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From Zero to IPO: People Due Diligence at Every Startup Stage

Daneal Charney
VC

Every time an investment firm considers putting capital into a growing company, even in the earliest funding rounds, they should insist on some level of people due diligence. This due diligence should be led by a trusted HR executive or advisor in their network. We are used to seeing people due diligence support potential exits

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VC Investment Activity in Canadian Life Sciences Companies: A Commentary

David Kornacki
VC

VC Investment Activity In Canadian Life Sciences Companies is a special contribution from David Kornacki, CVCA’s Associate, Research & Product With CVCA’s Q3 2019 report just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment and dive a bit deeper than usual in a sector. More specifically, I wanted to zero into the trends we’re

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CEO Perspectives: Where Private Equity Truly Adds Value

Ben Gibbons
PE

These insights were generated at an RSM-led panel discussion featuring CEOs, who have had involvement with PE firms, during the CVCA Invest Canada ’19 conference in Vancouver BC, Canada. Most owner-managers find that having a private equity (PE) firm take a stake in their company has been wonderful—providing the cash they need to grow, discipline

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Ready To Seize The Impact Investing Opportunity?

Tania Carnegie
PE

Impact investing is on the rise, as more and more private equity (PE) investors look to achieve solid financial returns while also helping to solve some of the biggest social and environmental challenges we face. As the impact investing opportunity continues to grow, Canadian PE firms should take steps to get ahead of the curve

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Canadian Business Growth Fund: Closing The Gap

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Why don’t more Canadian companies grow to become global industry leaders? How did we go from being home to 18 such companies in 1990, compared to just a handful today. What has led to the “hollowing out” of the mid-tier market in Canada as smaller companies sell long before their plans are realized? It’s not

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The Investment Opportunity In British Columbia

Innovate BC
VC

B.C.’s tech sector is thriving. Year over year, we’re experiencing consistent growth in revenue, GDP, job creation, and total companies. We have more than 10,000 companies, employing more than 114,000 people, all over the province. Emerging tech hubs in the Okanagan, Kootenays, and Vancouver Island are helping drive innovation in all parts of B.C., providing

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Moving From Searchlight To Beacon: An Opportunity For Canadian Venture Capital Firms Dedicated To Increasing Their Investment In Women‑Founded Firms

Jonathan Hera
VC

The May 7th, 2019 report by Highline BETA and Female Funders on Women in Venture Capital shows that only 11.8% of managing partners in Canada’s venture capital industry are women; fewer still at the venture partner level (10.3%). The report also says that $4.6B or eighty-five per cent of money invested in Canadian venture-capital funds

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Private Equity Investment: Ownership Transitions Fuel Opportunities For Smaller Deals

Patrick Latour
PE

A surging tide of ownership transitions represents a major growth opportunity for Canadian private equity investors, especially at the lower end of the market. While Canadian institutional investors have largely withdrawn from smaller PE funds to move upmarket, PE funds and pledge funds have found new sources of capital through family offices and high-net-worth individuals.