Bankole Oloruntoba is a social and business tactics engagement specialist with a deep background in corporate communication, entrepreneurship development, business development and idea/innovation management. He has a first degree (BSc. Economics) from ABU Zaria, a certificate on building brands from Lagos Business School and anMBA from Businesschool Netherlands (BSN).
He is, amongst other things, the Co-Partner of GrandiMendi Company (An innovation Solution Consulting Company), Founder of Network of Incubators and Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) and incubation Center Manager ofEnspire Business Incubator, a technology focused business incubation centre under the Abuja Technology Village. He developed and managed the Abuja Tech Ecosystem to create a structured community for technopreneurs to get the much needed support as required by tech startups and also serve as an example of how an ecosystem should be built including serving as a resource pool for the enspire Incubator. Recently he was appointed a Member of the President of Nigeria’s Advisory Council on Technology and Creativity.
An expert on the Hub Set up/Sustainability, Business Model development and deployment (Business Model Canvas & Lean Management Strategy) for Products, Ideas and Startups, Incubation Management and Advisory, Bankole has shown strength in the identification and Building of strategic work/business partnership, Talent sourcing, Product/Business Market entry. He provides Nigerian/West African Market advisory and Soft-landing services to interested foreign companies.
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
– SeedstarsWorlwide – 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, Product &Business Development and Advisory, Business Strategy/Tactics, Brand/Corporate Communication and Media (Traditional & Digital) Management.
Bankole is anengaging Speaker, Convergence Coordinator and a fantastic listener.