• Tech MBA Venture Studio

    The Schulich Tech MBA “Venture Studio” features a strategic partnership between Schulich and OneEleven (one of Canada’s most prominent tech accelerators, located in downtown Toronto).

    The Venture Studio offers a unique collaborative environment where our next generation of business leaders work alongside a hand-picked group of high-potential startup/scaleup leaders as they prepare for their next fundraising mission.

    Students will experience guest lectures from accomplished founders and venture capitalists, project mentorship by prominent innovators and participate in joint events with the OneEleven community (and additional networking opportunities). 

    Students will have the opportunity to engage with real-world business challenges, gain unparalleled industry insights, and forge relationships that will transform their career trajectory. The Venture Studio is perfectly placed in the third term (summer), leveraging the foundational knowledge students aquire in their first two terms and preparing them well for their work placement in the fourth and final term.

    The Venture Studio will be co-led by Chris Carder (Executive Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Schulich School of Business), Jack Fraser (Partner at BDC Capital’s Growth Venture Capital Fund), Matthew Lombardi (Director of Platform Services at TELUS’ Pollinator Fund), and Vincent Liu (Lead Product Manager at Square). More team announcements to follow!

    At OneEleven, a community thriving with tech startups which have raised more than $800 Million in follow-on funding over the past 24 months, students will participate in classes, project meetings, and network with a world class group of tech leaders. This experience is designed to provide an immersive, real-world learning experience that goes beyond traditional classroom walls.

Chris Carder

“You'll be physically present in the accelerator, collaborating with actual companies in the program, all aiming to secure their next million dollars of funding. This partnership unlocks a network, a community of alumni, and valuable connections that have the potential to transform your life.”

Chris CarderExecutive Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Schulich School of Business
  • About Schulich Startups

    The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship leads the development of accelerator/incubator services for the Schulich School of Business and its various programs, builds new partnerships throughout the wider innovation ecosystem and designs Innovation-centric Work Integrated Learning Programs.
    Our startup ecosystem empowers the next generation of Schulich entrepreneurs and innovators by:
    • Supercharging student and alumni startups and careers
    • Forging powerful global and regional partnerships
    • Attracting world-class speakers and mentors to Schulich
    • Creating breakthrough Work-Integrated Learning Placements
    • Unlocking new classroom experiences
  • About OneEleven

    OneEleven, led by the Ontario Centre of Innovation (OCI), is a highly curated community where tech startups become scaleups. We focus on helping post-seed companies get the most out of their talent by providing bespoke programming to ensure that emerging team leaders and people managers are growing and learning as fast as their companies are scaling
    OneEleven’s mission is to enable Canada’s leading high-growth scaleups to relentlessly focus on value creation and business growth by helping nurture and develop their growing leaders. Our vision is to bring together Canada’s best technology entrepreneurs to provide them with the resources they need to build globally competitive companies.
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Meet the Venture Studio Team

Chris Carder

Executive Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Schulich School of Business

Chris Carder is a Serial Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the Digital/Technology Sector and a sought-after Startup Advisor, Investor, and Advisory Board Member. He holds multiple prominent positions, including Executive Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at the Schulich School of Business in York University, and Special Advisor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation to the President's Office at York University. His prior accomplishments include serving as the President and Co-founder of ThinData, which became Canada's largest email marketing services provider before being acquired by TC Media (Transcontinental) in 2008. In the non-profit sector, Chris contributes his time as the Chairman of the International White Ribbon Campaign. His voluntary efforts have been acknowledged through awards such as the Canadian New Media Volunteer (and Employer) of the Year.


Jack Fraser (EMBA ’13)

Partner, BDC Capital - Growth Venture Capital Fund

Jack Fraser brings over 25 years of experience in building high-growth PaaS/SaaS, digital media, and e-commerce businesses to his role as a Partner at BDC Capital's Growth Venture Capital Fund. This late-stage fund is dedicated to nurturing innovation-based businesses that are at an inflection point and show strong potential for meaningful scale. Before joining BDC Capital, Jack held several executive roles such as COO, CFO, and Head of Corporate Development. He continues to impact the business landscape by serving on the Board of Directors for #paid and The Hill Street Beverage Company, as well as acting as a Board Observer for various companies including Hopper, Symend, Paper, DOZR, Super, Borrowell, and RenoRun. His exceptional career is highlighted by his success in securing over $2.5 billion in equity and debt through public and private markets. Moreover, Jack has completed over 100 mid-market transactions on both the buy-side and sell-side, encompassing acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raises.


Matthew Lombardi

Partner & Director of Platform Services, TELUS Pollinator Fund + TELUS Ventures

Matthew Lombardi is a Partner & Director of Platform Services for TELUS Pollinator Fund and TELUS Ventures, where he is responsible for the creation of the venture fund’s platform services function and team, tasked with building a scalable, portfolio-wide, post-cheque value add to help
investee companies grow.

Prior to joining TELUS, Matthew served as Managing Director of OneEleven, a post-seed accelerator in Toronto scaling the next generation of Canadian tech companies. Before leading OneEleven, he co-founded the social impact marketplace GroceryHero, and has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, and in management consulting at Deloitte.

Matthew is an angel investor, advisor and mentor, a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Snowboard, and a frequent contributor to the Globe & Mail Report on Business, Financial Post, and Toronto Star on macroeconomics, global affairs, and public policy. He is also an instructor in the Schulich School of Business Tech MBA program at York University.


Vincent Liu (BBA ‘09)

Lead Product Manager, Square

Vincent is Lead Product Manager for Square's flagship Point of Sale (POS) product, where he is responsible for the Core Product vision and roadmap. He has steered numerous successful feature launches on iOS and Android platforms, including the launch of new pricing & packaging tiers and integrations with first and third-party APIs. In addition, Vincent spearheaded POS' expansion into the EU, notably Ireland, France, and Spain.

Before joining Square, Vincent was Head of Product of Butter, one of RBCx's ventures, where he crafted the product strategy and roadmap and struck major partnership deals with Instacart and Barkbox. Vincent spent his early career in M&A in RBC's Corporate Development team, and Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.

Outside his professional endeavors, Vincent actively engages in various tech mentorship programs, sharing knowledge as a speaker for Product School and providing coaching through the First Round Fast Track mentorship program. He is excited to be an Instructor in Schulich's Tech MBA Venture Studio!