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Beyond the Hustle: Advancing Entrepreneurship in the Black Tech Community

About This Webinar

Opportunities for entrepreneurship and wealth-building are abundant, but Black founders face significant challenges when launching their ideas.

On Wednesday, May 15, CIBC will host an insightful conversation about Capital & Entrepreneurship in the Black Tech community.

Join us for an invaluable Obsidi® Tech Talk featuring Josh Olawale and Ab Makalo, two seasoned CIBC professionals who will share practical ways to close the gap between Black tech founders and the systems that fuel innovation and economic expansion.

They’ll explore critical topics such as the state of Black entrepreneurship in Canada, overcoming barriers to resource and funding startup companies, the importance of financial literacy and accessing investment partnerships, and the significance of role models and mentors in the entrepreneurship journey.

Whether you’re looking to launch a local business or expand to global markets, this Obsidi® Tech Talk will provide inspiration and insight to help you achieve your goals!


Networking Opportunities: Enrich your network by connecting with seasoned peers and future entrepreneurs to advance your career goals within a supportive community grouping.

Insightful Knowledge: Learn how to overcome better or navigate common challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs by acquiring critical strategic solutions for our panel of experts.

Entrepreneurship Supports & Resources: Discover new resources and supports to strengthen your entrepreneurial endeavors.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter
DEI Consultant & Customer Success Lead
Natalie is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advisor with an excellent background in creating DEI strategies for organizations looking to begin or further their DEI journey. Her background in community work, public consultations, and research led her to DEI, where she could help turn interest and intention into actions.
Webinar hosting presenter
Director, CIBC Innovation Banking
Educated in the UK and Canada, Ab has ten years of practical experience in corporate finance. He has experience across the entire corporate finance value chain, from origination to execution and portfolio management. Ab joined CIBC in 2014, and his industry-leading experience includes covering private and public mid-market clients in diversified IT Services, real estate, hospitality, public sector
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Sr. Relationship Manager, Innovation Banking
Joshua is a tech financing professional serving at CIBC Innovation Banking since 2017. He sources, executes and manages credit investments in various sectors, ranging from organizations' AI applications to vertical SaaS platforms. Joshua holds an MS in Artificial Intelligence, a BBA in Finance and Computer Science, BBIS in Business and Information Systems, and is a CFA charter holder.
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Senior Account Executive
A seasoned senior sales professional renowned for his adeptness in pioneering Canadian expansions for US-based technology enterprises. With a rich history of triumphs, he thrives in dynamic sales domains, boasting proficiency in MEDD(P)IC methodologies, business expansion, channel cultivation, market research, and targeted outreach strategies.