Chance encounters with extraordinary individuals and frequent trips through uncharted social territory make for an unexpected professional adventure.
Brenda Irwin, the founder and general partner at the Relentless Venture Fund, was leaving her Kitsilano home one day when she stepped awkwardly on her stairs, stumbled, and snapped her foot. She was in excruciating pain and was pretty sure—but not 100 per cent sure—that she had broken a bone. With a meeting scheduled in the financial district shortly, she had a dilemma. She contemplated what to do next, ultimately deciding to get in her car and drive downtown. She parked at St. Paul’s Hospital and limped to the office of IWJ Law, where she regularly holds meetings because her lawyer Dayna Forsyth is a principal there.
The Relentless Venture Fund has announced new team additions to power their unique health mission.
The team says it is growing with the addition of new advisors, who collectively, enhance the team's deep network and lens required for disruption in health engagement.
Alison Twiner, former Group Director for Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook and current Vice Chair of Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation joins along with Todd Humphrey, J. Kelly Hoey and Zach Bell. Todd Humphrey is a Co-Founder and former Chief Commercial Officer of the digital health tech company, LEAGUE and most recently appointed as Senior Vice-President Digital and Fan Experience for the new Seattle NHL franchise. Kelly Hoey is a well-known North American tech industry influencer, author of 'Build Your Dream Network' and previously co-founded a mobile tech accelerator in NYC. Zach Bell, retired Canadian champion cyclist and RBC Olympian, joins the Relentless roster of professional athletes and Olympians contributing unique health insights.
For venture capitalist Brenda Irwin, smart technology can do much more than just count our steps - it can save our lives.
When Brenda Irwin was invited by a friend to a Vancouver pitch event in the summer of 2013, she had no intention of investing in anything. The native of Mount Elgin, Ontario, had only left her job with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 18 months prior, and she didn’t have a lot of money to toss around. But as a fanatical runner, cyclist and triathlete, she was drawn to the setup: a 50-kilometre bike ride Olympic gold triathlete Simon Whitfield, followed by a pitch for the company Whitfield was involved in.
But how is it possible to be a true venture capital fund that delivers venture-level returns as well as social good? It depends on how you measure social impact.
We believe the secret is with an evolving healthcare paradigm enabled by data usage; explosive growth in volumes of data created by individuals are now fueling sustainable digital health strategies. Incredibly, over 90% of the world’s data was generated in just the last two years. Stop and think about that.
Brenda Irwin is the founder and general partner of Relentless Venture Fund, a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada based early-stage fund investing in preventative health and proactive technology solutions. Irwin’s fund was one of the ten female founded venture capital funds I highlighted in an earlier post. In the earlier post Irwin offered up three network building solutions that she regularly puts to use:
This Vancouver, B.C. based venture fund invests at early-stage, seed and Series A in preventative and proactive health startups. Managing partner and co-founder Brenda Irwin, offers these network-building suggestions to achieve your venture goals:
The Relentless Venture Fund ("RVF") is a health technology venture capital fund dedicated to investing in preventative and proactive technology solutions that optimize health, activity and longevity.
Relentless is an early stage investor, investing in seed and Series A investments, and the company's mission is to invest in technology based businesses that contribute to active, healthy living at all ages.
Relentless Venture Fund (RVF), a health technology venture capital fund managed by Relentless Pursuit Partners, has secured a founding investment from Vancity, a Canadian community credit union. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Vancouver, British Columbia – May 23rd, 2018 – Relentless Pursuit Partners announced their first investment by the Relentless Venture Fund (“RVF”) as Canary Medical Inc (“Canary”), a medical data company dedicated to improving healthcare outcomes by using proprietary, smart medical devices. Relentless’ investment was part of Canary’s first institutional financing, a tranched US$26M round with participation from the Global Health Science Fund and Bioscience Managers.
“Canary is the ideal first investment for our inaugural venture fund,” declared Brenda Irwin, General Partner of RVF and Co-Founder of Relentless Pursuit Partners. “Our mission with the Relentless Venture Fund is to invest in preventative and proactive health technology solutions that optimize health, activity and longevity. Canary’s platform delivers on all three of these mission based goals. Incorporating Canary’s sensor technology, and leveraging their robust data analytics, the benefit to patients’ health is poised to soar above existing orthopedic and wearable technology options.”
Brenda Irwin is a managing partner at Relentless Pursuit Partners, a venture team that invests in preventative healthcare and technology companies that impact health and activity. She is extremely passionate about health, so much so that she braved one of Vancouver’s notorious rainstorms to ride her bike to this interview. Brenda has a lengthy and impressive portfolio in a range of market sectors, including drug development, biotech, medtech, digital health, wellness organizations and even 3D printing of biomaterials. She has also been a board director for 15 private and public for profit life sciences and biotechnology corporations.