Alumni Career Series: Beyond the Idea - Ensuring Your Startup’s Success

In this free webinar, UTM alum Aly Madhavji will discuss critical strategies beyond initial concept development to support alumni interested in startups.

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Whether you are new to entrepreneurship, or already knee deep in your first startup, the learning curve can be steep. Venture capitalist and consultant, Aly Madhavji (BCom 2012 UTM) will delve into critical strategies beyond initial concept development, including market validation, scalable business modeling, and building a sustainable competitive advantage. He will also reflect on his experiences at U of T that helped pave the way forward.

By joining this webinar, you will have an opportunity to: 

  • Delve into effective market validation techniques to confirm your idea's potential.
  • Learn to develop scalable business models that adapt as your startup grows.
  • Gain insights on building a sustainable competitive advantage to stand out in the market.

The U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees is a free, online networking tool for the entire U of T community. More than 14,000 alumni professionals and students use the hub to give and get career advice.

Alumni Career Series webinars are featured through the U of T Hub. These webinars feature industry experts and U of T faculty, and deliver peer-to-peer learning based on professional best practices shared by fellow alumni.

Join the hub to build your network, find like-minded alumni and students, and exchange career advice, anytime, anywhere.


About the speaker

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Aly Madhavji (BCom 2012 UTM)
Tech Entrepreneur | Blockchain & Web3 Investor | Award-Winning Author | UN Consultant | Schwarzman Scholar | Senior Blockchain Fellow INSEAD

Aly Madhavji is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in, and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner at Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He served as Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader.

He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books, and a columnist for leading Web3 publications. Aly served as a board member of Soluna Holdings (NASDAQ: SLNH) and on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Orbit Startups, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $1.5B+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).

Aly holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2012. After his undergraduate career at U of T, he pursued his Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University (清华大学), and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France). Read more about Aly at


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