Nafasi Ventures is an advisory firm transforming the private sector’s capacity to deliver social impact. We help business leaders address the world’s unmet needs and solve social problems through market driven approaches. Whether you’re a company looking to increase your impact or an investor interested in investing differently, we’re here to help you find new, innovative and creative ways to grow your business while also changing the world.
What We Do
Think beyond traditional initiatives for corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
Enter new markets and design products in a socially responsible and inclusive way.
Define your investment strategy, impact outcomes and mentor your portfolio company teams.
Partner, build or engage global and local communities to amplify your impact.
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Designed and launched a startup accelerator program to engage global entrepreneurs in designing eco-friendly tourism products and services for developing countries.
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Who We Are
Nafasi Ventures is a group of business professionals each with over 20 years of experience in the private sector. Collectively we have designed new products, expanded operations and increased sales at some of the largest global companies. In our professional experience, we’ve gone beyond defining strategies, we’ve implemented and scaled them.
Nafasi was founded by Kamael Ann Sugrim who is passionate about using business innovation and creativity to solve the world's most pressing challenges. She started her career on Wall Street and then moved to Silicon Valley where she launched and commercialized the first cloud products and communities. In 2009, she left the corporate world to start her own social enterprise which built a mobile platform to connect rural areas in India to charities. She went on to launch Stanford University’s Africa operations and programs to increase the business capacity of local entrepreneurs and connect them to the global investment community. Kamael holds an MBA from Stanford University and BA in Economics from Barnard College. She has lived and worked in the US, Africa, South Asia and Europe and currently resides in Amsterdam.
Read more about why she started Nafasi Ventures here.