Information Venture Partners, a Toronto, Canada-based venture capital firm that primarily invests in early-stage North American B2B financial technology and enterprise software companies, made three strategic new hires.
Hasan Basrai, Associate, whi will join the investment team to help execute new investments and provide support to our existing portfolio. Basrai has experience in investment banking and private equity. Prior to joining Information Venture Partners, he was an Operations Manager for Ritual.co and was responsible for new market development including key cities like New York.
Sara Defina, Director of Finance, who will work closely with Kerri Golden, Partner and CFO, to further enhance our operating capabilities. Defina joins Information Venture Partners with experience in investment banking, finance, accounting and audit from prior roles at SurePath Capital Partners and KPMG.
Peter Carrescia, Venture Partner, who will work directly with the senior leadership teams of our portfolio companies on special projects. Carrescia has over 25 years of experience as both a technology executive and a venture capitalist, and has been involved in high growth companies as both an investor and operator. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at Wave Financial. Prior to Wave, Peter was the president of NEXT Canada, a national accelerator focused on fast-tracking the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators and founders.
In addition to these hires, Alex Tong has been promoted to Principal at Information Venture Partners, after joining the company as an Associate in 2016. As Principal, Tong continues to play an integral role as a senior investment professional position with the fund and supports entrepreneurs as they develop new innovations, products and services within B2B fintech.
Led by Dave Unsworth, Co-Founder and General Partner, Rob Antoniades, Co-Founder and General Partner at Information Venture Partners is committed to investing in B2B fintech and continues to make strategic investments in companies that are driving innovation in the industry. Recent investments include Jirav, a cloud-based solution provider for business planning software, and Cinchy, the world’s first data collaboration platform.