Connect, Collaborate, Invest.
Together we can shift the ratio.

The RAISE Collective is a community of female investors. Our purpose is to change the gender ratio in innovation and funding by leveling the investment playing field. Whether you are an aspiring investor or experienced veteran, this is a place to come together with other women to explore early-stage private company invest

We believe that investor diversity will enhance the early stage capital pool to support a broader range of businesses and entrepreneurs, increasing both innovation and positive impact. Despite rising interest, women are still underrepresented and underserved as investors — barriers to entry seem high, and knowing where and how to start can be difficult.


The RAISE Collective is building a dynamic community of women interested in early-stage and private-company investing. We foster connections between like-minded women investors and collaborate with partners to provide learning and investment opportunities, trusted resources and networking events.

Join us today for:

Connection &
  • Entrepreneur showcase of promising female-led businesses
  • Investor experts share their investment stories and perspectives
  • Virtual and in-person assessment and debriefing opportunities
Access &
  • Exposure to external investment opportunities through registered investment dealers or other community partners and platforms
  • Opportunities to collaborate on investment opportunities with other women
Vibrant Online
Member Community
  • Connect online and share information and resources
  • Webinar learning opportunities
  • Curated calendar of partner events
  • Discount access codes for external programs
  • Trusted Advisors and Service Providers
We want to enhance the existing Angel community and build a pipeline of Aspiring Angels. 


Thank you to our sponsors and collaborators for their generous support.

Founding Partner

Gold Partners



Sometimes an opportunity is so obvious that it’s impossible to ignore. In 2016, a group of Vancouver women hosted an event for women curious about early-stage investing. The organizers brought their extensive experience as entrepreneurs, community leaders, champions and VCs. What they had in common is a passion for connecting female entrepreneurs and investors.


Jill Earthy

Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader who believes diversity drives innovation. She is the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform connecting entrepreneurs and investors. Jill serves on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University, and as Board Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre. She is Co-Chair of We for She, an annual event creating actions for the economic advancement of women. BC Business Magazine recently named her one of 35 Most Influential Women.

Katrina Carroll-Foster

Katrina Caroll-Foster has a passion for entrepreneurship, a love of big thinking and an eye for detail. From well-established enterprises to ambitious start-ups – including founding and raising funding for her own start-up – Katrina leads clients in results-driven strategy. Strategic, pragmatic, and with a knack for asking the questions that matter, she delivers fresh ideas and delivers a path towards growth.

Katrina champions small business and newly-minted entrepreneurs as a sought-after mentor. Working with talented founders from a range of businesses, she mentors for Futurpreneur, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and BCIC. In 2007 she co-founded YES! Vancouver, a pioneering organization that offers mentorship and networking to young professional women, as well as raising funds for DFS.

Lauren Robinson

Lauren Robinson is COO at Highline BETA, a pre-seed investor and startup co-creation company that launches new ventures with leading corporations. She brings passion and unique experience from her investment banking & accelerator leadership roles to help startups and corporates connect to spark transformative innovation. Lauren is an active speaker, deeply involved in championing the growth of local startup communities across Canada through her roles on various Boards. Lauren holds a degree from McGill in Finance & Entrepreneurship.

Sana Kapadia

Sana Kapadia brings a rich global background in impact investing,investment banking and equity research.She is passionate about moving the dial on sustainability, female leadership and leveraging entrepreneurship as a force for good. Her experience in capital markets, corporate finance, impact investing has seen her hold leading roles in the Middle East, Europe and Canada. Within Raise, she is excited to ignite the passion for supporting early stage female investing through collaboration and empowerment.

Genevieve Pinto

Genevieve Pinto is a Vice President at Renewal Funds, a mission venture capital fund focused on investing in early growth stage sustainable businesses in sectors such as organic foods, green products and environmental technology. Prior to joining Renewal Funds, Genevieve was a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where she worked with clients ranging from early stage businesses to large public companies and investors on corporate and securities legal transactions. Genevieve currently serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, an organization dedicated to serving women and children.


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