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Behind The Fundraise With iGan Partners

Jon Jackson
VC

On April 18, Toronto-based VC fund, iGan Partners, announced it had raised CAD $100M for its first fund, iGan Fund I; surpassing its initial goal of CAD $50M. The fund is focused on the health technology sector which includes digital health, medical devices, healthcare IT and AI. The fund will also provide diversified exposure to

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Behind The Fundraise With inovia capital

Jon Jackson
VC

Photo (left to right): inovia capital General Partners, Patrick Pichette, Dennis Kavelman and Chris Arsenault On February 19, Montreal-based inovia capital announced it had raised a fourth USD $200M early-stage fund and a new USD $400M growth-stage fund. The firm also announced that it is expanding to core markets in Canada and Silicon Valley and opened a

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Bold Commerce: Behind The Deal With Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital

Jon Jackson
VC

Photo: Bold Commerce Founders – (Left to right) Jason Myers, Yvan Boisjoli, Stefan Maynard, Eric Boisjoli. On January 16, Winnipeg-based Bold Commerce announced the successful close of a CAD $22M Round A financing from Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital. Bold Commerce provides a range of e-commerce applications to 86,000+ wholesale and business-to-business merchants worldwide.

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Clearbanc: Behind The Deal With inovia capital

Jon Jackson
VC

Photo: (Left) Andrew D’Souza, Co-founder and CEO, Clearbanc and (Right) Michele Romanow, Co-founder and President, Clearbanc. On Nov. 12, Toronto-based Clearbanc announced it had successfully raised USD $70M from a syndicate that included, inovia capital, Real Ventures, Portag3 Ventures, Emergence Capital Partners, 8VC, Social Capital, CoVenture, Founders Fund, Precursor, WTI, Berggruen, and FJ Labs. Clearbanc

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EnvironeX Group Inc.: Behind The Exit With Persistence Capital Partners

Jon Jackson
PE

On Oct. 31, Montreal and Toronto-based private equity firm, Persistence Capital Partners announced the acquisition of their portfolio company, EnvironeX Group Inc. by Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), a global scientific leader in bioanalytical testing. Québec-based EnvironeX Group is one of the largest analytical laboratories in Québec, with over 250 specialists and technicians, managers and professionals in

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The Canadian VC Market: Healthy Across All Stages

David Kornacki
VC

I often find myself in various conversations where I hear a very similar statement. It’s normally something along the lines of, “Sure, we have plenty of interest in the seed and early stage venture rounds. What we’re missing in Canada is support for the later stage venture rounds.” While I don’t aim to disprove this

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Hopper: Behind The Deal With Brightspark Ventures

Jon Jackson
VC

Photo: Sophie Forest, Managing Partner, Brightspark Ventures & Fred Lalonde, Founder & CEO, Hopper. On October 3, Montreal-based Hopper announced it had successfully completed a USD $100M Series D round, led by OMERS Ventures and included participation from CVCA members Brightspark Ventures, BDC Capital and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ). Other participating firms

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Fund I: Behind The Fundraise With Ripple Ventures

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On Sept. 12, new Toronto-based VC, Ripple Ventures, announced the closing of their new CAD $10M early stage focused Fund I. The fund will focus on early-stage companies in Toronto, Waterloo, Montreal, and Boston with preference given to software companies in healthcare and enterprise, as well as companies in industrial services, real estate, blockchain and

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#paid: Behind The Deal With Good News Ventures

VC

On May 9, #paid, a Toronto-based company that connects marketers with influencers for campaigns and content creation, announced that it had closed CAD $9M in Series A financing from a syndicate of investors. The CVCA members involved in the deal included Good News Ventures, ScaleUP Ventures and Freycinet Ventures. #paid was founded in 2014 and

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Opportunities In Cannabis Nothing To Giggle About

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On June 20, publicly-traded marijuana stocks in Canada picked up steam after the bill to legalize recreational marijuana passed the Canadian senate, the last major hurdle in Canadian parliament. That wasn’t the first time cannabis stocks have surged ­in the country; when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won the Federal General Election in 2015, stocks rose