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Welcoming Two Powerhouse Investors to Our Cindicates Team: Lisa Grandbois and John Austin

We’re popping confetti and doing a victory dance because our Cindicates team just recently got two incredible power-ups: John Austin and Lisa Grandbois! They aren’t just any investors, folks. They’re startup superheroes with capes made of experience, expertise, and a whole lotta passion for Victoria’s booming tech scene.

Lisa and John are two seasoned pros and we are confident that they will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our mission of creating a stronger, more inclusive startup ecosystem and deliver exceptional returns for our investors in British Columbia.

John Austin: The Visionary Operator Turned to Venture Catalyst

John is a seasoned operator who’s built and scaled tech startups like a pro. He’s more than just the COO of SureSwift Capital (a fund-based business focused on being the best operator of SaaS startups)—where he helps SaaS businesses become the best versions of themselves—he’s also a startup whisperer. John brings extensive experience in launching and growing tech ventures, and now he’s here to share his operational magic with Cindicates.

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But John’s not all about numbers—he’s a master of building relationships. John is deeply passionate about the Victoria tech community. He is a firm believer in the power of community, and he is always looking for ways to connect people and resources to help startups grow.

As a community mentor in the Venture Accelerator Program at VIATEC and tireless advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, he connects startups with the resources they need to thrive. 

With his operational expertise from building successful startups and a passion for fostering connections, John brings invaluable expertise to Cindicates, ready to empower the next generation of innovators.


Lisa Grandbois: The Finance Guru with a Heart of Gold

Lisa’s not your average finance whiz. Lisa is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with over 10 years of experience advising startup founders.

As founder and CEO of FrontierCFO, a virtual finance team provider that helps fast-growing companies across Canada and the U.S., she understands the intricacies of startup finances better than most. But beyond the spreadsheets, Lisa’s a passionate champion for founders. 

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She’s an angel investor herself (active angel investor and an early investor in Women’s Equity Lab), with a knack for spotting promising ventures and helping them scale.

Lisa’s passion for supporting startups is evident in everything she does. She is a true champion of founders, and she is always willing to go the extra mile to help them succeed.

Lisa’s deep understanding of the challenges faced by early-stage startups, combined with her financial expertise and her infectious enthusiasm, make her an invaluable asset to our team. 


Why We’re Excited About Lisa and John

We are excited about Lisa and John for a number of reasons. 

  • First, they are both incredibly talented and experienced individuals who will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. 
  • Second, they are both deeply passionate about supporting startups and building a stronger tech ecosystem in Victoria.
  • Third, they are both great people who are a pleasure to work with.

Lisa and John bring more than just their impressive resumes to the table. They bring their infectious energy, their intimate familiarity of the startup landscape, and their unwavering commitment to making Victoria a launchpad for world-changing companies.

For us at Cindicates, it’s like having two super-powered teammates joining the mission to build a thriving, inclusive tech ecosystem. We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together! We are confident that they will make a significant impact on Cindicates and the Victoria tech ecosystem as a whole.

Backing Cindicates isn’t just funding ventures, it’s joining a dynamic community. John’s operational expertise & Lisa’s foresight guide high-potential companies, fostering a supportive environment for them to thrive. Together, they create a space where collaboration reigns, connecting investors with innovation and guiding startups towards success. Invest with us and be part of shaping the future of technology!

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