Karel is General Manager at Diagram, a venture launchpad that builds financial, insurance, and healthcare technology companies from the ground up. There, he supports its portfolio companies in an operational capacity, recruits entrepreneurs to launch new ventures, and leads the firm's efforts on community, media relations, and public policy. He is also the Head of Community at Portag3 Ventures, a corporate VC fund exclusively sponsored by Power Financial Corporation, IGM Financial Inc., and Great West-Lifeco Inc., working to create opportunities for companies in its investment portfolio like Wealthsimple and League to learn, scale up, and expand globally.
Karel is a recognized community builder and an advocate for the Canadian technology ecosystem. As the Founder of Immigrating North and Spaces, Karel has created platforms to tell stories and showcase the Canadian advantage of diversity and innovation. He sits on the advisory boards for the Singularity University's Canada GIC, Venture for Canada, and Startup HERE Toronto with the City of Toronto. Karel is a university dropout from the Computer Science program at the University of Toronto - Trinity College.