Steven Jast

CEO at Gazelle.ai


Steven founded ROI Research on Investment in February 2003. As President of ROI, Steve led the growth of the company from a two-person start-up to a Profit Magazine “Hot 50” company, ranking as Canada’s 26th fastest growing company in 2007. In 2008, Steve was as a Finalist in the Ernst & Young International Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. Steve is a recognized thought leader on the fundamentals and best practices related to investment attraction, business retention and expansion, as well as advanced lead nurturing and engagement techniques for economic development organizations. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 400 economic development organizations from around the world. Under Steve’s leadership, ROI has become the leading business attraction consultancy for generating capital investment and job creation. Prior to ROI, Steve was Partner and Executive Vice President at a boutique Site Selection firm from 1992 until 2001. Steven led the company’s site selection and incentive negotiation team and was awarded the Gold Level Achievement Award in the Private Developers Economic Development category by Business Facilities Magazine. Since 2015, Steve has been leading an ambitious effort to harness the power of AI for economic and business development professionals. Following 3 years of research and development, Gazelle.ai was launched in September 2017, and has become the fastest growing AI-powered business intelligence platform with subscribers in over 30 countries. In 2019, Steve was again nominated as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young International Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was a finalist in the Collision Conference PITCH Competition and Gazelle.ai was nominated as Canadian AI Company of the Year by the Canadian Digital Finance Institute. In 2020, Gazelle.ai was named to the Canadian Business Startup List, as one of Canada's fastest growing startups.