On May 6th at 10:30am, NEXT CEO Joe Canavan will be in conversation with Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner of BDC’s Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund. Through this role, Michelle leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $200M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead. Michelle has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor across various industries and sectors.
Guided by questions and challenges facing NEXT Canada’s 600+ alumni, Michelle and Joe will discuss the surprising upsides of COVID-19 disruption and new opportunities for startups. It will also shine a light on the incredible career Michelle has carved, and the key decisions she made that led her to where she is today. With a focus on looking ahead with positivity, the conversation will ultimately provide solutions for successfully re-opening our economy with a focus on startup, corporate and government collaboration.
We’ll be delving into topics such as:
- Strategies for re-opening the Canadian economy and the future of work
- Advice for female founders and insights from portfolio companies in the Women in Technology Fund
- Frameworks for managing and surviving failure
- Industries and sectors ripe for disruption post-COVID and how startups can capitalize on new customer opportunities
Speakers: Michelle Scarborough, Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC
Joe Canavan, CEO @ NEXT Canada
Format: 30 minute panel, followed by interactive Q&A