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Episode 007 Kola Aina, Founder at Ventures Platform, How to build a platform for accelerating the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa [podcast]

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Kola is the founder of Ventures Platform, an early stage fund and startup accelerator for founders across Africa. Within a year, Kola and his team have invested in over 20 startups through the programme.

Kola bootstrapped his original business, Emerging Platform from idea to a significant success by mixing healthy dose of risks with grit.

I met Kola last year, and we seem to immediately connect due to our shared belief in entrepreneurship as a viable way to accelerate growth potentials in Africa.

He recently wrote a piece on what he learnt from investing in 21 startups in 2 years.

On the show,  we discussed his journey to entrepreneurship from grad school to running family business and starting Emerging Platforms. Kola also provides some insight into the kinds of businesses Ventures Platform would accept into its accelerator program.

On This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Important lessons about being a serial entrepreneur he learned from his father who took big risks  bootstrapping several businesses with a family in tow.
  • How to sell your product to big clients through ‘proof-of-concept’ sales pitch
  • Handing a family business over to another family member may not necessarily be the best thing for the business.
  • How productising your service business can significant transform your revenue and make it more predictable.
  • And much more
Also Read  EP 14, How to build a new business from an old industry - Oluyomi Ojo, Co-founder at Printivo

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Dotun Olowoporoku

Dotun is an accidental entrepreneur, recovering academic. But found it more interesting to be a startup pirate than join the academic navy.