Ventures Platform Changes Leadership as Founder and Executive Director, Kola Aina Steps Down

The Founder and Executive Director of Ventures Platform Foundation, Kola Aina, has stepped down from his role in the company.

Ventures Platform is a leading source of capacity building, capital, advocacy and support for under-served entrepreneurs, institutions and communities, enabling them to enhance the creation and development and wealth in Africa. Its investment portfolio includes PiggyVest, Paystack, MDaaS, Thrive Agric, Tizeti, Reliance HMO, crowdForce, etc.

The Ventures Platform Hub consists of three distinct organisations: the Ventures Platform Foundation, Ventures Park (the co-working business), and the Ventures Platform fund, through which it has invested in noteworthy startups like Tizeti, Paystack and PiggyVest. The three organisations has been led by the pioneer founder, Kola Aina, till he recently stepped down.

Kola Aina is succeeded by Mimshach Obioha, former Director of Partnerships This replacement has a ripple effect in the leadership of Ventures Platform as Former Chief of Staff, Lamide Johnson, becomes the Director of Partnerships for Ventures Platform Foundation, while Nkechi Oguchi, takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer for Ventures Park. These three appointments are effective from today, August 1, 2019.

Speaking about the changes in leadership roles, Kola Aina said,

I am really proud to see that a little over 3 years from when we began the VP journey we have internal leaders emerge through what was a competitive process, to scale up the work that began from a simple mission to provide hassle-free capital that would enable bold and young Africans to build a better future. Today, these changes will ensure that we can better deliver on our expanded theory of change – spanning access to capital, capacity, and community.”

Kola admits that with more time at his disposal, he will be taking on a few personal adventures as well as take on more exciting projects in the next months.