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James Drage

Founder and Managing Partner, Runway Finance
Managing Partner, Atlantic Venture Capital


Telephone: 902.880.7587


James is the Founder and Managing Partner of Runway Finance a $ 50 Million Venture Debt Fund investing across Canada. He is also the Managing Partner of Atlantic Venture Capital (AVC) Partners a SFO seed and early stage stage venture fund that makes significant investments of time and effort in addition to capital in order to be intimately involved at the formative stages of a company.


After attending Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS for public administration and political science James began his working career in 1991 business broker on both the buy and sell side of business transition, including helping business owners with succession planning, value creation and expansion.


Later after founding and exiting several companies, and pursuing grad studies at Royal Roads, he began FT angel investing eventually moving to venture capital and most recently venture debt which he saw as under-utilized and mostly unavailable in Canada. He remains active in all aspects of funding early stage companies through both private and public sources. He is an active partner in several portfolio companies.

James sits on the board of multiple private companies and is a board leadership fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is a frequent speaker on investing and raising capital at conferences in a number of industries, a volunteer for many organizations and a proud mentor and support to many startup companies.


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