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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, 

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BrandProject

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.

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Clearbanc

We are the biggest ecommerce investor in the world In 2015, we invented a new way to fund your businessToday, 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.

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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, intelligenceand physical security AI-based technologies from Israel, a global leader in these sectors.

Awz leadership and advisors include former senior executivesfrom 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 in14 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 agnosticOur primary interest is being lead financer in disruptive or leading edge technologiesWe are actively involved with investees by advising and leveraging our powerful networkAs an extension of management, our investees can focus on what they do best and succeedOur strong network and history of success provides us with the first look at best of breed companiesOur selections are vision driven for companies that can address our hyper evolving worldWe have an advisory group helping with due diligence and deal flow relating to potential Blockchain InvestmentsThe 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:

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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.

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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 talentthat 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

CANADA’S HEALTH TECHNOLOGY INVESTORSWe 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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ArcTernVentures

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.

MobilityInvesting 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 IntelligenceInvesting 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.

DistributionSupporting 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 RiskExploring 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 ManagementWe 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.PURPOSEGibraltar is passionate about backing exceptional entrepreneurs. Founded in 2013, we exist to make our entrepreneur partners stronger and more competitive.STRATEGYWe do this by providing partner companies with strategic & business development expertise, access to our network of senior corporate decision-makers and expansion capital.  

WE SEEK COMPANIES THAT: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; andAre 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 opportunitiesFrom 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, BeveragesNorthern Waters Capital ApproachForm 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.

MANTELLA VENTURE PARTNERS IS INVESTING IT’S SECOND $24M EARLY STAGE FUND THAT PROVIDES HANDS-ON SUPPORT TO GREAT FOUNDERS BUILDING SOFTWARE COMPANIES IN HIGH GROWTH MARKETS

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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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Disruption Ventures

At Disruption Ventures we know that companies with female founders grow faster. We also know there’s a whole bunch of incredible female led businesses out there looking for funding.So we’re on a mission:To be the starting point for the best female founders when early stage capital is required –period!To build successful companies with female entrepreneurs.To expand marketplaces, solve problems and make money.  We’re looking to invest in businesses that solve real problems, with teams that are committed to succeed, in markets that have high growth potential and in companies that have a female founder or females in leadership roles.WE’RE INVESTING MOSTLY IN SEED AND SOME SERIES A.

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Investeco Capital

Our investment focus is high growth North American companies that promote health and sustainability in the food & agricultural sector. We seek to deliver strong financial returns to our investors while helping our portfolio companies build a better world.  Promoting a healthy and sustainable food sector.InvestEco’s main focus is investing in expansion-stage companies in North America that promote health and sustainability in the food and agricultural sector. Our companies typically have between $1 – 30M in revenues at the time of our initial investment, and we aim to hold our positions for about seven years. Our goal is to make a strong financial return for our investors while supporting companies that are contributing to a healthier world.  The North American Sustainable Food sector has been growing at a rate of more than 10% per year for the past decade and is likely now worth more than $100 billion annually. It is expected to continue growing at a CAGR of about 15% until at least 2019. This growth has enabled many small to medium-sized Sustainable Food companies to prosper. It has also attracted the attention of various large food companies that have increasingly been entering the Sustainable Food sector through strategic acquisitions.InvestEco believes that this market climate has created excellent investment and realization opportunities for investors in small to medium-sized Sustainable Food companies.

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EPIC Capital Management Inc.

Epic Canadian Healthcare Funds invest in private health technology companies at the scale-up and growth stage. Toronto is a major medical hub in North America that has historically focused on academia and pure research. This is now changing with the emergence of a thriving commercial hub. Epic HealthTech is pioneering the space as one of the first institutions to focus exclusively on Canadian health technology. Through its medical advisory board and partners, Epic has deep domain expertise in both capital management and health technology. Epic presently manages three vintages of healthtech funds.

The Epic Canadian Healthcare Fund LP I is a five year fund that invests in unique private Canadian healthcare companies generally unavailable to the investing public that offer the potential for outsized returns.

