CEO – Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
Kim Furlong, previous leading external relations for Amgen Canada, is the CEO at the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA).
Furlong is the first woman to hold the title of CEO at the CVCA, and does so after about 20 years of experience in public policy and communications. She is also a member of Equal Voice, an organization dedicated to electing more women to all levels of government, and a board member of Canada 2020, a progressive think-tank
Prior to joining CVCA, Furlong was at Amgen Canada, and was also the Vice-President Federal Government Relations for the Retail Council of Canada. She has held positions such as the Director of Communications for the Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Pierre Pettigrew, and had an advisory role for James. S. Peterson, the Canadian International Trade Minister.
Chief Development Officer at East Africa Capital Partners
Essex is a Chief Development Officer at East Africa Capital Partners and was on the Entrepreneurship and Investing Panel at the 2014 Stanford Africa Business Forum event.
Essex was one of several presenters on the “Investing in Africa: Are New Sources of Capital the Key to Growth?” panel that was part of the Stanford Africa Forum conference, held at Stanford GSB. Panelists discussed in detail various operational and structural challenges to doing business in Africa, covering investing, sourcing, and startups, as well as areas for growth.
Founding Managing Partner of Serval Ventures, tech venture builder/investor and innovation partner.
Serval focuses on applying emerging tech such as AI, mixed reality, blockchain, and data to build and grow transformative tech products and startups globally. Serval’s work centers around our own venture building and investing with our proprietary Innovation Roadmap and coaching frameworks, and as an innovation partner with corporations and investors. Serval Ventures launched in 2015 and is based in New York.
June is an investor, master mentor, startup advisor, executive coach, entrepreneurship teacher, connector, systems & innovation strategist, strategy & innovation consultant, experienced executive, speaker, and complex systems and 4D thinker. She also recently joined NY Bay Capital, a boutique investment bank, to work on a broader range of deals across industries and stages.
Before launching Serval, June ran a consulting firm working on issues such as strategic planning, board development, financial and operational systems and processes, cultural/diversity/inclusion issues, succession planning, fundraising and investment planning, trainings, and facilitation. June also has broad experience in nonprofit and philanthropy, extensive speaking experience, and served on numerous panels, committees and boards.
Senior Investment Manager – Ontario Capital Growth
Brenda Hogan has more than 15 years of venture capital experience focused on privately held technology companies. Brenda is Co-Chair of Canadian Women in Private Equity.
Brenda M. Hogan is the Senior Investment Manager with the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC). OCGC, the venture capital agency of the government of Ontario, was created to promote and develop the venture capital sector in Ontario, so that more high-potential technology companies have access to the capital needed to grow and prosper. OCGC investment activities have resulted in over $300 million invested in high potential technology companies. OCGC’s venture capital investments have supported globally recognized, market leading companies such as Shopify and ecobee.
Co-Founder of Born2Code
Bridging Europe, America and Africa
He is know as the Togolese who disrupted education in Europe. In his keynote speech at the Africa in Tech conference, 42 Silicon Valley co-founder, Kwame Yamgname echoed that a convergence of technologies in data mining and pervasive computing as well as the increased accessibility of robust sensors and actuators has potentiated the end of and the beginning of another era.
Before launching 42 in France with Xavier Niel, Kwame participated in the creation of one the largest computer schools in France and has led a career completely dedicated to IT both as an entrepreneur and within major large companies. His background and his empathetic nature has led him to develop a strong social fiber. He is especially involved with underprivileged young adults in education regarding computer programming.
Jasmin is a Senior Banker at the Business Development Bank of Canada, and has worked in this capacity for the last 13 years. Jasmin works extensively with emerging technology, innovation, & knowledge based companies.
Her business development, networking,& client relationship skills are exceptional, & have contributed to making her one of the most successful lenders in this industry. She is well known in this market, and has successfully assisted many of the best and brightest companies. Much of her success lies in her astute ability to determine the credibility of a business’s management team, and the potential for commercialization and success.
Prior to BDC Jasmin has held senior positions in the technology industry.
CEO of Société Économique de l’Ontario
Luc Morin, is the CEO of the Economic Society of Ontario. He trained in business administration, had been working at the CCO since 2008. He has been working for more than 30 years in the economic, community and cultural development of Ontario’s Francophonie. Since joining the CCO, the team has grown from two to twelve employees in four regional offices.
After over 3 decades working in Ontario, his position is now instrumental in defining the economic growth of French innovation ecosystem in Ontario.
The Council of Ontario cooperation is an Ontario founded in 1964, ensures the promotion, development and innovation of cooperatives and social enterprises in Ontario. The OCO is a leading player in economic development. Focusing on research and social innovation, these experts create business relationships between international collective enterprises here and elsewhere.
COO – Tim Hortons North America
Prior to his position as Chief Operating Officer at Tim Hortons, Michael Hancock was Burger King’s Head of North America Field & Business Operations.
He was also the Vice President & General Manager – Southern Europe, Turkey and Africa at the same company.
Michael has an MBA at the Sloan School of Management at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
CEO of Adaptka.Tech – Executive Course facilitator at Stanford University
Hosni Zaouali believes that scalable businesses led by exceptional individuals can flourish anywhere in the world. By driving technological innovation, Venture Capital is a critical part of the future.
