Mo Bazazi

Mo joined the Fund in January 2016 as an Associate having completed a six-month internship and has been deeply involved in all of the transactions executed by First Ascent Ventures Fund I. Mo has experience in sourcing, valuation, financial analysis, due diligence and fund reporting and serves as a board observer for ThinkData. He also provides in depth partner support on Sensibill, Rubikloud, Rock Content and Q4 Inc.

Mo has a diverse background both in startups and early stage investments as well as in operational roles, in the UK and Canada. Prior to joining FAV, Mo worked as a consultant with MD Homecall (acquired by NDHS), a Toronto based healthcare startup advising on their operations and strategy.

Mo was a committee member on the Saïd Business School (SBS) Seed Fund at the University of Oxford, where he oversaw catalytic investments in ‘edtech’, ‘fintech’ and consumer music apps. He also managed due diligence, deal flow and deal structuring, as well as advising portfolio companies (Onfido, ACE, Massolit and TIGMUS) at the board level.

Prior to moving to Canada in 2015, Mo worked as an Analyst at London based Cloisters Ventures, a boutique venture capital fund using the UK SEIS scheme to help investors deploy capital tax efficiently. He structured and managed a £5m investment round in Chillingham Classics, conducted financial due diligence and managed investor relations.

As an entrepreneur, Mo founded Call Link Telecommunications, which he grew into the largest carrier of voice traffic to Iran from Europe. During his time as an Analyst for the Aim Image Camera Company, he also produced several films and promos, including ‘Slums, Drums and Capoeira’, a feature documentary about Brazilian dance in the worst slums of Rio. His work has won a Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival as well as a Royal Television Society Award.

Mo also engages in charity work, and has volunteered as a Fund Development Committee Member at Black CAP, a Toronto based NGO tasked with helping black and ethnic minorities dealing with HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as the president of the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Chapter of Toronto.

Mo has a BA in Biological Science and an MBA, both from the University of Oxford.