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Michele Romanow        

Co-Founder of Clearbanc & SnapSaves; Entrepreneur

Michele Romanow is a Canadian tech entrepreneur, television personality, board director and venture capitalist. She co-founded SnapSaves, which was acquired by Groupon in June 2014 and renamed Snap by Groupon. She co-founded Buytopia.ca, a Canadian Deal site that was #3 on Canada’s list of fastest growing companies. She is on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and was named as one of the Forbes Top 20 Most Disruptive “Millennials on a Mission” and the Canadian Innovation Awards’ Angel Investor of the Year in 2018. Romanow joined the cast of CBC’s Dragons' Den in Season 10.

Romanow launched her first business, The Tea Room, a zero consumer waste coffee shop, in 2006 while studying at Queen's University. Romanow then partnered with two colleagues from her engineering class, Anatoliy Melnichuk and Ryan Marien. Together, they founded Evandale Caviar, Buytopia.ca, and SnapSaves without raising any external capital. Romanow graduated and started Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated fishery that distributed high end sturgeon caviar to luxury hotels and restaurants. She then became the Director of Strategy for Sears Canada.

In 2011, Romanow started Buytopia.ca which, by 2013, had 2.5M subscribers and had provided over $100M in savings through deals for products, services, events, and travel, with merchants including brands like Cirque du Soleil, Porter Airlines, and Staples. Buytopia also grew by acquiring six competitors. Romanow started SnapSaves, a mobile couponing app that gives shoppers cash back when they buy certain items in the grocery store by partnering with consumer packaged goods companies. Groupon purchased SnapSaves in June 2014, relaunched in the U.S. as Snap by Groupon.

In June 2017, Ruma Bose, the former president of Chobani Ventures LLC, founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with support from Michele Romanow. According to the Globe and Mail, the not-for-profit is meant to help small-business owners get inexpensive financing, and Romanow promised any female entrepreneurs applying through the initiative a 10 percent discount on loans obtained through her financial services platform, clearbanc.com.

Romanow is currently a director for Whistler Blackcomb and Shad Valley International.

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that Michele Romanow has been appointed to the ...

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