Founded in 1986 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, American Capital, Ltd. (“American Capital”) has seven offices in the U.S. and Europe. American Capital is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate and structured products. While American Capital is headquartered in the United States, they have made several investments in Ontario companies. For more information please visit www.americancapital.com
Calgary, Alberta-based Avrio Ventures targets Canadian companies focused on innovation in the food and agriculture sectors. Founded in 2006, the firm is committed to taking an active role in building growth and later-stage companies into global enterprises in the targeted sectors. For more information please visit www.avrioventures.com
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Toronto, BEST Funds is a manager of retail venture capital funds as well as private funds. BEST represents the entire spectrum of VC financing, from seed-and-start-up to later-stage financing, with a focus on emerging companies engaged in software, cloud computing, financial services and clean tech. BEST provides both equity and debt financing. For more information please visit www.bestfunds.ca
The BlackBerry Partners Fund is a venture capital firm with offices in Toronto and Montreal, focused exclusively on mobile internet for consumers and enterprises. The firm brings a unique partnership with a mobile market leader as well as expertise to its portfolio companies. The fund is device-, platform- and stage-agnostic and has an investment footprint throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Israel. For more information, please visit www.blackberrypartnersfund.com
Brightspark Ventures works closely with entrepreneurs to develop and build software and Internet companies. Their investment approach capitalizes on many years of entrepreneurial, investment and operational experience, in order to actively help early-stage companies through their development and growth phase. Brightspark’s investments in startups range from the “product concept” stage where they work with domain experts looking to commercialize an idea or technology, to working with experienced entrepreneurs looking to scale their existing business. With offices in Toronto and Montreal, Canada, Brightspark is backed by institutional investors who share their approach to early-stage software investing. For more information, please visit www.brightspark.com.
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), has been a major venture capital investor in Canada since 1975. With five offices across Canada, including two located in Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa), BDC is active at every stage of a company’s development cycle, from seed through expansion, BDC Venture Capital focuses on financing technology-based businesses and funds that it believes have high growth potential and are positioned to become dominant players in their markets. For more information, please visit www.bdc.ca.
For over 15 years, Celtic House Venture Partners has been one of Canada’s most active investors in private information and communications technologies (ICT) companies. With $315 million under management, Celtic House has collaborated with start-up teams and repeat entrepreneurs to develop platform technology companies from the inception phase through to exit, generating over 20 initial public offerings and successful acquisitions. Celtic House has built clusters of companies in digital multimedia, data centre technology, wireless communications, and financial services software. For more information, please visit www.celtic-house.com.
Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital (“Chrysalix”) is a venture capital firm investing in technologies that will drive the new energy economy. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Chrysalix provides early-stage financing, hands-on assistance and strategic connections to innovative companies confronting the world’s most important energy and environmental issues. Collectively, Chrysalix has over 120 years of experience in the energy industry and over 120 years in the venture capital business. For more information, please visit www.chrysalix.com.
CTI Life Sciences Fund, L.P. is a limited partnership formed in 2006 and based in Montreal. CTI makes venture capital investments, primarily in Canada, in emerging life sciences companies at the start-up and clinical development stage. CTI’s team of professionals in science and finance is experienced in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and works closely with the entrepreneurs and researchers of these young companies. For more information, please visit www.ctisciences.com
Cycle Capital Management is a Canadian venture capital fund focused on the Cleantech sector. The fund invests in companies developing and commercializing clean technologies and projects in renewable energy generation that are focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing resources use and decreasing impacts over their life cycle. For more information, please visit www.cyclecapital.com.
Emerald Technology Ventures is a global leader in cleantech venture capital and operates from offices in Toronto, Canada and Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 2000, Emerald is a pioneer in this rapidly emerging sector and is focused on innovative technologies in energy, advanced materials and water. Since its inception Emerald has managed three venture capital funds and two venture capital portfolio mandates totaling approximately $400 million. Emerald is currently investing out of its latest fund and is looking for energetic and passionate entrepreneurs with the vision to build world-class clean technology companies. For more information, please visit www.emerald-ventures.com.
Founded in 2000, Genesys Capital is a Canadian-based venture capital firm focusing exclusively on the life sciences. Through its managed funds, Genesys invests in start-up and mid-stage investment opportunities across various sub sectors of the life sciences industry, including biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare services. Genesys assists in the development of emerging companies that represent biotechnology investment opportunities. For more information, please visit www.genesyscapital.com
GrandBanks Capital (GBC) is an early stage venture capital firm which invests primarily in companies located in the eastern United States and Canada. Headquartered outside of Boston, the firm has proven investment expertise in Internet infrastructure, software, security and storage applications, mobile media, and financial services. GBC has launched each of its venture capital funds with Canadian investments. For more information, please visit www.grandbankscapital.com
GrowthWorks is one of Canada’s retail venture capital managers, with assets under management of approximately $550 million and offices across the country. Through regionally-based retail venture capital funds (RVCs), GrowthWorks identifies, analyzes, and structures investments in companies with high growth potential. Particular emphasis is placed on the Canadian information technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing and cleantech sectors. For more information, please visit www.growthworks.ca
Founded in 1996 and located in Toronto, Ontario, JLA Ventures is made up of committed entrepreneurs working hard to transform brilliant ideas into successful, technology-based businesses. Their areas of focus include Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and mobile applications and services. They partner with highly motivated and talented people to bring world-class, innovative products to rapidly growing markets. Portfolio candidates typically possess superior technology, a sustainable competitive advantage and exceptional growth prospects. As multi-stage investors, JLA Ventures provide long-term capital for growth purposes with an investment size in the range of $1MM to $10MM. For additional information, please visit www.jlaventures.com.
