THE TECH TI­TAN

Annex Post - - T.O.'S MOST INSPIRING WOMEN OF 2017 - BY TRACIE TIGHE EX­EC­U­TIVE PRO­DUCER, DRAGONS’ DEN

Around the den we like to say that en­trepreneur­ship col­lided with per­pet­ual mo­tion and cre­ated a force called Michele Ro­manow. She ex­ploded into the den not even 30 years old but al­ready a sea­soned en­tre­pre­neur. She launched her first busi­ness as a Queen’s engi­neer­ing un­der­grad and never looked back. In 2015, Groupon came call­ing and snapped up Snap­saves, her coupon redemp­tion app. Ro­manow then be­came the youngest of all the dragons of all the it­er­a­tions of the TV Show Dragons’ Den around the world.

Fear­lessly, she marched in and claimed a spot smack be­tween two tow­er­ing ti­tans of the Cana­dian busi­ness es­tab­lish­ment. Watch­ing the group dy­namic shake out dur­ing her first sea­son, we were in awe as the youngest rookie dragon bravely clapped back [a now sig­na­ture line] “Don’t call me sweetie” when the more se­nior mem­bers of the dragon panel crossed her line.

Ro­manow rou­tinely schools the en­trepreneurs pitch­ing to her on what their nascent web ideas are re­ally worth. And she should know. She’s fully im­mersed in rais­ing money and co-found­ing a top tier tech busi­ness, Clear­banc, while still ful­fill­ing her dragon role.

She de­mands that we keep up with how rapidly the world and the rules of busi­ness are evolv­ing. Her world, tech­nol­ogy, is a game changer. Just ask the prime min­is­ter who reg­u­larly con­sults with her on the Cana­dian tech land­scape. Ro­manow is emerg­ing as one of Canada’s dig­i­tal lead­ers, and we’re thrilled she’s cho­sen Dragons’ Den as one of her launch­ing pads.

Ro­manow is from Cal­gary and now calls Toronto home

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