Speaker Barry Gekiere

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MaRS Discovery District

Managing Director
Barry Gekiere

The IAF (http://iaf.marsdd.com/) is a $60 million seed-stage venture capital fund for technology companies funded by the Province of Ontario.  The IAF’s mandate is to provide equity funding up to a maximum of $750k per company to help entrepreneurs achieve commercialization and raise follow-on capital from the broader venture investment community.  The IAF is believed to be one of the most active seed-stage venture fund in Canada and has invested in over 130 companies since its inception in 2007.

Barry has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions in venture capital, private equity and operating companies.  Prior to joining MaRS, Barry was a Partner at Ventures West, a large Canadian venture capital firm.  During his 13 years at Ventures West, Barry worked closely with entrepreneurs while making early stage technology investments in IT, communications, cleantech and medical device companies.  



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