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Sophie Forest (she/her)

Partner, Brightspark Ventures

Ingenious VC with a special flair in identifying talented entrepreneurs. Sophie has an incredible read on people. Obsessed with winning, she sees and creates opportunities that most people miss. Rare experience in B2C and e-commerce. A pioneer in the industry and a leading investor, she’s a role model to many. Sophie has been involved in the Canadian Venture Capital Industry for more than 25 years. She worked for Caisse de Dépots et Placements for seven years, managing a large portfolio of VC investments internationally with assets of close to one billion dollars. Since 2003, Sophie has been a managing partner with Brightspark, an early stage venture capital firm. Sophie was involved in a number of successful VC backed companies including Touchtunes, Servicesoft, Think Dynamics, Radian6, Protecode, Jewlr, Hopper and Deep Sky. Sophie is also a Board member of Centech in Montreal and of l'ACET in Sherbrooke, as well as being an independent Board member for Interac Inc.
 

Sessions

HardtechFest

Where Does All the Money Go? Decoding Financing for Hardware Startups

Unlock the secrets of securing hardtech funding in "Where does the money go?" A must-attend panel for startups aiming to understand the investor mindset. Find out what makes a startup bankable, from investment criteria to strategic positioning. Learn directly from financial experts and top hardtech investors how to prepare your venture for success. This session offers the tools to transform your startup into an attractive investment, bridging innovation with financial viability. See more.
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