Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow

Tech Titan Michele Romanow has recently achieved unicorn status. It sounds like a myth, but “unicorns” are tech startups that reach $1 Billion US in valuation. As co-founder and President, Michele’s little startup Clearco (formerly Clearbanc) has now invested more than $2B into 4,500+ companies, making them the biggest ecommerce investor in the world.

Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, which was acquired by American tech giant Groupon. She also co-founded Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors and is now Emerge Commerce.

In 2015, Michele became the youngest Dragon on Dragons’ Den. A prolific investor, Michele has been named Fortune’s 40 under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women and Canada’s Angel Investor of the Year.

She is truly a serial entrepreneur: During her civil engineering undergrad at Queen’s University, Michele founded The Tea Room, the first zero-consumer-waste coffee shop. At Queen’s, she was given the Queen’s Tricolour — the highest honour awarded by the university. After completing her Queen’s MBA, she founded Evandale Caviar, a vertically-integrated commercial fishery.

She began her career as the Director of Strategy for Sears - and since created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks and Cirque du Soleil. In the media, Michele’s work has been profiled in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, TechCrunch and The Globe and Mail.

Michele is currently a director for Vail Resorts, Broadband TV and Queen’s School of Business.  Michele also co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative non-profit with Sir Richard Branson.

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