We invest in and love entrepreneurs solving big problems in Sub Saharan Africa and beyond.

What we do

 
image001.png

We’re a small group of old friends with a shared passion for working with great teams solving important problems. We initially met in Hyderabad, India in the mid-2000s - hence the name “Chalo,” which means “let’s go” in Hindi. Our life journeys since then have led us on winding paths through different industries and continents, culminating in Nairobi now becoming our home. We’ve worked at a variety of organizations (Accion, Acumen, Apple, Bain, IFC, McKinsey, Generation Investments, etc.), as well as founded or held leadership roles in fast- growing startups and early stage companies across Africa, Asia, and the US. Chalo Ventures stems from our shared ambition to partner with, support and learn from incredible founders.

We invest early and small (US$25,000-75,000), which can be part of an angel/seed round, but
we also look to help however we can with our varied networks, experiences, and insights. While we invest our own money and when the spirit moves us, we consistently prefer:

 

  • Big problems & big markets

  • Local and/or female founding teams

  • A compelling mission and sense of purpose

  • Connections to the macro trends shaping Africa’s future

  • Sectors in which we have unique experience or expertise (which includes health, energy, financial services, human capital, agriculture, and consumer products)

Interested? Send us an email and say hi; we’d love to hear from you.

chalo@chaloventures.com

Our Team

 

Biju Mohandas

Heads Healthcare & Education investments for the IFC in Sub Saharan Africa in addition to Tourism, Retail, Property & Manufacturing in East Africa. Led more than $500 million in investments across South Asia and Africa. Formerly, early member of Acumen’s leadership team and headed Acumen’s East Africa operations. Spent 5 years as an officer in the Indian army’s medical corps. Has lived and worked in Nairobi for 10+ years.

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Chris Mitchell

Partner at Bain & Company, leader in Bain's Consumer Products and Economic Development practices, with a particular focus on food systems. Previously worked in India with Intellecap, a firm focused on helping social enterprises raise growth capital. 10+ years living/working in India/Africa.

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Katie Hill

Group Director of Business Operations, Liquid Telecom, a pan-African technology infrastructure company. Spent 5 years leading an Energy team at Apple Inc, led transactions >$1B, primarily in China. Early member of Acumen’s investment team, launching their energy access portfolio. TED Fellow, World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader,.” 8+ years living and working in East Africa and South Asia.

  • LinkedIn

Paul Breloff

Co-Founder and CEO of Shortlist, a talent tech company spanning India and East Africa. Founder of Accion Venture Lab, a leading fintech seed investor with 40+ startup investments globally. Former lawyer, advertising exec, and consultant. Love teams building great startups and startups building great teams. 10+ years living/working in India and East Africa.

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn