Fireside chat with Janet Bannister, General Partner at Real Ventures

Thursday, February 18

Real Ventures is the leading source of seed capital for entrepreneurs in Canada. Launching their first fund in 2007, they have invested in some of Canada's most successful young companies, including PasswordBox (acquired by Intel), Hubba, Frank & Oak, Beyond the Rack, VarageSale and Breather. Real Ventures recently announced the launch of their third fund, $89 million to be co-managed by Janet Bannister with a goal of investing across Canada focusing on the Toronto-Waterloo corridor. We're thrilled to have Janet here at Bitmaker for this fireside chat. Janet has led investments in 9 companies at Real Ventures and works actively with portfolio companies to help them grow and make a big impact. Prior to Real Ventures, Janet launched Kijiji, one of Canada's most visited websites and was with eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform the company into a mainstream market place.

Open Mic We'll begin with pitches from a few startups from MaRS and The DMZ, looking for an opportunity to showcase their company and get constructive feedback on their product and pitch. Fireside Our fireside chat will focus on: What is Janet's background, how she got started at Real Ventures and what are her plans for their latest fund? How does the low Canadian dollar effect our startup ecosystem and young companies looking to raise money? What industries and sectors are most attractive right now and what metrics does Real Ventures value most? What advice would you give young entrepreneurs looking to get noticed?

About Real Ventures Real Ventures is Canada’s largest and most active seed venture fund. They invest in ambitious entrepreneurs that are creating the Internet experiences of the future, or embracing the power of the Internet to disrupt existing industries or business models. They invest pre-traction and have the team and networks to support entrepreneurs and propel their companies forward.

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