Chezie Raises $775,000 Pre-seed Round

We've raised $775,000 in a pre-seed funding round led by 2045 Ventures!

Atlanta, GA (May 2, 2023) — Chezie, an all-in-one solution that empowers companies to build, track, and manage impactful employee resource groups (ERGs), has raised $775,000 in a pre-seed funding round led by 2045 Ventures, with participation from Pax Momentum, Southern Equity, Acrew & Concrete Rose Angel Squad, Jones Trauber Capital, Westcove Partners, and various angel investors. And they're putting it to good use — The recent funding will enable Chezie to expand its product development, hire new members in product and engineering roles, and invest in market and user research.

Reflecting on the success of Chezie, Carmen Palafox, Managing Partner of 2045 Ventures, shared her insights on what led the VC firm to invest in the company: “Toby and Dumebi’s leadership, long-term vision, early traction, and the market opportunity compelled us to invest. They both bring an athletic mindset to Chezie. They are a high-performing team that constantly seeks to fine-tune all aspects of their business.”

Chezie’s Mission & Story

Founders, Toby and Dumebi are not just business partners, but siblings who share a common vision of inclusion. As Nigerian immigrants, their personal experiences working in corporate America have played a crucial role in shaping Chezie's culture and mission. Consequently, the company is focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all employees, regardless of their background or identity.

Chezie provides innovative software that streamlines ERG management and empowers leaders to create impactful programming that promotes employee belonging and retention. Chezie's user-friendly dashboard allows ERG leaders and People teams to track engagement, events, membership, and budget all in one place. With over 57,000 companies around the world already utilizing ERGs, Chezie is helping companies leverage these groups to create more inclusive workplaces and drive business outcomes.

Chezie's Promising Future

Chezie's recent funding is a major milestone for the company and a testament to the strength of its vision and leadership.

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with the investors that we have,” said Toby Egbuna, Co-founder and CEO of Chezie. “There’s plenty of work to do before we reach our next milestone, but I know we’ve assembled the right team to get there.”

With the recent pre-seed funding, Chezie is well-positioned to accelerate its growth and amplify its impact in the corporate world.

About Chezie

Chezie is the trusted operating system for employee resource groups.

Our comprehensive software empowers organizations to build, track, and manage ERGs, while also driving positive business outcomes such as increased retention and employee engagement. We’ve helped over 100 ERGs, including those at industry-leading companies such as Chegg, Instacart, and the NBA, take their initiatives from intent to impact.

Chezie, founded in 2020, is on a mission to create the most inclusive workplaces on Earth. For more information, visit