Antoine Nivard


Antoine joined inovia capital in June 2013, and has grown internally from a Senior Analyst in our Montreal office to a Principal leading our San Francisco expansion. Hailing from France, Antoine moved to Canada to attend HEC Montreal with nothing but a single suitcase, spent an exchange semester in Shanghai, and interned at a Hong Kong strategy consulting firm. Before joining inovia, Antoine worked for SECOR Group, a management consulting boutique eventually acquired by KPMG. Antoine currently serves as a director or observer on the boards of: Poka, Allay, DarwinAI and BenchSci.

Something that keeps me up at night, in a good way is founders’ ability to create a future most deem impossible. When used to improve people’s life, technological change is the greatest equalizer for humankind.

The most overlooked skill in this business is sales. Be it selling to a potential new hire, a prospective investor or a new customer, exceptional founders (and investors) are constantly selling - especially when the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

Venture-backed businesses thrive on grit. There is always a strong dose of passion and perseverance in startups.

I grew up in a small town in France. I left my country at 18 years old on my own to get out of my comfort zone, to discover new cultures and new ways of thinking. I still have a long way to go on that journey.