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Venture Mechanics Mentor

Jeff Canin

Co-Manager at Element 8 Venture Fund; Investor-in-Residence at the Clean Energy Institute

Jeff Canin has a long career in financial services and venture capital where he has worked with IT, cleantech and materials science companies. Jeff provides financial and business development advisory services to early-stage companies and university technology commercialization spinouts, with a particular focus on startups engaged in emerging cleantech/climatetech sectors.

Jeff served as a board member of E8 Angels, the largest cleantech angel investor group in North America and a General Partner with E8’s associated venture capital fund. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors and a member of the Impact Fund Investment Committee for Portland Based VertueLab, and as Investor in Residence at the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute. He is an active angel investor and limited partner in several northwest venture funds. Previously, he was a general partner of Efund LLC, a local venture capital fund focused on early-stage tech companies in the Seattle area. He spent two years in the Northwest office of US Venture Partners, one of the largest California-based venture capital firms. Before moving to the Puget Sound area in 1995, Jeff worked in SanFrancisco, California with Salomon Brothers, Inc. as a Senior TechnologyAnalyst where he received recognition as “All Star Analyst: ComputerHardware” by the Wall Street Journal and ranked among Bloomberg BusinessNews’ “Top-50 Stock Pickers”. Prior to Salomon Brothers, Jeff worked
atMontgomery Securities, performing securities analysis, with emphasis on computer hardware and software and was actively involved in corporate finance and merger and acquisition projects, and as a Senior Technology Analyst with Hambrecht & Quist, Inc. Early in his career, he was employed by the IBM National Accounts Division as a Marketing Representative and Systems Engineer. Jeff received an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of California, Berkeley, CA and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and Economics from Brown University in Providence, RI, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He is NASD Registered Representative
(Series 7, Series 63), NASD Investment Advisor (Series 65), and a FINRA Arbitrator.

Mentor Interests:

 information technology, renewable energy technology, materials science, cleantech, financial services.

Some of our mentors hold office hours and are available to book meetings with for members of our incubator program. If you are interested in scheduling time with our mentorship team, please use the Archie app. Apply to be a member of our incubator program to get started.

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