Kola Aina

Ventures Platform

Kola, is an entrepreneur and investor.

He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ventures Platform, a seed stage fund and accelerator which through its 16-week program, provides advisory, mentorship, back office support, seed-funding and need based residency to selected startups.

He is also the Chairman of Ventures Park (Nigeria Premier co-working & co-living campus), Founder of Ventures Platform Foundation, Founder of Emerging Platforms Ltd (a multi sector technology provider) and Chairman of Edu Platforms Ltd. (an EdTech solutions provider) amongst other companies he has either partnered with or invested in.

Prior to focusing on venture building, Kola worked in corporate finance, administration, corporate turn-around and strategy, having started off as a financial analyst with Fifth-Third Bank, after his MBA and initial training as an Electrical Engineer in the United States. He has also attained professional training from the Harvard Business School, University of California – Berkley Law, Lagos Business School, and IESE Business School.

Kola serves on a number of company boards and actively mentors startups founders.
He currently serves on the Presidential Committee on Job Creation, and speaks publicly as time permits. He is married with kids.

My Sessions

What we look for when we invest

We all agree, starting a business could be expensive, which is why entrepreneurs seek funding from investors. But investors are not your regular lenders, they are smart, skeptical and diligent in reviewing whatever opportunity presented to them. If you decide you want to seek funding from them, how do you draw them in? And how […]