CEO of Birventure Incubator; Founder of idea Gist


Hassan Syed is an accomplished Senior Executive, Entrepreneur and Board Member with more than 30 years of success across the information technology and services, life sciences, retail, and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience transforming concepts into innovative products, he is a valuable asset for technology-driven companies seeking advisory on new product development. His broad areas of expertise include risk management, UX design, customer engagement, cross-functional team building and leadership, vendor management, contract negotiations, and strategic planning.

Throughout his executive career, Hassan has held leadership positions at organizations including Xentek Corporation, Species360, the Twycross Zoo, and Bir Ventures USA, where he currently serves as CEO. In his current role, he has been responsible for leading the design, development, and launch of highly innovative products and services including IdeaGist (virtual incubator/accelerator and collaboration platform used in more than 300 entrepreneurial communities worldwide), TechCast Global (technology forecasting system), EmergRx (a temporary hiring platform for pharmacies), and TapAPhone (IoT mobile customer feedback system used in 2015 Montreal Grand Prix). As CIO of Species360, Hassan oversaw the development of a Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS), a SaaS-based solution to collect and monitor animal lifetime data for the global aquarium and zoo community that is used by more than 1000 institutions worldwide. In his role as Vice President and CIO of Xentek Corporation, he utilized best practices in project management and Agile software development to grow services revenue from CAD $500K to $4.5M in four years.

Hassan holds a BSc from the University of Sindh (Pakistan). He has completed Project Management Professional, Enterprise Portfolio Alignment with Strategy, and Performance Measurement & Governance training with PMI; CIO Academy at Gartner; Knowledge Management and Innovation with International Institute for Knowledge & Innovation (I2KI); and Future Forecasting and Strategic Planning with TechCast Global. As a seasoned Board Member, he has worked at the Board positions with Twycross Zoo, TechCast Global, and Bir Ventures. He is an Advisor to many technology startups.