Marcus Daniels is a startup accelerator leader, digital product entrepreneur, seed capital investor and corporate innovation platform architect that helps new ventures win in global markets.
Co-founder & CEO of HIGHLINE, a VC-backed acceleration platform that helps digital startups achieve product-market fit, establish global connectivity and secure institutional capital. Focused on delivering a "Speed to Seed" brand promise through specialized accelerator products, timely investments and programming in Vancouver-Toronto-NYC-SF. HIGHLINE's foundation was derived from the Extreme Startups-GrowLab merger and has 37 active portfolio companies with 4 meaningful exits.
Founder & Executive Chairman of MeshSquared Ventures, an investment & education company with ownership positions in accelerators (HIGHLINE) and media (Toronto Standard). Also, a Limited Partner (LP) investor in the Rothenberg Ventures Fund based in SF with positions in SpaceX & AngelList.
Prior to HIGHLINE Marcus was the Managing Director of Extreme Startups, a VC-backed startup accelerator where he evolved it into a three staged model and led 9 investments. Former COO at TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 Trendspotting website with over 2 billion views & an innovation partner to Fortune 500 brands. Past VP Operations & Product at Frameworks, a leading retail QSR business intelligence software & eLearning company. Started the eLearning division at AME Learning, a global financial education company. A digital native that started tech ventures in 1989 that led to co-founding Fluid eNovations, an award winning web marketing agency.
He has significant board of director experience that includes HIGHLINE, Canadian Association Business Incubation, Extreme Startups and Youth In Motion (Canada's Top 20 Under 20). Community involvement includes: Dell Center for Entrepreneurs Advisory Council, Board of Advisors for Venture for Canada, StartupNext (Google for Entrepreneurs)mentor, SXSW mentor and co-chair of Enactus Toronto chapter. A frequent speaker on growing digital startups, seed investing/VC and corporate innovation accelerators. Also, he has architected digital strategy curriculum for University of Toronto.
Marcus holds an MBA from Queen's School of Business, a BA in Psychology & Economics from McGill University and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.
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