Mike Edwards – Managing Director, Initio Group

A life long entrepreneur, Mike Edwards has started and invested in technology companies for over 20 years. Prior to co-founding Initio Group, he co-founded AreaConnect, a localized search directory, which sold to Marchex in 2006 and provided a significant return to it’s shareholders. Previously, he co-founded InternetStudios.com, one of the first companies to exploit the digital revolution in the marketing and delivery of filmed entertainment. Mike recently co-founded Urbandig.com, the source for off the beaten path city experiences delivered to your iPhone.

Mike invests in smart people with big ideas, and thrives on helping other entrepreneurs turn a napkin sketch into a prosperous business. Since March 2010, he has invested in more than 35 technology startups including Punch’d, which sold to Google in July 2011, Artsicle, Summify, Hoseanna, LaunchRock, and Rewardli, as well as Dave McClure’s 500 Startups venture capital fund and Vancouver based accelerator, Grow Labs. Mike currently serves on the board of directors for Urbandig, Compass Engine and Sosido Networks. When not advising or meeting with entrepreneurs, Mike can be found hanging out with his family in Whistler at one of the coffee shops he owns. Mike is also an avid cyclist and athlete, who has participated in several Ironman competitions.