Announcing the Launch of Schulich Venture Academy with Star Faculty Team
Schulich has announced the launch of The Schulich Venture Academy – a new talent upskilling program for tech professionals featuring a star group of Program Directors from Canada’s startup ecosystem.
The inaugural four Masterclass Venture Certificates and Program Directors are:
- Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Finance – with LEEN LI (Chief Executive Officer at Wealthsimple Foundation and Former CFO at Wealthsimple)
- Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Talent – with JENNY DO FORNO (Head of Talent at OMERS Ventures, the VC powerhouse with $1.8B under management)
- Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Operations – with IZABELLA GABOWICZ (VP of Operations at Q2 and former COO at Sensibill, which raised $57M and was acquired last year)
- Schulich Masterclass Certificate in Venture Capital – with PRASHANT MATTA (General Partner at Panache Ventures and one of Canada’s most highly-regarded and active early-stage VCs)
The Schulich Venture Academy was designed and built by Schulich Startups Entrepreneur in Residence and Investor at Renew VC Cherry Rose Tan, working with Schulich Adjunct Professor Chris Carder and top-ranked Schulich ExecEd (ranked among the top 30 executive education providers in the world by the Financial Times).
“The start-up ecosystem is filled with so many talented people in crucial supporting roles,” says Tan. “But as a country, we need to elevate and upskill them more effectively by giving them opportunities to learn from and be mentored directly by senior, proven leaders in their fields of expertise and interest.”
The Schulich Venture Academy begins classes in October 2023 in small online class sizes and will feature exclusive in-person networking opportunities with senior leaders. Upon completing a Schulich Masterclass Venture Certificate program, participants will receive a digital certificate credential that will prove their capability to any employer.
Rami Mayer, the Executive Director of Schulich ExecEd, adds: “We’re excited to announce that our academy graduates will celebrate the completion of the program at Schulich ExecEd Centre in downtown Toronto, and privately network with star Program Directors and other influential leaders from the venture ecosystem. In addition to providing skills and knowledge by way of completing the program, the program’s exclusive events are invaluable to graduates who look to build deeper relationships with marquee business leaders.”
Today’s news comes on the heels of two prominent recent tech sector announcements from Schulich, including the launch of Canada’s first Tech MBA and the announcement of a joint Venture Studio with OneEleven.