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Marcus Daniels

Founder and CEO of HIGHLINE VC, Chair of CABI

Marcus Daniels is a digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and corporate innovation architect that helps new ventures accelerate faster.

Founder & CEO of HIGHLINE, a pre-seed fund & accelerator provider that helps digital startups get VC follow-on capital. Backed by leading VCs with offices in Vancouver & Toronto, HIGHLINE is helping several Fortune 500 companies with making their acceleration programs & new venture labs more effective. HIGHLINE has 39 active companies, $88 million of follow-on capital and 6 meaningful exits.

Founder/Chairman of MeshSquared Ventures that makes angel investments into digital startups & funds. Prior to HIGHLINE Marcus was the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, a VC-backed startup accelerator where he did 9 investments and significantly evolved its model. Former COO at TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 Trendspotting website with over 2 billion views & an innovation partner to Fortune 500 brands. Past VP Operations & Product at Frameworks, a leading retail QSR business intelligence software & eLearning company. Started the eLearning division at AME Learning, a global financial education company. A digital native that started tech ventures in 1989 that led to co-founding Fluid eNovations, an award winning web marketing agency & software development company.

Received the 2014 Notable award for Entrepreneurship and has significant board of director experience in both the private & non-profit sectors. He's the chair of the Canadian Association Business Incubation (CABI), on the Board of Advisors for Venture for Canada and the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council. A frequent writer and speaker on growing digital startups, seed investing/VC and accelerators.

Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA in Psychology & Economics from McGill University and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
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Pre-Seed Funding And Canada's Startup Ecosystem

Pre-seed, a relatively new stage in the funding process, is becoming more recognized in the Canadian startup ecosystem and in other startup hubs around the world. The trend is growing for a number of reasons, and Canada would benefit from more capital dedicated to pre-seed from truly value-added investors.
11/02/2015 03:53 EST