Raissa Espiritu, MBA

Executive in Residence, Cenovus Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Accelerator, UCeed

As the Executive in Residence leading the Cenovus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Accelerator, Raissa is leveraging her diverse skill set to coach and financially support equity deserving groups, non-profit organizations, and underestimated founders. Raissa is a four-time founder, impact investor, and a prominent figure in philanthropy with nearly two decades of experience developing ideas and securing funding. Her expertise extends across various domains, including Health Research & Medical Technology—particularly focusing on FemTech—Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Social Finance & Impact Investing, Civic Wealth Building & Economic Development, and the establishment of Innovative Ecosystems.

Expertise and background:

  • MBA, Ivey Business School, Valedictorian
  • General Partner, The Venture Fund, Investing in diverse Women + Non-Binary founders solving our most pressing climate and health challenges
  • Interim Director, Growth, Platform Calgary
  • Managing Director, Healthy Horizons Foundation, Empowering youth in Northern Indigenous Communities
  • Co-Founder & Executive Director of ReThink Collaborative Labs, Fund focused on early-stage enterprises at the intersections of health and civic wealth building
  • Co-Founder of COSM Medical, Tackling female health research
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Infused Canna, Edibles for social justice
  • Co-Founder & CEO, BlankSpace, Live life optimal
  • Advisory Board Member, Brood Care, Innovating the future of family care
  • Advisory Board Member, My Climate Plan, Building strong, climate safe communities
  • Chair, Youth Climate Lab, Equipping youth with skills, financial access and policy knowledge to take leadership in climate spaces
  • Chair, Platform, Building leadership capacity among young Black, Indigenous, and racialized women and gender-diverse youth to advance gender equity and justice