MEET THE MENTORS

Client Savant

Someone who has spent most of their career as a client side marketer/business leader

RAHUL RAJ

Client Savant

Someone who has spent most of their career as a client side marketer/business leader

RAHUL RAJ

Rahul helps Challenger Brands win.

He started 5&Vine to help ambitious founders build, launch and grow meaningful businesses that disrupt categories and better society. To date, their impact has helped our partners close over $1.2B in follow on financing and two have gone public.

5&Vine was born from his time as CMO at ecobee, where he helped transform the brand from relative obscurity into the #2 thermostat brand in North America with a 30% share and developed a playbook on how Challengers could take down industry incumbents.

He knows what a brand needs to take on Goliath. Prior to ecobee, he ran an incubator for Walmart in San Francisco. After seeing an opportunity to extract more value out of products that already existed, he built a refurbishing infrastructure that turned costly customer returns into a multi-billion dollar revenue stream. For these efforts, he was honoured with Walmart’s Innovation Champion Award, a fellowship with the Aspen Institute and by GOOD magazine as 1 of 100 people pushing the world forward.

His commitment to bettering the world started when he was young. At the age of 17, he founded and developed Meal Exchange to build healthy, just and environmentally sustainable food systems across Canada. His work has been recognized by TIME magazine as “revolutionary”.

Today, alongside his work at 5&Vine, he’s actively engaged in inspiring and empowering others to make their own positive impact. As well as being on the Design Team of the Aspen First Movers fellowship, he mentors entrepreneurs at First Round Capital, Tech Stars, the American Marketing Association, the University of Toronto’s Venture Mentoring Program, the Presidio Graduate School, and delivered a TEDx talk on the power of Challenger Thinking.

ALL MENTOR PROFILES

SARAH THOMPSON
SARAH THOMPSON
TRINH THAM
TRINH THAM
MANSI VAGT
MANSI VAGT
CANDY LEE
CANDY LEE
SUSAN IRVING
SUSAN IRVING
KARLA CONGSON
KARLA CONGSON
MARIE-JOSEE VINET
MARIE-JOSEE VINET
JASON BOYER
JASON BOYER
Fatima Israel
Fatima Israel
Sue Austin
Sue Austin
MACLIN WILLIAMS
MACLIN WILLIAMS
RAHUL RAJ
RAHUL RAJ
JOHN TORELLA
JOHN TORELLA
DAVE THOMPSON
DAVE THOMPSON
KAIWAN SUNTOK
KAIWAN SUNTOK
DEBBIE FORD (STOJANOVIC)
DEBBIE FORD (STOJANOVIC)
ALLISON ABRAHAM
ALLISON ABRAHAM
LILI SHALEV-SHAWN
LILI SHALEV-SHAWN
KRISTINA A. SCHAEFER
KRISTINA A. SCHAEFER
PINA SCIARRA
PINA SCIARRA
TONY SCALA
TONY SCALA
PETER RODRIGUEZ
PETER RODRIGUEZ
LISA RITCHIE
LISA RITCHIE
CAROL READER
CAROL READER
CHRISTINE ROBERTSON
CHRISTINE ROBERTSON
MIKE NETHERCOTT
MIKE NETHERCOTT
MEGHAN NAMETH
MEGHAN NAMETH
DR. ALAN C. MIDDLETON
DR. ALAN C. MIDDLETON
PARMINDER MANN
PARMINDER MANN
DAVID KINCAID
DAVID KINCAID
LISA KIMMEL
LISA KIMMEL
MATT KELLY
MATT KELLY
SHALABH KAYASTHA
SHALABH KAYASTHA
ANDREA GRAHAM
ANDREA GRAHAM
LIBIER GOMEZ
LIBIER GOMEZ
KEVIN GILLIGAN
KEVIN GILLIGAN
PENELOPE FRIDMAN
PENELOPE FRIDMAN
LYNN FLETCHER
LYNN FLETCHER
KATHRYN FITZWILLIAM
KATHRYN FITZWILLIAM
COLLEEN DALOS
COLLEEN DALOS
GINA CONTE
GINA CONTE
JAMES CONNELL
JAMES CONNELL
BILL BROWN
BILL BROWN
CHRIS BROCKBANK
CHRIS BROCKBANK
VIRGINIA BRAILEY
VIRGINIA BRAILEY
DEBBIE BOLTON
DEBBIE BOLTON