"Dragon", CBC's Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder and President, Clearbanc
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an investor and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Romanow is the co-founder and president of Clearbanc, an alternative funding company for online startups. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant, Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag. She brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.
Romanow has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. She was also the Director of Strategy for Sears, where she led apparel growth strategies at the company — a $2.5 billion category. Additionally, Romanow’s advised Fortune 100 companies and governments on innovation, AI, blockchain, and the new economy. Her work has been profiled in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Inc., Axios, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and The Globe and Mail.
Recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Romanow is a prolific investor who recently launched Clearbanc’s 20-Min Term sheet, which uses AI to vet companies and ensure zero gender, racial, or background biases. Using the 20-Min Term Sheet and with capital raised from several notable investors like Chamath Palihapitiya and Charles Hudson, Romanow invested $1 billion into 2000 businesses in 2019, and continues to fund eight times more female-founded companies than other traditional venture capitalist firms.
Romanow is the recipient of the Toronto Board of Trade Award for entrepreneurs under 30, was ranked as one of the “100 Most Powerful in Canada” by WXN, and was the only Canadian to be named on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list. She has also been honored as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, and the Cartier Women’s Initiative.
To encourage the growth of more female entrepreneurs, Romanow co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with international business magnate Sir Richard Branson. She also serves as the director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen’s Business School, and SHAD, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.