We support high-impact entrepreneurs by offering financial investments, experienced counsel, and access to networks.

Freycinet Ventures supports and accelerates high-impact Canadian ventures through financial investment, experienced mentorship, and access to networks. Portfolio companies work directly with its Chief Investment Officer and President, James Appleyard.

James Appleyard

James Appleyard

James Appleyard

James Appleyard is a seasoned tech startup operator, investor, and advisor, who specializes in supporting impact-driven companies as they scale.

James worked with an outstanding team to build charity fundraising technology leader Artez Interactive into an international success, with presence in Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK. The company’s sale enabled him to focus on supporting other entrepreneurs; he founded Freycinet in 2013 to provide select emerging companies with financial resources and advice from a seasoned entrepreneur and investor.

A graduate of The London School of Economics and the University of Toronto, James also serves as a volunteer and director of several charitable organizations.

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Kira Barrett

Executive Assistant

Kira Barrett

Kira Barrett

Executive Assistant

Kira Barrett is a professional administrator with more than 15 years of experience. She keeps Freycinet Ventures organized and moving forward through both due diligence support and administration. She is fluently bilingual in French and English.

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