Katherine Regnier is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coconut Software. In 2011, she quit her job at 3-months pregnant to solely focus on Coconut. In late 2016, after 5 years of bootstrapping the company to over a million in sales everything changed.
Katherine attended a month-long mentorship program in Silicon Valley led by Neal Dempsey. Once completed she decided to seek venture capital. Fast-forward to 2018, Katherine has successfully raised $4.9M and has grown her team to over a staff of 50. She believes in continuous learning and surrounding herself with bright mentors and who have been there and done that.
In addition to running her business, she is passionate about giving back to Canada and wants to help pave the way for future entrepreneurs. Katherine is a founding board member of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and hosted the very first Prairie Investment Forum (PIF), which was a celebration of technology and investment in the Prairies.
A strong advocate for women in tech, she regularly speaks at events, and is happy to share her experience and learnings at events such as WomeninTech, TechTO, City Hall (Toronto), Women Entrepreneurs, and at the University of Washington.
As a shining star in the Canadian tech scene, Katherine was awarded the 2018 CIX Top 20 Innovative Companies, the 2018 Find-A-Way Raj Manek Award, as well as the 2018 Women Entrepreneur of the Year – Prairie Region. Her passion and commitment have inspired a community of future risk-takers and she hopes to be a symbol for women in the technology and STEM fields. Ms. Regnier’s success has helped put Canada on the map with investors across North America.