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Venture Capital: The Guide To Starting A Business In Ontario

Venture Capital (VC Money) is the catalyst for many startups, and scaleups, to start, build, and grow their businesses.  Venture capital (VC) is private equity financing that is provided by venture capital firms or funds to startups, early-stage, and emerging companies that have been deemed to have high growth potential or which have demonstrated high growth

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Alate Partners

Empowering entrepreneurs who are rethinking real estate. We partner with companies that are developing technology to reimagine how buildings are designed, built, and managed.  Alate Partners is the result of a partnership built between Dream, one of Canada’s largest real estate companies, and Relay Ventures, an established early stage venture capital fund.  $600 Million in assets managed, 



an early stage venture capital firm, focused on investing in next generation consumer product, service, and technology companies.

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Brightspark Ventures

Brightspark Ventures is one of Canada's top performing venture capital firms, actively investing in exceptional entrepreneurs since 1999. They provide growth capital and expertise to disruptive, market-transforming Canadian tech companies in seed to growth stages. Since inception, Brightspark has invested across traditional VC Funds, and more recently under an investment model open to individual and non-institutional investors.



We are the biggest ecommerce investor in the world In 2015, we invented a new way to fund your business
Today, we are the largest ecommerce investor in the world with over
$1B invested in 2,200 + online businesses

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Georgian Partners

We invest in growth-stage, SaaS-based business software companies that harness applied artificial intelligence, conversational AI, and trust. Our unique approach to investment combines growth capital with deep software expertise.  Software has always been a part of our DNA. When we started Georgian Partners back in 2008, we were a small group of former software entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity to help growth-stage companies harness one of the largest technology trends of the past 20 years. That trend is what we call applied analytics — the intersection of data science, unique data and software applications.

4 funds, 12 exits, 38 companies, 50 Investments

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Golden Ventures

Golden Ventures is a leading seed-stage venture capital fund, based in Toronto and investing across North America. We back bold teams and their transformative ideas.

We are a team of former founders. We have a strong conviction for the potential of people and their ideas. This is why we embrace the seed stage in all its glory and imperfections. We’ve seen it all — from seed to scale to IPO — and we’ve built a team that brings their experience and creativity to the table with unwavering conviction.

Looking For

  • Potentially category-defining companies
  • Founders that exhibit grit and resiliency
  • Leaders that are attracted to the hardest problems
  • Teams that believe growth is a deliberate act
  • A symbiotic partnership between our fund and the companies we back
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Manulife Capital Ventures

MCV (Manulife Capital Ventures), we are returns-driven venture investors focused on North American Series A and Series B startups, across FinTech, InsurTech and B2B SaaS. We work with world-class entrepreneurs that have vision and can execute to win globally. We look to leverage our operational and entrepreneurial experience, and our global corporate networks, to help startups scale.

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OMERS Ventures

We back ambitious entrepreneurs building early stage, disruptive technology companies.  With over $1Billion under management, over 50+ B2B and B2C investments, Our mission is simple: help driven entrepreneurs build great companies.

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Portag3 Ventures

We empower and invest in visionary financial entrepreneurs.  

we are passionate about finding the big thinkers — the ambitious, creative entrepreneurs who will reshape the financial services industry to benefit all consumers.

We make early-stage investments in promising financial tech companies that have potential for global impact. Our long-term engagement offers a unique environment to grow, with robust support, and insight from our partners.

We know innovation can improve wellbeing. So we're on a mission to ensure it happens.

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Radical Ventures

Radical Ventures is a venture capital firm investing in entrepreneurs applying deep technology to transform massive industries. With a primary focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, Radical Ventures seeks to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs with global ambition to build enduring companies.

Radical Ventures is based in Toronto, Canada and is backed by leading global investors.

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Relay Ventures

We back proven teams targeting high growth markets related to mobile software, services, content and technology. 1 in 2 smartphones in the world run software from a Relay Ventures portfolio company. 

Strictly mobile.  The largest man-made platform in history.

The smartphone is a super computer in everyone’s pocket and its component supply-chain is producing the low cost embedded-processors and sensors connecting everything else to the internet.  Combined with AI, mobile will disrupt everything we know today.  

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Ripple Ventures

We are an early-stage venture fund that works alongside startups through the good and the bad every day.  Our partners & advisors have successfully built, managed and sold their own companies. Ripple offers a distinct edge in navigating the investment landscape while trying to help grow businesses and revolutionize various industries.

