Charles Plant is a serial entrepreneur, innovation economist, and fractional CFO. As founder of The Narwhal Project, he works with technology startups to help them figure how to raise funding and scale their businesses. His advice is founded on 20 years of research he has conducted in order to understand what it takes to create a world class technology company. Aside from over 35 research papers, he has written a book entitled Triggers and Barriers: A Customer Perspective on Innovation and has another two books in progress.
He was co-founder and CEO for 15 years of Synamics, a telecommunications software firm. He has been co-founder of four, Board Chair at four and CFO of 12 emerging technology companies. He has worked on numerous financing and M&A transactions in investment banking, on the management committee and CFO of three venture capital firms, and as an advisor at a number of incubators. Charles has also served as an advisor to national, provincial and city governments on innovation policy.
As an educator, Charles spent seven years on the faculty of York’s Schulich School of Business teaching in the MBA program and has taught innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto. He has an MBA in marketing, a PhD in economics is a CPA/CA.