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Julien Papon is a former automotive manufacturing executive who turned entrepreneur. Julien founded luxury cycling brand Vitess, and more recently VitessX, a unique private community of entrepreneurs, business owners & corporate leaders who view cycling as a means to not only to stay active & healthy, but also to build quality relationships and discover growth opportunities both on & off the saddle. Julien teaches Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital at the Schulich School of Business and he also chairs Vfounders, the venture growth & angel investing platform of VitessX. Prior to Vitess, Julien was MD at Globanex Corporation. He advised clients on Foreign Direct Investments & international technology transfers. He also founded Nexxit Capital, a specialty boutique focusing on deal origination & advisory work for LPs in the Secondaries Market. Before that, Julien was VP at an advanced manufacturing firm whose clients included Fortune 100 companies. He holds a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering & a M. Sc. in Management of Industrial Systems from Ecole Centrale in France, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business & the Kellogg School of Management. He is a licensed P.Eng. in Ontario.