Toon Nagtegaal and David Crow bring a unique set of skills and experience to the program and its participants. Technology, marketing, financing and execution, but also experience and in-depth knowledge of and with venture capital, both regional, national and international, all the bases are covered. Both have also been deeply involved in assisting early stage companies.
Toon has, all of his working life, been involved in the development and growth of companies, either as a venture capitalist or a consultant. He was a co-founder of Atlas Venture and p3 technology partners, managing director of Holland Venture and a VP Investments of GrowthWorks. He invested in early and later stage companies in Europe, North America and Israel. He served on the board of more than 25 companies. Toon was an executive board member of the European Venture Capital Association from 1995 to 1998, responsible for the events and training courses.
Since 2007, Toon has been fully dedicated to assisting Atlantic Canadian companies in their preparation for growth and financing. From 2007 until 2013, he worked with a total of 90 companies, both through the workshops and otherwise consultancy engagements. Toon is the chairman of the board of Azorus in Halifax.
David's many accomplishments include co-founding and acting as editor and community animator for venture capital blog and information resource StartupNorth.ca. He currently serves on the board of Lymbix, and is an advisor to Hacker You, Bunch, PrintChomp and TribeHR. In 2008, David was voted by his peers in a blogTO survey as Toronto's Best Web and Tech Evangelist.
David has held roles in product development and more recently in marketing & business development. He has extensive experience working with growth technology companies to acquire early customers, refine product designs and search for a scalable business model. David is a principal Omers Venture. He holds a Master's degree, Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.