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Nov 20, 2018 - 1:08pm

The VC space in Canada has really taken off over the last few years. While funding rounds are still small relative to silicon valley, I recall reading that the average check for a series A has doubled over the past 3 years. I don't have a list of active VCs on hand, but the links below might provide some names. Other names to keep in mind include Georgian Partners, Portag3 ventures, Round13, etc. You already mentioned the pension funds but don't sleep on them - OTPP, OMERS, PSP, CDPQ, etc have backed some of the most successful startups in Canada. Quasi-government firms like BDC, EDC, MaRs Ventures, etc also have a great platform. Growth equity and later stage funding is still a gap that needs to be bridged to prevent brain drain to the US/forcing founders to exit via a sale due to lack of funding, but the general trend for VC has definitely been positive.

http://www.cvca.ca/membership/member-directory/

https://www.pehub.com/canada/

 
Nov 20, 2018 - 2:15pm

Adding to that, another good one to look at is Relay Ventures. They have an office out in Menlo Park as well, but are headquartered in Toronto - where I think the bulk of the headcount works out of as well. They're a small group but have been relatively active for their size this year, based off of Crunchbase data.

 
Nov 23, 2018 - 12:30am

Constellation is sort of like a tech focused Berkshire Hathaway.

They buy up unsexy, vertically focused software companies like, say, a vendor management SaaS solution for dentist offices in Latin America.

It's a good company, but they don't do venture.

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