Entrepreneurial Alumni Speaker Series: Unlocking our Potential and Pursuing Your Passions
LaunchYU has partnered with York University’s Divison of Advancement to bring you the Entrepreneurial Alumni Speaker Series; a series featuring top York University alumni entrepreneurs. Now in its second year, the series will aim to capture the real stories, challenges, successes and failures that they have encountered in their journeys.
These talks are meant to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, and EDUCATE the audience on the realities of launching a startup in today’s world.
Unlocking our Potential and Pursuing your Passions
Suraj Gupta, BBA ’11
CEO, Rogue Insight Capital
Suraj K. Gupta is the co-founder, president and CEO of Rogue Insight Capital, and is the CIO for the Easton’s Group of Hotels; Canada’s largest private hotel development corporation. Easton’s owns a portfolio of hotels across Canada, and residential condominium projects within Toronto. Rogue is a venture capital fund co-founded by Suraj and his sister Reetu that finds visionaries who dare to transform the world around them through unique, innovative businesses and provides these companies with strategy, direction, capital and an extensive network. Rogue has an industry agnostic approach to investment, and under Suraj’s leadership, Rogue has made investments across six continents and several verticals. Rogue’s primary mandates include investing in female, immigrant, and visible minority founders with impact-driven missions and shining a spotlight on the burgeoning Canadian start-up ecosystem. Some of Rogue’s portfolio companies include Drop Technologies, Robinhood, Borrowell and Andela.
Gupta has a love for entrepreneurship and launched Rogue after graduating with an MBA with honours from Columbia Business School. He is heavily involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including being a charter member for TiE Canada, an entrepreneur in residence for YSpace, the York University incubator, and a mentor for TechStars Colliers, the world’s first global real estate-tech accelerator.
He is also passionate about discussing the importance of supporting diverse founding teams and has travelled across Canada speaking on the subject, including during the Collision Conference, the NACO Summit and during the upcoming York University Alumni Speaker Series. Gupta also volunteers a significant amount of his time to tackle global issues regarding education, youth empowerment and inequality. Most recently, he was invited by the United Nations to be a special delegate to discuss the future of youth innovation and resilience, and he is a speaker for the Youth Employment Services BizStart initiative, which helps at-risk youth in Toronto go back to school or enter the workforce.