Mentors

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures

As a successful online entrepreneur, Janet Bannister is passionate about using her expertise to mentor entrepreneurs and help their businesses reach their full potential. One of Janet’s many great accomplishments was taking Kijiji, a business that faced many strong competitors in the US, and launching it in Canada; today it has become Canada’s leading online classified destination, and one of the most visited sites in the country.

Further, Janet led the Kijiji Global business, launching the website in North America, Europe, and Asia and tripling global revenue year-over-year. Janet also worked at eBay in Silicon Valley, where she helped transform the company from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. To add to her repertoire, she was CEO of The Coveteur, helping it become a leading online fashion destination, worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, and served as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble. Presently, Janet is a General Partner of Real Ventures, Canada's largest and most active early-stage venture fund.