Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. Her business savvy, drive, and tenacity led her to become the youngest entrepreneur ever to star as a “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. Now in its 13th season, the show sees aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs pitch business and investment ideas to a panel of venture capitalists, or “Dragons”. Michele joined the team in the show’s tenth season, after starring in its web series, Next Gen Den, a launching pad for young entrepreneurs.
Named one of the “100 Most Powerful in Canada” by WXN, Michele was the only Canadian included in Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list and was recently named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She is currently the co-founder of Clearbank, an online financial service that will invest $1 billion in startups in 2019, and previously co-founded Buytopia.ca and SnapSave, acquired by US tech giant Groupon.
Michele has created digital solutions for many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. She is also a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, League of Innovators, Queen’s Business School, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth. Michele has also been featured and profiled in several top media publications including Forbes, Canadian Business, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and more.
Through her work, and her time as a “Dragon”, Michele has become renowned for her youthful energy, enthusiasm, and entrepreneurial savvy, and continues to serve as an inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs, and particularly, women in business, everywhere.