His goal is to shape a global venture capital ecosystem that will
– expose start-ups and ideas from different parts of the world
– give access to impact driven VC funds to the most promising business concepts abroad. As the world gets smaller and smaller, let’s invite as many innovators as possible to join the race.
Hosni also advise several incubators and accelerators on change implementation and runs Adaptika.Tech: a consulting firm helping large corporations and universities better transition the disruption caused by Artificial Intelligence.
Managing Partner at Share Venture (NYC / Dubaï)
Strong believes to serve this world through Disruptive Entrepreneurship, Technology Innovation, and connect the systems, people, societies, enterprises and founders to each other globally to create a collaborative world for next generation.
Waqas journey to unlearn, learn & improve every single day. Like challenges and love to have a go at “the impossible”. Have expertise in—Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking, and—Blitzscaling (Exponential Growth). Only mission is to build Great Companies, and help build Next Silicon Valley in every corner of the world. He passionately believes in creating the future and using technology for social good. He believe there’s multiple UniCorns potential in his land.
He founded VentureCop with Co-Partners, named as one of the most Innovative, collaborative, disrupted entrepreneurships and business consulting model the future of business is impact & sustainability.
Areas of Interest – Technology Innovation, Venture Capital & Private Equity, Start-ups Ecosystems Promoter Globally, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure.
The Tech Society provides a platform to facilitate transactions between emerging technology founders/C-Suite, investors and service providers. We create, market and execute 120+ annual invite only conferences in Europe, USA, Canada and soon to be Asia.
The Tech Society are proud owners of The Cannabis Society, The PropTech Society, The E-Sports Society, The Entrepreneurship Society, The Blockchain Society and The Collective (Women’s Only).
Specialties: Business Building. Idea creation, management, business development and capitalizing on new business opportunities.
Founder, Lean Chamber
Houssem has held several positions within business networks as an employee, consultant, active member and founding member, with a combined network of 30 million companies, spanning 20+ countries across 3 continents.
He helped Btwinz, a Paris-based startup studio set up shop in Tunisia and worked on expanding their operations here, sign a deal with a $500M incentives program for foreign companies, hire locally to grow faster. At the same time, he is very active in ‘Tunisian Startups’, the umbrella organization of the Tunisian startup ecosystem, where he lead the partnerships.
He wrote a series of articles which were put together in an e-book, Lean Chamber, which is the world’s 1st guide for chambers of commerce to embrace technology by running lean. He is also the world’s youngest President of Chamber of Commerce.
CEO at Share Ventures (NYC)
Adeel has 17 years of experience in Digital Solution Architecture + Software Engineering + Cloud Implementation + Web/Mobile AppDev + DevOps + ECommerce
Adeel is an entrepreneur by nature, founder of ShareVentures.com, eBelong and Ineffable.work and love to work with young entrepreneurs to guide and mentor them to achieve their goals.
The Valuation Tools in Series B-C-D
Chris is the founder & CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University & former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.
He is the author of the book “101 Crucial Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Business School,” which Business Insider wrote is “the most popular book of 2016 according to Business Insider readers.” Forbes called this book “1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now.”
He is a frequent guest lecturer at several Bay Area MBA schools including Berkeley & Stanford. He is passionate about education, education charities & edtech start-ups as he believes that all problems can be solved via education.
VP and Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Securities and M&A at HP Enterprise
Corporate VC: become a VC within your own company
Sergio is Vice President of the HPE Office of the General Counsel’s Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Ventures group.
In this capacity, Sergio and his team are responsible for global M&A, Corporate Compliance and Governance matters, and support to HPE’s worldwide Tax Department around corporate restructurings.
Sergio has held this position since May 2013. Prior to this, he led the International Operations team of HP’s Corporate Securities and M&A legal section, ensuring oversight and management of M&A transactions in EMEA, governance matters across HP’s subsidiary structure and support to HP Tax.
Sergio joined HP France’s legal department in 2002 as corporate lawyer. He subsequently joined HP’s Corporate, Securities and M&A EMEA section in 2004 and worked on a variety of M&A transactions, integrations, restructurings and governance matters before assuming the role of Corporate, Securities and M&A International Operations Director in 2008.
Head of Pathfinder
Paul leads Hewlett Packard Pathfinder and is responsible for driving the charter of Insights. Investments. Solutions. He currently serves as a board observer with Barefoot Networks, Shape Security, Synack, Cohesity, Hedvig, and Fungible.
Prior to joining HPE, Paul co-founded and helped lead Xova Labs, a company focused on start-up formation and early stage incubation. At Xova, Paul helped launch and lead companies focused on leveraging the Mobile and Cloud technology disruptions, including Mist Systems and Encaenia.
Paul received both JD and MBA degrees from Indiana University and a BA from the University of Illinois. He spends his free time swinging golf clubs and baseball bats.
