Who We Are

Who We Are

Chinook Capital is a venture capital firm focused on making investment in “pre-seed” and early stage ventures that are building a viable and scalable technology businesses for strong financial returns with maximum impacts.

We partner with exceptional entrepreneurs and work side-by-side with them to turn great ideas into remarkable companies, by helping them to provide earliest institutional funding to launch and scale their new ventures. As operators and entrepreneurs, ourselves, we roll up our sleeves and work with the entrepreneurs in all parts of their businesses that need additional resources. We provide more than capital to our investees, we provide support from market validation, product design, product-market-fit, customer discovery to creating fundable and scalable business.


Vision

To be the most admirable technology investment firm in Africa.

Mission

Serve as a catalyst to bridge the gap between capital and innovation.


New Venture

We combine seed capital, hands-on help and a great co-working location with an expert team to positively impact the trajectory of early-stage startups. Through Chinook Lab Program, we invest at the earliest stage of a startup's lifecycle "pre-seed", as the first institutional capital - and helps the entrepreneurs validate and iterate on the original hypotheses of their core business concepts. In short, we help companies achieve product-market fit in preparation to raise institutional venture financing.

Strategy Reboot

We help existing businesses revamp their strategies through early-stage investment, increase their addressable market opportunities and operationally focus on accelerating revenue growth to become a high-growth, venture-fundable business.
We work alongside with the entrepreneurs to give birth to new industry-leading companies by leveraging on our experience and relationships as a fund manager to turn great ideas into great companies.


Corporate Strategy

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Founder

We invest in passionate, young & promising entrepreneurs with a personal connection to the problem they’re solving. We value a strong work ethic and a business mindset.

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Ideas

We look for tech-enabled businesses that offer innovative, scalable solutions which solve problems that make a difference to people.

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Traction

We look to invest in businesses that show evidence of product-market fit, whether it be revenue, paying customers, or downloads users.

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Impact

Our businesses build a better society by providing access to basic goods and services, financial inclusion, job creation and income improvement for consumers at the base-of-the-pyramid (BoP).


Team

Bade Aluko
Bade Aluko
Chairman

Bade is the Chairman of the FASYL Technology Group and Great Nigeria Insurance Plc. He has over 25 years experience in the...

Suru Avoseh
Suru Avoseh
Managing Partner

Suru has over 12 years of experience in the technical, management and Finance sides of Technology, Management Consulting and Transaction Advisory. He has worked...

Gbenga Odegbami
Gbenga Odegbami
Venture Partner (CEO Youverify)

Gbenga has more than 12 Years working experience building and running technology-led businesses. Some of the companies he worked...

Ekene Agu
Ekene Agu
Venture Partner (CEO Kwaf)

Ekene Agu is the founder of Kwäf Technologies, a seed stage company aiming to nurture a new Nigerian middle class by consolidating...

Toluwa Obademi
Toluwa Obademi
Investment and Portfolio Officer

Toluwa is a seasoned, competent and ethically grounded finance expert with widespread experience in banking, financial advisory...

Naomi Jibunor
Naomi Jibunor
Program Coordinator

Naomi Jibunor is a Program Coordinator for Chinook Lab, pre-seed stage and startups incubation initiative...


Chinook Impact

ESG Goals Economic Impact of Chinook Capital
Sustainable Growth The Funds’ strong value creation proposition will seek to explore scalable opportunities within investee companies to drive sustainable business growth, which will in turn contribute to overall economic output and increase tax revenues for the Government. In addition, the Funds will seek to improve operational efficiency and sustainable value improvement to aid cost optimization and profitability.
Job Creation As the Funds’ investee companies grow through the introduction of new business segments and products, and expansion into new markets, manpower requirement will increase thereby creating employment opportunities.
SME Growth The Funds will seek to institute robust and sophisticated governance structures in startups in line with global best practices to enhance long term sustainability.
Economic Growth Increased productivity at the investee company level can translate into increased competitiveness for the economy as a whole. The Funds will invest in companies with the potential to make productive impact at sector and macro levels.