Douglas editor Carla Sorrell moderates a discussion about financing new businesses. This conversation is an opportunity to hear from both investors and entrepreneurs about when and how to access capital, what kind of options are available and what considerations should be made by both parties.
The discussion follows up on themes discussed in Douglas’s Roundtable on Business Growth, in the June/July 2021 10 to Watch Awards issue celebrating Vancouver Island entrepreneurship.
Faizan Ali Khan, LetHub
The 2021 Douglas 10 to Watch winner has taken two startups from the idea stage to finished products widely used by thousands of users in three continents. His first was an SEO company, his second in the real estate construction industry, where his company provided tech-enabled mobile marquees to companies for events. After selling it he moved to Canada to complete his MBA degree and start LetHub, a platform connecting landlords and tenants for efficient communication.
Aki Kaltenbach, Save da Sea Foods
Aki Kaltenbach is the founder and CEO of Save Da Sea, a plant-based seafood company based in Victoria, whose mission is to help create a world where we no longer need to kill fish to enjoy seafood. Their first product to market is a vegan smoked salmon made from carrots available in grocery stores and restaurants across Canada.
Stephanie Andrew, Capital Investment Network
Stephanie Andrew is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Capital Investment Network (CIN), a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the local angel investment community; a Founding Partner of the Women’s Equity Lab; and Partner and CFO of Cindicates, a Victoria-based Seed VC Fund.
She is the former VP Finance at TIMIA Capital and was previously Associate Partner, Diligence at Espresso Capital, an innovative financial firm that provides tax credit and recurring revenue financing to growing technology companies.
James DeGreef, Cindicates
James is Managing Partner for Cindicates, a new Victoria based Seed VC Fund, and also Chair of the Capital Investment Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the angel investment community in Victoria BC. He is also an active angel investor and keen supporter of many startups in BC, and a Venture Partner for VC firm Good News Ventures based in Toronto.