Raphael Christian-Roy

I am a product geek that is first and foremost passionate about creating outstanding technologies that enhance people's lives, especially consumer-centric ones. Coming from a jack-of-all-trades-entrepreneurial background combined with a software engineering major, I’ve been involved in organizing numerous events including Startup Weekends, and countless hackathons and educational events.

For the past two years, I was working as a Product Manager at Volume7, a digital product agency that partners with forward-thinking startups and companies.

I'm now working on the early-stage team at Real Ventures, Canada's most active seed venture capital fund. Real backs world-class entrepreneurs building game-changing companies.

I'm also the Co-Founder of Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-led venture capital fund. We invest solely in student-run startups, help founders grow successful businesses and nurture the next generation of tech leaders.

Real Ventures

Intern - Early-Stage Team

Jan 2018 – Now

Real is Canada's most active early-stage venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs and builds the ecosystems in which they thrive. Real backs world-class entrepreneurs building game-changing companies. The firm invests throughout the life-cycle of early-stage companies and provides stage-appropriate capital and support for the founders it backs.

Front Row Ventures

Co-Founder

May 2016 – Now

I’m the Co-Founder of Front Row Ventures, the first student-led VC in Canada which invest exclusively in student-ran startups. Strengthened by our diverse backgrounds, we pledge to back our student founders with all our resources and energies, plus an early-seed investment. Our partners gather, amplify, and back student founders’ capacity to innovate and disrupt the way we live. And Montreal is only the beginning.

Volume7

Product Manager

August 2015 – September 2017

Volume7 is a digital product agency that partners with forward-thinking startups and companies. As project manager, I lead all project and product efforts. I also handle client communication, manage projects and their execution, as well as coordinate employees.

Volume7

Business Development Manager

April 2015 – September 2017

Volume7 is a digital product agency that partners with forward-thinking startups and companies. As Business Development Manager, I attend networking, technology and startup-related conferences and events. I'm also actively involved in networking efforts throughout Montreal and identity potential leads, all while remaining the point of contact between clients and the business.

Startup Weekend Monteregie

Co-Lead Organizer and Co-Founder

January 2015 – Present

I am the co-organizer for the first edition of the Startup Weekend global entrepreneurship event on the south shore of Montreal. My role is to set up this major event where teams spend 54 straight hours working towards building a startup to present to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. I manage a 5-figure budget, a team of wonderful volunteers and I am responsible for the promotion of the event in the local and national media.

Pleiade Capital

Program Director - Startup Campus

January 2015 – June 2016

Startup Campus is a student program for young entrepreneurs attending University of Montreal. (UdeM, HEC, Polytechnique Montreal) As Program Director, I advise and support startups in their early development, find mentors to grow their business, and lead Startup Campus's development.

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