We seek to partner with ambitious entrepreneurs that are disrupting various industries from multiple angles. We are looking for companies that are attacking massive markets with a unique edge, while executing scalable business models.

a $10M early-stage venture fund focused on B2B software

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ScaleUP Ventures

We are a venture capital firm that supports creative entrepreneurs with more than just capital. We also invest time and expertise to help our investees get to market sooner and scale up faster. This guidance is delivered by our fund’s founders, who have themselves started, funded and managed multiple companies with $1 billion+ exits. They are further assisted by a Leadership Council comprised of some of Canada’s most successful business people.

We were founded in Toronto in 2016 and have raised over $100 million from private investors plus a commitment of $25 million from the Province of Ontario and $5 million from the Province of British Columbia. The fund helps early stage technology companies scale up to the global market, helps drive greater success in the Canadian technology sector, and ultimately contributes to making Canada a stronger and more prosperous economy.

We invest in people. When we meet interesting people with interesting products, good things happen. We like to spend time getting to know entrepreneurs and living with their technology so we really understand a product from a user’s point of view.

And once we see that there is traction for an idea, we are able to apply our financial support, our strong experience and our executive connections to go from local market success to global scale.

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Good News Ventures

WE INVEST IN FOUNDERS WHO ARE DRIVEN TO PUSH THE LIMITS OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE. At Good News Ventures, we invest in early stage technology companies founded by true grit entrepreneurs. We back passionate and determined founders as they develop their impressive ideas into prominent businesses. We admire those who embrace the risk and uncertainty and aren’t afraid to break with convention.
We invest in all sectors including AI, IoT, big data, B2B, cloud, SaaS, mobile, marketplaces, finance, healthcare, applications, infrastructure, networking, security, space technology, storage.
Our partners provide significant value in strategic advice and networking. We have put together exceptional roster of advisors who have various background and can help entrepreneurs take ideas from a concept to a business through mentorships and guidance.
We focus on providing exceptional value for the founders and remarkable returns for investors. We evaluate risk vs rewards and ensure potential returns are in line with our investment philosophy.

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Highline Beta

Highline Beta is a corporate innovation and venture development firm.  We work with the Fortune 1000 companies on developing a balanced approach to innovation by identifying new areas of growth and building a portfolio of venture investments. We believe in ventures-corporate collaboration as the ultimate unfair advantage. Our fund invests in ventures that have meaningful relationships and pilots with our corporate clients. When this works, everyone wins.

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Kensington Capital Partners Limited

Kensington Capital Partners Limited is an employee-owned, high performing alternative investment firm that provides investors with access to unique investment opportunities within the North American market.

Kensington began our private equity investment program with the founding of the firm in 1996. To date, Kensington has committed over $1 billion to private equity investments through a succession of private equity programs.

In 2007, the Kensington Private Equity Fund was created to provide Canadian investors with continuous access to a diversified portfolio of global private equity investments, primarily in North America. Kensington Private Equity Fund remains open for new, Canadian accredited investors.

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Awz Ventures

Awz is a Canadian hub for investment in cyber security, intelligence
and physical security AI-based technologies from Israel, a global leader in these sectors.

Awz leadership and advisors include former senior executives
from Israeli and Canadian agencies (Mossad, ISA, CSIS, CAF),
and global business and venture capital experts.

Awz manages $100MM between its first two venture capital funds,
Awz HLS Fund I and II, having made early stage investments in
14 companies to date, with another 4-6 targeted by the end of 2020.

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whitecap Venture Partners

Whitecap Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital fund investing in high growth companies across three verticals: Information Tech., Food Tech., and Med Tech.

Our team of operators and investment professionals partner with entrepreneurs in verticals where we have deep domain expertise and can bring significant operational and strategic value to companies and founders.

Our team of operators and investment professionals partner with entrepreneurs in verticals where we have deep domain expertise and can bring significant operational and strategic value to companies and founders.
Whitecap Venture Partners began as the venture capital arm of Whitecastle Investments Limited, a family office founded in 1959 by A.E. (Eph) Diamond. Eph was a founder and original CEO of the Cadillac Fairview Corporation, one of North America’s premier real estate companies. Carey Diamond joined Whitecastle in 1989 and in the early 1990’s Whitecap was formed to invest and work closely with high growth predominantly technology companies.

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AGF Investments

Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, alternative and high-net-worth businesses.  At AGF, our approach is defined by three principles. Together, they create a disciplined process that is transparent, repeatable, and deeply woven into our DNA – delivering consistent outcomes for our clients, whatever tomorrow may bring.

