Michelle joined the venture world when she was seconded (having no idea what that meant at the time) to an early-stage fund. She found the people she loves collaborating with and launched StandUp to make sure she could do it every day. She's happiest hanging with her family or swimming in the ocean with all of the beautiful fish.
A former litigation lawyer, Lauren has invested in Canadian companies from Angel to Series E but is truly passionate about high-potential Seed Stage ventures. She is an avid power weightlifter, which helps her keep up with her husband and 2 young kids.
Lucas has spent his career supporting and investing in early stage companies in Canada and in East Africa. He’s a CPA, and is a sucker for some good SaaS metrics. Lucas is a die hard Montreal Canadiens fan, but currently resides in enemy territory (Toronto).
A Venture for Canada alumni and Director of their angel investments program, Katheleen has a background in neuroscience and building venture-backed startups. She is deeply passionate about enabling more equitable access to entrepreneurship, and is regularly roasted for her apparently unlimited collection of Patagonia pullovers and yet contrarian attitude towards Twitter.
Jess uses a cornucopia of experience from the business world (from McKinsey consultant to SaaS operator to social enterprise founder) to help companies be both profitable and socially good. Her happy place is either cooking a big meal or being with her wonderful partner and toddler. She's also got a pretty cool blog - Rule Breaker.
A third-year business & computer science student at Wilfrid Laurier University, Deveena is an aspiring VC currently completing her second co-op work term with StandUp. Outside of work, you can find her with a good book or playing with her two adorable dogs. She is also StandUp's in-house Notion expert.
Artem is currently a JD/MBA student en route to a career in early-stage venture capital. He is passionate about the intersection of innovation and the law, is an avid reader, loves the outdoors, and will challenge you in any fantasy sports league. He is currently interning with StandUp as part of an MBA course at Schulich.
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