Chair, Board of Directors and Member, Executive Committee
CEO, Futurpreneur Canada
Karen Greve Young became CEO of Futurpreneur Canada in 2018. This non-profit organization is Canada’s only national organization dedicated to supporting young entrepreneurs. Futurpreneur’s unique model combines funding, mentorship and start-up programs to fuel the success of thousands of diverse young entrepreneurs in every Canadian province and territory.
A compelling spokesperson and executive strategist, Karen has a proven track record in optimizing organizations to achieve inclusive economic and social impact. She is adept at inspiring, managing, and influencing others; and her practical experience and expertise builds on exceptional academic and business foundations.
Prior to her CEO role with Futurpreneur, Karen acted as Vice-President, Corporate Development and Partnerships with MaRS Discovery District, the world’s largest innovation hub, from 2011-2018. She was also the Founding Executive Director of the ICR Global Foundation, a US-based foundation supporting the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research from 2008-2010. Karen’s professional expertise and academic pursuits have taken her across the globe; she has previously held finance, management and strategy roles in San Francisco, New York and London, UK, at organizations including Bain & Company and Gap Inc. Along the way, she co-authored a book with her mother about their shared experience through her mother’s ovarian cancer journey.
Karen holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in Economics from Harvard University, both with honours.