David Dufresne

Partner, Panache Ventures

David started his career in the Canadian VC industry in the early 2000s at Desjardins Venture Capital and the BlackBerry Partners Fund. David left to pursue entrepreneurial roles and acted as CEO of music tech company Bandzoogle for 5 years. He recently worked with music platform Bandcamp as their Head of Strategy and Growth before returning to VC. He joined the 500 Startups Canada team and he is now a founding partner of Panache Ventures, Canada�s most active seed-stage fund. David is a sought-after speaker and panellist at many venture capital, tech and entertainment industry events. He acts as a mentor and advisor to many startup accelerators and incubators across Quebec, Canada and the United States (SXSW, Techstars, FounderFuel, NextAI, etc.).