Bunmi Olayanju

Strategic Finance Leader, Investor & Startup Advisor


Bunmi Olayanju is a finance and strategy professional with extensive global experience in leading Financial Services firms (Citi, American Express) spanning various areas, including strategic and long-range planning, investment decision support, and performance management. His career has grown out of the junction of finance and technology, taking on roles with increasing responsibility up to Lead Financial Officer (LFO). He is adept at devising and driving growth strategies in highly competitive markets. He is a strategic finance leader with demonstrated ability to lead high-performing cross-functional teams. Earlier in his career, he was a consultant in Accenture’s Financial Services practice.

An advisor to fintech and foodtech startups, Bunmi enjoys connecting innovative opportunities to capital for economic and social impact. He is a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, a Baltimore-based pre-seed and seed-stage VC firm operating in the consumer, developer tools, data, e-commerce, fintech, future of work, healthcare, and proptech sectors. At NextGen, he conducts deal sourcing and due diligence for potential investments, especially in fintech. Bunmi is a Fellow of the Black Venture Institute.

Bunmi holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations.

Together with his wife Julia, he co-founded FoodNiche Inc. and GrubEasy Interactive Lab


Executive Education, Venture Capital University of California, Berkeley

Master of Business Administration, Finance and Strategy (Dean’s Scholar) Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science and Engineering Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria