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Katy Yam (she/her)

General Manager, FounderFuel

Partner, Real Ventures

Katy is a natural connector of people and ideas in service of helping good people succeed.

A Partner at Real Ventures, General Manager of FounderFuel, and Producer at TEDxMontréal, Katy is a multilingual executive with a 20+ year history of managing high-performing product, business intelligence and marketing teams across various public and private industries including venture capital, artificial intelligence (Element AI), gaming (Loto-Québec), consumer packaged goods (Maple Leaf Foods), telecommunications (Bell Canada) and nonprofits (TEDxMontreal).

Katy also serves as an independent board member at Loto-Québec, following her nomination by the Quebec Cabinet. As an early-stage investor, she sits on 7 other boards as a member, observer or advisor. Since 2013, Katy has also led TEDxMontréal, a non-profit dedicated to elevating Montreal-born ideas onto the global stage.

A guest lecturer, board member, public speaker and triathlete, she adores reading fiction of all sorts and riding/running to unwind.


Speed Circles

July 13, 2022  5:25 PM – 6:25 PM
Pairs of founders meet a mentor one-on-two, connect, pitch, and get feedback—fast. Then we rotate the founders so you never have the same conversation twice. See more.

Mentor Meetups

July 14, 2022  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Small huddles with subject matter experts tackle common startup challenges, from culture and fundraising to product and pitching. Join our amazing mentors and get the help you need on the problems you’re facing! See more.

Mentor Madness chain reaction panel

July 15, 2022  2:15 PM – 2:40 PM
Mentors take lightning-fast turns as interviewer and interviewee onstage, sparking a conversation that heads in surprising and fascinating directions. See more.

Hive mind

July 15, 2022  6:30 PM – 7:10 PM
We crowdsource questions, upvote the best ones, and display stream-of-consciousness solutions our mentors can riff on from the stage. See more.
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