entrepreneur I educator I philanthropist
Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist, he is the Founder and Managing Director of New Avenue Capital, a global investment firm providing capital to growing businesses through debt and equity investments. With more than 50 investments in 8 countries, New Avenue Capital. supports a portfolio of investments spanning education, recruitment, real estate, technology, and mining.
A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is an active advisor and angel investor globally and in British Columbia's tech community. He personally invests in local start-ups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, ShareShed, and MTT. He is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that provides students and new graduates with resources to help them refine their career path and achieve success.
Manny was recently awarded Startup Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, BC Tech Person of the Year 2017 Finalist, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Pacific Awards Finalist, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, BIV’s Top 40 under 40, EO Global Citizen of the Year, Canadian Startup Awards’ 2016 Angel Investor of the Year Finalist, and the 2017 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.
Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Private Equity & Venture Capital program and is currently completing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at Stanford University. In addition, he has an MBA degree from Queen’s University and BBA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University. He has also completed a number of mining and geology courses with Snowden Group. Manny currently sits on a number of advisory boards in the mining, education and not-for-profit sectors and is fluent in English and Punjabi.