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Sarah Ann MCrae
Entrepreneurial Coordinator

Sarah looks after the “matching” of PLACE Innovators’ projects with the entrepreneurial and innovation players in Paris. She is the bridge between the lab life which has given rise to the teams and the services and products they develop, and the larger Paris ecosystem, for which PLACE aims to create a pipeline of new ideas and talent.

Originally from a small-town in Ontario, Canada, Sarah’s « road less travelled » has taken her from Canada to Madagascar and now to Paris. She studied in Ottawa where she earned her Bachelor of International Business from the Sprott School of Business. While studying, she competed at national and international business case competitions (NIBS 2015) where she developed her presentation, communication and critical thinking skills.

Sarah was introduced to the world of entrepreneurial innovation during her studies, when she worked for Lead to Win, an incubator for high-tech start-ups in Ottawa. In her role as a sales consultant for high-potential start-ups she supported entrepreneurs in defining their business models and by driving their early-growth stage sales. While working for the incubator she developed and taught workshops to strengthen the presentation and critical thinking skills of entrepreneurs.

Directly after her studies, Sarah was selected as 1 of 25 Canadians to take part in the Aga Khan International Youth Fellowship. This opportunity took her to Antananarivo, Madagascar where she stayed for two years working on a mobile banking project with a microfinance bank. It was in Madagascar that she was introduced to the world of social innovation and was inspired by the international community of entrepreneurs developing business solutions to face major global challenges.

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