July 13, 2023

In collaboration with

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Unlock Your Investment Potential at FundFest

FundFest, presented by Pender Ventures, in collaboration with RBCx, KRB Law, and BNC is a half-day conference for venture capital investors. Created with the spirit of Startupfest-meaning informed and entertaining content, presented by a diverse group of speakers, with a Montreal summer vibe-FundFest is one of the most highly anticipated Premium Events of the summer.

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What you can expect

FundFest is framed around the three main phases in the venture capital life cycle: raising funds, deploying capital and delivering returns. Or as we like to refer to them: get the money, invest the money, return the money. Panels and keynotes will touch on all three areas, with speakers representing both the venture capital investor (VC) and fund investor (LP) viewpoint, and providing perspectives relevant to Canadian VC and the broader North American context.

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July 13

5:15 PM


Welcome to FundFest!

Join host Isaac Souweine as he outlines what's in store for the afternoon. See More.
Pender Ventures

5:25 PM


Get the money: How to be "Institutional Ready"

Hear from leading LPs on what they look for when partnering with new managers as well as best practices for maintaining institutional relationships. See More.
Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Limited
Vice-president, Fund Investments
Investissement Québec
Pender Ventures

6:05 PM


Invest the Money: Picking and Winning the Deals, GP and LP Fireside Chat

Trends from the frontlines how the future of venture is now, and insights on the MedTech industry. See More.
Co-Founder, Managing Partner
Features Capital
Managing Partner, Women in Technology Venture Fund and Thrive Venture Fund
Business Development Bank of Canada

6:30 PM


Invest the money: Startup Studios - productizing the venture model

Can venture creation be productized? In this panel, leading studio practitioners will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of the studio model. See More.
Diagram Ventures
Impactful Venture Builder
Founding Partner
Highline Beta

7:05 PM


Networking Break

7:40 PM


Invest the Money: Dispatches from the Front

Hear from three leading investors on current challenges and opportunities in deal making, portfolio management, firm operations and more. See More.
General Partner
2048 Ventures
General Partner
Panache Ventures
Partner, Real Ventures and General Manager
Managing Director
Cake Ventures

8:20 PM


Return the Money: How Investors Can Support Exits

The final phase of the venture cycle is creating liquidity through exits. In this panel, we will hear from investors and other players in the value chain on how to best support portfolio companies to deliver high impact returns. See More.
Managing Partner
Pender Ventures
VP of Corporate Development
Founder & CEO
Garibaldi Capital Advisors
CMD Capital

8:55 PM


That's a wrap!

Pender Ventures


Katy Yam

Partner, Real Ventures and General Manager, FounderFuel

Monique Woodard

Managing Director, Cake Ventures

Isaac Souweine

Partner, Pender Ventures

Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner, Women in Technology Venture Fund and Thrive Venture Fund, Business Development Bank of Canada

Senia Rapisarda

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners (Canada) Limited

Amélie Foz-Couture

Partner, Diagram Ventures

Ben Yoskovitz

Founding Partner, Highline Beta

Maria Pacella

Managing Partner, Pender Ventures

Chris Neumann

General Partner, Panache Ventures

James Povitz

Principal, NAVentures

David Dufresne

Partner, CMD Capital

Benoit M Leroux

Vice-president, Fund Investments, Investissement Québec

Neha Khera

General Partner, 2048 Ventures

Brent Holliday

Founder & CEO, Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Ron J. Williams

Impactful Venture Builder, Co-Created

Anne Phan

VP of Corporate Development, Wealthsimple

Jenny Barba

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Features Capital

Alistair Croll (Host)

Chair, Startupfest


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