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CPAs are passionate about helping startups grow.
#FinInTech is how they do it.

Education

A series of CPA start-up bootcamp courses taught and developed by Canada’s top tech finance leaders (see who's involved). From fundraising to pitching investors, learn everything you need to know about contributing at a start-up from day one to exit. Bonus, it’s verifiable CPD!

Venture
Foundations

Fundraising

Financial Projections
and KPIs

Module 1:
Venture Foundations For CPAs

Module 6:
The Pitch & Business Plan

Module 2:
Fundraising

Module 7:
Product Management: Early Stage and Post-Series A

Module 3:
Projections and KPIs

Module 8:
Hardware, Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Module 4:
Finops & Cloud Accounting

Module 9:
Intellectual Property

Module 5:
Venture Operations: Legals, HR, Tax, Hiring, Admin

Module 10:
Tech101 For CPAs

Placement

Get matched with an early-stage start-up that needs your help with anything from fundraising to projections to cash management & more. Be the CFO they can’t afford. This is a volunteer opportunity (lasts 3-4 months at 10-20 hours per month) where you’ll get real, hands-on experience at a start-up and see the impact of your contribution first-hand.

Some Of Our Partners:

     FAQs     

Placement

Get matched with an early-stage start-up that needs your help with anything from fundraising to projections to cash management & more. Be the CFO they can’t afford. This is a volunteer opportunity (lasts 3-4 months at 10-20 hours per month) where you’ll get real, hands-on experience at a start-up and see the impact of your contribution first-hand.

Some Of Our Partners:

     FAQs     

Events

We bring CPAs together to network, learn and hear the inspiring stories of some of Canada’s most accomplished CPAs.

Hon. Navdeep Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development

Dennis Bennie, CPA, CA

Serial Entrepreneur

Carol Wilding

CEO - CPA Ontario

Leen Li

CFO - Wealthsimple

Want to get involved?

Testimonials

Within days Luminari created a mutually productive relationship between our young company and an experienced accountant that knew our market. To be to blunt, this connection has immensely increased our ability to plan and execute our venture financing

Shea Balish - CEO, Curv

The Luminari program has been a fantastic experience for us! Having access to qualified CPA’s has opened our minds up to new ways of thinking about our business. Current & prospective investors have never been happier with our financial model and P&L, and our pitch has transformed as a result. The Luminari onboarding process was seamless, and we were instantly matched with a superstar CPA who refined and upgraded our financial model in less than a week! I would recommend the Luminari service to anyone who is running an early-stage startup!

Saroop Bharwani - CEO, Senso

Ira and Teresa have been great! Ira and Teresa have acted as trusted advisors to make sure that we're covering all of our bases and providing initial perspectives on things like SRED and beyond.

Arif Virani - COO, DarwinAI

Came across Luminari a couple months ago... we just used them to get a FREE CPA resource for @ZayZoonTransfer. Honestly, so easy and straightforward every Canadian Startup should be using this #NotSolicited

Tate Hackert - Founder, ZayZoon

Being part of the CPA Startup program has been an amazing experience. My career has taken me on many paths, however, I have never had the opportunity to work with a startup prior to this program. This program allowed me to get a feel for the startup experience, get some experience working with startups, and provide financial mentorship to the team that I was paired with. The company was really eager and grateful to take advantage of my expertise, whether it was helping them build out their financial model, or provide them with accounting and tax advice. This whole experience been a lot of fun, Luminari has created a great program and I wish the best of luck to future CPA’s and startups!

Ira Levy - CPA

Who's Involved

Adam Fisher, CPA, CA

Manager, Finance
Flexiti Financial

Alex Dvorkin, CPA, CA

Controller
Fanxchange

Ali Kanchwala, CPA, CA

Finance Director
Plooto

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro, CPA, CMA

CEO
My African Corner

Daniel Israelsohn, CPA, CA

VP
Plaza Ventures

Danish Yusuf

Founder
Zensurance

Trisha Egberts, CPA, CA

Manager, Finance
Figure1

Elvin Aghayev, CPA, CA

Finance Manager
Tulip Retail

Emma Lyndon, CPA, CA

CFO
Canopy Labs

Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA

Managing Director | Founder
Accenture | ColliderX Blockchain R&D Hub

Jared Tessis, CPA, CA

Head of Talent
Klass Capital

Jean Desgagné, CPA, CA ICD.D

President and CEO, Global Solutions, Insights & Analytics Strategies
TMX Group

John Grant, CPA, CA

Director of Engineering
Wealthsimple

Jonas Beallor, CPA, CMA

COO
Fanxchange

Jyotin Handa, CPA, CA

Director, Finance
Espresso Capital

Leen Li, CPA, CA

CFO
Wealthsimple

Les Cullen, CPA, CA

VP, Finance & Operations
Top Hat

Linda Raynier

Career Strategist, Coach & Founder
Top Notch Resume at LindaRaynier.com

Lior Zehtser, CPA, CA

Partner
ConnectCPA

Lucas Perlman, CPA, CA

International Partnership Manager
MaRS

Mark Klibanov

Serial Entrepreneur
   

Matt Edirisinghe, CPA, CA

Director, Supply Chain and Planning
ecobee

Michael Kravshik, CPA, CA

CEO/Founder
Luminari

Michael Shafman, CPA, CA

Technology & Onboarding Lead
ConnectCPA

Michelle Killoran

Associate
Omers Ventures

Michelle Lau, CPA, CA, MAcc

Venture Manager
CDL

Mike Pinkus, CPA, CA

Partner
ConnectCPA

Narbe Alexandrian, CPA, CA

Senior Associate
Omers Ventures

Navdeep Bains, FCPA, FCMA

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
The Government of Canada

Neha Kohli, CPA, CA

Comedian
   

Nimita Chopra, CPA, CA

Operations
Luminari

Pete Pigott, CPA, CA

CEO
FEI Canada

Rebecca Skvorc, CPA, CA

SVP Finance & HR
Nudge Rewards

Ryan Fishman, CPA, CMA

   
   

Ryan Levenberg, CPA, CA

VP, Finance
Q4

Shouvik Roy, CPA, CA

Director of Finance, Controller
Freshbooks;

Shubham Datta, CPA, CA

Director
SurePath Capital

Simon Leith, CPA, CA

Associate
Osler LLP

Stephen Yeung, CPA, CA

Expansion Manager
Ritual

Tam Khuu, CPA, CGA

CFO
Wave

Travis Phung, CPA, CA

Director, Finance and Administration
Exact Imaging

Trisha Egberts, CPA, CA

Manager, Finance
Figure1

Vikram Somasundaram

Chief of Staff
CPA Ontario

Zoya Shaikh, CPA, CA

Controller
Influitive