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.
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.