our approach and philosophy

Our platform is an international network of close to 500 advisors with backgrounds in financial services, technology, entrepreneurship, investment, and regulation who help push forward the companies who represent their best match.

Such a diverse community of experts provides ample opportunity for growth and learning, in addition to shared deal flow. Part of Holt’s mission is to ensure the end-to-end process is educative and enjoyable, on top of recognizing that this is an opportunity for an exchange of ideas, all in a collaborative and transparent manner. Not only are we here to counsel, but we are eager to learn from you, too.

Holt Advisor

Holt Advisor

Our advisor network of nearly 500 experts are chosen for their suitability to support early-stage FinTechs. About 70% reside in Canada while the remainder are internationally-based, giving our FinTechs an edge into entry for all market.

Moreover, our Advisor Army 110+ angel or institutional investors, 50+ financial institutions, as well as expertise across universities, governments, regulators, service providers, non-profits, and incubators/accelerators, providing ample resources and tools for success. Together, this advisor network selects the top 1% of applicants yearly that are the  best equipped for partnership.

Our advisors repertory

An international network of advisors from a diverse pool of expertise means your company benefits considerably.

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AdvisorFirst NameLast NameJob TitleCompany
Alexandre Hovette Managing Partner Chappuis Halder & Co.
Dane Hoy CBDO Master Ventures
Austin Hubbell CEO Consilium Crypto
Mike Hyland Exchange Data
Massimo Iamello Quebec TMT leader and assurance Partner MNP
Lina Ismail Co-Founder & CEO The Catherine Wheel
Rufaida Ismail Head of Operations Investec Bank Limited
Mark Iwanowski Partner Pegasus Tech Ventures
Aron Izower Partner Reed Smith LLP
Nicolas Jacques-Bouchard Principal Panache Ventures
Somil Jain Vice President and Consulting Actuary Lewis & Ellis
Somil Jain Vice President and Consulting Actuary Lewis & Ellis
Eleonore Jarry Investment Associate Brightspark Ventures
Jacob Jegher SVP, Banking and Head of Strategy Javelin Strategy & Research
Marko Jelavic Associate Ferst Capital Partners
Ifeanyi Jemie Managing Partner True Vines
Stefan Jørgensen CEO itembase
Sushil Kalyam Deutsche Bank
Vicken Kanadjian Founder & Managing Director Cesium Telecom
Roy Kao Senior Advisor, MaRS Fintech MaRS Discovery District
Abb Kapoor Founder, CTO Curu
Tamara Kara Co-founder Coinscrum
Alexander Karabatsos Senior Advisor, Market Surveillance System TMX Group
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan Founder & CEO Watch Mojo
Jan Kastory Founding Partner astoryaVC

International Development

Our advisors are located in 15 countries making the potential to integrate into new markets a smoother process.

Our advisors support portfolio companies on everything from investments, customer introductions, product development, tech roadmaps, and regulations, to name a few. These advisors have expertise across diverse fintech sub-verticals including digital lending, wealthtech, capital markets, banking infrastructure and automation, insurtech, digital payments, regtech, cybersecurity, digital assets and digital banks.

Such a diverse advisor network provides expertise  in  the latest innovations in each sub-vertical and a real-time market perspective for investment decision-making and our portfolio’s accelerated growth.

A majority of our advisors are located in Canada, expediting the go-to market timeline and establishing a base in Canada to target the larger North American market. The remainder helps our FinTech companies grow their reach into international markets.