Topic: Seed Funding: What SMEs Need To Do Right
Time: 11 am – 12:30pm
– Investor’s perception on funding small and medium enterprises
– Hacking the code of securing seed funding for businesses
– How to set businesses up for local and foreign investments
– LSETF funding for SMEs
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Name of Speaker: Olusegun Olukoya
As Head of the Financial Services and Payments division of the firm, Segun Olukoya is responsible for leading teams that assist local, international and regulatory institutions in the financial services sector articulate business strategies and implement transformational initiatives. He is also a key member of Nextzon’s African regional expansion team and has been active in assisting Nigerian banks and insurance companies to prospect, acquire and set-up business interests in several African countries including Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Central African Republic, DRC, Guinea and Angola.
Prior to this role, he was the pioneer Head of Strategy and Portfolio Management at the HEIRS Alliance Group (a forerunner to the successful HEIRS Holdings Limited), which was a holding company with interests in several key sectors of the Nigerian economy. At HEIRS, Segun led several project teams involved in designing and implementing strategic initiatives (including setting up new business ventures, mergers and acquisitions) that resulted in the remarkable growth and transformation of all member companies in the group.
He started out his professional career in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as a member of the Corporate Finance Team after which he proceeded to work with Accenture in the Financial Services Market Unit. During his stay at Accenture, he worked on several business strategies, software implementation and process re-engineering projects for local and international clients. He was also one of the few professionals in the Lagos Office selected to work internationally on projects in Germany and The Netherlands.
Segun is a 2016 Eisenhower Fellow and part of a unique global network of leaders from government, business and civil society who work together to create a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. He is also an associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and a member of the global Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders for Tomorrow.
He currently serves as an independent member of the investment committee of the Vantage Guaranteed Income Fund (~$10m AUM) and is also Program Director of the Lagos Angel Network (a local network of Angel Investors).
Segun has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and has attended executive education programs at the London Business School and Pardee RAND Graduate School among other notable educational institutions.
Name of Speaker: Ibhade Akpede
Ibhade Akpede is the Head of SME at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF). Her 14 years cross-functional and multi-sector experience encompasses Marketing, Business Development, and General Management from various companies including Zenith Bank plc and British American Tobacco West Africa. Prior to joining LSETF, she worked as an SME Consultant and continues to volunteer her time impacting SMEs through business advisory, mentorship and business clinics.
A seasoned Business Development and Brand Management professional, she has a Master in Business Administration from the prestigious Lagos Business School and Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from University of Lagos both in Nigeria. She is a fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative, a high impact leadership development program for African women and has attended various local and international trainings/seminars including “Managing Decisions across Cultures” at IESE Business School Barcelona and “Leading with Purpose in a Networked World” at Said Business School, Oxford University, United Kingdom.
As Head of SME at LSETF, she facilitates access to funding for SMEs in Lagos and is responsible for development, implementation and coordination of SME targeted programmes in line with the strategic initiatives of the Fund.