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Andrew Black is a business leader with experience launching over 100 new products and services for companies like Nike, Virgin, and LEGO
Andrew has strong operational and leadership experience, having been President Americas at LEGO, General Manager for the US Equipment Business at Nike Inc., and VP Marketing-North America at Cadbury Schweppes/Dr Pepper 7UP.
In 2004, he followed his passion for starting disruptive new businesses and founded Virgin Mobile Canada with Sir Richard Branson. He and his team grew the Virgin business to over 1 million customers and $300M in revenues within five years, while winning the JD Power Award for customer service every year. Virgin Mobile was acquired by Bell Canada in 2009.
Black then founded Blackpoynt Brand Ventures with the mission of helping visionary entrepreneurs build disruptive consumer brands. His portfolio of 8 early stage consumer businesses included Awake Chocolate and Hello with two portfolio companies exiting – Pushlife (acquired by Google) and Virgin Gaming (acquired by Difference Capital).
In 2012, Black founded BrandProject LP, www.brandproject.com, a company creation studio that builds, buys, and makes seed stage investments in disruptive consumer brands. BrandProject raised $12M in equity, lead by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). BrandProject provides both consumer business building expertise and investment equity to all its partner companies.
Virgin Mobile Canada, which Andrew helped found in 2004.
Black is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor in Economics. He also is a Board Member of Free the Children and Virgin Unite, and is a mentor at The Next 36. Andrew, his wife and four daughters live in Toronto.
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Chat with Andrew about world-changing ideas
Andrew's expertise spans six different industries and includes building and transforming businesses in highly competitive markets. If you have an idea that you think can change the world, Andrew is happy to hear it! After the pitch, you can brainstorm with Andrew the strengths and weaknesses of the idea, and most importantly, what actions to take as next steps. The session will last approximately half an hour. This session can also be done remotely via Skype, Google Hangout, or a good old fashioned phone call.