Andrew Abouchar is a founder and Partner of Tech Capital Partners where he focuses on investment opportunities in the enterprise software and systems, semiconductor and cleantech sectors. While working for a number of years at Toronto-based Working Ventures Canadian Fund Inc. (acquired by GrowthWorks), Andrew created Waterloo Ventures, the first Community Small Business Investment Fund to launch in Ontario. In 2001, Andrew partnered with Tim Jackson to create Tech Capital Partners Inc., a venture capital firm focused on early-stage technology businesses. Andrew has over 15 years of experience as an investor in emerging technologies. Actively involved with a number of companies, he currently serves as a director on the boards of Avvasi (www.avvasi.com), Covarity (www.covarity.com), and Sidense (www.sidense.com). Andrew has also been a Director of Sirific Wireless (acquired by Icera Inc.), Software Innovation / Coreworx (acquired by Acorn Energy – NASDAQ: ACFN), and VideoLocus (acquired by LSI Corporation – NYSE: LSI). As an advisor to both the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, Andrew serves as Chair of the Idea to Innovation Investment Review Committee of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and is a member of the Accelerator Investment Review Committee of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). He is also Vice-Chair of the board of directors for QuantumWorks, a network of researchers committed to furthering quantum research in Canada. Andrew holds Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Waterloo. He is a Certified Corporate Director, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Accountant.