Our team sits at the intersection of worlds, between impact strategy, business and innovation design.

Laura Francois

Co-Founder and Chief Instructor

With a focus on creative design for sustainable development, Laura has been working globally empowering startups, nonprofits and governments to maximize sustainability and use creativity in business as a force for good in Canada and Southeast Asia. 
Laura is a trained social impact strategist and her work has been featured on BBC World News, Forbes, Netflix, TedX, The Disruptive Design Festival (DIF) and Singapore Design Week

Clement Hochart

Co-Founder and Chief Innovator

Clement is an impact entrepreneur having co-founded six startups before the age of 33, five of which are still growing globally.
He started his career in 2010 with a Masters in industrial engineering working in the automotive, railway and steel industries before transitioning to entrepreneurship. His key expertise lies in innovation, system thinking and business development. 
With Clement, passion is never lacking when solving complex problems. His superpower lies in all things creativity, imagination and vision related. For Clement, The Spaceship is the ship designed with the tools of tomorrow - one which he would have enjoyed sailing back when he launched his first startup.

Maximilien Masson

Co-Founder and People Expert

Max brings business growth, recruitment, and marketing expertise. He was previously marketing head at Food Panda and business intelligence at Lazada after his first startup in the hospitality industry.

Valerian Fauvel

Co-Founder and Impact Investing Expert

Valerian brings corporate finance, strategy, governance, and impact investing expertise. He spent the last ten years in Asia as a partner in a pioneer impact VC fund manager.

Gwendolina Duval

Podcast Producer

Gwendolina is a journalist, image and video reporter, podcast producer and radio journalist. She brings in the team her talent to interview people and get the best out of their experience.

Francois Le Nguyen


Francois built and launched Entrepreneur First in Canada from scratch and served as General Manager of both EF Toronto and EF Singapore where I helped build 44+ venture backed startups ($173M+ in enterprise value). He’s taught product management workshops to over 1,500 students at General Assembly.