Real backs world-class entrepreneurs building game-changing companies, connecting them to local and national ecosystems and helping guide them through their next stages of...more evolution. The firm invests throughout the life-cycle of early-stage companies and provides stage-appropriate capital and support for the founders it backs. Real believes that VCs should play a role in accelerating the creation of world-class tech ecosystems by providing support beyond the companies for whom it writes cheques.
- Raised over $600k from Canada’s largest seed VC to allocate to our student-led investment vehicle. - Recruited, brought together, and trained a team of 30 visionary...more and innovative students coming from all campuses and backgrounds in Montreal to be part of the investment team. - Designed Front Row Ventures’ internal investment thesis, deal sourcing strategies, due diligence standards, investment committee processes, and post-investment added value offerings to portfolio companies.
Product & Business Development manager
2015 - 2017 (about 2 years)
Volume7 is a digital product agency that creates software products and services for startups.
- Led all project and product efforts of ~10 products. - Handled client...more communication, managed projects and their execution. - Coordinated a team of 12. - Led business development initiatives: attended networking events, tech and startup-related conferences, and events to promote Volume7 and prospect new clients - all while remaining the point of contact for clients.
2016 (5 months)
Wrote a Node API + relational database structure for an internal invoice generating tool with a React frontend. Rewrote existing Node applications to take advantage of...more ES2015 features (async/await, spread, etc.) Wrote a Node app to respond to webhooks from a Shopify store, process the received data and make calls to its API as a result. Developed a modular process to build a couple of static sites in Ruby using Middleman. Implemented a continuous deployment flow using Netlify.
Front Row Ventures is Canada's 1st student-run venture fund. We invest in Montreal's most talented students.
I co-founded Front Row Ventures, the first student-led venture capital in Canada which invest exclusively in student-run startups. I raised over $600k from Canada’s largest seed VC to allocate to our student-led investment vehicle: in 8 months, qualified potential investors, built meaningful relationships with potential investors, developed our narrative and business case, prepared a full deck and perfected the pitch, passed the VC investment committee, negotiated and signed the deal. I also recruited, brought together, and trained a team of 30 visionary and innovative students coming from all campuses and backgrounds in Montreal to be part of the investment team. Finally, I designed Front Row Ventures’ internal investment thesis, deal sourcing strategies, due diligence standards, investment committee processes, and post-investment added value offerings to portfolio companies.