Our commitment to the principles of good stewardship and responsible investment is a positive differentiator for AGF. We believe integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into our investment decision-making and ownership practices across platforms will help deliver better investment outcomes to our clients.

AGF is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) as a sustaining member of the Responsible Investment Association.

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ThreeD Capital

ThreeD Capital Inc. is a publicly-traded Canadian based venture capital firm trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol “IDK”.

Our investment strategy is fluid, agile and industry agnostic
Our primary interest is being lead financer in disruptive or leading edge technologies
We are actively involved with investees by advising and leveraging our powerful network
As an extension of management, our investees can focus on what they do best and succeed
Our strong network and history of success provides us with the first look at best of breed companies
Our selections are vision driven for companies that can address our hyper evolving world
We have an advisory group helping with due diligence and deal flow relating to potential Blockchain Investments
The combination of depressed prices in Canadian markets, within a global economic recovery, provides a significant opportunity to invest in the very best opportunities, obtain the lowest entry point for ThreeD shareholders and continue increasing our stake via ongoing advisory services.

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Impression Ventures

We know, we are tech startup founders ourselves. There is no better type of partner.

We only invest in Fintech. We write cheques leading the late-seed / early Series A round. Focus is a necessary prerequisite for success.  We lean in and get our hands dirty when and where you want us to. We don’t tell you what to do, we tell you what we would do

We have a disciplined approach to investing in you. We invest in ventures that fit our thesis that are led by great founders. We lead deals and drive results to exit through active support of the founders.

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Hybrid Financial

Hybrid Financial is a sales and distribution company that actively connects issuers to the investment community across North America. Using a data driven approach and a team of over 70 sales professionals, Hybrid offers comprehensive coverage of both Canadian and U.S. markets.  Hybrid has helped clients complete 180+ successful transactions totaling over $6B raised. 

Hybrid has extensive experience helping clients complete their:

  • IPOs

  • RTOs

  • Follow-on Offerings

  • Private Placements

  • Prospectus Offerings

  • Flow-through Offerings

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RBC Venture Partners

RBC’s approach is to co-invest and partner with other venture capital firms as a minority investor in companies. But we don’t just supply growth capital. We also help entrepreneurs grow their businesses through commercial arrangements, which give our portfolio companies as well as limited partnership investments access to the immense resources and assets the bank and its affiliates have to offer.

We are primarily focused on investments in the fintech, AI, data analytics, commerce and payments, information security, enterprise IT, marketing and customer experience sectors.

We are building new ventures, acquiring growing firms, making investments and partnering with organizations that share our vision. The results are products and services that solve problems and make lives better.  We encourage innovation by investing in companies that develop transformational technologies.  And what's more, our partner companies benefit from insights and expertise from across RBC to help grow their businesses and tap into new markets. We collaborate with top brands to create game-changing solutions.
When we pair our capabilities and assets with those of other industry leaders, we build unique experiences that set us both apart.

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Canaccord Genuity Group

We have the independence and agility to offer clients sector-focused and idea-driven M&A Advisory, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Advisory and Restructuring and Financial Sponsors services.

We offer an integrated platform of equity research, sales and trading, and investment banking services around the world. This enables us to deliver informed insights, shrewd advice, cross-border expertise as well as access to global capital markets.

We believe in developing long term partnerships with our clients who include entrepreneurs, corporations, private equity houses and institutional investors worldwide so that we can help them reach their goals.

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Genesys Capital

The depth of experience resident at Genesys Capital, coupled with a world-class Advisory Board, produces a team accomplished in building successful life science companies.  Genesys Capital is focused on building companies in the high-growth sectors of healthcare and biotechnology. Through its expertise and network, Genesys accelerates the development of commercially viable emerging companies that represent promising life science investment opportunities.

Genesys is one of the largest Canadian-based venture capital firms exclusively focused on the life sciences industry.

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First Ascent Ventures

First Ascent Ventures was founded in 2015 and invests in emerging Canadian technology companies that are building the next generation of disruptive, enterprise B2B software that leverages the cloud, big data, analytics, mobility, AI and machine learning. The founding partners of the Fund Richard Black and Tony van Marken have been involved with over 35 technology companies as founders, operating executives, advisors and investors with a track record of successful growth and premium returns.

First Ascent Ventures is looking for outstanding, committed entrepreneurs and management teams who seek not just financial backing, but the experience and expertise of successful financial and operating executives who can create a catalyst for growth and ultimately a successful exit for all stake holders.