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Amplify Capital

Amplify Capital is the evolution of the MaRS Catalyst Fund, investing in mission-driven, double-bottom-line disruptors in health, education and clean tech. Every dollar invested in these companies generates a financial return and a social return. That’s how we amplify capital. And we further amplify our impact by encouraging partners, investors and co-investors to invest in companies where purpose drives profit. As investors, what we invest in today shapes the world of tomorrow.Our thesis is simple. We believe if we use: best business practices, best community, environmental and social practices, and good governance to solve large societal challenges we will deliver top-tier venture results. To prove this thesis, MaRS Catalyst Fund was launched in 2016 as an initiative between MaRS Discovery District and Virgin Unite Foundation. The goal was to build the impact investment marketplace in Canada and we closed the fund in 2017 with 100% private foundation, family office and pension fund LP’s. Amplify Capital is the evolution of that original fund.Amplify Capital is a seed stage venture fund investing in technology companies solving for social and environmental market gaps. We believe that a thriving economy is one of reduced inequality based on a foundation of affordable clean energy, quality education and healthcare. These three sectors represent at least $12 Trillion* annual market opportunity. We are based in Canada and primarily invest in Canadian mission-driven teams that are creating scalable for-profit business solutions to build highly profitable and sustainable companies. We invest early, but expect teams to have proven their technology and product-market fit. Our initial investments range from $500K to $750K in Seed and Series A and we reserve additional capital for follow-on funding potential. Our investors include family offices, foundations and individuals who believe in investing for both financial return as well as social impact.

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Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners

Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners – TIAP – specializes in venture building ofearly-stage health science technologies emerging from our members.TIAP was formerly MaRS Innovation.   Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP) is a member-driven not-for-profit organization which was created in 2008 (at that time under the name “MaRS Innovation”) by 13 of Toronto’s top universities, institutions and research institutes, plus the MaRS Discovery District as host organization. Our mandate is to bring the members’ most promising research breakthroughs to market. In addition to member support, early funding came from the Federal Government through the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research program.Our portfolio is built upon a pipeline of health science discoveries from researchers within our member institutions. TIAP works with inventors to explore options to advance their highest potential innovations. This is accomplished through our suite of programs and funding mechanisms.

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Paradigm Capital

Paradigm Capital is an employee-owned independent Canadian investment dealer focused on companies with excellent long-term, secular growth characteristics. With an emphasis on diligence and a spirit of entrepreneurialism, the Paradigm team has deep expertise in the companies and sectors we cover.  

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Social Capital Partners

Social Capital Partners tackles important social problems by developing creative and high-risk solutions. We are guided by where and how we can have the greatest impact.We are proud that our approach has allowed us to play early and influential roles in social finance, social enterprise and demand-led workforce development.  Being open to different ideas has led to all sorts of activities since we were founded in 2001. From incubating a social enterprise courier service, to helping people facing barriers to employment find good jobs by applying innovative social finance techniques, click below to see a sample of our work. For the last few years we have been very focused on trying to improve the employment and training system in our home province of Ontario.  Current Focus AreasEmployee Ownership Capital InitiativeHow can we use new financial tools and new approaches to help more people become owners and build wealth?Demand-Led Workforce DevelopmentHow do we provide employment and training supports that are more effective and efficient for jobseekers, workers and businesses?

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Ramen Ventures

Invest in founders who will improve the lives of billions.  We partner with founders who are using cutting-edge scienceto solve important problems in Health and Planet.  We invest in companies, but we’re really backing people.  Our investment process is designed for founders, by founders, to be fast, friendly, and clear.‍

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Beehive Capital

Beehive by Bee Group Ventures is a VC based on one single principle, value. We are a seed and series A fund based out of Toronto, Canada, investing in Canadian companies coast to coast (we would invest in the right companies across the border too) to which we believe have the right product, where we can use our expertise in branding and marketing and help create true value and real growth

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Groundbreak Ventures

We back exceptional entrepreneurs that are changing the way we live and work.GroundBreak Ventures™ is a venture capital firm specializing in real estate and property technology. We invest as early as the pre-seed stage, and provide both the capital and the domain expertise necessary to support the growth of our entrepreneurs, and the businesses they work tirelessly to build.Focused on PropTech investment opportunities at the pre-seed to Series A stages, with the ability to follow-on across multiple rounds.Our firm is based in Toronto and supported by Hopewell®, a multifaceted real estate organization with operations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Arizona. Over its nearly 40- year history, Hopewell® has built extensive industry networks and deep expertise in residential and commercial development, homebuilding, property management and logistics. The company has embraced innovation; a willingness to adopt new technology is a key differentiator in its approach to business.

