Bridging the gap.

We are Kaizen Venture Studio. We empower entrepreneurs by providing tools, resources, connections, and knowledge. Our expertise will foster the growth of your innovative company Period.

A comprehensive

Who we are

KAIZEN is a Venture Studio funding model out of DIFC that embraces and empowers entrepreneurs united by shared goals and technology-driven concepts. We are the launch pad for visionaries, innovators, and business founders, serving as a catalyst for turning ideas into reality and making a difference.

Who we support

KAIZEN champions innovative and visionary entrepreneurs who are pioneers in cutting- edge tech sectors such as Blockchain, Al, Web3, Fintech, IoT, Agritech, Foodtech and anything with technology in it.

How we approach

KAIZEN works with entrepreneurs from inception to realisation, providing an ecosystem that helps founders to get into a network of like-minded ventures and an ecosystem that provides market access, funding, product fitment, initial traction and many more to expedite success.

Fostering innovation

Our Vision
Bring positive change to entrepreneurship in Africa, Middle East & Emerging Markets with Innovation and Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).
Our Mission
To empower entrepreneurs with our dedicated Blockchain & Al-enabled platform every step of the way, connect them with investors and help them build a purposeful and profitable start-up business.

From inception
to realisation


Empowering Impact Entrepreneurship

We're striving to create a substantial impact on society and the environment. By going beyond the realm of business, reaching into the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By inspiring entrepreneurs to fuse their innovative ideas with purposeful solutions, addressing the pressing challenges of the 21st century. And focusing on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors.

People make the difference

Our team includes seasoned investors, founders, entrepreneurs and service providers with decades of experience.

Ananda Kumar

Co-Founder & CEO

An entrepreneur with over two decades of experience, Ananda Kumar heads Kaizen Venture Studio out of DIFC, Dubai. He is also an angel investor and mentor for multiple start-ups and businesses in ME and Asia. His areas of expertise cover Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Private Equity, M&A, Wealth Management, and Strategic Advisory. Prior to Kaizen, Ananda has headed Investments & Strategy at Cashew Payments; managed multi million- dollar diversified assets portfolio at Julphar and Sharekhan; apart from playing key roles at PKC Advisory, Sumitomo, Frost & Sullivan and Huntsman.
Prabhu Moorthy

Co-Founder & CEO

A dynamic entrepreneur, Prabhu Moorthy has a passion for creating sustainable businesses that generate significant value and social impact. At Kaizen, Prabhu brings together strategic vision and insightful knowledge from his 18 years experience to contribute significantly. His expertise in finance, technology, and entrepreneurship makes him a venture builder, technologist, and finance professional above par. Prabhu is a partner at United Hills Ventures, Africa Growth and Private Equity, Impact Equity Investment Fund I, and Africa Investment Opportunity Fund; manages $369 million asset under management.
Ramasubramaniya Raja


Ramasubramaniya Raja comes with over 19 years of technical experience in software, wireless, defence industries and USPTO Patent Grant. In his leadership position he has been responsible for the development and introducing multimillion software products at National Instruments and Tektronix. Ramasubramaniya holds a B.S. in Electronics Engineering.
Krishnamani Kannan

Co-Founder & CEO of

A digital strategist with a passion for creating innovative marketing strategies, Krishnamani Kannan has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. His expertise is in the areas of branding, market trends, consumer behavior, developing and executing comprehensive communication plans-always delivering exceptional results.
Aju Samuel

Strategy Consulting Eat | Pay | Heal | Protect

A startup founder, investor and advisor, Aju Samuel possesses a wealth of experience in diverse fields. Namely, business strategy, performance management, balanced scorecard, investment management, valuations and due diligence studies, corporate governance, leadership and management consulting, process re-engineering, operations management, fintech, healthtech, digital transformation, design thinking and C-level advisory and coach.
Ammar Afif

Founder and CEO at Cashew Payments & Muawin

 An expert in building and scaling technology start-ups for the past 25 years, Ammar Afif believes in thinking big, starting small and scaling up. His skills and expertise are spread around Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Intelligence, Business Development and Cross- functional Team Leadership.
Mufti Ismail Ebrahim Desai

CEO and Chairman of Global Islamic Financial Services Firm & Honorary Fiqh Authority

 A leading Islamic and global corporate finance expert, Mufti Ismail Ebrahim Desai is a reputed Shariah scholar with capabilities and understanding of finance, and has created and delivered unique products to clients all over the world. His vast exposure and expertise enable him to provide corporate and Islamic advisory services in association with an international team of professionals.