole, UBA and Société Générale.

Laissa is graduated from NEOMA BS, one of the French leading business schools.

Why did you decide to be an IIC judge?

quote I decided to be an IIC judge to identify and support most promising startups in Africa.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020