Ife Ibitokun: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Through Lendtech Innovation

In the dynamic landscape of financial technology, where innovation meets opportunity, Ife Ibitokun stands out as a trailblazer. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BizNurture Financial Services Limited, she has revolutionized access to capital for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. In the world of finance, Ife Ibitokun is not just a CEO; she’s a catalyst for change, hope, and an inspiration to all who dare to dream.

Ife’s journey began with a vision: to empower entrepreneurs by providing fast and easy access to business loans. BizNurture, an alternative lending company, focuses on bridging the funding gap for SMEs. But it’s not just about money; it’s about transforming women’s loan fears into fortunes. Ife believes that every woman with a dream deserves the chance to turn it into reality. BizNurture’s online lending platform is a game-changer. It offers SMEs a fast, convenient, and round-the-clock way to secure loans. Entrepreneurs can apply from the comfort of their homes or offices, gaining access to much-needed funding in as little as 48 hours. Whether it’s expanding an existing business or launching a startup, BizNurture opens doors to growth.

Ife’s credentials speak volumes. A Chartered Accountant, she holds an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management (United Kingdom), a certification in Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her 12-year extensive experience in the financial sector, including roles at Guaranty Trust Bank, has honed her expertise in business strategy, banking, sales, marketing, fundraising, financial analysis, and modeling.

Under Ife’s leadership, BizNurture has achieved remarkable milestones. The company has disbursed over a billion naira worth of loans to more than 200 SMEs. This impressive feat earned BizNurture the title of “One of the Top 100 Fastest Growing SMEs” by BusinessDay for three consecutive years. ConnectNG, in collaboration with Union Bank and the British Council, recognized BizNurture as one of the “Top 100 Emerging SMEs in Nigeria.”

As BizNurture evolves into a group structure, Ife’s vision expands. The company now ventures into digital savings and investments (BizVestNG) and provides e-advisory services (BizPartnerNG). Ife’s mission remains unwavering: to empower entrepreneurs, especially women, and unlock the deep well of opportunities waiting to be explored Ife’s commitment extends beyond business. She serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Pan African Women Empowerment Network (PAWEN) and is an associate member of WimBiz, Africa’s largest gathering of women in business, management, and public service. Through speaking engagements, training, and consultation, Ife coaches individuals and businesses on personal and financial growth.