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#InvestInCanada: Celebrating Canada’s 150th

Canada is a great place to do business, live, work and invest. Let’s break down some of Canada’s impressive metrics: Canada’s workforce is the most highly educated among members of the OECD, with half of its working-age population having a tertiary level education. Canada is one of the top ten countries in the world to

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Coding Canadian Innovation

On June 14th, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains and Science Minister, Kirsty Duncan announced a $50M, two-year government commitment to teach young people to code alongside other digital skills. This initiative is delivering on the 2017 budget announcement in March, where the federal government explained its intentions to make Canada

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Lumira launches new philanthropy initiative to support Canadian healthcare innovation


A CVCA interview between CVCA CEO, Mike Woollatt and Peter van der Velden, Managing General Partner, Lumira Capital MW: Peter, Lumira announced this morning a really unique strategy to donate a portion of the carry earned by the partners of the firm on Lumira Capital Fund IV to leading healthcare foundations across the country. Can

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CVCA Member Profiles

NBIF gets $45.6M government injection to support local innovation


May 4-12 was Innovation Week in New Brunswick and the week was used as a backdrop for a provincial government funding announcement for the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF). The government of New Brunswick committed to propelling the local innovation ecosystem with an injection of $45.6 million in funds over four years in an announcement

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Data & Analysis

Behind the Scenes with the Investors: The Real Matters IPO


Photo Credit: Carey Diamond A month after announcing its intention to go public, Markham Ontario-based Real Matters Inc. (TSX: REAL) has begun trading, raising C$156 million with common shares at C$13.00 per share, giving the company a valuation in excess of C$1 billion. The Real Matters IPO marks an end to a two-year dry spell for

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

How VCs are inspiring the next gen of female tech entrepreneurs


Always at the forefront of innovation, the venture capital industry has a remarkable record of funding entrepreneurs during the genesis of their society-changing companies. It’s a history that has had quite an impact—firms like Google, Facebook and Uber have proven to be game changers in how we interact with the world. One of the criticisms

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Data & Analysis

Calculating the Competency of Management: The Investor’s View


Evaluating an investment involves complex research. According to early-stage micro seed investment fund and mentoring program, Seedcamp, determining the value of an investment consists of market forces of the industry and sector of the company, the balance between the demand and supply of money, the frequency and size of latest exits and a stack of other quantitative

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Data & Analysis

Venture Capital‑backed Zymeworks Goes Public


Vancouver-based Zymeworks (TSE/NYSE: ZYME) debuted on the public markets last Friday, just two weeks after announcing its intention to go public. The company raised CAD $79.7 million in the IPO from the sale of 4.5 million common shares at CAD $17 per share. Zymeworks is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and

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Data & Analysis

Marketing and sales a crucial element for Canadian tech startup success


The University of Toronto’s Impact Centre released the results of new research which is shining a light into the success of Canadian startups. According to the new research, many Canadian technology companies wait until their products are launched before spending funds on crucial functions such as marketing and sales. This practice is delaying growth and

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Invest Canada

10 reasons why PE & VC investors will be attending Invest Canada ‘17

Canada’s premier and exclusive venture capital and private equity event is back by popular demand in 2017. Invest Canada ’17 is a collaborative conference between the CVCA and Réseau Capital and it’s happening June 6-8 at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in beautiful downtown Montreal, Quebec in the days leading up to the 2017 Grand