Chief Leo Stah Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Group, has called on entrepreneurs to explore the use of technology to fullest for sustaining their entrepreneurial drive and corporate relevance in today’s dynamic business environment.
[su_quote cite=”Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox Technologies”]You must remain positive in spite of the disruptions in the system, especially with the fall in crude oil prices and the fluid state of the Naira. You must be positive and watch the gaps. This is our country; we must fix it. [/su_quote]
Ekeh threw this challenge to budding entrepreneurs at at the maiden edition of the Fidelity Bank Annual SME Conference with themed, “Positioning Nigerian SMEs for Growth” held at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island.
“This is the century of the Black Man and only technology can take us there. Whether you belong to the past century or the present century, you must re-tool in order to remain relevant as an entrepreneur. Today, modern technology has created immense possibilities for us and we must take advantage of them to grow our businesses. There are major platforms at your finger-tips; huge apps that have created integrity and transparency in business dealings. The 21st Century is one of freedom; freedom to be who you want”, Ekeh said.
Chief Ekeh, who led the panel discussion on the topic, “Leveraging Technology for SME Growth” noted that contemporary business has undergone a profound transformation, especially with the impact of Internet-mediated technologies which has brought unprecedented measure of speed, innovation and efficiency to business processes.
“You must manage your businesses with integrity in the current technological dispensation. There can be no short term, medium or long term business plan without short term, medium or long term objectives. This is why you must start small and grow from micro to small, medium and then a large scale enterprise because the world only elevates you when you become a large stock”, he told the forum.
The Nigerian tech billionaire traced infrastructural challenges he encountered while starting out in business and which have now been surmounted with the advent of wider access to ICT tools such as the Internet and proliferation of mobile devices.
“You must remain positive in spite of the disruptions in the system, especially with the fall in crude oil prices and the fluid state of the Naira. You must be positive and watch the gaps. This is our country; we must fix it”, the Zinox Chairman said.
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the SME Conference, Mazi Sam Ohabunwa hailed the initiative as one that would provide vital business intelligence for SMEs and an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from other established names in the sector.
The well-attended event also witnessed experience-sharing sessions from key business leaders including CEO of Main One, Funke Opeke; Nicolas Martin, who co-founded online shopping giants Jumia and Austin Okere, CEO of Computer Warehouse Group, among others.