Reza Satchu is the Managing Partner and CoFounder of Alignvest Management Corporation. He has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from McGill University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University, which he received in 1996.
Reza Satchu began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1991 as a Financial Analyst, where he was responsible for structuring and executing high yield debt offerings and executed 10 completed transactions aggregating over $3.5 billion in value. In 1996, he accepted a role and became a General Partner and Managing Director at Fenway Partners, a $1.4 billion private equity firm.
Over the course of his career, Reza Satchu has co-founded, built, and managed a number of businesses, including: Alignvest Management Corporation; KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, a U.S. fixed-income broker dealer with over $10 billion dollars in assets, that was sold to Bank of Montreal for over $400 million; StorageNow, which became Canada’s largest self-storage company prior to being sold to InStorage REIT for over $100 million; and SupplierMarket, a supply chain software company whose investors included Sequoia and KKR that was sold to Ariba for over $900 million.
Continuing his desire to help the next generation of entrepreneurs, Mr. Satchu launched Canada’s first Academic Center for Entrepreneurship studies and business incubation, Next Canada. Programs launched under Next Canada include Next 36, Next AI and Next Founders. Next Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian prosperity while accelerating the trajectory of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs.
From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Satchu developed and taught Economics of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto as an Adjunct Professor. In 2020, he began serving as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches Launching Technology Ventures and The Entrepreneurial Manager.
Mr. Satchu served for 10 years as a director of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. He has been the recipient of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” Award, as well as the 2011 Management Achievement Award from McGill University.