Mr Funfere Koroye
Industrial Product Designer
Funfere Koroye is a Design Engineer, Hardware Developer, and UX Researcher based between London and Lagos. With close to a decade of experience, he is eager to improve his knowledge of the inner workings of hardware - innovation, branding, manufacturing, advertising, and development.
As a Tech Resident in Antler VC London and a recipient of the Global talent visa from Tech Nation - His skillset spans several industries which include but are not limited to FMCG, Food, Femtech, Footwear, Fintech and Furniture. He has received global recognition for his work across Africa, America, China, Italy, and Australia.
At the very tender age of 5, a young Funfere grew into an inquisitive, but very bright kid - always taking apart toys and appliances to see how they worked.
Inspired by Steve Jobs and Dieter Rams, Funfere Koroye discovered his passion for creating and designing which informed his decision to study Industrial and Product Design Engineering, at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Domus Academy amidst many objections from family.
After graduation, he started off designing footwear, then mobile phones, and packaging for the food & beverage industry. Now his focus has shifted to clean energy, Health tech, and Fintech.
Funfere was a co-founder of a tech and design startup, the Nupe Project, an initiative focused on solving the many challenges affecting many third-world countries specifically, while simultaneously fostering the ignored 1% of African talent in Hardware development.
As an industrial designer and product developer, one with a heart and genuine compassion for helping many individuals. Funfere has been opportune to design, plan, and develop industrial, commercial, and consumer products for mass manufacture with particular emphasis on ergonomic factors, marketing considerations, and innovative advancements to help businesses reach their customers more efficiently.
Some of his innovations include designing the Nugas smart sensor for LPG cylinders, a diffuser system that repels insects by using a mist system and an automated timer, and a tube-like water filter that fits into most regular plastic bottles with the sole purpose of distilling unclean water inexpensively.
As part of its mission to celebrate distinct leadership, Lord’s dry gin honored Funfere Koroye for his exceptional performance and accomplishments under 30 with Innovation & Tech on the International Day of Achievers.
In 2017, he was commissioned to work on developing/designing a solar-powered electric bicycle for AWA bike - a Nigerian smart bike-sharing platform that seeks to solve mobility issues in closed communities by linking members to available bicycles through the app. With AWA Bike, Riders can search, unlock bikes, enter their destinations, pay, and interact via the app.
In 2018, he was commissioned to work on developing/designing a solar battery for Jaza Energy in Tanzania - which is currently powering the homes of thousands of East Africans without access to electricity on the grid. Jaza developed a country-wide network of regional offices and rural community hubs, which allows the company to maintain close relationships with customers and offer operational and technological solutions that are adapted to the local market.
In 2019, he was commissioned to work on developing/designing a motorcycle and riding gear in Nigeria for Gokada - a vehicle for hire company headquartered in Lagos. It is the first motorbike hailing app in Nigeria that allows Customers to order a motorbike ride through the company's website, or by using the company's geo-location-based mobile app.
In 2020, he received a small grant from LASRIC (Lagos State Science Research and Innovation Council) to develop a personal respirator for healthcare workers during the COVID19 lockdown.
Nupair is a kit of parts consisting of a modified Respirator, an off-the-shelf full face mask, a custom (3D-printed) adapter, and an HME filter cartridge. The primary benefit of the N99 mask is providing 360-degree protection and an airtight seal; while allowing for controlled intake and exhaust flow through the top of the mask.
That same year Funfere Koroye was part of the founding team of FEED IKOYI a grassroots initiative that was started during the COVID19 lockdown in Lagos Nigeria. The meals provided by the initiative cost N300 per meal and included a serving of rice, a piece of meat, pure water sachet, and fruit. These meals were a lifeline for construction workers, hawkers, petty traders, day laborers who were jobless during the lockdown.
Meals were also distributed to out of work Uber drivers and volunteers in all immediate streets around the area, including (but not limited to), Probyn, Thompson, Glover, Cooper, Mosley, Queens drive, Alexander, park view, Awolowo road, Dolphin, Obalende and the Panama density area (behind Alagbon). Meals were prepared by an Ikoyi-wide network of female food vendors, to ensure that women-owned businesses stayed afloat during this tough period and also provided for their families. FEED IKOYI sponsored over 100 thousand meals; with money raised from generous donors within the community and security provided by the Nigerian army.
In 2021 He received a $30K angel fund to build an LPG cylinder smart meter that intelligently controls the gas flow, monitors cylinder fuel level remotely, and facilitates the gas purchase. The device, known as NUGAS, uses different cellular networks to display LPG volume and prompt delivery through the cloud. The smart meter works with the NUPAY app; which allows customers to prepay and postpay for gas using a mobile wallet or USSD.
Over the next few years, Funfere Koroye aims to pioneer hardware development on the continent by using design innovation to improve the lives of millions. His achievements to date and strides in the field of innovation have won him the Lords Achievers Award for technology and a nomination for the Future Awards Africa in the same category.
Between the end of 2021 and the start of 2023 - he has been involved in building Cradle Health, Nupay Tech and Sunscape Energy as a Product Lead. All these startups are focused on sliding SDG goals in Africa and developing nations.
Trinity Internal College, Lagos, Nigeria (2001 – 2004)
British International School, Lagos, Nigeria (2004 – 2007)
The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California (2007 – 2008)
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia (2008 – 2011)
The Domus Academy, Milano, Italy (2012 – 2013)
Accademia Riaci, Firenze, Italy (2013 – 2014)
UX Design Institute, UK (2021-2022)
IGCSE O Levels (2004 – 2006)
IGCSE AS Levels (2006 – 2007)
BA in Industrial Design (2008 – 2011)
MFA in Design Engineering (2012 – 2013)
Diploma in Footwear Manufacturing (2013 – 2014)
Certification In User Experience Design (2021-2022)
Volunteer: Idea Builders (2009)
Design Intern: Fuel Skate Shop (2010)
Summer Intern: Ann Taylor Loft (2011)
Apprenticeship: Roberto Ugolini (2013)
Sneaker Design: J.V.P Melbourne (2014)
Packaging Development: Sokolad (2015)
Beverage Design: Wilsons Lemonade (2015)
Design Lab Tech: Day Waterman College (2015)
Product Development: African Basketball League (2017)
Junior Designer: JUMP (2012)
Freelance Design: Knight (2013)
Senior Designer: Thandos (2016)
Footwear Developer: Keexs (2016)
Phone Designer: Tecno Mobile (2016)
Chief Design Officer: Nupe Project (2017)
Research & Design: Sponge Design (2018)
Furniture Design: Titilailai Studios Lagos (2018)
Interior Product Architecture: Studio Koroye (2018)
Alternative Energy Hardware Design: Jaza Energy (2019)
Senior VP of Technology & Engineering: Nupay Tech (2021)
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How We Made It In Africa
Global Talent Visa - Tech Nation (Endorsed)
The Future Africa - Technology (Nominee)
Lord's Achievers - Innovation (Winner)
Antler Global - Residency (Cohort 8)
Africa By Design 2019
Design Week Lagos 2019
Abori Design Summit 2019
Numi Design Exhibition 2019
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