Andrée-Lise is the founder and Managing Partner of Cycle Capital, an impact investor and the Canada’s largest cleantech private investment platform. She boasts more than 25 years of experience in venture capital, management and engineering. Today, Cycle Capital manages four funds in North America and one in China and has more than half a billion dollars under management. In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is the Founder and Chairperson of the Ecofuel Accelerator and the Co-Founder of the Ecofuel Fund.
My first job ever was… As a teenager, I was a swimming instructor at the local public pool.
I decided to be an entrepreneur because… I realized, as an ecologist, that the best way to make a leap forward on the climate change is to become an entrepreneur in finance and support climate tech enterprises and entrepreneurs.
My boldest move to date was… to become an impact investor dedicated to ecological transition and inclusion, specifically for women.
My biggest setback was… not detecting people with toxic personalities on time.
I overcame it by… educating myself on toxic profiles, how to detect them and how to be a positive support for kind people.
If you Googled me, you still wouldn’t know… my private life
When starting my business, I wish I knew… that human skills, especially emotional intelligence, is as important as business plans, market studies and numbers.
My best advice for people looking to grow their business is… to take the time to know your business partners and discover their level of emotional intelligence.
A great leader is… someone who can bring others to the top with them.
The future excites me because… after 15 years in climate tech and cleantech, I feel that now, things have a chance to move forward.
Success to me means… that my company, Cycle Capital, will survive me.