Sean Duffy is the Managing Director of CIBC Innovation Banking in the UK & Europe. Prior to this he was Managing Director, TMT Group at Barclays for over a decade. In 2021, he joined CIBC Innovation Banking to head up their new office in London to support the ambitions of European-based entrepreneurs and their VC-backers by providing growth capital across a number of innovation ecosystems. CIBC is an industry lender in North America.
CIBC originally launched CIBC Innovation Banking in Canada and the US in 2018 with a vision to be the leading bank lender to entrepreneurs and investors in the innovation economy. They work with innovation companies to meet their growth needs by delivering strategic advice, cash management and funding at each stage of their business cycle, from startup to IPO and beyond.
Sean draws on 25 years of experience in the banking sector with a focus on the tech ecosystem. He's well placed to discuss growth finance and its place within the innovation economy, the state of lending in the ecosystem as scaleups look to alternative funding, and the B2B SaaS space as they specialise in lending to those types of businesses.