March 8, 2021

C100’s Founding Executive Director, Atlee Clark, launches Backbone Angels

C100 Impact
Written by
Lauren Howe

Meet Atlee Clark

Toronto-born Atlee Clark is the Director of Operations for Shop, Shopify’s shopping assistant app and newest product, which connects the world’s shoppers and merchants. She has spent the last seven years at Shopify, building and scaling partnerships and products for the developer ecosystem. Prior to Shopify, Atlee served as the founding Executive Director of the C100.

About Backbone Angels

Backbone Angels is a collective of active angel investors focussed on accelerating diverse, ambitious, product and customer-centric founders. These investors have come together to invest in women and non-binary founders with a focus on investments in Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour-led companies.

While the fund is founded in Canada, its ambitions are global.

Can you share with us more about the collective’s origin story?

We found each other at work. Over the last 6 years, we have all worked alongside each other building and scaling Shopify with a common mission to support more entrepreneurs. Our mission is to back diverse, ambitious, product and customer-centric founders and to see more women, specifically women of colour, on cap tables.

What types of founders and investments will Backbone Angels be targeting?

We invest in women and non-binary founders and prioritize investments in Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour-led companies to support them in building the companies and economic prosperity of the future.

Who is involved in the fund?

The collective is made up of ten founding partners with diverse technical and operational backgrounds; Lynsey Thorton, Brittany Forsyth, Konval Matin, Erin Zipes, Anna Lambert, Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Arati Sharma, Marcie Murray, Alexandra Clark and myself.

Visit the Backbone Angels website for more information and how to get involved.

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