Lance Laking

MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

Lance is  Sr. Investment Director with the MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, a seed-stage venture investor, http://www.marsiaf.com/ and a General Partner with StandUp Ventures.  StandUp invests in Women led seed-stage technology companies. https://www.standupvc.com/    Lance is also a mentor, advisor and facilitator of Entrepreneurship Programs for MaRS Venture Services.   In addition to MaRS, Lance is a member of the Board at Expertfile, and an active Angel Investor.    He previously served as President and CEO of BTI Systems where he was responsible for securing more than US$55M in growth capital (BTI acquired by Juniper Networks in January 2016).

Education:

  • University of Waterloo, BA (Accounting and Economics)
  • Certified Professional Accountant / Chartered Accountant
  • Queens University, Executive Development Program
  • University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business, Quantum Shift Program

My Sessions

SEED Fundraising Strategy Redux: How Early SEED Opportunities Have Exploded for Startups in 2020-2021

Breakout

Finding the best way to fund your SaaS company is not easy, and there are more options to consider than ever as fundraising continues to change with the post-COVID19 economic rebound.    Our panel will provide tips on how to navigate the world of virtual fundraising, prospecting, referrals, pitching and due diligence when you can’t meet investors face-to-face. They will […]

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