Entrepreneur to watch
The Founder and Group Managing Director of Courteville Business Solutions Plc, Bola Akindele is a shining light for young entrepreneurs. He gave young entrepreneurs and prospective start-ups success tips at a forum organised by Lagos chapter of Startup Grind, a start-up community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs in Lagos, DANIEL ESSIET reports.
Founder and Group Managing Director of Courteville Business Solutions, Bola Akindele, is an entrepreneur. He is a thorough bred professional with over three decades of professional experience spanning audit, banking, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, and technology. For more than 20 years, Akindele was living the dream of an aspiring business executive. After graduating with a B.Agric in Animal Science from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), and earned an M.Sc. in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos, Akindele started his professional career as an audit intern at KPMG Peat Marwick, Ani Ogunde & Co. in 1987.
He later landed a job at the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) where he rose to become Treasurer/Financial Controller of the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (ACGS). While at the CBN, he also served as a Bank Examiner on various occasions. He kept climbing the industry ladder.
He moved to the defunct Oceanic Bank where he worked on several high-profile transactions and market deals.
The world of banking was filled with high-energy, ambitious, and untiring hotshots like him. But all his hard work paid off. He stood out from the rest and landed the most-coveted positions.
This tremendous exposure gave him what he needed to become an entrepreneur. Consequently, he incorporated Courteville Investment Limited, in 2004. The firm went public in 2009; in 2011, it underwent a name change to become Courteville Business Solutions.
The firm is a key e-business solutions and advisory provider and the first in its sector to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), with shareholders’ funds in excess of $20million.