Platform Investor Coaches will connect investors, founders, ideas, and capital

Platform Investor Coaches will connect investors, founders, ideas, and capital

Platform Calgary is a non-profit, member based organization. Our mandate is to bring together the resources of Calgary's tech ecosystem to help startups launch and grow at every step of their journey, from ideation through to scale.

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In September 2023, we announced the launch of the National Bank Investor Hub in the Platform Innovation Centre. This strategic partnership with National Bank was designed to bring investors and Calgary tech startups together – driving faster connections between investors, founders, ideas, and capital. 

Since its launch, the National Bank Investor Hub has been hosting pitch breakfasts and reverse pitch events, hosting investors and funds from within Calgary, and nationally, as well as conducting office hours.

Photos of the National Bank Investor Hub at the launch event in September 2023

The next step of growth for the Investor Hub is the activation of Platform Investor Coaches. As part of the National Bank Investor Hub, these dedicated individuals will support startups currently raising money, or preparing to do so. Investor Coaches will work one-on-one, helping founders to build and refine their pitch decks, data room construction, and facilitate connections to investors and Calgary’s tech community as a whole. 

Additionally, they’ll work with investors who are looking to expand into tech, by offering education and industry-specific insights. They’ll also play a key role in activating the National Bank Investor Hub by hosting events and meetups focused on relevant topics. 

“The National Bank Investor Hub is accelerating connections between founders and a diverse group of investors looking to participate in the growing venture ecosystem in Calgary. Investor Coaches will play a pivotal role in preparing founders for their capital raising journey, and providing investors with the resources they need to invest in early-stage tech,” says Nathan Karbonik, Associate, Investor Engagement.

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Meet the first Platform Investor Coach: Dan Ellis!

Born and raised in Calgary, Dan Ellis is an experienced serial technology entrepreneur, prolific angel investor, all-star startup mentor and advisor, family office venture capital allocator and representative. Dan grew up in Calgary and earned his BComm, Management Information Systems from the Haskayne School of Business, where he graduated with Distinction.

In addition to being a co-Founder of Rallyteam, a talent management software that was acquired by Workday, he was also an angel investor in unicorns like and Grove Collaborative. When he is not mentoring and advising Founders and Family Offices, Dan enjoys skiing and cooking.

Dan and future Platform Investor Coaches, will be available to meet one-on-one with startup founders. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Get connected by emailing

Published on

April 26, 2024


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