Bankole Oloruntoba is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in corporate communication, entrepreneurship development, business and idea development, innovation management and investment. He has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, a certificate on building brands from Lagos Business School (LBS) and an MBA from Business School Netherlands (BSN).
An expert on the Innovation Hub Set up/Sustainability, Business Model development and deployment (Business Model Canvas & Lean Management Strategy) for Products, Ideas and Startups, Startup Incubation Management, Investment and Advisory, Bankole has shown strength in the identification and Building of strategic work/business partnership, Talent sourcing, Product/Business Market entry, Startup funding and investment advisory. He provides Nigerian/West African Market entry advisory and Soft-landing services to interested foreign companies.
Bankole is currently the CEO of the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) a World Bank and Federal Government of Nigeria assisted innovation center. In 2014, Bankole founded of Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) and was the founding Incubation Center Manager of Enspire Business Incubator, a technology focused business incubation center under the Abuja Technology Village. He started, developed and managed the Abuja Tech Ecosystem for almost 6years since inception in 2013 to create a structured community for innovation driven entrepreneurs to get the much needed support as required by startups and also serve as an example of how an ecosystem should be built including serving as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator and other accelerators. Recently he was appointed a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Technology and Creativity.
He is the creator of Abuja Techies Meet-ups (Periodic), Co-Founder of Startup Arewa and a thought leader in the area of Start-ups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Nigeria/West Africa. He currently advises over a dozen hubs and Tech related Convergences across Nigeria/West Africa. Some of Bankole’s international services includes:
- ICT4SI (West Africa Network) – Founding Member - Africa Entrepreneurship Awards – Pan African Mentor - Fondazione Brodolini – Country partner - Seedstars Worldwide – Nigerian Ambassador 2015 - Goodup (Formerly 1%Club) – Country Partner - Enviu – Country Partner
Before enspire, Bankole co-managed the set up process of the Osun State Tourism Industrial Programme (OTOURS) and the built a Media/PR strategy for the effective public communication of the programme. And was also involved with the soft re-positioning of the Osun State Youth Employment Scheme (OYES) which include Developing quick win strategies, building of capacity development modules and Training of OYES Cadets and management staff.
A social innovation and startups venture builder having started his work-life from SLEEK Magazine, proceeded to FATE Foundation as a communication coordinator before joining Premium Pension Limited as Brand Manager and later on National Film and Video Censors Board as a consultant on its Digital Distribution Platform before joining Questech Media Consulting as Head Business Development, he has set up and advises quite a number of businesses and sits on a number of boards/advisory groups. Bankole brings a wealth of experience in Entrepreneurship Development, Incubation and Innovation Management/Investment, Business Development and Advisory, Business Strategy/Tactics, Brand/Corporate Communication and Media (Traditional & Digital) Management.
Bankole is an engaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.
LinkedIn : https://ng.linkedin.com/in/bankoleoloruntoba
With over ten years’ experience in the renewable energy sector, Tinyan Ogiehor is highly skilled in managing renewable energy portfolios. Having worked at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP-MDGs) both on solar related projects as well as the USAID funded Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Program (REEEP) where he was involved providing technical assistance for the successful deployment of renewable energy technology projects managing the implementation of the $4 million DCA facility provided by USAID.
His most recent role as Technical Project Manager on the £58 million Solar Nigeria Programme enabled him to develop the off-grid solar market in Nigeria immensely. This he achieved through implementation of solar for social projects for schools, clinics and hospitals in Lagos, Kaduna and Borno states of Nigeria (with over 6.5MWs of installed solar power till date).
He is presently the solar/ off-grid expert with the World Bank ensuring his expertise adequately supports the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, which will promote innovative businesses using solar to improve agriculture, energy access etc. while enabling job creation.
Tinyan has a working knowledge of the off-grid solar market in Nigeria, West and East Africa. He has formed strategic partnerships with good number of the solar companies and financial institutions needed to scale this market in the Sub Sahara region. Overall, he provides the team with great business and technical lead on all projects embarked on.
Ife Adebayo currently works as a Special Assistant to the Vice President on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this role he advises His Excellency the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, about issues on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Develops programs and coordinates activities with various government agencies to support the growth of technology, encourage innovation, and provide an enabling environment for technology entrepreneurs and tech start-ups in Nigeria. He is part of the team that designed programs and projects for the Social Development, Job Creation and Economic programmes of the Federal Government in the Office of the Vice President.
He is an IT Business Analyst with experience in Software Development, Software Testing, Systems Analysis, Software Architecture and IT project management. A member of the British Computer Society, prior to this he was the Founding Partner/Technical Director of E-FAB Solutions, a software development company where he provided business decision-making and technical direction for the company. With over 10 years of experience in this field he has held positions as a Network Engineer, Software Developer, Systems Administrator, Information Systems Architect, Business Development Consultant, Software Applications Analyst with certifications in software testing, IT Architecture and Microsoft.net.
In 2014, he served as the Special Adviser to the Executive Chairman of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Abuja, Nigeria.
Ife holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria and a graduate of Business Information Systems from the University of East London.
Olawale Anifowose is passionate about entrepreneurship and has 15years experience working with entrepreneurs across sectors. He’s a member of the management board of Enterprise Development Center, Pan Atlantic University, Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria (GEN Nigeria) and a member of the steering committee for the Global Entrepreneurship Network Africa (GEN Africa).
He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School, Senior Management Program (SMP35) and also an alumnus of the US State Department, International Visitor Leadership Program- SME Development. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK, a certified Microsoft Build-Your-Business trainer, Certified Entrepreneurial Coach from Learning and Skills Management Centre (LSM) United Kingdom, with over 10years experience in SME development; Olawale has provided advisory and support to several successful Startups and has led 2 successful startups himself in fashion and agriculture.
He is also the radio host of enterprise stories, a radio program that features entrepreneurship endeavors of Nigerian SMEs. Olawale also helped set up a youth enterprise and mentoring program, ―The Startup Hub for new graduates and the co-founder of elab accelerator. Wale holds a bachelors degree in Economics and M.Sc. in Marketing both from the University of Lagos and a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from SMC University, Switzerland with specialization in SME development.