17th Edition of CFA’s Startups Hangout to Feature Chuma Ezirim, Head, eBusiness Group at First Bank

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Institutional support is key for the development of any startup ecosystem, particularly in countries that are grappling with infrastructural challenges plus multiple taxations such as Nigeria. Be that as it may, a number of countries have been able to create unique models that enable startups partner and work with various corporate organizations plus the available opportunities available with his bank.

Consequently, the 17th Edition of CFA’s Startups Hangout will feature Chuma Ezirim, Head, eBusiness Group at First Bank. He will be on ground to share his thoughts on some of the ways startups can leverage institutional support to scale.

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Meet Chuma Ezirim

Chuma Ezirim heads eBusiness Group at First Bank. The Group develops and manages Electronic Channels and Card business in the Commercial Bank and its subsidiaries. The Commercial Bank has an international presence through its subsidiaries; London, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea as well as a Representative Office in Beijing.

 This is indeed a great time to be a startup, however, it will be difficult for the startup ecosystem to really gain traction without some sort of institutional collaborations and partnerships. Imagine the impact if First bank puts its weight behind a good startup, which is part of the reasons we created the First Bank digital lab. –Chuma Ezirim

He is a Certified International Cards & Payments Professional (CICPP) and Fellow, International Academy of Cards & Payments. An Industrial Chemist by training, Chuma has over 24 years of professional banking experience. He holds a B.Sc Degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an M.Sc degree in the same field from the University of Ibadan. He also has an MBA from the University of Nigeria and is an alumnus of Wharton School, Kellogg School of Management and Lagos Business School. He has attended several advanced Leadership and Strategy courses.

Chuma has demonstrated track records of excellence in Electronic and Retail Banking for about 20 years. He has worked with and provided strategic counsel to people at different levels in the Electronic Payment Industry from subject matter experts to CEOs and Board members of leading Financial Services Organizations across Africa.

About CFA’s Startups Hangout

CFA’s Startups Hangout is a uniquely conceived, informal session brought to you by CFAtech.ng. Each session enables startups to connect with successful entrepreneurs and top executives who have garnered tons of experiences that money simply can’t buy. Over 30 speakers have been featured to date and still counting.

Register to Attend

Attendance for CFA’s Startups Hangout is free but must be confirmed due to the limited number of seats. Only confirmed participants will be allowed entry.

To register, click here.


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