Manny Padda is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million- dollar company at age 26, Manny is dedicated to providing education and mentorship to today’s youth. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars: investment, lending, recruitment, and philanthropy. Manny was recently awarded Startup Canada’s 2017 National Entrepreneur Promotion Award, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Pacific Awards Finalist, NACO’s 2016 Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award and Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40.
The recipient of the 2016 Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers and Entrepreneur Organization’s Global Citizen of the Year, Manny is a true philanthropic leader. His two main pillars for philanthropy are children and education - he believes every child deserves a chance to be educated and it is his personal mission to educate more than one million people worldwide. Manny plans to achieve this by actively contributing to numerous organizations through mentorship, investment and philanthropy.
Manny sits on a number of advisory boards in the education and not-for- profit sectors. Manny is also an active advisor and angel investor globally and in Vancouver's tech community, having personally invested in local start-ups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, ShareShed, and MTT. He is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that connects students and new graduates with mentors and provides them with resources to help them refine their career path and achieve success. In November 2017, Ryan Holmes’ League of Innovators acquired GradusOne to accelerate the reach and impact on youth across Canada.
Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Private Equity & Venture Capital program. Manny also completed his MBA from Queen’s University and his BBA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University.