Boris Wertz is one of the top tech angel investors in North-America and the CEO and founder of W Media Ventures. His portfolio encompasses over 25 early-stage consumer internet and mobile companies, including Chloe & Isabel, Edmodo, Flurry, GoInstant, Indochino, Suite101, Sparkbuy (acquired by Google), Summify, Tynt, Wattpad and Yapta.
Boris is a venture partner of Munich-based Acton Capital Partners, a consumer Internet fund that is focused on later stage companies with an established track record of revenues and profitability. He is also one of the founders of GrowLab, a Vancouver-based start-up accelerator.
Before founding W Media Ventures, Boris was the Chief Operating Officer of AbeBooks.com, the world’s largest marketplace for new, used and rare and out-of print books which got sold to Amazon in 2008. Boris joined the company in 2002 after JustBooks, the German company he co-founded in 1999, was acquired by AbeBooks. At AbeBooks, Boris was primarily responsible for marketing, business development, product, customer service and international operations and lead a team of about 60 people.
He successfully finished his PhD as well as his graduate studies at the Graduate School of Management (WHU), Koblenz, majoring in Business Economics / Business Management. In 2005, Boris was named the Pacific Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner and in 2011 a Top 40 under 40 nominee by Business in Vancouver.
A life long entrepreneur, Mike Edwards has started and invested in technology companies for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Initio Group, he co-founded AreaConnect, a localized search directory, which sold to Marchex in 2006 and provided a significant return to it’s shareholders. He co-founded InternetStudios.com, one of the first companies to exploit the digital revolution in the marketing and delivery of filmed entertainment. Mike recently co-founded Urbandig.com, the source for off the beaten path experiences delivered to your iPhone.
Mike invests in smart people with big ideas, and thrives on helping other entrepreneurs turn a napkin sketch into a prosperous business. Since March 2010, he has invested in more than 35 technology startups including Punch’d, which sold to Google in July 2011, Artsicle, Summify, Hoseanna, LaunchRock, and Rewardli, as well as Dave McClure’s 500 Startups venture capital fund and Vancouver based accelerator, Grow Labs. Mike currently serves on the board of directors for Urbandig, Compass Engine and Sosido Networks. When not advising or meeting with entrepreneurs, Mike can be found hanging out with his family in Whistler at one of the coffee shops he owns. Mike is also an avid cyclist and athlete, who has participated in several Ironman competitions.
Geoff Entress is an active angel investor in the Pacific Northwest, focusing broadly on investments in information technologies. Currently a venture Partner with Seattle-based venture capital firm Voyager Capital, Geoff was previously a venture partner with Madrona Venture Group.
Geoff is a current investor in over thirty private companies in the Pacific Northwest and is a current board member of four companies, including drugstore.com (NASDAQ GM: DSCM), BuddyTV.com and Sandlot Games. Geoff is also a long-time member of the Executive and Screening committees of the Alliance of Angels, the largest angel investor organization in the Pacific Northwest, and is a board member of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington.
A former securities lawyer and financial analyst, he has also held positions at Perkins Coie, UrbanEarth.com, Salomon Brothers, The Prudential Home Mortgage Company, Mellon Bank, Priority Investment Management and Duquesne Capital Management.
Jason Bailey has built a handful of successful Internet businesses over the past 15 years. As the founder of KITN Media, he bootstrapped Super Rewards from zero revenue to a 100mm run rate in just over 12 months. In July 2009, he successfully sold the company to Adknowledge, one of the largest online advertising marketplaces.
Jason has invested in and is mentoring many local companies including DES Games, Compass Engine, PayPhone App, CrowdFanatic, and OverInteractive Media. He is also an LP in Real Ventures and Bootup Labs.
Paul Antoniadis is a dynamic entrepreneur with over 20 years international experience building and scaling large multi-channel business start-ups, joint ventures and acquisitions. In addition to consulting on technology & retail trends with investment funds, Paul actively invests in and advises local start-ups to help drive commercialization and scale operations.
Paul is the former CEO of Best Buy Brands in Europe, a joint venture between U.S.-based Best Buy and FTSE 100 The Carphone Warehouse. As CEO, Paul led all strategic and implementation planning for the launch of Best Buy in the UK.
Prior to his CEO role, Paul led Best Buy’s international expansion as President of China and Senior Vice President of International Operations in China, Mexico and Turkey. He has extensive consumer technology and multi-channel retail achievements across North America, Asia and Europe and was previously Vice President of Sales in the United States for Best Buy.
Lightning Pitch Opportunities
We invite companies/individuals to apply for Lightning Pitches. Ideal for early stage companies looking to raise funds or create visibility. The places are strictly controlled, 100 second time slots at the beginning of the VEF presentation.
The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. These events provide attendees with an opportunity to network and learn. The evening involves a feature presenter covers a topic especially relevant to technology entrepreneurs such as financing and CEO war stories. Networking sessions are included before and after the presentation for speakers and attendees to connect with each other.
Pre-registration tickets are $45.00 each, door registration tickets are $50.00, memberships at $200 for a one year period includes admission to our eight events per year.