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Canada Media Funds

The CMF is a not-for-profit corporation that delivers $353 million in funding annually to support the Canadian television and digital media industries through two streams of funding.  The Convergent Stream supports Canadian projects that include content produced for distribution on at least two platforms, one of which is television. It is made up of various programs and incentives that target key activities and audiences.Through the Convergent Stream, the CMF supports the creation of content in four underrepresented genres: drama, documentary, children’s & youth, and variety & performing arts.  The Experimental Stream encourages the development of interactive digital media content and software applications that are innovative and leading-edge. Projects must be connected to the Canadian cultural sector.

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Exponential Group (ExG)

Investing & Fundraising For The New EconomyWe help visionary investors & founders leverage the power of the emerging digital economy to access smarter investments and capital.  Raise Capital To Fuel Your Mission.  Early-stage investments for exponential foundersFrom seed-stage to growth-stage to exit we help visionary founders fund their mission and expand their impact.  Exponential is a fully-integrated venture capital firm that provides access to venture funding, investment banking, and stock exchange listing and trading capabilities, under-one-roof. We help visionary founders secure the funding and guidance they need to fuel their mission, grow their company, and expand their impact. Whether you need seed funding to verify product/market fit, growth capital to scale your proven concept, or want to take your company global with an exchange listing, we’re here to help.As innovators in the digital asset space we utilize the latest in emerging technology to ensure you have access to the largest pool of investors with the highest probability of success. As founders turned investors we understand the unique challenges you face at every stage of growth and our fully-integrated model ensures you’ll get the support you need when you need it.By raising capital through Exponential you’re joining a movement of companies on a mission to expand human potential and alleviate suffering.

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Ven Growth Partners

VG Partners is a merchant bank owned and operated by the founding partners of VenGrowth Asset Management Inc. From 1982 to 2011, VenGrowth was a leading premier Canadian private equity firm. In 2011, VenGrowth sold its funds to Covington Capital. Over VenGrowth’s 29-year history, VenGrowth invested $1.3 billion in more than 200 Canadian companies. VenGrowth was a lead investor in many of Canada’s success stories including Lakeport Brewing, Party Packagers, Bridgewater, GeoTrain, SiGe Systems, Q9 Networks, Sandvine, InSystems, Tundra, Lavalife, Pixstream and Changepoint. VenGrowth investors included retail individuals, as well as leading institutional investors including all five of Canada’s largest banks.

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Trellis Capital

Investing in the future of Canadian technology.  What we look forGround-breaking technology companies looking to make an impact on their industry and the world we live in.  

How we investWe partner closely with our portfolio companies, providing capital, strategy, and a wealth of experience at every point in a startup’s journey.  We believe that innovative, high growth potential companies can thrive with our support. with strong value proposition solving an important problem:Proprietary or patented innovationRevenue of approximately $5 millionScalable and capital efficient business models that can transform industries globallyOur hands-on approach to cultivating successful growth requires that companies have their headquarters in and around Ontario.We expect returns of 5 to 10X invested capital over 3-5 years.

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MMV Capital Partners

MMV Capital Partners is focused on providing growth capital to emerging technology and life sciences companies throughout North America. It has financed over 200 companies that range from being very early stage to established enterprises. MMV’s creative financing solutions have helped the entrepreneurs of these companies realize their growth potential and reach critical milestones at all stages of development.  PARTNERS FOR GROWTH MMV Capital Partners is dedicated to providing timely and effective growth capital to emerging technology and life sciences companies throughout North America.The amount of capital we provide typically ranges from $1.5 million to $10.0 million USD, although larger transactions can be accommodated as required. We offer various types of financial solutions to help entrepreneurs evolve and grow their companies. These solutions include long-term venture loans, as well as bridge financing and structured loans. Our strength is finding creative debt-financing solutions that meet the needs of the dynamic companies we support.MMV Capital Partners is managed by one of the most long-standing and seasoned venture lending teams in North America. Our current capitalization drives a $400 million+ investment program targeting $100 million of new investments each year. Our team has been providing venture finance solutions to growing technology and life sciences companies since 1998.

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Six Squared Capital

Six Squared Capital, is a Toronto based early stage Venture Capital group, providing funding to Toronto (GTA) based Information Technology Companies. While funding and mentoring companies in a variety of industries, Six Squared principally focuses on Healthcare and Software as a Service (SaaS) revenue model businesses.

