Invest with impact

WE BELIEVE

Advanced materials have the ability to solve the world’s most fundamental challenges.

WE INVEST IN

Entrepreneurs who figure out how to go farther and faster with the same resources.

Entrepreneurs who solve the world’s most fundamental problems with advanced materials.

Entrepreneurs who are making a meaningful impact.

We impact entrepreneurs making an impact on the world

Established in 2000, our team has spent decades standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our entrepreneurs, rolling up our sleeves to help them solve problems.

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Chris Erickson

General Partner

Chris Erickson

General Partner

Chris Erickson

Chris is the founding general partner of Pangaea Ventures and has helped entrepreneurs change the world for over 25 years. Chris is based in Phoenix and sits on the boards of several portfolio companies. Prior to starting Pangaea in 2000, Chris was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, specializing in environmental and corporate law. Chris has been on the board of the Canadian Venture Capital Association and several non-profit organizations.

Chris has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toronto and a B.Comm from the University of Calgary.

  • Outside of work, you will find me running trails on the west coast and in Arizona
  • In the morning, I am energized by all the little things that can make our world more sustainable, in addition the big, impactful things we see at Pangaea

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Janelle Goulard

Partner, Health Investment

Janelle Goulard

Partner, Health Investment

Janelle Goulard

A passion for improving the delivery of healthcare through innovation is what drives Janelle. With over 12 years of healthcare experience, she has a background in private investments, scaling ventures and management consulting.

As partner at Pangaea, with a focus on healthcare investment, Janelle brings her expertise in entrepreneurial endeavours (including launching a population health technology platform; becoming a joint venture with Microsoft and GE), her extensive network in private capital, public and private healthcare sectors. Janelle spent most of her career at GE Healthcare collaborating with global teams across Europe and US. She is enthusiastic about working closely with Modulim, Aspect Biosystems, Correlia Biosystems and Redlen. 

Janelle holds MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University. 

  • When she’s not investing, you can find Janelle on a sailboat in the Caribbean or west coast of Canada. She is a certified skipper. 
  • The best piece of advice she’s ever been given is "Build relationships, they will take you further. Identify ways you can help other people; maybe not today, or tomorrow or this year or the next 5 years, those relationships and that support will come around to support you". 
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Andrew Haughian

General Partner

Andrew Haughian

General Partner

Andrew Haughian

Andrew joined Pangaea Ventures in 2006 and over that time has developed a deep understanding of the challenges around advanced materials commercialization. His expertise lies in helping companies navigate the early growth stage of their development as they work to build out high performance teams, cultivate a culture of excellence, nail product-partner-market fit and optimize how to finance explosive growth. He currently works closely with CarbonCure Technologies, ESS Inc. and Aspect Biosystems and previously worked with a numerous energy related companies in Pangaea’s portfolio.

 Andrew holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia.

  • When not investing, I am happiest racing my road bike in the mountains of Europe or in the local beer league racing scene. 
  • Unscrupulous ethics, rampant corruption, and partisan politics are barriers to solving many of the world’s problems and I would love to be able to make an impact stamping this behaviour out.
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Purnesh Seegopaul

General Partner

Purnesh Seegopaul

General Partner

Purnesh Seegopaul

Purnesh has been involved in developing and commercializing advanced materials across diverse industries over the past 25 years. He has held leadership positions in both large enterprises and startup companies. He is now applying his entrepreneurial passion and well-honed skills to help build startup companies leveraging advanced materials innovation to make the world better by addressing global challenges, such as, climate change, energy, food, water, and health. Purnesh also shares his knowledgebase by providing mentoring and advisory services with groups promoting entrepreneurship and advanced materials commercialization. 

He received his B.Sc. (chemistry/biology), with distinction, from the University of Guyana, Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware."

  • When not investing, I'm with family, golfing with friends, gardening, and catching up on historical events.
  • Best part of my job is interacting with entrepreneurs to  work on leading edge materials innovations to resolve big global challenges.
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Sarah Applebaum

Partner

Sarah Applebaum

Partner

Sarah Applebaum

Rejoining Pangaea Ventures in 2020, Sarah brings almost a decade of venture capital and company building experience to the team. Sarah has cultivated expertise in building entrepreneurial teams, scaling early stage ventures, and venture financing. Sarah is an active mentor to early stage entrepreneurs and a startup community activator and advocate.

Sarah led Pangaea’s investments into PolySpectra and Correlia Biosystems.  Sarah holds a Bsc. From Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

  • Outside of work, you can find Sarah on the local trails with her dog, Indie, out on her road bike, or spending time with friends and family.
  • What I love most about venture capital is the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from the next generation of technology leaders and visionaries. I am constantly learning and building and rebuilding what I think our future looks like. I am so fortunate I get to help a cleaner, healthier, and safer world for generations to come. 
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Kookai Chaimahawong

Associate

Kookai Chaimahawong

Associate

Kookai Chaimahawong

Blending a formal background in marketing, strategic partnerships, and social impact expertise, Kookai brings her experience in using impact evaluation, numbers and stories to help organizations capture untapped growth opportunities. Prior to joining Pangaea Ventures, Kookai launched an award-winning startup in Thailand and was a partnership consultant at the United Nations Development Program.

At Pangaea, Kookai contributes to all aspects of investments from sourcing new opportunities to due diligence and investment executions. She launches Pangaea’s first impact report and helps portfolio companies tell their stories through impact lens. 

Kookai is an active speaker, mentor, and contributor to the startup communities globally. She holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.

  • When not investing, you’d undoubtedly find her scuba diving in the tropical oceans or hiking in the great outdoors - conquering the next mountain summit.
  • What gets you up in the morning?  Besides from a good cup of latte, I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being able to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into reality, while solving the world’s biggest problems at the same time. I wake up every day with hope and excitement that the next conversation I have could be the ideas that will change the world.
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Matt Cohen

Director, Technology

Matt Cohen

Director, Technology

Matt Cohen

Matt joined Pangaea Ventures in 2012. Prior to joining Pangaea Ventures, Matt was part of a start-up in printed electronics utilizing nanotechnology and has experience with companies in biotechnology and environmental bioremediation. He performed various functions ranging from R&D to business development to devising international launch strategies while gaining valuable start-up understanding. He works closely with TruTag Technologies and is on the NREL Investor Advisory Board.

Matt holds an MPhil in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise from the University of Cambridge and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Materials Science & Engineering.

  • Outside of work, I'm found on the tennis court, the soccer field, or the golf course.
  • I love the exposure to the bleeding edge of advanced materials technology innovation and working with passionate entrepreneurs to help them scale their companies and make a positive impact on the world. 
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Tracy Hedberg

Director, Finance & Admin

Tracy Hedberg

Director, Finance & Admin

Tracy Hedberg is a Chartered Accountant with a scientific background. She worked six years as Senior Securities Analyst, Corporate Finance, for the British Columbia Securities Commission. Tracy served as Controller for Lion One Metals Inc., a TSX-V listed company, before establishing her own practice and later joining Pangaea. Tracy has a BSc. with a double major in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Victoria, as well as her CA designation.

A better world with world-leading partners

We work closely with our world-leading Strategic Limited Partners who bring diverse market and industry knowledge:

AGC
AsahiKASEI
BASF
Bekaert
BP
CoorsTek
Doosan
Evonik
GC
Henkel
JSR
Lam Research
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings
Murata
Nitto Denko
SABIC
Samsung
Sekisui
Severstal
ShinEtsu
Solvay
Tosoh
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
Umicore
Meet Our Team