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About Raise Collective

Our Story

In 2015, a few of our founders hosted a series of events to gauge interest amongst local women in early-stage investments. The overwhelming response indicated a clear desire for greater education and connection within the community of female investors and entrepreneurs. The RAISE Collective was created to change the gender ratios in investing, by reducing perceived barriers to entry and creating a community to share access and knowledge. We believe that when there is balanced gender representation and inclusion amongst investors and founders, it will propel us to new heights in innovation and technology.

Our Team

Jill Earthy, Founder

Jill Earthy is the Chief Growth Officer of FrontFundr, an online investment platform connecting entrepreneurs and everyday investors. Jill serves on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University, and as Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre. She co-chairs We for She, an event creating action for the economic advancement of women. BC Business Magazine named her one of 35 Most Influential Women.

Katrina Carroll-Foster, Founder

As founder of Kollectively, Katrina works with the leadership teams of startups, early-growth companies, and technology associations to develop results-driven business and brand strategies. Katrina also co-founded and raised capital for her e-commerce startup. She mentors for Futurpreneur, the Forumfor Women Entrepreneurs and BCIC; co-founded YES! Vancouver; and currently sits on the Board for Make-A-Wish BC.

Lauren Robinson, Founder

Lauren Robinson is a General Partner at Highline BETA, a pre-seed investor and startup co-creation company that launches new ventures with leading corporations. Lauren is an active speaker, deeply involved in championing the growth of local startup communities across Canada through her roles on various Boards.

Sana Kapadia, Founder

Sana Kapadia is the Chief Impact Officer at Spring where she drives its mission to help entrepreneurs build better businesses. She brings a rich global background in impact investing,investment banking and equity research.Within RAISE she is focused on cultivating investor engagement and exploring mechanisms to catalyse our path of changing the gender ratio in investment.

Genevieve Pinto, Founder

Genevieve Pinto is a Vice President at Renewal Funds, a mission venture capital fund focused on investing in early growth stage sustainable businesses. She brings her expertise from a career in law & finance to support the investors and entrepreneurs within The RAISE Collective. Genevieve serves on the Board of Directors of the YWCAMetro Vancouver.

Paulina Cameron

Paulina Cameron is the author of best-selling Canada 150 Women, a book interviewing 150 diverse Canadian leaders, champions and luminaries. She is the Director of BC and Yukon at Futurpreneur Canada, and a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. She is the founder and past chair of Young Women in Business, and is an active speaker, mentor and advisor.

Maggie Chan

Maggie is a passionate community builder, engagement specialist and entrepreneur, working with organizations and brands that champion diversity and the advancement of women and minorities in the realms of media, technology and entrepreneurship. Her work includes building online and offline communities at Launch Academy, Invoke Labs, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Women in Tech Regatta. In 2015, she co-founded the meetup group, Startup Ladies Night to celebrate women in early stage companies.

Our Advisors

The RAISE Collective Advisors are a group of women and men leaders and champions of female entrepreneurs, startups and investors. They are experienced and passionate investors, entrepreneurs and experts who lend their expertise in a range of topics including investing, law, accounting, marketing, and fundraising among others. They are a trusted network of champions who believe in the vision of RAISE and are putting their collective power together to change the gender ratios in investing and entrepreneurship.

Our Partners

Forum for Women EntrepreneursNational Angel Capital OrganizationWomen’s Enterprise Organizations of CanadaSheEo