One Year Ago…

by on June 13, 2013

I came to iNovia over a year ago as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR). By now I thought I would be back in an operational role with one of iNovia’s many great early stage companies I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with.  So….what happened?

Since joining iNovia, I’ve dived deep into the local ecosystem, built relationships, gotten involved with some fantastic events, and completed three investments based on iNovia’s thesis of “backing great entrepreneurs”. As a result, these companies are gaining huge traction and benefiting from my support as a business partner, not as an operator. I’ve also had the chance to connect with many other entrepreneurs and learn the inner workings of a VC fund – an extremely enriching experience.  I do not regret a minute of the effort invested to date. After all, time is the scarcest resource we have.

Looking ahead, I want to further support these entrepreneurs and invest more time and capital in making them successful. I want to help build BIG COMPANIES. I want to continue to help build the Quebec tech ecosystem and show hard results. To prove my commitment, I’m proud to announce that I’m accepting the role and responsibilities of a Principal with iNovia Capital. What does this mean? On a day-to-day basis it doesn’t change much, I’m going to keep working my tail off for what I believe and the entrepreneurs we back. I’m also committing as an investor into the fund, with an eye on some additional upside. Like any entrepreneur, upside and returns are a very strong motivational factor.

I could not have made a better choice than joining iNovia last year as EiR.  It was the perfect time and place to see tons of opportunities and should I have wanted to join one of the companies I’ve met along the way, iNovia would have supported my decision 100%.  I respect the team here a lot for all they’ve been sharing with me as well as the support I’ve received and, of course I respect the entrepreneurs that we are backing as they are the reason why iNovia exits! I guess right now I just love too much what I am doing with iNovia to do it any other way.