Salim Teja brings over 20 years of experience in the technology sector as an entrepreneur, venture investor, corporate innovator and innovation ecosystem builder.
Salim is currently Partner at Radical Ventures, a USD $350 million venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs applying deep tech to transform massive industries, focused primarily on artificial intelligence.
Prior to Radical, he served as President, Venture Services for MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation centres. Salim led the strategic direction of MaRS’ Venture Services Program across four sectors including Energy & Environment (Cleantech), Finance & Commerce (FinTech), Health and Enterprise. This program engaged a portfolio of over 1200 high growth ventures who had raised over $1.3B in capital and had generated over $1.4B in revenue.
Prior to MaRS, Salim was Vice President Corporate Development with Indigo Books & Music where he drove the formation of the company’s Digital Innovation Lab. Prior to Indigo, Salim held the position of Chief Operating Officer at CX Digital, a leading online ad network.
Salim has also held roles as Chief Operating Officer of b5media and Partner with early-stage VC firm Brightspark Ventures, where he was the driving force behind investments, including Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce.com). He was also Co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Business Development for San Francisco-based MobShop Inc, a pioneering e-commerce venture funded by GE Capital, Visa International, Mayfield Fund and Marc Andreessen.
Salim is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.