Our target companies have growing monthly recurring revenues with a strong product offering and top tier customer references. We typically invest from the Series A round onwards with around $5 to $10 million per investment. In order to add value we require a board seat and actively assist management teams to grow their business.


MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund

We invest in passionate entrepreneurs with ground-breaking technologies.  We are the leading seed stage investor in Ontario, investing in IT, health and cleantech companies.

We succeed when companies succeed, which is why we work closely alongside entrepreneurs.  We act as a catalyst for attracting the follow-on funding and talent
that companies need to grow and thrive.  With 152 Investments, $69.3 Million capital dispersed, and 34 Exits, secondaries and repayments.

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Lumira Ventures

Lumira invests in companies developing innovative biotherapeutics, medical technologies and consumer health solutions. We are proud to have partnered with so many successful companies and management teams that have brought dozens of new products to patients, and by so doing have helped us generate industry-leading financial returns for our investors.

At Lumira, we know that breakthrough innovations we fund emerge from a dynamic and thriving health sciences ecosystem. We support our broader community by donating a portion of partner time and profits to support the research, translational medicine and healthcare access missions of over a dozen leading healthcare foundations.

Over more than two decades, our firm has invested over $1B via multiple investment funds. The 40+ products brought from discovery to market by our portfolio companies have generated over $60B of cumulative revenue.  We leverage the lessons learned from helping create, finance and build over 100 innovative healthcare companies.  

The areas of medical need being tackled by our companies include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, vision loss, heart failure, asthma, infectious disease and others that impact the daily lives of over 1 billion people worldwide.

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RBC Capital Markets

RBC Capital Markets is part of a leading provider of financial services, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Operating since 1869, RBC is one of the largest banks in the world and the fifth largest in North America, as measured by market capitalization. With a strong capital base and consistent financial performance, RBC is among a small group of highly rated global banks.  Our Equity Capital Markets Group structures and executes public and private equity, equity linked offerings and corporate equity derivatives for our global client base. We are a leader in the placement of equity and equity-linked products with a range of institutional investors around the globe and retail investors across North America.  Our highly-experienced ECM team partners closely with the firm’s investment banking professionals to advise corporations, governments, private companies and financial sponsors. We provide expertise on financing and monetization structures, execution frameworks and market receptivity to specific transactions and equity placements. Our close collaboration extends to our institutional equity sales team and our retail investor network, enabling us to provide clients with excellent market intelligence along superior execution and equity placement capabilities.

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Round13 capital

Round13 Growth invests in growth opportunities including those in technology and healthcare, as well as more traditional industries where there is an opportunity for technology enablement. We focus solely on Canadian based growth companies where our knowledge, experience and relationships can be utilized to help drive growth and to positively and actively influence outcomes. We help to bridge the late-stage growth funding gap in Canada between traditional venture capital and public market investors.

Round13 Growth partners with founders, management teams and existing investors to help grow portfolio companies and position them for eventual exit. Our mandate is flexible and we are able to formulate custom tailored, flexible and attractive investment structures. Our unique experience over many years working with growth companies allows us to offer unparalleled advice and guidance regarding market positioning, financial reporting and metrics, and advanced planning for significant liquidity events such as strategic acquisition or IPO, as well as provide longer-term corporate development assistance and high-level strategic decision making guidance.

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Framework Venture Partners

Framework combines a unique data-driven investment decision process with a highly collaborative engagement model designed to help visionary entrepreneurs and CEOs scale world-class companies in high-growth global markets. Framework Venture Partners invests in companies across all software verticals with a focus on businesses re-imagining the consumption and seamless delivery of financial services within applications used daily, or applying artificial intelligence solutions to large industry-specific datasets. 

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iGan Partners

We invest in entrepreneurs disrupting healthcare.  Based in Toronto, we partner with exceptional founders focused on commercializing and scaling technological advancements in healthcare.  We provide portfolio companies with smart-capital, active support, and access to a network of industry partners and sector specific co-investors to help them grow and succeed.

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StandUP Ventures

We champion breakthrough companies led by women.  Women led ventures succeed more often, with better returns.  We believe that women led companies think outside the box, recruit great talent, and serve bigger markets. We invest in seed-stage technology companies with at least one woman in a C-level leadership position within the company and an equitable amount of ownership.  We are proud to work with top institutions to invest in Canadian women entrepreneurs. The continued support of leading Canadian investors provides a deeper well of financing to draw upon.

