Kirk Simpson

CEO and Co-founder of Wave

Role: Associate

Site: CDL-Toronto

Stream: Prime

In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, aimed at disrupting small business financial software and services. Since then, he’s guided the company to 3.5 million small businesses registered, 180+ people on the Wave team, and nearly $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world, plus partnerships with blue-chip firms including RBC, ADP and National Australia Bank.

Kirk is passionate about focusing on and empathizing with the human experience on both sides of the tech equation: the customers who rely on Wave to run their businesses successfully; and the people who make up the Wave team and drive the company’s innovation and success.

Under Kirk, Wave has won numerous awards for leadership, culture, and innovation, including the Deloitte Fast 50, the KPMG Fintech 100, and Globe & Mail’s Employee Recommended Workplaces. In addition, Kirk is committed to giving back to the Canadian tech and startup industries. He’s served as advisor to the Next 36, provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs and startup visionaries, and is an angel investor in exciting new ventures by promising entrepreneurs.