Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures has raised US$43 million as part of its ongoing fundraising for its pan-African venture fund.  The fund’s initial backers include institutions such as SBI Holdings, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and individual investors such as Osamu Kaneda.

Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures is the first fund by Verod-Kepple Africa Partners, a joint venture between Verod Capital Management Limited (Verod Capital) and Kepple Africa Ventures.

Launched in 2022, Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures invests in scalable, tech-enabled, post-revenue businesses addressing complex challenges across various industries on the continent.

Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures’ current investments include Moove Africa (Multiple markets: smart vehicle finance for mobility entrepreneurs); NowPay (Egypt: financial wellness for employees); Koko Networks (Kenya: clean cooking technology company); Ceviant (Nigeria: treasury management and trade finance); Chari (Morocco: B2B e-commerce for FMCG); Shuttlers (Nigeria: Affordable and reliable shared mobility); Nawy (Egypt: end-to-end platform powering property transactions), Julaya (Francophone West Africa: neobank for businesses in Africa).

The fund’s announcement comes on the back of a resilient 2022 in the African tech ecosystem, where the interest in venture capital in Africa grew by 8% despite a global economic crisis.

Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures Partner Satoshi Shinada says,  “We are convinced there is a tremendous opportunity for technology to drive innovation and growth in Africa. We are excited to spearhead this transformation through our investment in category-defining startups, and to create a positive impact on the communities they serve.” 

“We are incredibly grateful for the confidence our world-class investors have in our team and differentiated value creation strategy. We look forward to deepening the successful long-term partnership we have with them,” adds VKAV Partner Ory Okolloh.

Eric Idiahi, Investment Committee & Portfolio Review Committee Member at VKAV and Partner at Verod Capital commented, “Verod Capital is delighted to partner with Kepple Africa Ventures. Their formidable experience combined with Verod’s strong performance track record investing in West Africa for 15 years, plus its history of returning capital to investors, provides a solid platform to showcase a unique model for venture capital in Africa that combines investment experience with hands-on support across the board – from fundraising to fixing operations gaps, sourcing talent and accelerating expansion. 

“Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures is committed to generating outstanding returns and achieving meaningful social impact by backing entrepreneurs who are committed to solving big challenges while serving as a catalyst to support collaborations between African startups and Japanese strategic partners to achieve superior growth and ESG best practices in the portfolio.  This commitment is strongly supported by the participation of notable/acclaimed/major LPs coming into the fund in this round, including Japan International Cooperation Agency (“JICA”) and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (“SMTB”).

Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures portfolio companies are serving not only African customers but also global customers. They have impacted 800,000+ individuals and small businesses in nine markets, six of which are in Africa, and created more than 2,000 jobs.    

Keiichiro Nakazawa, Senior Vice President, of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said “This will be our first investment in the African VC sector. We consider it a critical step for us as a development agency to integrate technology innovations and its fast-growing ecosystems into the broader social and economic development arena in developing countries. We believe that VKAV is the best partner to materialize this vision, and we expect to have multi-faceted collaborations with them.”

Yasushi Anashige, Executive Manager & General Manager of, the Impact Equity Investment Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank (SMTB) also expressed their pleasure to be part of such a ground-breaking fund, noting, ”We are deeply impressed by the bold vision of Verod-Kepple Africa Ventures to achieve the double bottom-line of ‘harnessing economic development with the growing population” and “solving various social challenges.’

“Their forward-looking practice of integrating impact monitoring and management (IMM) into their investment process as well as the fact that they have two full-time Japanese venture capitalists based in Africa have also made us comfortable working with them. We believe that they will make significant successes not only in making financial returns but also bringing Japanese corporates to Africa.” 

Musa Suleiman
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