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Loyal VC

Loyal is re-inventing early stage investing. To start with, the fund is evergreen, and re-prices and trades every quarter. Investors can cash out when they want, rather than waiting for portfolio company exits. Entrepreneurs get a fund whose long term viewpoint matches theirs and investors get a fund that optimizes returns by selling at the best price, not the earliest.  Entrepreneurial talent is not restricted to a specific region, country or industry. We partner with global organizations who have a deep understanding of the best local early stage companies. Then we leverage their networks to source diverse, pre-vetted, worthy founders.  We give all companies a chance to prove themselves - whether you have wealthy friends and family or not - by investing early. Companies enter by referrals from trusted partners who have worked with them for months. Follow on investments are based on what companies deliver month over month, not how they pitch. Perhaps as a result, Loyal VC has a highly diverse founder body, with almost 40% women CEOs, and people of all racial origins. Industries are equally diverse, ranging from blockchain and AI to social ventures and biotech.

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Roadmap Capital

At Roadmap Capital, our mission is to offer an investment platform with a unique approach to selecting, investing in and partnering with exceptional companies.
Roadmap Capital connects our qualified investors with carefully selected potential investment opportunities in an environment that fosters partnership, mentoring, growth, innovation and value.
Roadmap Capital was formed to fill a need for a more transparent investment model, where our investors have the freedom to co-invest, alongside Roadmap Funds, in attractive leading-edge private companies.  For investors, Roadmap Capital offers due diligence with deep domain expertise, exposure to high-growth investment opportunities, and the ability to co-invest in private companies and become involved in our portfolio companies.

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Plaza Ventures

Growth-stage venture capital that puts people first.  We connect growing companies to a wealth of knowledge and capital from successful investors. Our platform is designed to create deeper relationships and more positive outcomes – for everyone

We are motivated only by the increase in enterprise value of our companies and the generation of net profit for our investors. Our compensation comes from successful outcomes – we don’t get rich from fees.  We invest in the demand-driven gap – companies that face growing orders, delayed revenue recognition, and the need to hire up to meet demand. We call this our "moment in time".  Fewer investments in concentrated strategies make all exits meaningful to us. We never pressure entrepreneurs to seek inflated valuations. We don’t chase unicorns.

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XPV Water Partners

We find successful companies like yours, with exceptional solutions to complex water related challenges, and work with you to help your company realize its full potential. We understand the technology applications, unique end user behaviours and market nuances that only a sector focus team can. We put our expertise to work to help you realize your vision!  We develop leading businesses who serve the water and related waste end users. 

The product and service offerings of our companies cover a broad set of solutions from source and process water treatment technologies to operational support services and software. In addition to water, waste and environmental solutions many of our companies provide product or services to adjacent markets to maximize their growth and lifetime customer value.

Our vast experience puts us at the heart of the water, related waste and environmental components of almost all sectors, giving us a unique insight into the resources that you will need to facilitate rapid growth.

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OMERS Growth Equity

OMERS Growth Equity invests in high-growth companies backed by exceptional entrepreneurs. We partner to create long-term competitive advantage for companies with a commitment to innovation in industries such as healthcare and technology. We make minority equity investments of $50M to $250M and are active partners on the boards of companies we invest in.  We specialize in health care, software, industrials and business services globally.  We are proactive owners and asset managers. We work in close collaboration with management teams to accelerate growth. We take pride in adding value.  We embrace opportunities for organic growth and expansion, through operational improvements, long-term capital injections and M&A.

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Leaders Fund

We help bold entrepreneurs build category leaders.
We invest in SaaS companies, helping them anticipate and break through key inflection points on the journey to $100M+ in ARR.  Many companies will face similar growth challenges scaling to $100M in ARR. We call these critical moments in a startup's journey 'inflection points'. If inflection points are not anticipated and planned for, they can destroy value and cause many problems.
Having lived through these inflection points building 9 companies, and supporting our portfolio of growth companies, we are releasing a set of ongoing playbooks to help diagnose and design the path forward.

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Extreme Venture Partners

The leading seed-stage ecosystem from Toronto to Waterloo.  EVP is an early-stage technology venture capital firm focused on pre-seed & seed startups in the Toronto-Waterloo corridor. With three funds under management, EVP has achieved superior investment returns while helping launch and grow more than 100 companies and over 3,000 well-paying technology jobs in Canada.  

