Michelle Scarborough - Managing partner, Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC

Michelle Scarborough

Managing Partner Toronto

Michelle Scarborough is Managing Partner, Thrive Venture Fund for Women and Women in Technology Venture Fund at BDC. In this position, she leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $200M investment to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead.

Michelle has more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor across various industries and sectors. Before joining BDC, she was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, where she was responsible for the growth and management of its fund of funds and direct investment activity in Western Canada, including venture capital, private equity, infrastructure and energy technology investments. Previously, she served as Managing Director of the Invest Ottawa Regional Innovation Centre, where she founded one of the first technology accelerators in Ontario. She also structured and launched the $250M Ontario Emerging Technology Fund and was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Ventures, an oil and gas technology venture fund.

In addition, she served as CEO of Smart Seed Ventures Management Inc. and Scarborough Associates Management, and she was Interim CEO of Solflex. Michelle has also been a founder or co-founder of multiple private and public companies, including Roll Up Capital Corp., Rodeo Capital Corp. III, Metropolitian Energy Corp., and Bonita Capital Inc.

Michelle is a past director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and is past chair of the National Angel Capital Organization. She is a founder of the Women’s Angel Network in Canada.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

Recent posts

Blog Leadership
May 03, 2021 | Leadership

Imposter syndrome: What if you didn’t have to fake it till you make it

What if you didn’t have to fake it till you make it? When trying to overcome imposter syndrome, it’s ok to admit that you don’t have all the answers.

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Blog Venture Capital
January 11, 2021 | Venture Capital

Why diversification should top your resolution list for the New Year

Diversification is a powerful way to stand out with investors and build a compelling value proposition. Learn more.

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Blog Sales and marketing
December 04, 2020 | Sales and marketing

4 megatrends shaping the post-pandemic digital transformation

Discover the four trends to watch and embrace as we prepare for the continued digital transformation brought on by the pandemic.

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Blog Venture Capital
September 26, 2017 | Venture Capital

What we learned from launching AcceleratorFest and ScaleupFest

In collaboration with Startupfest, BDC founded and launched AcceleratorFest and ScaleupFest. This is what we learned from that experience.

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