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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Celebrating Canadian Female Investor & Founder Trailblazers – Part 1: Childhood

The CVCA’s Celebrating Canadian Female Investor & Founder Trailblazers is a five-part series celebrating the success of Canadian women in business as part of International Women’s Day. Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women all over the globe. However, progress has slowed in many

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Policy & Advocacy

The CVCA Responds to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order


The Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA) is adding its voice to the growing list of Canadian technology leaders calling on Ottawa to institute an immediate and targeted visa which would provide those currently displaced by the United States executive order with temporary residency in Canada. The request is in response to U.S.

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Policy & Advocacy

Three Years Into VCAP and Program Still Propelling Canada’s Innovation Ecosystem


Today, the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association celebrates the third anniversary of the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP)– a program that was implemented in January 2014 as a means of leveraging government funds with private sector investment and expertise. This program has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on Canada’s innovation

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Data & Analysis

6 Habits for Entrepreneurs in 2017


If you were anywhere near social media at the end of last year, you probably read the constant stream of hate for 2016. Some publications even so boldly proclaimed that 2016 was the worst year ever. However, 2016 was a remarkable year for venture capital. According to preliminary 2016 year-in-year data, we saw record highs

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CVCA Intelligence

Venture Capital Sneak Peek: 2016 Year‑in‑Review

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The CVCA will be publishing its final 2016 Year-in-Review VC + PE Canadian Market Overview mid February. As expected, the preliminary VC data continues a very positive trajectory with more than $2.8B disbursed in 2016. Not only is that already 19% higher than 2015, it is more than was disbursed in any year since 2002

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Policy & Advocacy

New Government Tax Credit for Alberta Investors to Increase Investment and Jobs


Originally posted by EY The Alberta Government has introduced the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) to stimulate investment in certain industries with strong job-creation potential. The AITC offers a 30% tax credit to investors who provide venture capital to eligible companies during the two-year period in which the AITC program is in force. It is

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Startup Star: Janet Bannister—a Driver Behind the Successes of eBay and Kijiji—Shares the Secrets of Entrepreneurial (and Investor) Success


By the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association It was a full house and a captivated audience at the Young Private Capitalists (YPC) fall networking event in Toronto recently, which featured Janet Bannister, General Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s most active early-stage venture capital firm. Bannister, who has led investments in a dozen companies

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CVCA Intelligence

Harvesting Results: Agribusiness VC Investment Surges in 2016


Canadian investment in the agribusiness sector has been on the upswing since 2013. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the sector generated $108.1B in revenue in 2014 and contributed 6.6% of Canada’s GDP. VC activity has grown from $14M to $27M in 2014, to $42M in 2015, and now to $153M in the first three