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Who we are

STARFORGE is an actively managed portfolio that invests in innovative, early-stage (pre-seed and seed) B2B Canadian companies with disruptive technologies, significant scale-up potential and valuation advantages over the U.S. market. The fund aims to drive returns for investors through actively sourcing deals mostly within the Toronto-Waterloo start-up ecosystem and growing portfolio businesses by leveraging the power of alliance networks in North America. Investments focus on Technology, Sustainability, Health Sciences and Smart Manufacturing.

Our Mission

To unlock capital and accelerate the transition of Canada into an innovation economy through these strategic focuses:

  1. Lower barriers for accredited investors to participate in angel investing.
  2. Invest in entrepreneurs who are bringing innovation to life.
  3. Scale Canadian start-ups to U.S. and global markets.
  4. Reinvest in the angel ecosystem. 

Where We Focus

StarForge focuses on seed-stage start-ups with disruptive technologies and innovative business models in:

AI/ML

AI Security

IoT

Clean Tech

Smart Manufacturing

MedTech

Home Automation

The average cheque size varies from $100-300K across 20-30 deals over 3 years.

STARFORGE has four key sector focuses

Technology

Smart Manufacturing

Sustainability

Health Sciences

Our Portfolio

The STARFORGE Team

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DAVID RICH, G

Prior to starting angel investing, David had a 30 year career in the food industry. He was country manager for one of the world’s leading flavour and ingredient companies. He brings a strong record of corporate governance, financial and risk management. David was the 2018 GTAN Angel of the Year. He sits on the Board of Directors at Hospice Wellington. David has a B.Eng. from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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ELLEN FANG, General Partner 

An angel investor and a former executive at L.E.K. Consulting and Deloitte, Ellen has accumulated rich experience in evaluating and investing in opportunities across a wide range of sectors. She has helped many Fortune 500 corporations expand business in Asia through equity/assets acquisition, partnership, licensing, and joint ventures. She also worked with leading growth capitals and buyout funds evaluating deals, and developing growth strategies and value activation plans for their portfolios. Ellen’s current focus is investing in innovations in technology, healthcare, and renewable energy in Canada, US and China. Ellen holds a bachelor degree in Material Sciences, and a MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) with an exchange program at London Business School.

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JACKY CHEN, General Partner

Jacky is dedicated to angel investment and has built up a portfolio of dozens of startup companies in Canada and the US. He has acquired concrete business experiences as a successful founder in the startup ecosystem and an executive of Fortune 500 companies over the last two decades. His remarkable accomplishments range from building startups from scratch to leading a billion-dollar business with the leverage of 14,000 enterprise channel partners. The unique journey has shaped Jacky’s outstanding investment in early startups. Jacky holds the degrees of Mater’s E.E. and MBA, and he graduated from CEIBS and The Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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