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Sylvain Carle is a partner and tech-for-good lead at Innovobot Resonance Ventures. He works alongside managing partner, Zoya Shchupak, to generate outsized returns for investors and make a positive impact on society and the environment. Sylvain helps portfolio companies set and achieve ambitious environmental and social objectives, including the United Nations’ sustainable development goal #13, to combat climate change. He leads the Tech for Good committee and continue to expand Innovobot’s growing innovation ecosystem.
Sylvain has spent the last 30 years thinking, writing, building, and investing in emerging technologies. Though he didn’t study computer science, Sylvain has been hacking with computers forever, and spent most of his career as a startup entrepreneur at the confluence of media, technology, data, networks and humans.
A self-proclaimed nerd, socialist and pragmatist, Sylvain believes in technology as a means to transform complex systems (even if he knows it is quite hard), and loves investing in ideas and people aiming to change sectors and industries. He served as investor-in-residence at Anges Québec in 2021-2022, contributing to their entrepreneur-centric approach for angel networks. He was senior director at SecondMuse Captial in Montréal, where he focused on entrepreneurial climate innovation. He served as a general partner at Real Ventures from 2014 to 2020 as well as general manager at FounderFuel. As a Real Ventures pre-seed partner, Sylvain raised and managed the Orbit pre-seed fund ($30M), played a key role in nurturing the local tech ecosystem and worked closely with Real’s portfolio companies.
Sylvain had a decade of being a CTO and co-founder at several startups from 2001 to 2011. He worked as senior developer advocate at Twitter in San Francisco from 2012 to 2014, where he learned what startups become at scale and to IPO.
In 2020, pre-COVID, he set course on applying his network and insights to the climate crisis, broadening his scope from technology to impact investing. He still believes data and algorithms can move the needle, but not if it’s not making people’s lives better and protecting the planet. He still knows that money is an incredible lever for progress, and he hopes to catalyze capital for the environmental and social challenges of today and of the next decades.