Loyal is the fund Kamal wished he had available during his 20 year career as an entrepreneurial CEO, and 15 years as an angel investor. It draws upon his professional and philanthropic experiences and networks formed as a Global Director with the Founder Institute accelerator, former INSEAD Alumni Association President, as a consultant at Bain & Co, and as an engineer at IMAX.  He has an INSEAD MBA and a degree in engineering physics from Queen's University. He has traveled to over 100 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Managing Partner

Kamal Hassan

Michael Kosic is a Managing Partner of Loyal VC, founded in 2018. Loyal has invested in 250+ companies, in 50+ countries while delivering top quartile financial returns, thanks to its network of 700+ expert advisors.

Loyal draws on Michael's lifelong experience as a technology entrepreneur, professional Industrial Engineer, and Angel Investor, while heavily leveraging his INSEAD network, where he earned his MBA, and the Founder Institute accelerator, where he was a top rated mentor for several years.

Managing Partner

Michael Kosic

Spencer joined Loyal in 2020 as an Associate. Prior to Loyal, he spent three years with Citigroup in their investment banking division working on global capital markets transactions across sectors. In addition to his role on the investment team at Loyal, Spencer manages Loyal’s advisor network and has also built out many of the systems that have scaled the fund’s unique operations. He is also deep in the web3 ecosystem as a user and an investor.

Senior Associate

Spencer Christiansen

Cassidy joined Loyal in 2021 as the Digital Content Lead. Her role has since expanded from social media and marketing to include website strategy and design, event planning, portfolio company intake, and investor research. Cassidy has also helped create Loyal's investor, advisor, and founder portals, as well as a Slack community for portfolio company founders.

Digital Lead

Cassidy Garbe

Amit is the founding partner of Runway 6 Ventures and a Venture Partner at Loyal VC.  Prior to this, he was a corporate lawyer at a global bank and an international law firm, where his practice focused on capital markets including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and securities, as well as general corporate and commercial law.  He is also a former founder and launched a successful venture-backed startup.

Venture Partner

Amit Bhanot

Bernardo Bluhm is an experienced financial professional and advisor with 14+ years of experience in M&A, Private Equity and Venture capital working in 4 countries. He was part of the team that managed the first seed capital fund in LATAM, called CRIATEC. Before joining Loyal VC, he was the Investment Director at Engie New Ventures, leading series A+ deals related to Access to Energy, Mobility and the Energy Transition spanning Europe, and US. He is also one of the 7 general experts that advise the Innovation Council at Innosuisse, the Swiss Innovation Agency. He has an MBA from INSEAD.

Venture Partner

Bernardo Bluhm

Marco is a committed taxi driver to his 9-year-old daughter, cheering her at horse-riding and gymnastic classes while coaching her times tables. He joined Loyal as LP in 2021, after a 30-year career as a start-up founder and senior leader in the global energy markets, where he led, negotiated and executed multibillion B2B, B2G and G2G investment transactions delivering 10-digit profits, and covered governance roles for some of the largest private and governmental energy companies worldwide. Marco has successfully invested in technology start-ups, while juggling non-profit board roles.

Venture Partner

Marco Montefiori

Emerging Executive Leader with +20-year success record in creating & increasing values for organizations across different industries in Middle East, Africa, Asia & Europe 70+ countries. Orchestrated sustainable & profitable growth of $200M P&L. History of paving roads for innovative Go-to-Market strategies & execution models for reaching record-breaking ROIC +20%. Constructed and positioned 30+ brands for success.

 Languages: Arabic, English & French

Venture Partner

Ghada Othman

Pan Pan is a seasoned alternative investments professional, entrepreneur and advisor with +20 years of experience. She is Co-Founder of NPK Capital, a multi-asset investment and advisory firm focused on AgriFood and climate tech, carbon and environmental markets, and sustainable investing. She is also a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. Most recently, Pan was Director at Climate-KIC — EU’s leading climate innovation public-private partnership funded by the EIT, an EU body — where she successfully built, led and scaled Europe’s a leading AgriFood tech innovation accelerator.

Venture Partner

Pan Pan

Levi is the Director of the Creative Destruction Lab-Seattle and Managing Director of the Seattle chapter of the Founder Institute. His entrepreneurial experience includes a stint as the cofounder of a SaaS startup, a bootstrapped marketing agency, and creation of a DTC business for a multinational healthcare firm. He spent about 5 years leading product marketing and GTM teams at Amazon.

