who we are
We are a venture investment company providing venture assistance and strategic advice to exceptional founders, preferably in a team of 2-3 entrepreneurs, with compelling business ideas aimed at solving widespread problems efficiently using appropriate technology.
We are long-term partners to entrepreneurs, investing with our hearts and minds, with openness and without any hidden intentions or motives.
WHAT WE DO
We invest in exceptional founders and startups across the Seed, Early and Growth phases in the following segments:
We provide strategic advice and sometimes help refine business plans. We facilitate knowledge-sharing and relationship building. and also mentor founders to build and grow great companies.
Deploying our expertise and experience gained across a broad range of sectors, we provide networking opportunities not only among the portfolio companies but also with the wider business / technology communities.
We commit time and resources to manage our portfolio companies and love to get our hands dirty by helping to build great companies.
Seeking out unfair advantages, proprietary and protected technologies, business model innovations, marketplace platforms, and top teams is what we do best.
By adopting a hands-on approach in supporting and mentoring talented entrepreneurs, we work with founders who know what they know (and are excellent at it) BUT also know what they don't know and are open to building strong teams to fill in the knowledge and skill gaps. We invest more in people than in a specific business plan, because plans often change.
Meet our founder
He is the immediate past Managing Director/CEO of the Bank of Industry (BOI), Nigeria’s leading development finance institution.
He has over 29 years’ experience in banking and financial services sector, playing senior and executive level roles in commercial and investment banking, Treasury Management, Financial Control and Strategic Management at reputable institutions such as KPMG, GTBank, Ecobank, UBA and BOI.
He was the pioneer Group CEO of United Capital Plc, a leading financial investment services company. Prior to this, he was an Executive Director at the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), where he led the largest strategic business Directorate in the Banking Group. Rasheed was also the pioneer CEO of UBA Africa from 2007 to 2011, during which time he extended UBA’s operations into 18 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He holds a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering in Obafemi Awolowo University, an Associate Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an Executive MBA from International Graduate School of Management (IESE), Spain.