The company also appointed Lamide Johnson Director of Partnerships, Ventures Platform Foundation.
Founder and Executive Director, Kola Aina, will step down from the role and will move to the board as he continues to provide leadership to the overarching goals of Ventures Platform Hub while leading VP Fund’s investment efforts.
He will be succeeded by Mimshach Obioha, formerly Director of Partnerships who, as Executive Director, will lead the next phase of growth in the organization’s mission to build the future of Africa by supporting innovators and entrepreneurs at the Abuja headquartered hub.
Nkechi Oguchi, currently General Manager of VPHub’s coworking operation, will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Ventures Park to drive and expand upon the mission of creating enabling communities or entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers.
Kola Aina – who steps down after a period that has seen over 40,000 people and 300 startups impacted through various programs with a thriving co-working community – while speaking on the changes 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.”
Ventures Platform is a leading source of capital, capacity building, support and advocacy for under-served entrepreneurs, communities and institutions, enabling them to enhance the creation of wealth and development in Africa. It has an investment portfolio which includes; Paystack, PiggyVest, Thrive Agric, MDaaS Global, Reliance HMO, Tizeti, crowdForce, etc.