Mike is a Co-Founder and host of VANTEC, which was launched in 1999 together with Steve Hnatiuk, Richard McMahon and Ullrich Schade. Mike is also a co-host of the Vancouver Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum, and a co-founder of TIMIA Capital (formally GreenAngel Energy).
For over 30 years, Mike has been active in the development of new high technology ventures. Mike began his entrepreneurial journey back in 1973, when he started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd), which he successfully exited in 1981.
As VANTEC's marketing lead, Frank’s role is to help raise the profile of angel investing, grow the investor community, build stakeholder relations and develop special investor events. As an investor he is passionate about helping promising Ag Tech and Food Tech companies grow. He is and Executive in Residence with Foresight Cleantech Accelerator, the deal coordinator for Ag Tech and Food Tech at eFund Angel Investment Fund, and he has been a mentor with New Ventures BC since 2010.
Frank is a marketing and business advisor and provides marketing services to SMB’s in Food and Ag through his agency Crush Marketing. Prior to founding Crush, Frank held senior international marketing positions in High-Tech companies in Canada and Europe. Frank relocated to Vancouver from the Netherlands.
As VANTEC's Marketing & PR Specialist, Randy helps VANTEC to collect and report on investments made in companies that presented at VANTEC. He is passionate about helping companies tell their story and raise their profile in the media and he offers these services to VANTEC companies.
As the founder of Customer Discovery Pros, Randy advises promising startups with product/market fit and go-to-market strategy. He starts with the question: Do you understandHow important Customer Discovery is in helping you raise equity funding! A former business journalist with The Globe and Mail, Financial Post and CBC Radio, he also has experience in marketing, communications and media relations. Originally from Vancouver and Ottawa (grew up in Montreal), he now lives in Somerset, NJ and is a mentor in the National Science Foundation's Innovation (I-Corps) program at Rutgers University.
Steve helps VANTEC with the organization of the monthly investor meetings and pre-screening sessions. He is a presentation coach and helps young adults and entrepreneurs to deliver their ideas and information with clarity and confidence to boost their presentation to their audience.