District Ventures is much more than a workspace.
It’s a hive buzzing with events and networking opportunities.
For CEO Arlene Dickinson and the District Ventures team,
entrepreneurship is not a day job, it's a lifestyle.
Driving success for entrepreneurs and early stage
businesses is what keeps us up at night, and we're
here to support you any way we can.
Arlene is one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs.
After eight seasons on the hit CBC show Dragons’
Den, and two best-selling books, Arlene has now
set her focus on ...
Need help navigating the health industry? Peter’s your
guy. As a health executive, he’s worked with GE Healthcare,
Infonaut, and most recently Alberta Health Services. Peter drives
innovation across Alberta’s health system and knows the challenges and
opportunities companies face in this sector.
Kieren has over 20 years of product development experience in both
start-up and corporate environments. He’s worked for Skype, Microsoft
and Rockwell and cofounded Klood, an internet and social media
marketing company. Kieren is an expert at using technology to
accelerate business growth.
Bill has an impressive background in the Canadian beer industry.
He’s held senior management roles at Molson-Coors, Diageo
Canada and was the President of Big Rock Brewery. He’s now
the CEO of Wild Rose Brewery Ltd, the official beer supplier
of District Ventures Accelerator. He has the knowledge and
industry experience to take your business to the next level.
Stéphane knows the ins and outs of the health & wellness
industry from 20 years of experience in cosmetics, nutritional
supplements, and pharmaceutical products. He’s played a significant
role in the growth of Canadian companies abroad through his
network of contacts in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
In 2013, Usman became McDonald’s youngest operator. Now he owns
and operates two McDonald’s locations in Strathmore. He’s passionate
about connecting the McDonald’s brand with entrepreneurism and mentors
companies in his free-time.
Jennifer is the founder of Baby Gourmet, the homemade baby
food company that went from the farmer’s market to capturing 25% market
share. Baby Gourmet is now Canada’s leading organic baby food brand.
Jennifer knows how to grow a product from the ground up and is here to
help you grow yours.
Sponsors & Partners
At District Ventures, you’ll have on site partners with expertise in
finance, distribution, marketing, accounting and more.
Talk about bench strength:
Meet our current members. Entrepreneurs and game changers
who are just as motivated as you are.
Here are some other companies who are in our space, and dedicated to helping entrepreneurs like you succeed.
District Ventures LP is Arlene Dickinson’s venture
capital fund. We’re always looking to invest in innovative
CPG companies, especially if you’re building a unique business
in the food & beverage or health & wellness sectors. If you’re
a driven entrepreneur with demonstrated success in either of
these sectors, we’d love to hear from you.