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RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker Series with Michele Romanow

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Getting to Success: Embracing Change, Encouraging Disruption, and Incentivizing Innovation


Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. A Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca, Snap By Groupon, and -- most recently – Clearbanc, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs. In this insightful and useful talk, Michele recounts her journey from a Queen’s University undergrad to becoming ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as a Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission”, sharing along the way the lessons she’s learned as one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, including the necessity of embracing change, encouraging disruption, and incentivizing innovation at every stage of the game.


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Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder of Clearbanc, which will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag, and was ranked 3rd on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies. She brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.


Romanow has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. She’s ranked as one of the “100 Most Powerful in Canada” by WXN, is the only Canadian included in Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, and was recently named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.


Awarded Angel Investor of the Year by the Canadian Innovation Awards, Romanow is a prolific angel investor through Dragons’ Den. She co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more entrepreneurs.


Romanow is currently a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen's Business School, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.


Join us for U of T Entrepreneurship Week!


This event is part of the University of Toronto's True Blue Expo during U of T Entrepreneurship Week. Come and join us for a fun week of festivities celebrating our vibrant entrepreneurship community!

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