Venture Partner

Levi Reed

Wendy is a Venture Partner at Loyal. She is an Enterprise SaaS Founder-CEO, top-rated Founder institute mentor, serial brand marketer and business strategist focused on supporting customer-led founding teams.

Venture Partner

Wendy Robertson

James Stewart is a part-time Venture Partner at Loyal. He is a startup advisor, mentor, and angel investor — skilled in strategy, innovation, and marketing — and an experienced strategy consultant and mentor for several accelerators. James studied engineering at Cambridge, completed an MBA at INSEAD, is a Marketing Academy alum, and a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

In his spare time, he is a keen surf lifesaver, trainer, and Patrol Captain at Bondi beach. He is also a board director for C-Res, a director of the INSEAD ANZ Alumni society, and a Marketing Academy Alumni advisory committee member.

Venture Partner

James Stewart

Amine Tazi is a Venture Partner at Loyal VC. He is a General Manager with experience as C-level, Non-Executive Board Director, in corporate strategy, M&A, digital transformation and product marketing in the Internet, telecommunications, digital and software industry. He is also an entrepreneur and angel investor.

Amine holds a MSc from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne) and from Eurecom Institute (Sophia Antipolis, France). He holds also an executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). He is a Swiss citizen , lives in Switzerland and speaks four languages.

Venture Partner

Amine Tazi

Shauna is a Venture Partner at Loyal. C-Level leadership in SaaS Tech, Venture Capital and Healthcare; 10+ years Board Director in Finance, Research and Social Impact.

Venture Partner

Shauna Turner

Neeti is a Venture Partner at Loyal with a visionary, innovative and intuitive mindset. She is an accomplished business leader with a proven track record leading strategic business performance establishing capability across diverse sectors with mass-consumer focused Brands. Neeti has mentored 100+ early-stage tech start-ups across diverse sectors and geographies. She is an advocate for impact investing, especially where women play a significant role.

Neeti has worked and lived in India, South Korea, and the wider APAC region. She is a polyglot, a dexterous, an aesthete, an author, and a yoga practitioner who enjoys travel, sports, music, photography and literature.

Venture Partner

Neeti Virmani

Maximilian is an entrepreneur, investor, and start up advisor.  As an Investment Director at DSM Venturing, the corporate venture capital arm of Royal DSM, he leads the west coast hub and invests in US based start ups in food tech, bio tech, women’s health, and personalized nutrition.  Prior to DSM, Maximilian founded a venture capital firm called New Territory Ventures focused on supply chain tech and alternative protein investments.  

Venture Partner

Max Von Poelnitz

Jeremy is a Venture Partner at Loyal, where he serves as lead partner for 10+ portfolio companies and is a member of the fund's investment committee. He also developed and leads the Loyal Growth Workshops initiative. Outside of Loyal, Jeremy is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Washington Information School, where his courses span UX, information architecture, and software development. Additionally, he has 20+ years of experience as a startup founder, and served as Managing Director of the Founder Institute Seattle program for five cohorts.

Venture Partner

Jeremy Zaretzky

Meet the team.

Kamal Hassan Headshot

Kamal Hassan

Managing Partner
Toronto
Michael Kosic Headshot

Michael Kosic

Managing Partner
Toronto
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Spencer Christiansen

Senior Associate
Toronto
Cassidy Garbe headshot

Cassidy Garbe

Digital Lead
Toronto
Bernardo Bluhm headshot

Amit Bhanot

Venture Partner
Toronto
Bernardo Bluhm headshot

Bernardo Bluhm

Venture Partner
Geneva
Cassidy Garbe headshot

Marco Montefiori

Venture Partner
Geneva
Ghada Othman headshot

Ghada Othman

Venture Partner
Dubai
Pan Pan headshot

Pan Pan

Venture Partner
Geneva
Wendy Robertson headshot

Levi Reed

Venture Partner
Seattle
Wendy Robertson headshot

Wendy Robertson

Venture Partner
Toronto
James Stewart headshot

James Stewart

Venture Partner
Sydney
Amine Tazi headshot

Amine Tazi

Venture Partner
Lausanne
Shauna Turner headshot

Shauna Turner

Venture Partner
Silicon Valley
Neeti Vermani headshot

Neeti Virmani

Venture Partner
Seoul
Max von Poelnitz headshot

Max Von Poelnitz

Venture Partner
Bay Area
Jeremy Zaretzky headshot

Jeremy Zaretzky

Venture Partner
Seattle
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