Posts tagged ‘VC’

Welcome To 1995

Today the CVCA released its latest report highlighting the state of venture funding in OHANL—the short story is that it stinks! We’ve written about this situation in prior posts and it seems the news will not improve soon. If you are a startup and looking for venture money be prepared for some very hard slogging, numerous dead ends and the brush-off in most meetings. We’re pulling for you.
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Deloitte’s Fast 500

Deloitte published its 2009 Fast 500 listing. This list is a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology companies in the United States and Canada.
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DAVE’s Got Dollars

Banner day for DAVE Wireless. The newly minted wireless startup in OHANL just managed to bag C$125M in long term financing.
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Funding On MaRS

Today I attended a session over at the MaRS Center where three start-ups presented their business cases for future funding. I’ve written about MaRS before and the great work they do to inspire entrepreneurs.

Make your pitch

It was rather inspiring to see the presentations of these three companies. Each of them presented in a unique manner and refreshed my enthusiasm for the resurgence of entreprenurialism that we truly need in OHANL.
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Get BDC Cash PDQ

Finally some good news on the horizon for small tech firms in Canada. Seems the Federal Government is going to front, at the least the seed money, for a new fund that will be managed by Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).
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US - Canada Venturing?

If you have read any of our VC rants in the past you know we feel that venture funding in the telecom and communications sectors have dwindled down to nothing short of a drip feed.
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Funding Falling

We’ve written about the fall of investment funding within the telecom industry before and are always interested in what other folks have to say. It seems a lot.
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Who Ya Gonna Call?

We’ve been following the growth of post Web 2.0 applications. They are web based applications that allow end users to highly customize the interaction with a third party. They’re neat, easy and extremely powerful. Most recently one of these application has received some significant funding.

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2008—A Venture Drought

It seems that, according to the CVCA, 2008 was the worst year for venture activity in Canada since 1996. This comes as no surprise to anyone involved with small business and startups in the GWN.
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Whither Goest Venture Money?

Prior to some recent business travel, we had amassed a collection of documents to read and analyze on the road. One of those documents was a recent report issued by the CVCA who have delivered some startling news about the status of VC activity in Canada;

  • Venture capital investment in the US has increased by 17%, from 0.18% to 0.21% of GDP
  • Venture capital investment in Canada has decreased by 35%, from 0.13% to 0.085% of GDP
  • And investment by Canadian funds in Canada has decreased from 0.10% to 0.060% of GDP, a 40% drop.

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