Category Archives: Venture Capital

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Keek

Who: Toronto-based Keek, a social network that lets people post 36-second video updates known as “keeks”. The funds will be used to accelerate expansion. How much: $7-million from a group led Cranson Capital Securities with participation from Pinetree Capital and … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Luxury Retreats

Who: Montreal-based Luxury Retreats, which creates personalized villa vacations, offering more than 2,000 villas in over 50 destinations. As a full service villa rental company, Luxury Retreats offers guests complimentary concierge services, worldwide guest support, as well as villa specialists who help … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: LemonStand

Who: Vancouver-based LemonStand, which provides an e-commerce platform to mid-size companies looking to build custom and affordable online stores. How much: An undisclosed seed round from BDC and a group of angel investors that includes Michael Klinger, Paul Rochester, Kalle Radage … Continue reading

Howard Gwin on Desire2Learn and the Canadian VC Landscape

Desire2Learn’s $80-million financing deal may have caught many people by surprise given the Kitchener-based company enjoyed a low profile, even though it’s playing in the fast-growing cloud-based education market. The size may also be a shocker because it’s the biggest … Continue reading

Snapshot of a VC Deal: Desire2Learn

Who: Kitchener, Ont.-based Desire2Learn, which provides a cloud-based learning platform to more 700 clients and more than 8 million students in academic and corporate sectors. How much: An impressive $80-million from OMERS Ventures and New Enterprise Associates, whose portfolio includes Box, AddThis, Edmodo, … Continue reading

Snapshot of a Deal: Influitive

Who: Influitive, which bills itself as “advocate marketing experts” that provides brands with a service called AdvocateHub that engages consumers with challenges, surveys, reviews and more. The company was co-founded by Mark Organ, who co-founded Eloqua, which recently completed an … Continue reading