Samir Shah is a venture partner at Cervin Ventures. Prior to Cervin, Samir founded and ran Zephyr as its CEO before successfully exiting to Frontier Capital. The products he designed continue to remain at the top of the charts on the Atlassian Marketplace and are being used by millions of testers worldwide. Samir has held multiple engineering management positions at Patni, Cymbal, PointCast, Attachmate and Wollongong.
Samir got his MSEE from The University of Alabama and did his SEP at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, but his football allegiance lies firmly with the Crimson Tide.
Luke joined NEA in 2017 as an investor in the technology team. Prior to joining NEA, Luke was a member of the Technology Investment Banking Team at Morgan Stanley in Menlo Park. While at Morgan Stanley, Luke worked on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions across the software, semiconductor, consumer internet, and hardware sectors, with companies such as Airbnb, Nutanix, Nvidia, Pandora, and Snap.
Luke graduated from Stanford University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, with a focus on computer systems, and Management Science & Engineering, with a focus on finance and statistics.
While at Stanford, Luke competed on the Varsity Baseball team, and launched QueueStatus to help manage the waiting lines that would often develop at office hours.
Eric Chen is an experienced technology investor focusing on early stage Internet and enterprise IT opportunities in the US and China. Eric started OVO Fund, an angel fund based in Palo Alto formed to incubate and fund seed stage opportunities. Eric has made over 90 investments in technology startups including Palantir, Wish, RelateIQ, Augmedix, Addepar, Signifyd and other promising startups. As a partner with venture capital firm WI Harper, Eric led investments in technology companies that spanned both China and the US including ooma, Penske Media Corp, Laszlo Systems, and EditGrid. He is currently a Venture Partner with WI Harper and an advisor to Matrix Partners China.
Eric has a wide-ranging background and is an entrepreneur in his own right. He co-founded an Internet startup, worked as an executive at a high growth technology company, incubated and launched a double bottom line investment fund in DC and pulled all-nighters on Wall Street as an investment banker.
Alpha Bridge Ventures
As entrepreneurship has become a global meme, with the title of “Founder” worn like a badge of accomplishment, there’s no shortage of emerging investors to fund these wide-eyed optimists. Meet Jake Chapman, Managing Partner at Alpha Bridge Ventures.
The San Francisco-based VC firm, launched a year ago, promotes a “humanistic approach,” as it says, to the founding teams it backs. Focusing on projects in the post-seed, pre-Series A stage, it works closely with the entrepreneurs to resolve their personal setbacks and help avoid burnout.
Chapman brought to the firm his 10 years of experience in the VC ecosystem. Previously a VC attorney, entrepreneur, head of a VC firm, and the founder of Gelt VC, he has seen many sides of the business.
While at Alpha Bridge, Chapman co-founded Project Atlas, a fellowship program to support startups going through the earliest stages of development. Atlas backs companies by providing personalized coaching, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and building a life board of directors, among other things. Working closely with a team lets Alpha Bridge get to know it by the time a company prepares to raise post-seed capital.
Henri started his career in investment banking at Natixis. He then moved to the US to pursue a MBA at Stanford, where he founded ModeWalk, acquired in 2014 by Moda Operandi.
Since inception in 2008, Newfund raised over EUR 200 million from entrepreneurs and family offices, with a strong attention to alignment of interests between LPs, GPs and Entrepreneurs.
Amit Patel is the managing director at Owl Venture
Before joining Owl Ventures, Amit founded and sold Personal Academic Trainers, an afterschool tutoring company, and created the quality assurance program and institutionalized sales training for Mathnasium Learning Centers, an after-school math learning center franchise with over 900 locations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Amit also served as the Director of Technology for Success Academy Charter Schools, a premier charter school network in New York City with 47 schools. He received a B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University and studied theatre/film at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and New York University. Amit was an Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellow, a Pahara-NextGen Fellow, and he earned a M.B.A./M.A. in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education.
Tomas is a MicroVC and Business Angle from Sweden. He owns the company SPIUT Invest who invests in rapidly growing companies in early stages. Tomas has a background since mid 90 as a serie entrepreneur from various business areas. That gives him a broad range of experience within business development, from both smaller and larger companies, profit and non profit organisations. He`s usually involved as a board member or advisor and have raised funding’s from both private EQ, VC:s and Investment Banks. Investment strategy is primary in green-tech, marketplaces and social platforms.
He has a passion to work with young people with ideas and creativity beyond what a normal person thinks is possible. Latest investment was made a few days ago, this time in the Australian company Friend Theory (www.friendtheory.com) who’s founders is attending at VC Bootcamp this year. https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomashallberg/www.spiut.se
Robert is presently a Venture Partner at 500 Startups specializing in B2B seed investments. Previously he was an executive for startups having founded or worked at eight companies with four exits and four companies still operating.
Robert was CEO for last two venture funded start-ups. He also maintain a broad domain of expertise, having held leadership positions in products, marketing, and operations.
Academic credentials include a BA, BS, MS, and MBA degree from Stanford, Wesleyan, and Santa Clara. He is a 500 startups Venture Partner, a mentor/advisor for Cardinal Ventures, Stanford iFarm, and Stanford’s Treehacks program as well as an executive advisor for over 15 funded startups, and previously held the position of Executive in Residence at Quest Venture Partners.