About Us

Co-founded as Clearbanc in 2015 by Michele Romanow from Canada’s Shark Tank (Dragons’ Den), Andrew D’Souza, Ivan Gritsiniak, Charlie Feng, and Tanay Delima, Clearco offers the most founder-friendly capital solutions for e-commerce, mobile apps, and SaaS founders as well as access to a powerful global network, insights and data, and recommendations.

We’ve raised $700M to date, and our investors include Oak HC / FT, Highland Capital, Emergence, Founder’s Fund, and Inovia.

Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow

CEO & Co-Founder

Tech Titan, Michele is the youngest ever entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. She previously co-founded e-commerce platforms SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon) and Buytopia. Michele is ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list. She is a director on the board of Vail Resorts, Freshii, SHAD, Smith School of Business and League of Innovators.

Andrew D’ Souza

Andrew D’ Souza

Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Andrew has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital and is an adviser and investor to companies such as WealthSimple, Properly, and Tulip Retail. Prior to Clearco, Andrew was the president of Nymi, a wearable platform focussed on identity and security and the COO of education startup, TopHat. Andrew has a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Ivan Gritsiniak

Ivan Gritsiniak

Interim CFO and Co-Founder

Ivan has raised over $400M USD for Clearco’s LP funds and overseen complicated audits and multi-million dollar budgets. He holds an economics degree from the University of Waterloo, specializing in finance and econometrics, and played varsity football for five years with the Waterloo Warriors.

Venture Partners

Gary Vaynerchuk
CEO of Vaynermedia
Ruma Bose
Serial Entrepreneur
Joanna Griffiths
Founder & CEO of Knixwear
Rahul Vohra
Founder of Superhuman
Morgan Hirsh
Founder of Public Goods
Matt Salzberg
Founder of Blue Apron
Chamath Palihapitiya
Founder of Social Capital
Moiz Ali
Founder & CEO of Native
Tara Bosch
Founder & CEO of SmartSweets
Joe Mimran
Founder of Joe Fresh & Club Monaco
Neil Blumenthal
Co-Founder of Warby Parker
Shahrzad Rafati
CEO of BroadbandTV Corp
Harry Stebbings
Founder at Stride.VC
Benjamin Cogan
Co-CEO of Hubble
Jesse Horwitz
Co-Founder of Hubble
Katherine Homuth
Founder & CEO of Sheertex

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