Ife Ibitokun is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BizNurture Financial Services Limited, an alternative lending company with the mission to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises through the provision of alternative finance.
Utilising her 12-year extensive experience in the financial sector, from leading several teams in institutions such as Guaranty Trust Bank to structuring facilities of over $100 million, Ife brings her expertise in Business Strategy, Banking, Sales & Marketing, Fundraising, Financial & Credit Analyses, Business Development and Financial Modelling in leading BizNurture. BizNurture is at the forefront of Lendtech in Africa, disbursing over $2.4m worth of loans to over 250 SMEs. This feat has earned BizNurture the award for “One of the Top 100 Fastest Growing SMEs” by BusinessDay for 2 years consecutively. The Lendtech company was also recognized by ConnectNG in conjunction with Union Bank and British Council as one of the “Top 100 Emerging SMEs in Nigeria”.
Ife is also passionate about sharing experiences with women and is an associate member of WimBiz, the largest gathering of women in business, management and public service in Africa. Ife also coaches individuals on personal and business finance through speaking engagements, training, and consultation; and has a training program to help businesses with systems, processes and structure.
In addition to the aforementioned achievements, Ife is a Chartered Accountant, holds a certification in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School, an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management, United Kingdom; a certification in Japanese Industry & Management from Kobe University, Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.