The Extreme network is unique because it goes beyond a typical venture fund. EVP has built a for-profit technology ecosystem to help grow and develop the next-generation of great Canadian companies. This ecosystem includes an innovation lab, accelerator, hackathon organizer, and crowdfunding platform all located in Toronto’s downtown core.  EVP seeks out companies with creative intelligence with capital efficient models and large addressable market opportunities. Successful companies in our portfolio not only dominate the Canadian market, but expand globally to become multinational entities. We encourage all our founders to think big right from the beginning.

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We are one of the few investing in early stage cleantech startups and building market winners. We strongly believe that, in a market economy, those solving big problems earn the big rewards. We work hands-on with founders to build strong teams and innovative business models to create market leaders. We’re former startup entrepreneurs ourselves - we’ve lived through and understand the challenges.  We are interested in deep technology and emerging fields of science, from advanced materials to artificial intelligence, which apply broadly to our target sectors

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Two Small Fish Ventures

We invest globally in early-stage, transformative tech companies with strong network effects.  We help nurture these small fish into big whales. We love to dream big with you!  What we are looking for:
Strong Network Effect
❖ Regardless of sector, we look for a product that the increased usage of such product leads to a direct increase in the value of that product to its users or other constituents.
❖ Network effect is proven to be a highly defensible moat for any business, with the companies that leverage network effect as their key defensibility are often the winners in their own domains with massive valuation.
❖ Opportunities that have such characteristics will be found in marketplaces, AI, blockchain and decentralized networks.

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GreenSky Capital

GreenSky’s underlying passion is investing our time and money in early stage IT, CleanTech, and Medtech companies to take them from Seed to Success. Having founded, funded, built and exited multiple companies, we have the experience, the scars, and the network to guide exceptional entrepreneurs on a high-growth path.  GreenSky Capital principals form the General Partner of the GreenSky Group of Funds. The Funds seek out the most promising early stage B2B technology companies in Southern Ontario and beyond, emphasizing protectable IP and experienced management. Our team brings strategic contacts, as well as legal, financial, and technology-scaling experience that help our portfolio companies achieve their goals.
Beginning in 2010, GreenSky has brokered and/or advised in 28 fundraising transactions for a total of over $50 million raised for 14 companies.

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Intact Ventures

Intact Ventures is focused on investing and partnering with companies that are redefining the property & casualty insurance landscape through innovative business models and new technology.  Building relationships with ground-breaking companies enables us to accelerate our learning, design smarter products, and leverage unique technology. In return, we support the growth of these companies by providing them with capital and access to our expertise and talent.  We want to ensure that we continue to lead in a fast-paced industry to serve the best interests of our customers, as well as our portfolio of companies and partners.

Investing in companies shaping the future of transportation, from now until full autonomy. We are investing in entrepreneurs focused on revolutionizing how people and things get from A to Z.

Data and Artificial Intelligence
Investing in companies that are producing or capturing novel data sets that can be used to power the development of world-leading Ai-based business models. We’re also investing in entrepreneurs that are using artificial intelligence in creative and disruptive ways.

Supporting companies developing cutting-edge and innovative models for the distribution of financial products that have top-tier user experience and that leverage new data points to best serve their customers.

Sharing of Assets, Expertise, and Risk
Exploring the innovative ways of sharing assets and risk that stand to revolutionize consumer profiles and alter the insurance value chain.

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Celtic House Venture Partners

Celtic House Venture Partners is an independent Canadian investment firm. Since 1994, Celtic House has been one of Canada’s most active investors in technology and innovation.  Celtic House has collaborated with management teams and repeat entrepreneurs to develop technology companies from the inception phase through to exit, generating 25 initial public offerings and successful acquisitions. From offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Celtic House manages in excess of $425 million across three funds.  

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Green Acre Capital

Green Acre Capital is a private investment fund dedicated exclusively to the Canadian medical and recreational cannabis industry. The fund invests in sectors across the cannabis value chain including production, research, consumer products and retail. This cross-vertical approach creates an eco-system among portfolio investments that helps fuel growth and innovation.
Green Acre Capital was formed in 2016 and raised $25 million for Fund I. Those funds were fully deployed into 13 cannabis businesses throughout 2017/18. With early success of creating growth in the ecosystem and showing returns for shareholders, we launched Fund II in August 2018. Fund II has $89 million of assets and will continue to execute upon the proven thesis of Fund I.

