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Sam Chandola - Early Stage VC | BC's Top 30 under 30

Episode #12: Sam Chandola - Early Stage VC  | First Fund

Sam Chandola works with First Fund, a pre-seed investment fund established by former founders who saw a gap in early-stage funding and decided to correct that. 


Eight years and two successful exits later, Sam has generated more than 55x returns for his investors. He has been awarded the 2014 BC Business Top 30 under 30 award, as well as the 2017 Canada’s Next 150 Award by the Toronto Stock Exchange.


With his rich early founder experience, Sam, offers some nuggets of information talking about his experience finding, funding, and seeding start-ups. Discussing his ethos of betting on the jockey rather than the horse, through his sector agnostic, but stage focused fund.  
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About The Podcast

A Global Startup Ecosystem Podcast 

We interview startup rockstars and legends:

Entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, ecosystem leaders, consultants, and coaches.

We talk everything startups, entrepreneurship, innovation and more

We have a big passion around bringing more diversity, impact and inclusion in the startup and venture capital space.

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Thierry Lu - Trade Commissioner

Based in Palo Alto, California, Thierry Lu is a Trade Commissioner working for Global Affairs Canada. His mission is to connect Canada's startups into Silicon Valley and its ecosystem. 


CTA Program Info on StartupFuel       

Trade Commission Service Website

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Purvaja Sekkar - Life Coach

Purvaja Sekar who is a 'Life Coach For People Living Mediocre Lives' talks about the mindset needed for people to get started and finish things in their lives. Fall in love with the journey and not the destination.  

www.pslifecoaching.com 

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Meir Rabkin - Cleantech VC

Meir is launching a new VC fund targeting the Cleantech industry and building towards a sustainable future.

15 years’ experience in the investment sector, working for the largest investment firms in Canada such as Mackenzie Investments, CIBC Asset Management, Desjardins and Investors Group. He has a unique and exclusive network of UHNW, Founders, Family Offices in the U.S. and Canada.

BlueVision Capital | StartupFuel Investor Profile

BlueVision Capital's PitchBox

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Safia Morsly-Fikai - Trade Commissioner

The Consulate General is part of Global Affairs Canada or Affaires Mondiales Canada in French. Safia's role as a Trade Commissioner is to help innovative Canadian clients across the spectrum of ICT sectors scale and grow in the US and in particular in NY and the tristate area via customer acquisition and access to capital and sales channels.


She also manage 3 Canadian Technology Accelerator programs or CTA:

The CTA in Cybersecurity, Privacy & Compliance

The CTA in Retail Technologies

New accelerator in Education Tech

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Jason Jacobsohn - VC & Accelerator

Propellant Ventures aspires to change the future in a very powerful way. We are filling the funding gap with a bold focus on exciting and disruptive Pre-Seed and Seed stage opportunities. Propellant Ventures invests in a broad range of innovative and game-changing companies with compelling B2B business models such as healthcare, future of work, supply chain, fintech, and edtech.


Website: www.propellant.vc

StartupFuel Profile

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonjacobsohn/

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Kirsten Horning - Accelerator Principal

XRC Labs is a startup accelerator and venture fund dedicated to fostering the next generation of disruptors in the retail technology and consumer goods sectors. The NYC-based company launched in 2015 with founding sponsor Parsons School of Design at The New School. With more than 70 active startups in its portfolio, five corporate sponsors, including Mastercard, The Estée Lauder Companies and CVS Health, and more than 330 business mentors, XRC Labs has built a world-class ecosystem. 


For more information on XRC Labs or its portfolio companies, please visitxrclabs.com.

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Annette Azan - Female Founder - Nuudii

At Nuudii System, we use real women and real bodies. We make it a rule never to photoshop our models. Also, Nuudii System has seven colors which span various skin tones.

My name is Annette Azan, and I’m a 25-year fashion industry veteran, woman of color and wellness visionary. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked with fashion icons including Diane Benson, Norma Karmali and Donna Karan, launching, developing and driving sales for brands such as Urban Zen, Diane B. and Episode.

Website: www.nuudiisystem.com

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Jason Scott - Google Startups

Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders is a 10-week digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups in North America.
The accelerator program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to Black founder communities across North America. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.
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Ashley Francisco -  Google Startups

Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders is a 10-week digital accelerator program for Seed to Series A technology startups in North America.
The accelerator program is designed to bring the best of Google’s programs, products, people and technology to Women founder communities across North America. In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders.
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Jeep Kline - Impact VC Partner 

A candid conversation with Jeep Kline (Partner at MrPink VC). From her beginnings as a graduate from UC Berkley to a Partner at MrPink VC helping bring much needed resources and support to underserved and underestimated entrepreneurs. Courtesy of her strong background with engagements at Intel, World Bank, and even starting her own company has given Jeep a unique perspective on seeing investment through the lens of Economic Development.Guest 
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Jeremy Neilson - Creator of SPVs

Jeremy Neilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Assure. Mr. Neilson has provided support and leadership for some of the most innovative and dynamic industry initiatives in the U.S & created the LLC syndicate (SPV) administration service used by AngelList, SeedInvest, EquityZen and more.

Assure is a fintech fund administration company that provides the most complete back-office services in the market for fund managers, equity crowdfunding platforms, angel groups and other private-transaction investors.

Assure: https://hubs.li/Q0128s4-0

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Sam Chandola - VC | BC's Top 30 under 30

Picture this a new immigrant to Canada, with no existing relationships, and only $700 in your
pocket. Underprivileged in Cash, but rich in drive, passion, and a determination to succeed.
When a serendipitous encounter leads to the first investment in your company and propels your
career. This is Sam Chandola story!

Sam Chandola works with First Fund, a pre-seed investment fund established by former founders
who saw a gap in early-stage funding and decided to correct that.