Karen Greve Young – CEO, Futurpreneur
Karen Greve Young is the Chief Executive Officer of Futurpreneur Canada, Canada’s only national organization dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurs. Futurpreneur’s unique model combines funding, mentorship and start-up programs to fuel the success of thousands of young entrepreneurs in every Canadian province and territory.
Karen is an accomplished non-profit leader dedicated to fostering economic and social prosperity through new approaches and partnerships. Prior to joining Futurpreneur in 2018, Karen was the Vice President, Corporate Development & Partnerships at MaRS Discovery District, a global innovation hub based in Toronto. During her seven-year tenure, Karen led corporate strategy development, implementation and measurement, managed a global network of innovation partners, and oversaw community engagement including marketing, communications and events.
She has previously held finance, management and strategy roles in San Francisco, New York and London, UK, at organizations including Bain & Company, Gap Inc. and the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research. Along the way, she co-authored a book with her mother, Love You So Much, A Shared Memoir, about their shared experience through her mother’s ovarian cancer journey.
Karen serves on the Board of Ovarian Cancer. She holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.
Supporting women entrepreneurs is a cornerstone of what we do at Futurpreneur – nearly 50% of businesses launched through Futurpreneur’s programs are founded or majority-owned by women. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted working women; they have lost jobs at a higher rate than men, and are more often tasked with balancing caregiving responsibilities and income earning. Entrepreneurship – whether full-time or as a side hustle – offers a viable alternative to traditional employment, enabling women to be resilient and flexible while earning an income on their own terms. We support all Canadian female entrepreneurs and continually strive to position them for success.