Three female founders are building the most powerful network for women in tech with funding from Y Combinator


In February 2019, Leap by Y Combinator, a private online community for women in tech, spun out into its own independent company called Elpha. Led by three female founders Cadran Cowsanage,Kuan Luo and Abadesi Osunsade, its mission is to build the most powerful online community for women in tech.



In an industry where women represent only 10% of founding teams and 2% of venture capital recipients, there could be no better time to provide a platform for women to connect with each other and share information to help them excel in the industry.


Elpha is free to join and allows individuals who identify as women or non binary working in tech to discuss their most pressing questions relating to work and life in general, make connections, find and share opportunities, and more.


Popular Q&A threads on Elpha include topics like fundraising, salary negotiations, parenting, book recommendations and industry trends.


Elpha supports anonymous and untraceable posting so women can ask topics that may be too sensitive or personal to bring up in the office or with friends.


Elpha has received funding from Y Combinator and the founders will participate in Y Combinator’s accelerator program in Mountain View this summer joining the ranks of well known alumni like Airbnb, Reddit and Stripe.


Quotes from the CEO, Cadran Cowansage:


“We want to make Elpha your go-to place for accessing industry experts and finding thoughtful, relevant content, delivered through the female lens. We’re also going to explore how best to provide access to information about companies that prioritize a culture that’s welcoming to womxn and share those job opportunities with you.”

“We chose the name Elpha by riffing on the word alpha and the idea that we wanted to create a place where womxn come first. We combined alpha with the French word for she (“Elle”) to create ellepha. We shortened it to elpha from there.”

Link to press kit here.

Meet the Couple Bringing Modern Nigerian Cuisine to the London Restaurant Scene


Meet the Couple Bringing Modern Nigerian Cuisine to the London Restaurant Scene

New Restaurant Introduces London to Nigerian Chicken and Waffles

Segun and Dare Oni

Segun and Dare Oni

As lovers of good food and the experience of dining out; husband and wife team, Segun and Dare Oni became disenchanted by the standards of restaurants offering food from their country of origin, Nigeria. The frustration of not finding a Nigerian restaurant in London that offered an outstanding level of service and food compared to other restaurants compelled them to launch Onidodo. Onidodo started as a supperclub in 2014 and became a fully-fledged restaurant in 2018, when they opened their North London site.

Onidodo means plantain seller in Yoruba but the name came from their surname Oni and Dare’s favourite food plantain, which is called “Dodo” in Yoruba (A Nigerian language).  Onidodo is a modern Nigerian restaurant which passionately brings an authentic taste of Nigeria with a modern twist to the London food scene. For too long other international cuisines have seen mass market appeal, whilst Nigerian cuisine has yet to enjoy the same brand recognition despite having so much diversity of flavours and dishes. In a 2017 study* of over 1000 UK adults, it was found that 69% consumed Chinese food, 66% went for Indian, 33% Thai, 26 % French and 23% Japanese – Nigerian (or African food) was not on the list.  Onidodo aims to change that and part of its ethos is to change the perception of bad customer service in Nigerian restaurants and the lack of authenticity and care in Nigerian food.

“It is time to showcase Nigerian food in the UK. It is time for Nigerian restaurants to be an option when families and friends want to dine out on a Friday night. Food lovers should be able to see Nigerian food in the same way that they see Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Italian and other global cuisines.” – Dare Oni, Head Chef.

Asun Pie

Asun Pie

The Onidodo restaurant presents Nigerian cuisine executed with style and panache and Dare is dedicated to creating a revolutionary menu to satisfy all tastes. By offering authentic dishes with a modern twist, Onidodo captures the essence of Nigerian culture in surroundings that ooze cool sophistication in the metropolis of London.

Segun manages the front house, logistics, staff and the business side of things while Dare, a self-taught chef, is the head chef and manages the kitchen and creates new dishes.  One of her most popular dishes is The Onidodo Suya Chicken and Waffles which received a lot of social media attention in 2018. The dish consists of waffles, fried egg, plantain and Suya seasoned chicken breast; combining a breakfast/brunch classic with authentic Nigerian flavours. A new innovative dish is the Onidodo Asun pie which was inspired by the traditional Nigerian asun dish (Chopped spicy goat meat). This pie uses shredded goat meat in short crust pastry, it is warm and comforting perfect for the autumn/winter season.

“Our aim is to create unique and exciting experience for our customers regardless of their background whether they are Nigerians, the Nigerian millennials that want something different but with the same flavours that they grew up with or Non-Nigerians who have never tasted Nigerian food before.” – Segun Oni, Co-Founder.

This enterprising couple aims to go worldwide by turning Onidodo into one of the biggest African/Nigerian restaurant brands in the world delivering the best experience through great service, outstanding dishes and atmosphere.

For interviews and more information about the restaurant and its founders:

Ronke Lawal


Relevant links

Instagram @onidodo

Twitter @onidodouk


Onidodo 83 Turnpike Lane, Haringey N8 0DY

Notes to editors

Onidodo currently has a new menu focusing more on their signature dishes whilst keeping the traditional dishes. The Onidodo Suya chicken waffles have been moved away from a chef’s special to the new main menu. Some of the other dishes on the new menu are Braised Lamb shank on a bed of sautéed spinach and yam pottage puree, plantain balls and halloumi suya.

*Statista study Share of individuals who have ever consumed ethnic food in Great Britain in 2017, by type of food.