Kwaku Osei Creates Funds to Create a More Equitable World

Kwaku Osei is the CEO of Cooperative Capital. He previously was an executive associate at Rock Ventures where he worked on special projects with Dan Gilbert and served as CEO to Project X LLC, a $1 million-plus tech spinout of Rock Ventures. Prior to Rock Ventures he was at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C., where he focused on technology, business process re-engineering, strategic change and communications for various clients.

Osei earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated magna cum laude with university honors.

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Kwaku Osei

Here are some highlights from the interview with Osei:

  • A window into his background and his assertive, pioneering approach to his work.
  • An overview of the purpose and some of the design considerations of Cooperative Capital and its community-based fund(s).
  • His struggle with overcoming some of the legal hurdles pertaining to securities law that have delayed the launch of the funds.
  • How some in the Next Economy are doing similar work to democratize capital and community development.

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Pioneering Community-Directed Funds at Cooperative Capital was originally published in B the Change on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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