Ana Marinescu is an accomplished entrepreneur and champion of women and diversity.
She co-founded two ventures by her mid-twenties, and founded experiential agency URBANA Marketing in 2006. Ana plays and active role in the Montreal entrepreneurial ecosystem for over 15 years, fostering local and global connections (C2, Startupfest, Bonjour Startup Montréal, Montréal inc., Esplanade, Impact 8, La Piscine, icMTL, Dawson College, Collège Lasalle, Concordia, D3, Zú, PY1, X meets Mtl, Women’s Startup Labs, WiSE24, Fab Fashion and Beauty Tech, Global Entrepreneurship Week). She has also worked with over 40 non for profits helping raise over $15M.
Ana enjoys teaching part-time at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, where she graduated as “MBA of the year” in 2009 and has been named “MBA Alumni of the Year” for 2020. She established and manages the first accelerator dedicated to Quebec’s fashion industry, for mmode, the metropolitan fashion cluster. Ana was highly involved in establishing ICMtl, the first incubator for cultural and creative entrepreneurs in Quebec, who allowed for entrepreneurship to be recognized as a discipline at the college level in Quebec by the Ministry of Education.
She is appreciated as an emcee, speaker, panelist, business coach, facilitator and connector, as well as recognized for putting relationship building and value creation at the core of her daily practice.
After founding the JMSB Women in Business Conference (2008) and Mentorship Program (2007), she is spearheading the Initiative for Entrepreneurial Diversity and Inclusion though mobilizing efforts to propel women entrepreneurs along with more diversity in entrepreneurship. Ana also acts as a mentor for several entrepreneurs, including through Next AI, and sits on several boards such as the Lasalle College Entrepreneurship program Board of Advisors and the National Bank Initiative in Entrepreneurship and Family Business.