Graham, a female founders champion, brings expertise to the Diversity Fund
Dream Maker Ventures is proud to announce that Danielle Graham is joining as Principal, bringing her extensive tech background to our unique Canadian venture capital fund.
Dream Maker Ventures is the first Canadian Venture Capital (VC) Fund founded by persons of colour and women, focused on investing in diverse, underrepresented, underestimated entrepreneurs. The Diversity Fund I primarily invests in early-stage tech companies with founding teams inclusive of persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, immigrant and indigenous entrepreneurs. The Fund takes a thematic approach to investing by targeting AI/ML, Blockchain, Consumer, and Enterprise software vertical across Canada and the U.S.
Danielle has been active in the tech ecosystem, first as a consultant for Deloitte and then as the Women in Tech Manager for Communitech and Market Readiness Fund Manager for OCE. Danielle founded the Fierce Founders programs, the first female-focused accelerator and bootcamp series in Canada, which continues to provide over $500K annually in seed funding to early stage female-led startups.
She is a champion and advisor for women’s initiatives such as #MovetheDial, the Big Push, Dovetail Summit, the Canadian Women’s Network and GTAN WIT, the first angel group training program for female investors. She has been an important part of the angel community network, as a board member, investment officer and source of deal flow to the Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN), Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) and the Laurier Startup Fund.
“Given Toronto is the most diverse city in the world, I’m driven to see our Canadian tech ecosystem reflect these demographics and showcase greater inclusion and access for people of all backgrounds”, she says. “As an economy, Canada stands to benefit from increasing support and investment for diverse talent at every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.”
About Dream Maker Ventures
Dream Maker Ventures (DMV), created in 2015 as the investment arm of Dream Maker Corp. (DMC), a Toronto-based vertically integrated asset management firm founded in 2003. With divisions in real estate, development, property management, and insurance, DMC has a total of half-a-billion AUM. The Diversity Fund, created in 2018, invests in early-stage tech companies with founding teams inclusive of persons of colour, women, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, immigrant and indigenous entrepreneurs.
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