Montreal, October 26, 2023 — Cycle Momentum, an accelerator and open innovation platform, announces that Jennifer McDonald is joining as Senior Vice President of Investments and Hans Rogg-Desormeaux is promoted to the role of Analyst, to oversee the Origo program, an investment matching program recently launched.
Jennifer McDonald is an active angel investor and advisor in climate technology. She brings over 20 years of experience scaling businesses for impact, with expertise in market validation, building teams and international expansion.
Before joining Cycle Momentum, she led strategy, product and operations as Chief Operating Officer at Moka Financial Technologies (acquired by MOGO). Jennifer’s earlier career focused on access to finance in emerging markets. She led product development as Director of Strategic Advisory at Women’s World Banking and, as Deputy General Manager in the Procredit banking group, she was responsible for scaling lending to small businesses.
Jennifer holds an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex and a BA (Honours) in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College.
Hans Rogg-Desormeaux brings two years of experience recruiting top climate tech startups to Cycle Momentum’s accelerator and innovation programs. He has provided valuable expertise to build our internal database and tracking system.
Hans began his journey at Cycle Momentum with an internship as a recruitment and database analyst in 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from McGill University and has passed Level 1 of the CFA exam in August 2023. Cycle Momentum is proud of how far he has come, and recognizes his achievements.
“Cycle Momentum is pleased to welcome Jennifer as our new Senior Vice President of Investments. Jennifer’s addition to the team will help Cycle Momentum launch the Origo program and support innovative climate tech startups in Quebec. Her strong background and experience with startups will also be val-
-uable for entrepreneurs looking to position their venture for growth” said Patrick Gagné, CEO of Cycle Momentum. “Similarly, we are delighted to promote Hans to the role of Analyst in the investment team, where his resourcefulness and analytical skills will contribute strongly to scaling the Origo program”.
Cycle Momentum is an accelerator and open innovation platform that brings together an international collective of entrepreneurs, investors and innovators. Our mission is to find innovative solutions to the major ecological challenges facing humanity. Member of the Cycle Capital Platform, Cycle Momentum provides entrepreneurs with training workshops, networking sessions and mentoring, and works with leading companies to stimulate technology acquisition and integration. To increase the impact of its programs, Cycle Momentum has brought together several local and international investment funds as part of its Circle of Partner Funds, whose members are involved with participating startups.
Cycle Momentum can count on the financial support of the Gouvernement du Quebec, Cycle Capital, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Investissement Québec, Export Development Canada, Fasken, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good.
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