About us

Who we are

Chanzo Capital is a growth capital firm investing both capital and mentoring in high-tech startups and scaleups in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa (KINGS) – these countries make up the "KINGS" of Africa's digital economy.

What we do

We invest between $500K and $5M staggered over the exponential growth phase of the company from Series A to C.

Our intentions

The firm intends to finance the growth and development of the high-tech sector through the provision of capital, mentoring and value creation services to our portfolio of companies - we term this "mentor financing".

Opportunity in Africa

With almost a billion mobile subscribers, Africa is the last frontier in high-tech innovation defying global tech slow downs (like the rise of mobile money) prompting Goldman Sachs to back Africa Internet Group with US$300M at a billion dollar valuation and Mark Zukerberg to invest US$24M in Andela.

The market

There is a huge market for scaleups leveraging the mobile web platform to address customer needs and supply bottlenecks but lack the necessary capital and support to build and implement their expo- nential growth plan. Investment requirements in such scaleups are much smaller in comparism to the developed world, in exchange for higher potential returns (in excess of 10 to 20 multiples). These investments would yield impact in terms of job creation, strengthening of the business fabric and women empowerment.

Opportunity

Portfolio

Team

  • Eric Osiakwan

    Managing Partner

    He is an investor and developer of new businesses with 20 years’ experience spanning across 32 countries in Africa gained through a number of successful tech start-ups.

    Ian Ziddah

    Operating Partner

    Ian is a leading product and innovation leader with over 20 years’ worth of experience in technology, corporate venturing and start-ups.

  • Tinyiko Valoyi

    Venture Partner

    Tinyiko Valoyi is an entrepreneur and venture builder with 18 years’ experience in corporate ventures and startups.

    Charles Amega-Selorm

    Tech Associate

    7 years Technical Experience in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya. BA in Computer Science and Economics from the University of Ghana.

  • Irene Darko

    Finance Associate

    8 years Finance and Admin experience in Ghana. Chartered Certified Accountant with a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Takoradi Polytechnic and BSC Business Administration from Open University Malaysia.

Board

Below are our Advisory board members;

  • Esther Dyson

    Angel Investor
    New York, USA

    Esther Dyson is an angel investor and chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care, human capital and aerospace.

    Mawuli Ababio

    Private Equity
    Accra, Ghana and Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    Mawuli Ababio is an Investment Banker with over 25 years’ experience in structuring private equity and project financing transactions in Africa.

  • Sheila Reindorf

    Family Office
    Accra, Ghana and Geneva, Switzerland

    Sheila Reindorf is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau SA a Multi-Family Office located in Geneva, Switzerland which is a neutral competence center for On/Off- shore structuring solutions...

    Keith Spears

    Real Estate and Impact Investor
    San Francisco, USA

    Mr. Spears is a Managing Partner at Skytree Capital Partners and specializes in real estate transactions and impact investing.

  • Nozipho January Bardill

    Board and ESG
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill has extensive experience in both the local and international public and private sectors.

    Ethan Zuckerman

    Professor of Practice
    MIT – Boston, USA

    Ethan Zuckerman is an entrepreneur and academic currently serving as director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab.