Mickias Hailu


Mickias Hailu is an Associate, Portage Ventures at Sagard and joined the firm in 2021. As a member of Portage, Mickias invests in early-stage and growth-stage fintech opportunities globally. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, due diligence, execution, and portfolio management. He is based in New York.

Prior to Sagard, Mickias worked for The Hartford, a diversified insurance and investment management company. At the Hartford, he was a Senior Analyst supporting the M&A and Strategic Venture Capital teams where he helped execute nearly $6 billion in large-scale transactions and perform diligence on early-stage investment opportunities (Seed, Series A, Series B). He also completed The Hartford’s Leadership Development Program and had prior rotations in Wealth Management and IT Finance. During his time in business school, he worked with Core Innovation Capital, a fintech-focused VC, on an investment thesis about financial inclusion.

Mickias holds a B.Sc. in Finance and minor in Global Enterprise Technology (magna cum laude) from Syracuse University. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mickias is a recipient of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. He is an alumni and active volunteer for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a nonprofit that is helping build corporate leadership pipelines with qualified Black, Latinx and Native American candidates.