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BlueSky capital

Quantitative Investment Management
We aim at delivering value to our clients by applying the scientific method to the global financial markets.  Bluesky Capital is a global quantitative alternative investment manager. Our mission is helping high-net worth individuals, family offices, and institutional investors achieve their investment objectives by deploying capital globally in public financial products. The firm invests in multiple quantitative investment products around the globe covering all asset classes, including Equity, Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities, and Volatility. We believe that our main competitive advantage resides in our rigorous and proprietary quantitative research process and substantial investment in technology.  We believe that by applying the scientific method to vast amounts of data in order to find sources of alpha quantitative investment managers have the potential to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns to their investors. Our investment team is composed of people holding advanced degrees in the field of science and technology. Our investment philosophy is based on the principles of rigorous quantitative research and substantial investment in technology. Our risk management technology monitors different types of risks present in our investment portfolios with the objective of preserving capital for our clients.  Our flagship investment product is a fully systematic quantitative global macro program. The program invests globally in a broadly diversified investment portfolio of publicly-traded investment products covering all geographic regions and asset classes, including Equity, Fixed Income, Currency, Commodity, and Volatility. The investment portfolio has the objective of delivering alpha by deploying capital in a fully systematic way based on sophisticated quantitative techniques based on our proprietary quantitative research.

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Generation Ventures

We will invest early, we will invest late. We can lead the deal, we can follow. We have an investment thesis, but won't be slaves to it. Without fail, we invest in people - smart, experienced, and above all else, honest people. We think of our portfolio as a portfolio of trusted relationships, and we build accordingly. Yes we focus on smart things, yes we look for smart investors, but first and foremost every investment we make is built on mutual trust and shared values with management. Can we rely on each other to be open and transparent? Can we count on each other to do what we say we will do? Can we have faith in each other to work hard and act ethically? Gladly, yes - in the case of these fantastic companies, and more to follow.

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Dream Maker Ventures (DMV)

Dream Maker Ventures (DMV) is the investment arm of Dream Maker Corp. (DMC), a Toronto-based vertically integrated asset management firm founded in 2003. With divisions in real estate, development, property management, and insurance, DMC has a total of half-a-billion dollars AUM.
Dream Maker Ventures invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and innovative technologies. Our goal is to fund early-stage companies that use technology to transform the way businesses operate, and revolutionize consumer experiences. We like to work with dreamers that can envision what life will be like in 5-10 years, and invest to help make that vision a reality.

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Canadian Business Growth Fund

CBGF helps Canadian businesses with the capital, talent, and expertise they need to drive growth and realize their potential.
Supported by Canada’s leading banks and insurance companies, we have a national mandate to provide long-term, patient, minority capital to entrepreneurs pursuing growth and expansion strategies.
With initial capital commitments of $545 million and projected to increase to $1 billion over time, CBGF is an independent, values-driven partner for teams committed to taking their business to the next level.  We view our investments as partnerships. As a minority equity investor, the teams that we back and the relationships we build with them are fundamental to our collective success.

When we invest, we take a long-term view and treat the relationship seriously from day one. We are diligent and methodical, but strive to be pragmatic and collaborative to keep companies focused on their operations.

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Kora Network

Kora is a project of hope for billions of people who are underserved by the current financial system, and are burdened by expensive and inconvenient access to financial services. They are excluded from better solutions due to high costs, lack of proper identity, poor access to banking locations, and mistrust or poor understanding of the banking system. Existing platforms have limited penetration due to lack of access to infrastructure like electricity, expensive access to Internet, insufficient capital to afford a smartphone, and a steep learning curve.

At Kora, we believe that technology should empower instead of displace existing communities and networks.

The Kora Network is a blockchain built on four layers of infrastructure to provide a low cost financial services platform that is universally accessible via SMS/USSD on feature phones, or with internet access via mobile app, enabled by blockchain technology. This helps communities build and own self-sustaining financial services ecosystems. By drastically reducing the cost and time to provide financial services, and drawing a diverse set of stakeholders into an interoperable network, we unlock the Long Tail of the global economy. We aim to benefit the population most in need, enriching the global economy by unlocking the capital, intellect, and creativity of the underserved.

We are starting with four basic building blocks to construct a fully functional financial system. These building blocks are built into the Kora Network as smart contracts, and are accessible to any user on the network:

Identity: Letting a user prove they are who they are, and that they did what they say they did.
Secure Storage: Letting a user protect their funds from being easily stolen or devalued.
Money Transfer: Transferring value from one entity to another, quickly and securely.
Marketplaces: Creating venues for users to exchange money for goods, services and capital.

