We are District Ventures.
Canada's first accelerator
for packaged goods companies
headed for the next level.
District Ventures is much more than a workspace. It’s a hive buzzing with events and networking opportunities.
Support Team
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 ...
As Arlene’s Chief of Staff, Justin walks the hallways of Venture Communications and District Ventures. He’s a former policy advisor for two federal finance ministers ...
Entrepreneurship is not a day job, and neither is managing a facility full of entrepreneurs. Mike looks after all things District Ventures. After working in federal politics ...
Brandon advises on investing, operating and business development at District Ventures. As General Manager of Steve Nash Enterprises LLC, Brandon led the ...
Alex is the social media whiz and friend/confidant/helper to our entrepreneurs. She comes to us from Mount Royal University. Her passion for the ...
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:
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Founding Sponsors
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Meet our current members. Entrepreneurs and game changers who are just as motivated as you are.
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The Fund
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.
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