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Category Archives: Venture Capital

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Beyond the Rack

Who: Montreal-based Beyond the Rack, North America’s leading premier online shopping club. How much: $10-million in venture debt financing from Wellington Financial LP. Since launching in 2009, Beyond the Rack had raised $53 million from angel and venture-capital investors including Rho Canada … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: QuickMobile

Who: Vancouver-based QuickMobile, which creates mobile apps and content for meetings and events. How much: $3.3-million in a deal led by the BDC IT Venture Fund, as well as Vancity and angel investors. QuickMobile, which recently hired its 100th employee, raised $2.6-million … Continue reading

Fast-Growing Frank & Oak Raises $5-Million Series A Round

In Canada, there are few successful e-commerce startups, most likely because the market is too small to help a home-grown player establish itself. There are, however, exceptions to the rule such as Beyond the Rack and, most recently, Frank & … Continue reading

Q&A with IAF’s Barry Gekiere on Seed Investing

The Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF) has been among the active seed players in Ontario startups, investing $5.4-million in 12 startups since December. To get a better idea of IAF mandate and approach, I talked with Managing Director Barry Gekiere. When … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Crowdbase

Who: Quebec City-based Crowdbase, which is building a “social knowledge platform” that helps people and teams to get “better answers and discover new things”. How much: $650,000 in seed financing from Real Ventures, iNovia Capital and Martin-Luc Archambault  to accelerate product … Continue reading

iNovia’s Chris Arsenault on Luxury Retreats and Canadian Startups

Among Canadian VCs, iNovia has been active with Canadian and U.S. startups. Earlier this week, it was in the news again after leading a $5-million investment in Montreal-based Luxury Retreats. I had a chance to do a quick Q&A with … Continue reading