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Having started 5 companies before her 33rd birthday, Michele’s business savvy, drive and tenacity led her to become the youngest entrepreneur ever to star as a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. Named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Canada” by WXN, Michele was the only Canadian included in Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list and was recently named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She is currently the President & Co-founder of Clearbanc, an online financial services company that will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019. Previously Michele co-founded Buytopia.ca and SnapSave, acquired by US tech giant Groupon. A prolific angel investor and the winner of Angel Investor of the Year award, she also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more women entrepreneurs.
Michele has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. She is a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen’s Business School, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth. Michele has also been featured and profiled in several top media publications including Forbes, Canadian Business, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and more.
Earlier this summer Clearbanc raised $393 Million (totalling $552 Million raised in less than one year!), to be put towards its portfolio companies. Clearbanc’s alternative fundraising model for entrepreneurs allows companies to access capital without having to give up equity. Using AI/Machine learning technology, Clearbanc’s algorithms evaluate the financial health and revenue trajectory of a company, qualifying them for investments towards scaling their sales and marketing efforts.
Do not miss Michele’s Keynote session on Canada’s Changing Fundraising Landscape.
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