Al Sturgeon is joining Propel ICT as an Entrepreneur In Residence. A technology veteran, Sturgeon spent 20 years in the Canadian startup scene, helping build a number of successful companies in Ottawa as well as working in leadership roles with Radian6 in Fredericton, both before and after its acquisition by Salesforce.
As one of two Entrepreneurs In Residence at Propel ICT, Sturgeon will work directly with entrepreneurs in the Build and Launch programs to help them achieve rapid growth in their businesses. He will provide guidance in a number of key areas including product/market fit, product development, hiring, lead generation, sales and onboarding new customers.
"I want to inspire the great entrepreneurs in the Propel ICT programs to set and achieve truly ambitious goals. We’ve seen so much extraordinary growth in the startup scene in Atlantic Canada, now we need to continue that momentum. We can build on this success to carve out a stronger place for our companies in the global market," says Sturgeon.
In addition to his work with Radian6/Salesforce, Sturgeon held senior roles with Titus, MOSAID (now Synopsys), Trigence (now AppZero), Logicvision (now Mentor Graphics) and Chrysalis-ITS (now SafeNet). Sturgeon, whose hometown is Doaktown, New Brunswick, earned his degree in engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1996.
"Al Sturgeon brings a tremendous combination of experience and enthusiasm to the role of Entrepreneur In Residence," says Gary Dinn, Propel ICT’s CEO. "His proven success in building successful startups will ensure he provides great hands-on insights and mentorship to our entrepreneurs."
Sturgeon begins his work with Propel ICT on June 1. He joins Ying Tam who is the other Entrepreneur In Residence at Propel ICT. Ying Tam’s extensive entrepreneurial experience includes serving as CEO of Halifax-based Mindful Scientific.