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Worthwhile Industries

Worthwhile Industries build thesis-driven SEEDed Infrastructure and Public Utilities. Our Transition Engineering programs easily manage COVID or Economic events while national finance organizations improve performance and reduce risk across any portfolio.  Worthwhile Industries are Capital Projects and Investment that offers a unique solution tailored to the needs of growing potfolios in most business sectors internationally. Our thesis offers a leading strategy for investors of any size who are looking for flexible, scalable and reliable growth opportunities

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The Azrieli Foundation

At the Azrieli Foundation we are passionate about the promise and importance of a rigorous but creative approach to philanthropy, strategic collaborations and leadership and bold forward thinking. We believe these are the keys to knowledge that will create positive outcomes for future generations. We aim to achieve measurable impact in our priority areas and to improve the lives of others.  Aiming to make a meaningful impact in our priority areas, we employ not only significant financial resources, but also a rigorous approach to due diligence, short-, medium- and long-term evaluation and reporting. At the same time, we remain open to tackling issues in new and creative ways, and flexible in making adjustments along the way.Beginning with a careful review of a potential grantee’s or partner’s track record, strategies, leadership and financial stability, as well as the sustainability of any proposed initiative, our funding aims to make a measurable difference by strengthening institutions, empowering individuals and catalyzing out of-the-box thinking and innovative approaches to pressing problems.Our grant-making ranges from large and long-term initiatives and programs to smaller, strategic short-term investments. In each case, we endeavour to right-size our investments for maximum impact.Our funding spans our areas of interest and there are often important connections and synergies between priorities. As we continue to apply best practices in philanthropy and learn from our peers and partners, our strategies within our priority areas may evolve.

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Front Street Capital

Believe that buying great companies at fair prices can generate significant long term returns.

Our unique qualitative criteria helps identify companies that we believe continuously improve through stakeholder engagement.  Our stakeholder-oriented investment philosophy means we strive to invest in socially responsible learning organizations. Check out our quarterly letters and portfolio of investments for more information.

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Quadravest Capital Management

Quadravest Capital Management Inc. is an independent investment management firm that is focused on the creation and management of enhanced yield products for retail investors. The name Quadravest was chosen to symbolize four key management principles that would guide the firm: Innovation in financial products, Discipline in investment management, solid overall Results for investors, and excellence in client Service.Quadravest was formed in 1997 and has designed, launched and manages 13 publicly traded investment products for a total in excess of $2 billion in assets under management.

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NFQ Ventures

“We hold these truths to be self-evident” — well maybe in the case of the US Declaration of Independence, but not necessarily in the case of what it takes to start, build and scale-up companies to reach critical mass. Why is it that in most cases, entrepreneurs who start companies rarely make the transformation into being the CEOs that grow the enterprises to critical mass?

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BEST Funds

Our experiences have helped us to build a unique and flexible approach to investing in high-growth companies. We look to build relationships with companies by helping them build value. We provide companies with innovative debt financing to provide them with the capital they need to scale without the dilutive effects of a typical equity investment.Innovative Companies Deserve Innovative FinancingThe evolution of business models has enabled founders to add leverage to a company earlier than ever before, allowing for founders and early shareholders to retain more value and control. We view your intellectual property and your growing base of customers as assets you can use to help you reach the next level. We understand the needs and value drivers of technology companies, and we’re prepared to act as a lender to you long before more traditional routes of capital become available.  

Investment CriteriaB.E.S.T. Funds is actively deploying capital and is currently looking for new portfolio companies. Our strategy is to identify emerging or untapped markets that have tremendous growth potential and select companies within those markets poised to be leading players. Our focus is on funding the growth and continued development of companies with demonstrated potential. We look for revenue generating companies that aren’t necessarily profitable, but have line of sight on being cash flow positive. We analyze all cash flows coming into the business and determine the amount of leverage that we can provide the company.

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JJR Capital corp

JJR Private Capital is an independent private capital and diversified merchant bank focused on providing equity, structured credit and advisory solutions to emerging and mid-market companies globally.

JJR Private Capital makes public and private equity investments in, and sponsors, high-growth businesses with credible management teams and industry differentiating value propositions.

JJR provides mezzanine debt, bridge loans and other structured credit solutions to borrowers without the bureaucratic delays associated with traditional bank and institutional lenders.

