The Core Team of The Scaleup Project brings a vast array of knowledge, skills and experience to help guide entrepreneurs through their Scaleup Journey:
- Davender Gupta, MS, MBA – Co-Founder and Venture Strategist
- Sovita Chander – Co-Founder and Marketing Strategist
- George Kiorpelidis – Senior Coach, Business Development and Sales
- Valérie Marquis – Investor Relations and Financial Coach
- Bruno-Pierre Privé – Entrepreneur-In-Residence
Davender Gupta, MS, MBA
Davender’s passion is to equip managers, founders and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enter, engage and lead their markets by thinking and acting strategically.
He offers a wealth of experience gained in innovation-rich environments as an R&D engineer, a project manager, a founder, mentor, and nationally recognized business coach. He is dedicated to building successful entrepreneurs, companies, ecosystems and communities.
Davender’s approach empowers SMEs to thrive in an unpredictable world. He is an accomplished consultant, trainer and speaker, highly appreciated for his practical approach to business. He is a pioneer in the use of Lean Startup methodologies and business model frameworks, and has built a nationwide reputation for excellence as a business coach. He asks thought-provoking questions which get to the truth. Davender wants you to adopt a discipline of strategic thinking and action to get results.
Davender is the founder of The Scaleup Project acceleration team and the developer of the Momentum Scaling strategic growth framework.
Specialty: Business Model, Value Proposition, Strategy, Financial Modelling, Organizational Excellence, Momentum Scaling
Sovita offers a strategic and pragmatic approach to marketing, with experience gained by working with Fortune 500 multinationals and fast-growing technology companies, including Quebec City telecom success EXFO, and Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 firm. Sovita co-founded and built a healthcare IT startup company that draws clients from Optum (United Healthcare), GE, and the biggest hospital systems in the US.
Sovita guides entrepreneurs to adopt a customer success mindset by defining their market and positioning to create true value. She is familiar with the challenges of communicating internationally, through her work experience and cultural roots in the United States and Asia.
Continuing a long family history of giving back to the community, she’s acted a board member and leader of a 190 year-old cultural organization and one of Quebec City’s major charitable foundations.
Sovita is the co-founder of The Scaleup Project’s acceleration team, guiding innovative entrepreneurs to build a company of which they can be proud.
Specialty: Customer Discovery and Validation, Customer Path, Initial Market Definition, Storytelling
George started his entrepreneurial career when he became head of the family business. Subsequently, he honed his business development and corporate sales talents with the biggest names in the corporate tech sector: Nortel, NEC and Future Electronics.
Now, as an ICF Certified Professional Coach, he assists entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries, including pharma, fashion, consulting, retail, computer and aerospace. Small or big, George ensures that all of these companies have one goal in common: finding customers and closing sales quickly.
George is an accomplished Toastmaster and leads workshops on public speaking and leadership.
George is the Senior Coach of The Scaleup Project.
Specialty: Business Development, Sales (B2C, B2B and Enterprise), Business Growth, Communication and Leadership, Success Mindset
Valérie brings her deep experience in banking and finance to guide entrepreneurs to adopt an investor mindset. She has a passion for personal development and the human condition, which she brings to all her activities.
Valérie is the founder of Le Cabinet, a financial services firm which exclusively serves entrepreneurs at every stage of their evolution.
Valerie is responsible for investor relations at The Scaleup Project, constantly seeking a value-added connection between capital, projects and stakeholders.
Specialty: Investment Strategies, Corporate and Entrepreneurial Finance
Bruno-Pierre is an expert in business data architecture and a serial entrepreneur. He is the Founding President at OfficiumLIVE, a specialized integrated virtual assistant for companies with fewer than 10 employees. This company is experiencing tremendous growth and serves as a showcase for the Momentum Scaling principles.
Bruno-Pierre is also an internationally renowned trainer with Oracle AFI Expertise (Oracle University)
He brings his perspective as a technology entrepreneur to ensure that the support of The Scaleup Project is of the greatest value to entrepreneurs.
Specialty: Business operation and management, exit strategies, sustainable growth and profitability