Kathryn Wortsman leads Amplify Capital, a seed stage firm investing in Canadian impact tech ventures based at the MaRS Discovery District. Amplify Capital launched late 2019 and is the second fund after the success of the inaugural MaRS Catalyst Fund. The MaRS Catalyst Fund was launched in 2016, and it was one of the first early stage impact venture funds in Canada. The fund was incubated and supported at the MaRS Discovery District in partnership with Virgin Unite Foundation.
Kathryn has 25 years of venture capital, private equity, business and social enterprise experience. Kathryn started her career in investment banking then quickly moved to in venture capital and private equity where she saw the opportunity to make a long term investment and be part of building value and growth. In Toronto, Kathryn spent time at CIBC Capital Partners, BMO Capital and Lynx Equity, a succession fund. In New York, Kathryn actively invested and managed a portfolio of early stage media technology companies with Constellation Ventures, a Bear Stearns-sponsored venture capital fund. Kathryn also actively invested and managed strategic insurance technology investments for MetLife, the largest life insurer in the United States, and subsequently joined its corporate development team to create new products and services.
Kathryn has held a number of board roles and participated in a number of exits, including strategic acquisitions, follow-on financings and IPOs for portfolio companies she managed directly. In 2012, Kathryn jumped to a CEO role and managed operations through Toronto-based search fund Crest Capital. Her passion for social finance was born a decade ago when she joined Social Venture Partners NYC and then subsequently founded Social Venture Partners Toronto. Kathryn was born and raised in Toronto and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.