Speaker Sophie Forest


Brightspark Ventures

Managing Partner
Sophie Forest

Prior to joining Brightspark Ventures, she was a partner at CDP Capital Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of la Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec. Sophie met her business partner Mark in 1997 when she became the lead investor in his start-up, Balisoft. They ended up collaborating on this exciting venture for three years and sold the company to Kana Software in 2000.

Since joining Brightspark in 2003 as a managing partner, Sophie has led and overseen more than 50 investments in technology companies. Notably, she has played a pivotal role in the investment, growth and exit of Radian6, leading to a 23x multiple on capital invested, and becoming one of the most successful technology exits in Canadian history.

Sophie was involved in the creation and growth of Hopper.com, Jewlr.com and iStopOver.com. She is still an active board member Jewlr, a leading online personalized jewelry company.

She sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including Hopper, nGUVU, BuyBackBooth and Jewlr. Sophie works closely with the startups she invests in and is known for her nurturing and listening qualities.

Sophie was awarded the title “Angel of the Year” by the National Angel Capital Association in 2017.

She is a member of the Board of Director of Centech, a business incubation program sponsored by École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal.

Speaking at: CIX TOP 20 Early Showcase #2

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