Partner, Platform, 2150
Nicole LeBlanc has worked for nearly 15 years as an investment professional in the VC industry. Currently she is an investor with 2150, an urbantech and sustainability focused VC based in Europe. 2150 works collaboratively with a number of large strategic investors to tackle industry level problems to support the advancement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining 2150 Nicole was the Director of Investments and Partnerships for Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges. She led the corporate venture capital strategy, building out a two tiered plan supporting a CVC thesis and a new external Seed/Series A urbantech VC fund anchored by Sidewalk, with committed capital from some of Canada’s largest corporates across automotive, financial services, and real estate.
Before joining Sidewalk she was a Director with BDC Capital, leading the investment and management of a 150+ portfolio of seed stage startups. This was the largest seed fund in the country, investing across various verticals and geographies within Canada. Some of these companies have gone on to raise strong follow-on funding rounds, including Canvass, Resson Tech, Mejuri, Potloc, Sampler, and Xanadu. Nicole is also a founder and investor in Sandpiper.vc, a women led venture fund based in Atlantic Canada aiming to drive further engagement and support of women as both founders and investors.
Nicole began her career as a CPA. She stays active in the startup community through board roles at Innovacorp, Propel and Brilliant Labs, as well as actively mentoring with Creative Destruction Lab, Next Canada and Techstars.