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Hopper: Behind The Deal With Brightspark Ventures

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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

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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

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Radial Engineering: Behind The Deal With Regimen Equity Partners

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On Feb. 5, Vancouver-headquartered Regimen Equity Partners announced it had acquired, in partnership, Radial Engineering Limited, a lower mainland-based world-renowned manufacturer of pro-audio accessories and acoustical treatment products. As part of our “Behind The Deal” series, the CVCA caught up with two of Regimen Equity Partners’ Managing Directors, David Eisler and Cooper Seeman, to discuss

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Miovision: Behind The Deal With McRock Capital

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On May 7, Kitchener-based Miovision announced that McRock Capital led a CAD $15M in financing along with participation from existing investor, MacKinnon, Bennett & Co. (MKB), and new investors BDC Capital and HarbourVest Partners. As part of the financing, McRock co-founder, Whitney Rockley, has joined the Board of Directors. Founded in 2005, Miovision is a leader

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CryptoKitties: Behind The Deal With Version One Ventures

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On Mar. 20, Vancouver and San Francisco-based Axiom Zen, the maker of CryptoKitties announced that it had raised CAD $12M in Seed/Series A funding. The syndicate of investors on this deal included Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, CAA Ventures, Digital Currency Group, Rising Tide Fund, YesVC, Hex Capital and CVCA member firm, Version One Ventures.

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Investment In ICT Continues To Soar In Canada

On Mar. 6, CVCA released its 2017 Year-In-Review data which demonstrated the attractiveness of ICT investing in Canada. Canadian ICT companies received the majority (71%) of total venture capital dollars invested ($2.5B over 375 deals) while life science companies received a fifth of the dollars invested ($696M over 105 deals). Almost a fifth (19%) of

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Mexico Diving In To Canada’s Hot Tech Market

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It has almost been a year since the United States triggered NAFTA renegotiations. The historic free trade agreement was officially implemented on Jan. 1, 1994 after almost two decades of negotiations and amendments. Since 1994, Canadians have enjoyed a wider-selection of goods, increased trade volume, increased foreign direct investment and the development of new jobs.

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Enerkem: Behind The Deal With Cycle Capital Management

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On Feb. 6, 2018, Montreal-headquartered Enerkem announced it had secured CAD $280M in its largest investment round to date. The syndicate included existing investors Cycle Capital Management, Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, Waste Management of Canada, Investissement Québec, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Fondaction, The Westly Group, and the National Bank of Canada. The latest round