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Connect with Paul Brassard,

Fundraising & Business Strategist, Reputable Pitch & Presentation Coach

from Vancouver, Canada

Introduction

I am a(n):

Fundraising & Business Strategist, Reputable Pitch & Presentation Coach

I am also a(n):

Managing Partner at Volition | Serial Entrepreneur | Advisor for Vancouver Startups | Business & Marketing Strategist | Board Member | Investor | Fundraiser | Master of Ceremonies | Public Speaker | CEO X 3 | Father of 3

What I do:

I help entrepreneurs and startups succeed through advisory services. My areas of expertise are growth, strategy and overall pitch and presentation polish.

I also help run and manage monthly pitch nights in Vancouver. Our events regularly attract between 60-100 audience members and 10-15 startup companies. To date we have hosted over 300+ pitches and entertained over 1500+ attendees.

Offer

My Offer:

I am most interested in using Pick My Brain:

> To help entrepreneurs and startup founders build investment-ready companies
> Reduce the amount of time and energy entrepreneurs spend building and/or fundraising
> To help connect entrepreneurs with other experienced advisors who will help them build various aspects of their business

My ideal target audience:

Vancouver entrepreneurs and startup founders who are preparing to fundraise, are having challenges fundraising or growing their company, or need help with overall strategy.

Let’s talk about:

  • you, your company, your team, your product, your revenue, your vision, your mission, your churn, your pitch.
  • your pitch and what goes into building an investment-ready company.
  • the current investment landscape.
  • your capital and financing needs.
  • finding strategic investors.
  • how I can help you get connected to Vancouver's startup scene.
  • how I can help you find experienced advisors who can help you build various aspects of your business.
  • what is going on in Vancouver general re startups, conferences, pitch events, forums, events etc. and which ones should you think about attending and/or getting involved in.

About

Why you might want to connect with me:

I have been a prominent player in Vancouver's startup scene for the last 15 years. As a result I have a pretty good handle on who all the players are, what they are all up to and how you can best go about leveraging them.

I have extensive experience in capital raising and have learned how to speak “investor”.

I’ve been on the other side of the table and have invested and advised a number of startups. I have seen first hand what can make or break a company.

I have a successful track record of scaling companies, building strong teams, negotiating deals and putting investors' money to work.

I also love sharing insights I've gained from my experiences with other startup founders.

A little bit about myself:

I have spent the last 15 years starting, running, managing, selling, raising, exiting and acquiring companies in Vancouver.

I have met, worked with and interacted with most of Vancouver's startup scene in some capacity or another.

I am constantly surrounding myself with mentors and partners who can help round out my thinking.

My greatest strength is building strong teams and getting good results out of people.

I love teaching. I am truly passionate about passing on knowledge and helping fellow entrepreneurs.

I am a family man, I have 3 kids and somehow I manage to juggle startup life with it all.

Professional work experiences:

Portfolio

Where else you can find and follow me online:

My Pick My Brain portfolio:

Startup Client:

This is Artem Buzulan. His volition is building a retail tech company called Instorize that lets you shop from your favourite local retail stores on an Amazon-like marketplace, with real-time price comparisons and inventory, and next day fulfillment.

Excited to have done nine sessions so far, reviewing investor, launch and growth strategy, and practicing his 90 second pitch and presentation, that we created together.

#entrepreneurship #startuplife #startups #businessstrategy


Startup Client:

This is Marshal Finch. His volition is to 100x his startup's growth. Marshal runs a digital advertising firm called SMedia that uses data and AI to help drive quality leads for the retail automotive industry.

Marshal booked me for 10 sessions so that I could help him raise money and scale quickly. We've done 5 of 10 sessions and I have already managed to connect him to multiple potential investors and we've started to put plans into place as to how we are going to reach 100x growth.

#entrepreneurship #startuplife #startups #businessstrategy


Startup Client:

This is Maxine Cunningham. Her volition is thinking about how to best scale her company Pick My Brain. Pick My Brain is an online tool that helps people package and sell their time, knowledge and experience in new, creative and independent ways.

Not only did I partner with Maxine, but I am also helping her refine her pitch, optimize her business model and coach her on scaling strategy.

#entrepreneurship #startuplife #startups #businessstrategy


Awards: StartupCanada Entrepreneur Support Organization of the Year (2018)


Volition is a startup advisory firm.

Volition's mission is to help startups to polish their ideas, connect them to community, and coach them through the startup journey.

Additionally, our Volition Events division organizes and manages quality events for the startup community, provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone to enjoy, learn, network and connect.


BrickClick is a retail tech startup that I am the CEO of.

It is a retail management platform for medium to large retailers that unifies and centralizes their POS, inventory, products, customers, promos, staff and locations, and allows them to visualize the data that is created as a result.

Brick Click has raised just over $600K to date, and is currently onboarding customers and achieving its first month over month revenue growth.


Fundica Roadshow is an annual cross-Canada pitch competition, hosting some of Canada's best and brightest high-growth companies to compete for incredible exposure and prizes.

Volition has managed the event in Vancouver for the last two years (2017 and 2018), and I MC'd the event each year.


Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(2 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Maxine Cunningham, Knowledge Monetizer
November 8, 2018 | Startup Consulting Session
Review:

6th session with Paul. Continuing to advance the positioning of my startup and in the process of taking bigger strides towards the scalability piece.

Okay we have a functioning product, people are using it, we are making money... now it is time to start thinking about the best and most strategic way to scale.

Paul's is helping me think through that exact problem and his experiences are helping inform my route forward. Already looking forward to the next one.


Maxine Cunningham, Knowledge Monetizer
August 24, 2018 | Startup Consulting Session
Review:

I booked Paul because I needed to step outside the day-to-day shenanigans of running and launching a start-up and sit down with someone who could help me assess where our company was, where it needed to go and how we were going to get there.

I wanted someone I could talk business, growth strategy, investor strategy and next steps with. Comfortably and seriously.

Paul was it... and then some.

Highly recommended for any serious startup founder who wants to gain a leg up in what they are trying to accomplish. And have fun while doing it.

(Warning: Paul comes with Dad jokes... but his deep and impressive startup network makes up for most of them :p)


Services

Pick My Brain Call


  • Over the phone
  • 30 minutes
  • Currently available

Coffee & Convo

Free


  • In person
  • The Nosherie - 575 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • 30 minutes
  • Currently available

Pitch and Presentation Coaching Session

$250 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Devhub - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • 60 minutes
  • Currently available

Startup Consulting Session

$250 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Devhub - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • 60 minutes
  • Currently available

Retained 5 Session Package

$1,000 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Devhub - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • 60 minutes
  • Currently available

Retained 10 Session Package

$1,750 (CAD)


  • In person
  • Devhub - 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • 60 minutes
  • Currently available