Congratulations Dana! Genesis Venture Lead Honoured with Aidan Maloney Young Professionals Award

Genesis Centre Venture Lead Dana Parsons

Genesis’ own Venture Lead Dana Parsons was awarded Aidan Maloney Young Professionals award along with Mandy Woodland, owner of Mandy Woodland Law, on October 18. The Aidan Maloney Young Professionals award, presented by the St. John’s Rotary Club, celebrates two young professionals aged 25–40 who have a positive effect in their positions and communities.

As Venture Lead, Dana Parsons works everyday directly with the Enterprise portfolio companies currently operating out of the Genesis Centre. Dana has worked tirelessly assisting these technology start-ups with connections to valuable resources, program, and mentors, all while working on her own start-up, the beacon-based rewards and metrics company, Brownie Points.

Dana has been an active volunteer in the past as the Director of TEDx St. John’s and Happy City St. John’s, and she recently became Chapter Lead for Ladies Learning Code St. John’s. Through LLC, and in a partnership with Choices for Youth and their Momma Moments group, Dana is promoting the importance of coding and technology all across NL.

The Genesis Centre strives to be more engaged with the entrepreneurial community at every opportunity, and Dana exemplifies this goal to the nth degree.

Dana’s work doesn’t stop there though. She was instrumental in the recent hiring of the two new Entrepreneurs-In-Residence for the Genesis Centre, Permjot Valia and Trevor Adey, announced just last week. Her connections throughout the ecosystem were integral in attracting Mr. Valia to Genesis, and the hirings once again prove the rule of Six Degrees of Dana Parsons. Without her connections, Genesis portfolio companies would sadly never gain access to the brilliant minds of our new EIRs.

Genesis Venture Lead Dana Parsons (left) and commercial lawyer/business owner Mandy Woodland (right) receive their plaques from Marueen Murphy, daughter of Aidan Maloney. (The Telegram)

Dana will work closely with the EIRs to best coordinate their efforts with those of Genesis’ current portfolio companies. The positive impact Dana has had on the start-up community of St. John’s, and Atlantic Canada as a whole, is so huge it’s difficult to quantify. This recognition, however, is a good place to start. Congratulations Dana!


For more on Dana Parsons, Mandy Woodland, and this special award, please check out The Telegram’s article.

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