Geoff “Chester” Woolley

Geoff “Chester” Woolley

“I imagine a day when people make decisions based upon how they want to be treated.” 

Geoff has been active in venture capital investing for over 30 years, managing more than $2 billion in investment capital as the founder of successful venture funds in the United States, Europe, and Asia. As Founding Partner of Dominion Ventures and European Venture Partners (now called Kreos Capital), Geoff pioneered the concept of venture debt. Over his career, Geoff has invested debt and equity in over 400 companies, including Ciena, Coinstar, Hotmail, and Human Genome Science.

Geoff has been involved in frontier market venture capital investing since he joined Unitus Labs as a board member in 2001. During his time as Unitus Labs’ Capital Markets Chair, he was instrumental in the launch of Unitus Equity Fund, the first commercially focused micro finance equity investment fund, as well as Unitus Capital, the first investment bank focused on serving social enterprises throughout Asia. Since its launch, Unitus Equity Fund and its successor Elevar Equity have raised three funds totaling nearly $168 million, while Unitus Capital has successfully arranged over $1.6 billion in debt and equity financing for social enterprises. In 2011, Geoff co-founded Patamar Capital (formerly Unitus Impact), a frontier markets venture capital firm with the mission of unlocking better economic opportunities for Asia’s low-income communities.

In addition to his current role as Co-Founder and Partner of Patamar Capital, Geoff holds board seats at MicroBenefits, Jana Care, and Kinara. He is a founding and current board member of SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance bank, and Samhita Microfinance. As co-founder, Geoff launched the largest student-led venture fund in the United States, the $18.5 million University Venture Fund. In addition, Geoff launched the University Impact Fund, which partners university students with top-tier impact investing firms and social enterprises to provide the students with real-time exposure to projects and investments.

Geoff holds a B.S. in Business Management from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah.