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Valerie Song, Co-Founder & CEO

Valerie is a passionate and bold leader that loves growing both plants and people. She found her passion in creating and launching products, building brands, and connecting with people. Most importantly, she found a love for social businesses with strong core values.


Valerie pitched the idea at Startup Weekend Vancouver 2015, and realized that she wasn't alone! With the help of food-loving horticulturalists, engineers, and designers, AVA Byte came to fruition - a space-age, space-saving smart garden that mimics nature to keep plants well-lit and watered, all year round. Now any plant killer can become a master gardener. In June 2018, they raised $2M USD to launch AVA to retail.


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Chase Ando, Co-Founder & COO

A future enthusiast interested in designing sustainable products at the intersection of nature, design & technology. Taking inspiration from biomimetics, molecular gastronomy and the human mind. 7 years of experience cooking and helping with developing menus at various restaurants such as Chop, Cactus Club, The Keg & more.


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Dr. Apple Mahmud

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James R.C. Smith - Director of Marketing

James has been in the marketing and social media industries for over 10 years and loved it since day one.

Focusing on social strategy, community management, and content creation, his previous roles in the Digital departments of an interior design store chain and an organic food company have brought him to the best of both worlds as AVA Technologies’ Marketing lead.

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Alex Kwon - Business Operations Manager

Alex Graduated UBC Science in 2017 in Computer Science and biology. He joined in the entrepreneurial space immediately after graduation helping out other startups before joining AVA. Alex is also an aspiring pilot

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Wayne Riccardo

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