The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Board of Governors (BoG) to oversee its affairs, from today, 1st October 2021.
Chaired by Kola Aina, General Partner, Ventures Platform, the new BoG’s mandate is to reposition LAN with a focus on recruiting and educating local angel investors and championing advocacy for early-stage investing in Nigeria.
Other members of the BoG are Biola Alabi, Founder, Biola Alabi Media who is also the Deputy Chair of the BoG; Yemi Keri (YK), Co-founder, Rising Tide Africa; Olumide Soyombo, Co-founder Voltron Capital; Iyin Aboyeji, Founder, Future Africa and Gerrad Olisa-Ashar, Co-founder, Diaspora Angel Network.
Since its launch in 2012, members of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN) have spent their time, money, knowledge, and connections finding, funding, and following Nigerian startup founding teams as they’ve built innovative, enterprising, and sustainable ventures while creating jobs, impact and value for customers, founders and their investors.
Under the leadership of co-founders Tomi Davies (TD) and Dotun Sulaiman (DS) and its current Board of Directors, Collins Onuegbu, Segun Olukoya, Yemi Keri (YK), Dipo Adebo, David Richards, and Bunmi Lawson, the LAN community of Angels have mentored, advised and invested in over a hundred Nigerian startups.
Also in the last 10 years, LAN has also birthed several Angel groups such as Rising Tide Africa (RTA), South South-East Angels Network (SSEAN), Abuja Angels Network (AAN), the Diaspora Angels Network (DAN) amongst others that make up the LAN community.
Tomi Davies notes, “During this our first decade as Lagos Angels, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the unexpected in the Nigerian early-stage entrepreneurship ecosystem, and it’s been an incredibly worthwhile journey.”
Continuing Davies said, ``We’ve seen the Lagos startup ecosystem grow significantly bigger than when we started LAN 10 years ago and need to do more. We’ve seen what’s possible, and now it’s time to take Angel investing in Nigeria to the next level.”
Kola Aina says, “I want to thank the founding LAN Board whose achievements cannot be overstated, and their legacy visible for all to see.
Our appointment to serve the LAN community in this capacity is humbling. We believe we have a great team, and our passion, commitment, and experiences will stand us in good stead as we embark on this journey. Welcome to LAN, the next chapter.”
While other Directors, of the old Board, will be stepping down, TD, DS and YK will remain as guarantors of LAN, which is a company limited by guarantee under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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