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Pinetree capital

Pinetree is a value-oriented investment and merchant banking firm focused on the technology sector.  We invest primarily in equity, as well as debt and convertible securities, which we acquire and hold both for longer-term capital appreciation and shorter-term gains. We aim to invest in companies that will provide us with investment returns that exceed benchmark returns.  The weighting of our investments among various sectors changes over time, with a view of maximizing the total value of our portfolio and without regard to maintaining particular sector allocations. However, we also believe in sticking to ones circle of competence so spend the majority of our time and energy looking for opportunities in the technology sector.In most instances, we are a passive investor and we typically seek to take equity positions of between 5% and 10% of our portfolio (though our positions may from time to time reach or exceed 20%). Where warranted, we have taken and will consider a more active role by advising management of our portfolio companies and/or placing one or more nominees on their boards of directors. In these circumstances, we will work with management of a portfolio company to help it unlock value by providing strategic counsel in areas such as financing, operations, capital structure, potential acquisitions and exit strategies.

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Mackie Research Capital Corporation

We have led or co-managed more than 600 transactions since 2008 and over $6 b in lead financings making us leaders in small and mid-cap bookrunning for the TSX Venture Exchange. With over 70 companies under research coverage and a comprehensive team of research analysts, traders and IB professionals, we offer an attractive full-service platform with decades of experience.  Mackie Research Capital has identified a unique opportunity to dominate in the Venture Investment Banking sphere. Recognizing that Venture investing is the backbone of wealth-creation and employment growth in Canada, and a natural “feeder” to our ECM division, we’ve demonstrated a strong presence at the early stage in broker led deals.

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Octave Ventures

Octave Ventures is a venture capital firm that is based in Toronto Canada. The firm seeks to invest in the mobile, communications and media sectors.

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Jefferson Partners

Jefferson Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in seed and early stage and core investments in established companies.  Since 1987, we raised and invested $500+ million in more than 50 technology companies based in the US and Canada.We have learned the value of a clean exit when an investment doesn’t work out. After the financial crisis, we were forced to shutter several promising portfolio companies because we could not find the capital to keep growing them or a strategic or value buyer to take them over.As a result, we established a captive India-based offshore services provider to acquire software companies that find themselves in a similar situation – having created some value but with no way to harvest it.We pride ourselves in being straight forward, transparent, and fast – the way we would want to be treated when we are in the position of the directors/founders seeking a reliable exit.

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Vision Capital

Vision Capital Corporation (“Vision” or the “Manager”) is the Manager of the Vision Opportunity Funds (the “Funds”), alternative investment funds that focus on investments in publicly-traded securities in the real estate sector.  The Vision Opportunity Funds are real estate focused alternative investment funds seeking to outperform in all market environments with low volatility and uncorrelated returns

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Fundserv

We connect the Canadian investment management industry, ensuring every trade is processed timely, accurately and securely. Our goal at Fundserv is to reduce time, cost and risk while improving the ease of doing business so that our clients can focus on what matters most to their business. We take pride in our model of delivering high-quality products that can be accessed by all within the industry. Parallel that with a unique cost recovery model where our clients can share in the savings we generate each year which is a value proposition that can’t be matched by any firm.Our commitment to the industry goes beyond the solutions we deliver and is exemplified through our history and our future of being the trusted source to the industry. We don’t take this for granted and continue to focus on building solutions that enhance our value through Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity, and Respect.

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Third Eye Capital

Third Eye Capital believes good companies should not be judged on their financial results alone. Often, a company’s most valuable assets do not appear on the balance sheet.  We have experienced the challenges of financing a business first-hand. Our founders have felt the pain of rejection from conventional lenders who were unable or otherwise unwilling to see the potential of their ventures. But that also taught us the sources of value creation and recognizing the patterns that can make a business successful. We have walked in your shoes and provide financing from your point of view.

Good companies should not be judged on their financial performance alone. And a company’s most valuable assets often do not appear on the balance sheet. We help you monetize your hidden assets with financing that is not focused on just your historical earnings.Investment PrinciplesThird Eye Capital helps good companies with unique situations solve business problems with financing that recognizes the latent value in assets that others perceive as too complex or risky. We do this by consistently applying a set of investment principles that guide our relationship with borrowers from investment through to success.

