Who We Are - Sprout Team

Mark Benning - General Partner, Funds I and II

Mark is an experienced entrepreneur and successful investor. He is the CEO of Founderly.co, an executive mentoring and business coaching firm. He founded and led four investor-backed, technology startups in Silicon Valley, California over a 20-year period. In addition to managing strategy, business development, sales, and finance, Mark raised over $100 million in venture capital funding for his startups and others he advised. Over the years, he has worked for several private equity and venture capital firms.

Mark is a member of the entrepreneurial A100 group, an angel investor with Valhalla Angels, a mentor with the Venture Mentoring Services group of the University of Alberta, and founder of the Pitchfest.org emerging-technology pitch event.

Mark has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University, where he focused on leadership and entrepreneurship. Between his time at Harvard and Stanford, he played professional ice hockey in Europe and traveled extensively throughout the world.

Shaheel Hooda - General Partner Fund II, Partner Fund I

Shaheel is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He served as Executive in Residence at a regional accelerator where he advised hundreds of start-ups on growth and fundraising. He was an early investor and board member of a high-growth Software as a Service (SaaS) company that exceeded a valuation of $70 million within 5 years and raised US venture funding.

Shaheel has previously served as CEO of two high-growth Canadian software start-ups, Director of Business Development at a U.S. enterprise software company that grew to over $100 million in revenue, and former strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has been involved in starting or running more than 15 start-up businesses and has been involved in raising over $100 million in capital from venture, strategic, and non-dilutive sources.

Shaheel has served as Chairman of the A100 Tech Entrepreneurs, is currently a University of Alberta Venture Services Mentor, and a Harvard University Startup Innovation Lab Advisor. He holds an MBA (Entrepreneurial Finance) from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. In 2016, Shaheel was awarded the Entrepreneur Promotion award from Startup Canada.

Kristina Milke - General Partner Fund II, Partner Fund I

Kristina is the former president of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groups and a co-founder with Valhalla Private Capital.

Kristina is a CPA/Chartered Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta. She is the former General Manager of Investopedia, a firm acquired by the global media company Forbes. She was the Corporate Divisional Controller for Intuit Canada as well as the Divisional Controller and Ethics Officer for Spar Aerospace.

Kristina is on the Board of Directors for the National Angel Capital Organization, supporting angels, incubators, and accelerators as they help entrepreneurs turn good ideas into great businesses. She is an A100 member and is on the Board of Advisors with Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) a world-renowned mentoring program founded at MIT and operating locally at the University of Alberta.

Lindsay Dodd - Partner Fund I

Lindsay is the newly appointed CEO of CashCo and is also a Director with Doddcor Ltd, a private holding company with investments in the technology sector. He is the former CEO of Savvia Inc., a technology-advisory firm acquired by CompuVision Systems in 2016. Before launching his company, Lindsay was a Partner with the international IT consulting firm of Sierra Systems. He has also held senior IT management positions with companies such as PCL Construction and ATB Financial.

Lindsay is the past Chair of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and was co-Chair of the Stollery 2020 Task Force. He is a Director with the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club, and is the former Chair of the Board of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the A100, an angel investor with Valhalla Angels, and a mentor with the VMS group of the University of Alberta.

Lindsay holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.