Nichole is the Chief Financial Officer for Venture Garden Group (VGG) and a Managing Partner at GreenHouse Capital (GHC), the VGG investment arm. As a pioneering young black woman paving the way for the transformation of the continent’s leadership, she brings a unique perspective to the Africa Council of 8. In 2017, Forbes Africa listed Nichole as one of its 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa.
At VGG and GHC, she fosters the growth of companies at the forefront of using technology to solve real African problems and has board responsibilities in a number of these companies. She brings experience from working in private and Fortune 500 companies to guide these portfolio companies through seed and series stages. The companies’ products have connected over 3 000 students to tutors, completed one of the largest and most successful ICOs out of Africa, and increased banking services for Nigeria’s nearly 84.6 million unbanked population. Each of the companies has seen between 2x and 20x valuation growth since GHC’s investment.
Nichole was chosen for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa class, and was recognized in 2018 by the MIPAD 100 as an honouree for business and entrepreneurship inside Africa. Nichole currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Cortex Hub, a South African incubator, and is a board member of Chalkboard, a francophone West Africa Edtech company. She is the co-founder and executive sponsor for the Garden Women’s Network (GWN), which was created to foster the recruitment, development, and retention of women in technology. Additionally, in 2018, she launched GreenHouse Lab, Nigeria’s first accelerator focusing on women led tech start-ups which became the first and only accelerator Powered by Google in Africa. She is an alumna of the Kenan Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a graduate from the Master’s in Accounting Programme at Wake Forest University, and a licensed CPA.