Lumira Capital leverages 20 years of North American venture capital experience to build transformational health, life science and medtech companies. Its goal is to make investments in market leading companies and work alongside the entrepreneurs, management teams and syndication partners to implement the strategies to build them into strong and significant businesses. Lumira utilizes internal resources, knowledge networks, industry expertise and relationships – and its operational and leadership experience – to help businesses achieve their full potential. For more information, please visit www.lumiracapital.com.
Established in 2011, OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over $55 billion in net assets. OMERS Ventures is focused primarily on investments in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors. While OMERS Ventures prefers to get involved with its initial investment early on – in the $500,000 to $2 million range – it is a long-term investor focused on leading or participating in all successive rounds of the entire venture capital lifecycle. For more information, please visit www.omersworldwide.com
Founded in 1995, Propulsion Ventures is a Montreal-based venture capital firm with $200 million under management. Propulsion invests in early-stage software companies in Canada and is one of four of Telesystem venture capital firms that operate worldwide. Telesystem and its fund have offices in Montreal, Boston, London and Johannesburg. For more information, please visit www.propulsionventures.com.
Based in Montreal, Rho Canada ULC (“Rho”) was established in 2006 to invest in early-stage technology companies in Ontario and Canada. Rho is affiliated with U.S.-based Rho Ventures, a company that has been investing in venture-stage companies since 1981. Rho’s portfolio companies are a diverse group of investments that span new media, mobile applications, wireless infrastructure, semiconductors and materials, and software (including SaaS). For more information, please visit www.rhocanada.com.
Toronto, Ontario-headquartered Royal Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, more commonly referred to as RBC, is Canada’s largest financial services institution as measured by assets and market capitalization. With offices in Canada, the U.S. and 50 other countries, RBC provides personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, corporate and investment banking and transaction processing services to close to 18 million clients. For more information, please visit www.rbc.com.
Founded in 2002 and based in Irvine, California, SAIL Capital Partners invests in cleantech companies focused on solving global natural resource challenges. Composed of a team of investors with diverse backgrounds in cleantech-related industries, the firm manages a broad portfolio of companies across the cleantech sector including energy, water and green innovation. For more information, please visit www.sailcapital.com.
Summerhill Venture Partners is an early stage venture capital firm focused on select areas within the wireless, digital media and information technology sectors. Summerhill currently manages a US$175 million fund from offices in Boston and Toronto. Their management team has a track record of investing in entrepreneurs dating back to 1993. For more information, please visit www.summerhillvp.com.
Based in Waterloo, Ontario, Tech Capital Partners manages $95 million in venture capital. The firm provides financing, hands-on leadership, market strategy and operational guidance to early-stage companies in the information and communication technology sector. Since its inception in 2001, the firm has invested in some of Canada’s most innovative high-tech companies. An active advocate of innovation and entrepreneurialism, Tech Capital maintains a strong presence in the technology business community. For more information, please visit www.techcapital.com.
The VentureLink Innovation Fund offers Canadian investors access to a diversified portfolio of Canadian companies operating in many different industries. The Fund’s objective is to realize long-term capital appreciation by making debt and equity investments and investing its reserves in instruments whose returns are linked to the performance of the TSX or sub-indices of the TSX, while offering the tax benefits of a labour-sponsored fund. For more information, please visit www.venturelinkfunds.com.
Ventures West is an established Canadian venture capital firm recognized as a market leader in innovative early-stage technology investing. Since its formation in 1973, Ventures West has managed eight venture capital funds with total committed capital of more than $700 million and has invested in more than 160 companies. With 100+ years of combined technology venture investing and hands-on operating experience, the Ventures West team has a unique set of capabilities and a track record in venture capital investing and extensive contacts in the North American technology, financial, and venture capital markets. For more information, please visit www.ventureswest.com.
Founded in 1997 and based in Israel, Vertex Venture Capital invests in early stage technology companies in the fields of mobile and broadband, digital media, enterprise software, greentech and other emerging technologies. Vertex has an international investor base and a global network of business relationships and partners. Vertex’s team of professionals works closely with entrepreneurs to help achieve business objectives and returns to investors. For more information, please visit www.vertexvc.com
The Walsingham Fund is one of Canada’s leading growth capital investors. The fund focuses on companies with unique technology and business models that target potentially large markets with best-in-class products. Integral to the fund’s strategy is the ability to provide much more than capital to its portfolio companies. The fund therefore prefers to act as an early investor, take a Board seat, and to capitalize on its team’s credentials, industry knowledge, market insights and network to build strong expansion/growth stage companies in Canada. For more information, please visit www.walsinghamfund.com.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Wesley Clover manages a portfolio of public and private companies, all of which have either been founded by or funded by Wesley Clover. With roots in the network and telecommunications industry, Wesley Clover oversees investments in high-growth, early-stage companies within the ICT, digital media, and real estate and leisure sectors. For more information, please visit www.wesleyclover.com
XPV Capital Corporation is a Toronto-based investment firm that has been focused on making a difference in water since 2005. By combining water entrepreneurs with investment professionals, XPV considers itself a value added financial partner for both investors and companies aiming to capitalize on the sweeping transformation taking place in the global water industry. XPV uses its industry insight and focused approach to invest in rapidly growing water enterprises. They put their water and investment resources to work by helping portfolio companies expand their strategic networks and execute market-driven milestones. XPV invests at all stages of a company’s growth cycle and seeks potential investments throughout the global water community. For more information, please visit www.xpvcapital.com.
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