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McLean Watson Venture Capital

McLean Watson Capital is a venture capital firm specializing in seed, early stage, mid stage, and late stage investments. It prefers to invest in information technology and communications sectors with a focus on hardware, internet, IT services, software, energy technology components, subsystems, and systems.

McLean Watson Capital is a leading Canadian-based venture capital firm dedicated to funding high-growth entrepreneurial ventures and helping them become industry leaders.Our purpose is to combine discipline, experience and global vision to drive business success. Since 1992, McLean Watson has continually grown, evolving from itsAsian trading roots to become a leading venture capital firm that is proud to put our resources and reputation behind high-growth, high-potential enterprises in North America and around the world.

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Terra Firma Capital Corporation

Terra Firma Capital Corporation (TSXV: TII) is a publicly traded real estate finance company that provides customized debt and equity solutions to the real estate industry. The company focuses on providing financing for quality residential and commercial real estate developments throughout Canada and the US. Terra Firma offers the full spectrum of real estate financing in a variety of structures, under the guidance of strict corporate governance, clarity and transparency controls.

Terra Firma Capital Corporation provides lending services where quality real estate development intersects with the best human capital. In a sea of like-minded financial institutions, Terra Firma understands risk through an insightful and very different lens. As a non-conventional lender, Terra Firma approaches lending from an equity (or principal) perspective.

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Vitality Capital

At Vitality Capital we believe in the potential of immensely passionate people. We empower companies to achieve their vision by investing long-term capital on behalf of a limited number of significant high-net-worth individual investors and family offices.  

We invest in the enablers of digital commerce – We believe that every part of the commerce process in all industries will eventually be digitized.   Our focus is on B2B businesses that are transforming the commerce transaction in various verticals. We are looking for the technologies that improves the customer experience, increase efficiencies in the operations of a seller, or provides sellers a greater access and advantage in selling to customers. We define digital commerce in a broad sense to allow ourselves the opportunity to invest in technology disrupting the whole customer journey within the commerce transaction. Whether you are a business transforming the archaic shopping experience or digitizing the customer purchase in the industrial sector, you could be a fit to our portfolio. We like entrepreneurs that understand the problems of the industry they are seeking to improve and have a vision for where they want to take the industry towards.Industries of focus – we will invest in businesses focusing on any industry or vertical seeking to rewrite the commerce process. Areas of focus – we are looking to digitize the whole commerce flow from the beginning point of product discovery down to the delivery of the end product to the customer. Stage of focus – we will come in as early as your angel round, co-invest in pre-seed and seed rounds and follow-up in future financing from our capital reserve.

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The Ontario Capital Growth

OCGC, the venture capital agency of the government of Ontario, was created to promote and develop the venture capital sector in Ontario, so that more high-potential technology companies have access to the capital needed to grow and prosper. OCGC investment activities have resulted in over $300 million invested in high potential technology companies, including globally recognized Shopify and ecobee

The Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund is a $250 million co-investment fund which has been established by the Province of Ontario to respond to the challenges that Ontario-based companies in the following sectors are facing in raising venture capital and other capital:clean technologylife sciences and advanced health technologiesdigital media and information and communications technology

The $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund (OVCF) is a joint initiative between the Government of Ontario and leading institutional investors to invest primarily in Ontario-based and Ontario-focused venture capital and growth equity funds that support innovative, high growth companies.

The $300 million Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund (NVCF) is a joint initiative between the Government of Ontario, Government of Canada, and institutional and corporate investors to invest in high-potential venture capital fund managers across Canada. NVCF is structured as a fund-of-funds which is market based and returns focused, with the aim of supporting the most promising opportunities in Canada.

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Liquid Capital Corporation

Liquid Capital: The funding alternativeGrowing businesses need working capital to fund payroll, pay supplier costs and cover other operating expenses. If the timing of receivables doesn’t align with payables, you may find yourself unable to meet financial obligations or seize short-term opportunities.Liquid Capital provides a range of reliable short-term financing solutions that are fast, easy, risk-free and able to grow with you—without locking you into complicated, long-term contracts.Grow your business with confidenceLiquid Capital handles the needs of small, medium and emerging middle-market businesses, while delivering the resources and service capabilities of a much larger financial services company. We take on your invoice and collections management—including the risk—so you can get the capital you need to focus on the business, rather than paperwork. Grow your business with confidence, knowing we will be there to help at every stage.Discover the Liquid Capital differenceFast, flexible service means opportunities don’t have to wait. While banks can take weeks, or even months, to approve short-term financing, Liquid Capital can get the funds in your hands within days – without disrupting your existing banking relationships.Tomorrow’s growth is not limited by today’s financing challenges. Banks offer a financing arrangement based on past performance and current assets; Liquid Capital looks to the future and the opportunities that are there for you.Fast service means opportunities and obligations don’t have to wait. Options such as A/R factoring from Liquid Capital are not loans, so they don’t appear as liabilities on your balance sheet. This allows you to avoid adding further debt to your business.No fixed limit means your financing keeps pace with business growth. Unlike bank credit lines with a fixed limit, Liquid Capital financing is based on a formula that will automatically grow to expand as your business grows, without the need to renegotiate.