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Bicameral Ventures

At Bicameral Ventures we invest with a dual frame of mind for all our companies. Beyond individual merit, we take a deep look at how projects fit within our interconnected portfolio.  We're Investing in the Blockchain-Enabled Future That Closes This Deficit.  Our portfolio spans multiple layers of the technology stack and is designed to be highly interconnected. Our projects are customers, suppliers and collaborators to each other and Bicameral is the framework that facilitates these connections.

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Pool global Partners

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Gibraltar Ventures

We accelerate the growth of consumer product companies by pursuing omni-channel opportunities.
We believe value creation is not only fuelled by access to financial capital or great technology, but also by a strong will to win, experience and access to influential business development networks.
Gibraltar is passionate about backing exceptional entrepreneurs. Founded in 2013, we exist to make our entrepreneur partners stronger and more competitive.
We do this by providing partner companies with strategic & business development expertise, access to our network of senior corporate decision-makers and expansion capital.  

Are led by driven, hard-working, talented management teams;

Have a clear understanding of their market potential and growth strategy, but are unafraid to pivot strategically when needed;

Have a scalable, capital efficient business model, with low capital expenditure requirements and high cash conversion rates; and

Are generating recurring revenue, with an ability and desire to expand geographically.

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Globalive Capital

At Globalive, our diversified portfolio includes investments in sectors spanning from telecommunications to media, from real estate to artificial intelligence and from healthcare to commerce.  We make pre-seed through Series A stage investments. In our venture portfolio, we are most active with Series A stage companies who are well-positioned to leverage our operating experience, global network and track record in accelerating early stage businesses.
we have invested in more than 90 companies around the world. At Globalive, our diversified portfolio includes investments in sectors spanning from telecommunications to media, from real estate to artificial intelligence and from healthcare to commerce.

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Bloom Burton & Co.

From start-ups through commercial launches, we are active in all areas of the healthcare industry, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare services, healthcare IT, life science tools, animal health, nutrition and wellness.  From raising public capital to steering seed money to promising new life science ventures, Bloom Burton & Co. connects investors with healthcare businesses poised to create significant value.
As investment bankers, we nurture relationships between worthy companies and engaged investors who want to provide funding and participate in the growth of the healthcare sector.  Sourcing capital to fund healthcare opportunities
From steering seed money to promising new life science ventures to facilitating private financing or raising public capital, Bloom Burton & Co. connects investors with attractive healthcare businesses poised for growth and profit.
As investment bankers, we nurture relationships between worthy companies and engaged investors who want to provide funding and participate in the growth of the healthcare sector.

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NorthWater Capital

Identify & Invest in Growing Food & Beverage Companies in Canada & the United States.
We Seek Investments in the Following Food & Beverage Sub-Sectors: Bakery,
Better-For-You, Confectionery/Snacks, Dairy, Protein Producers, Pet Food & Retailers, Beverages
Northern Waters Capital Approach

Form Long-Lasting Active Partnerships, Provide Strong Financial And Strategic Support That Will Result In Long-Term Success

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Mantella Venture Partners

Mantella Venture Partners invests in exceptional entrepreneurs building market-altering mobile and Internet software businesses. At MVP we invest early. In fact, more than half of our investments to date were incorporated in our office. MVP typically invests up to $1,000,000 at inception, with the ability to support subsequent rounds as required. We invest alone, or alongside other value-added venture and angel investors that share the belief that founder/investor alignment is key to building successful companies and profitable exits. After investment, our portfolio companies benefit from active, hands-on involvement in all phases of growth, including product development, business development, marketing, financing, and team development. If you're looking for partners for your whole journey, not just money, get us involved early.


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RoyNat Capital

At Roynat, we believe every company should be able to make their vision a reality. We are a different kind of partner, providing unique financial solutions to help mid-market companies embrace opportunities right across Canada.  Every company is unique, and so is each investment. Even though our approach and structure will be customized to your situation, most of our investments have a few things in common:
Exceptional management who are willing to partner with us to grow the business. They share our passion for excellence, and an unrelenting focus on creating value.
Significant growth opportunities are evident, either organically or through acquisitions.
A profitable track record underpins forecasts. Margins are strong, and EBITDA trend are positive.
Market leadership driven by a strong product or service offering, in a defensible market niche.
Stakeholder alignment on investment horizons and the shared goals of growth and value creation.  Whether you are experiencing growth, an acquisition, a buyout or succession, finding the right partner and the appropriate capital structure is critical to your long-term success. This is where Roynat Equity Partners’ vision, experience and patient approach really count.

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