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30 Secs With Ola Kolawole

Name: Ola Kolawole Job Title: Family Physician & Co-Founder Citispoon Location: Frankfort, IL

If we only had 30 secs to get to know you. What would you want us to know?

My name is Ola Kolawole, my husband-Dapo and I are Co-founders of Citispoon-a community based restaurant discovery App currently in beta. I am also a Board certified Family Physician as well as a mother of an amazing 3 year old son.

Dapo and I are busy professionals who enjoy eating out. At the end of a particular long week, we made the last-minute decision to try out a new restaurant in town. After battling through traffic, we arrived just to be told the wait was 1hr. So, we decided to find another place, but upon arrival, their wait time was just over an hour. Hungry and tired of driving around, we settled for a Thai restaurant that got us in right away. That meal is pretty much where Citispoon was born.  We wanted to develop a solution that provides verified, real time, wait times prior to getting to your favorite restaurant, as well as, a one stop shop that provides restaurant reviews, direction, parking and restaurant recommendations, all at your fingertips in one single App!.

I consider myself passionate, detail oriented and a firm believer in maximizing your time where it matters, hence creating an app that saves you time.


BSc Biology-University of Toronto

Doctor of Medicine-Ross University School of Medicine

Family Medicine Residency-Genesis Quad City Family Practice Residency

2017-18-Entrepreneurship Program-Joseph Business School


Citispoon-3rd Runner up-Quad City Fast Pitch

Citispoon presented at 1 Million Cups Chicago & EIGERlab Rockford, IL.

Graduate of the University of Iowa Venture School-Quad Cities Cohort, a program for entrepreneurs to accelerate the startup process.

Favorite Pastime:

Traveling, dining out and spending time with my husband-Dapo & 3 year old son-Tobi.

My three year old most certainly is the center of our lives. As any parent of a preschooler would know, everything……literally everything revolves around their child.

That was the case for Dapo and I after Tobi came into our lives.

As a full time family physician, mother, wife, entrepreneur, I sometimes try to find a balance while not forgetting to set aside time to relax and enjoy life with my family. My son keeps me in check though as he makes it pretty clear that once I am back home, everything else takes a back seat. I remember once, when his dad brought him to my work place, he came running to me and then couldn’t but notice I had a white coat and stethoscope on…..his first comment was-Mommy, are you a doctor? I had a great laugh and later thought about how all I am to him is simply “Mommy”……….and that was the most important thing I could be to him. I also enjoy volunteering at my local church.

Upcoming project(s):

Citispoon is a community-based app that considers all the factors it takes to make your dining decision smooth and easy. Where users source the best places to eat in your city, all while generating real-time wait times to save you time for more dining experiences.

The app just launched, and we are testing it out in Chicago.

We plan on going live in the App Store and Google play over the holiday season.

Those interested in getting early access to the app can sign up by going to our website- www.citispoon.com

We would be showcasing Citispoon at the upcoming FUND Conference on

Oct 26, 2017. Feel free to stop by our booth, we would love to see you!

Where can we find out more about you:

Website – www.citispoon.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/citispoon/

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ola-kolawole-957babb4/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/citispoon

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/citispoon/



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