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The Group Ventures

The Group Ventures is exactly what the name suggests. We are a Group of experienced operators with a track record of building value that have come together to Invest and work together with exceptional entrepreneurs. We believe in the Canadian tech ecosystem, its growth potential and the global impact it can have. Our job is to make sure that happens and help accelerate our portfolio companies’ growth.  We are operationally and strategically involved providing our portfolio companies with resources across four key operational areas We have collectively founded 14 companies, made over 25 investments and hold board and advisory positions with 22 start ups and leading Canadian incubators/accelerators

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Eventi Capital Partners

Eventi Capital Partners (ECP) is a Toronto-based growth capital investment group, specializing in software-as-a-service, Internet infrastructure services and more recently medical devices. Founded in 2002, Eventi Capital Partners leverages the extensive operational and investment experience of its Managing Partners to enable CEOs to scale their business more predictably. We invest in passionate entrepreneurs who possess deep domain expertise and are committed to building a scalable company that delivers exceptional value to its customers.Historically we have invested across various stages from early revenue and transition phases to later stages of growth. As operators and serial entrepreneurs ourselves, we understand the challenges of managing high growth businesses and work closely with the CEOs and management teams to help shape the strategy and often assist in the execution.

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Covington Funds

The Fund is currently closed to subscriptions.The Fund has five Series: Series VII, Series VIII, Series IX, Series VIII B and Series IX B. The Fund is currently open to redemptions at the net asset value for each series.

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Purpose Financial

Since we began, we’ve actively brought together the pieces we need to support our vision of being a leading organization that empowers Canadian investors and enables SMB founders and entrepreneurs.We started by building a better investment management company focused on the biggest problem our industry needed to solve: actively helping real-world investors meet their long-term goals. Then we expanded into two exciting new areas where we see huge potential to make a significant impact — the movement toward independent wealth management and creating the banking solutions that small business owners need to be successful.

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VentureLink LP

VentureLink Innovation Fund’s objective is to realize long-term capital appreciation by making debt and equity investments in a diversified portfolio of securities in eligible Canadian businesses and by investing in reserves.The Fund reduces risk through diversification in various investments, including debt-related securities (such as debentures and promissory notes), as well as equity holdings.

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RBS Investment Group

The RBS Investment Group Inc. was formally incorporated in 1999 to facilitate the flow of global capital into institutional-grade Emerging Market real asset investments. Partners of RBS include institutional investors, family offices, banking institutions as well as sell-side corporate entities and project sponsors requiring capital in the form of debt or equity. As limited Partners we co-invest globally alongside seasoned management teams for the purpose of generating reliable income streams in value-orientated long-term ventures.The RBS Project Finance Group was established to address the prevalent capital deficit that exists within the global finance community in accessing financing for qualified projects and operations. RBS partners with expert management teams to capitalize projects that are professionally managed, with sufficiently high returns to meet our hurdle rates. We also provide strategic advice to our partners in structuring and deploying mid to long-term investments.

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Stone Investments

Stone Investment Group Limited is a 100% Canadian-owned financial services company with a history of more than 25 years of operating with integrity and creating long-term value for investors.  Our different – often disruptive – way of thinking about macroeconomic issues and how they may affect investing carries through to how we manage our funds.  We don’t jump on the bandwagon – our disruptive approach is designed to create truly unique portfolios. We keep long-term performance in mind, but always have an eye on the opportunities that can have a positive impact on portfolios through increased upside capture.

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Hemlock Capital Partners

Hemlock is a privately held investment fund focused on acquiring, developing and actively managing a single small-to-medium sized business with annual revenues of $5M to $30M

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Terra Capital Corporation

Tera Capital Corporation was formed in 1996 as a means of investing in equity or debt of higher growth and, in turn, higher potential return opportunities. Focusing primarily on small cap equities (less than $500MM market cap), the success of Global Innovation Fund has been followed by a High Income Fund.Investment Strategy – Tera Capital Corporation (Tera) implements an investment strategy and process which has been developed and practiced in prior portfolios. Tera focuses on the following key characteristics:* Industry Focus – Tera seeks investments in the growth markets across all industry sectors including innovation, natural resources, industrials, clean energy, biotechnology, and financials. These industries represent an attractive investment emphasis due tosubstantial and diverse market opportunitiesworldwide sales potentialchanging regulatory environmentstechnological innovations* Investment Process – Tera uses a systematic investment process for generating superior returns. We also take a disciplined approach throughout each stage of the investment process, from sourcing transaction flow, to screening decisions and due diligence; from structuring and negotiating terms; to working actively with management teams and realizing investment liquidity.

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BGS Venture

BGS Venture is an independent merchant bank with early-stage venture capital arm.  We work with founders to provide funding and forward-thinking financial advice facilitating growth and amplifying their potential.  

Financing growth is vital to business growth.

Whether it’s corporate financing or equity and debt financing, our exceptional experience and knowledge, along with strong, established funder/investor relationships, mean we secure the capital you need.

We specialize in raising public and private capital (including equity, debt and quasi-equity). Whether institutional investors, pension plans, endowments or high-net-worth individuals, we know the global investment community intimately and they trust us. We specialize in providing advice to private companies regarding:

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Bioenterprise Capital

We invest in carefully selected agri-based technologies and businesses that promote human health, lower global energy consumption, reduce the environmental impact of industry and lever technology to materially impact productivity.Specializing in agri-tech, Bioenterprise Capital is uniquely positioned to identify attractive opportunities and weed out all but the best prospects.And it’s not just dollars that we invest. Our hands-on approach helps our portfolio companies to expand their markets, grow profits and create a cleaner, greener and healthier world in the process.That’s how we define intelligent capital.

Bioenterprise seeks global leaders in agricultural innovation that have a defensible and sustainable leadership position based on unique science, technology or market positioning.  Our preference is towards privately held companies, that have been incorporated for at least one full year and that falls within one of the following categories:

  1. Commercialization: companies less than three years old with annual revenues under $1 million
  2. Emerging stage: companies with annual revenues between $1 and $5 million
  3. Accelerating stage: companies with annual revenues between $5 and $10 million
  4. Market expansion: more mature enterprises with annual revenues over $10 million

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Rosseau Asset Management

Rosseau Asset Management Ltd.’s investment objective is to maximize long-term capital appreciation through Event Driven / Special Situation investing in North America, with a Canadian focus. Rosseau makes use of its core competency in fundamental research to identify opportunities arising from corporate restructurings, turnarounds, unique growth situations and market anomalies. Rosseau employs long and short strategies, using leverage when prudent, with equity, fixed-income and derivative instruments to take advantage of these opportunities. Investment hold periods are generally longer-term in nature, usually ranging from six months to several years.Rosseau is well known for its expertise in the Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. In addition, Rosseau has successfully invested in other sectors including Technology, Biotechnology, Consumer Products and Industrials and will continue to participate when opportunities arise.

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BDC IT Venture Fund

The BDC IT Venture Fund manages over $300 million in venture capital investments across Canada in emerging and mid-stage Internet, mobile and enterprise companies. Our initial investment typically ranges from $2M to $5M in Series A or B rounds with up to $15M invested over the life of the company.Our investment team includes three partners based in Montreal, Ottawa and San Francisco. The partners have extensive operating experience in the software space, having previously served as CEOs, VP Sales and CFOs. Altogether, the three partners have founded six companies. We have led the majority of our investments and are using our knowledge, resources and worldwide networks to help promising early-stage companies become global leaders. The Fund has invested in a number of successful companies including Radian6 (acquired by Salesforce), Q1 Labs (acquired by IBM), Hubdoc (acquired by Xero) and Wave (acquired by H & R Block).

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PyCap Venture Partners

Pycap Venture Partners is a venture capital and corporate finance firm providing financing and value creating solutions for early stage companies, administrative, investment and management services for venture capital and private equity investment vehicles, and educational courses for universities, incubators, events and conferences.

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