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Top 15 Local Startup Investors in Canada

A list of 15 angel investors and VC funds that invest in Local startups based in Canada. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Local companies from Canada. We update this investor list every month.

Top 15 Local Startup Investors in Canada

Investor Local Canada investments
Shannon Byrne Susko 1
Rothenberg Ventures 1
Manny Padda 1
Brian Wong 1
TIMIA Capital 1
Haywood Securities Inc. 1
Ryan Holmes 1
StartFast Ventures 1
Plaza Ventures 1
Hardy Capital Partners 1
Lance Tracey 1
Structure Capital 1
Retail Group 1
Otimo Retail 1
Desjardins-Innovatech 1
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Shannon Byrne Susko Angel · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Shannon Byrne Susko has been working with executives and leaders who want to grow, both personally and professionally, for over 10 years. Shannon has worked with companies like Intel Wearables, Shoes.com, Hot Head Games, SAAM SMIT and Silverchef – to name a few. In 2014, she released her first book, “The Metronome Effect: The Journey to PredictableProfit.”Shannon’s technical expertise is coupled with extensive sales, marketing and operations experience. Previously, Shannon has served as president of DST Subserveo, as well as co-founder, president and CEO of Subserveo Inc. Before her time at Subserveo, she led the sale of Paradata Systems Inc. to Payment Processing Inc., where she joined their team as Executive Vice-President of Product & Technology.Shannon holds Bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and Science and a Master’s degree in Computing Science. In 2012, she also received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.Shannon has been married for 15 years and lives in Whistler with her 3 children.
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Investment focus
  • Communities, Local, Internet
  • Angel
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Guiides — Guiides provide a frictionless online experience of discovering adventures and booking a local guide to take you there.
  • ShareShed — ShareShed empowers people to live an environmentally conscience, affordable, and community minded lifestyle by facilitating effortless community gear sharing. ShareShed’s online marketplace allows users to rent outdoor adventure equipment like kayaks and tents through its website and mobile app.
Rothenberg Ventures VC Fund · San Francisco, California, United States
Rothenberg Ventures invests in early-stage frontier technology startups. Its team of investors, operators, and community builders support founders through portfolio success programs across virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, space, next-generation hardware, and IoT. It was founded in 2012 andheadquartered in San Francisco, California.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Virtual Reality, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • United States, Canada, India
Portfolio highlights
  • VRChat — VRChat is a virtual reality social platform that allows users to easily build social virtual reality content. Any virtual world built with the VRChat platform instantly becomes a social VR world. This means VRChat users can explore and play in these worlds together, in a social setting. Using VRChat, content creators can take their 3D worlds and bewalking around those worlds in VR, with friends, in under an hour. Users can then sell their content to other users using the VRChat market place.It was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California.
  • Wave — Wave focuses on interactive virtual experiences with a mission to help artists make money at the intersection of gaming and entertainment. Wave’s technology enables musicians to create lifelike avatars of themselves that can “perform” their music on a virtual stage. Most of these virtual shows take place either on the company’s YouTube channel, butWave’s apps let users tune in on gaming consoles, phones or even the Oculus Rift VR headset. While watching a Wave, viewers can log in to comment in a chat function and give live feedback to the avatar performers.
  • InsiteVR — InsiteVR helps architects and 3D designers easily create immersive virtual reality experiences. At InsiteVR.com architects and 3D designers can upload existing 3D models, which are then converted and optimized for viewing in virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard or simply on mobile devices.Trying to understand 3D spacesby looking at static two-dimensional pictures is not intuitive. Communicating those 3D designs to a client, friend or colleague who isn't trained to understand 3D space isn't always trivial either. With virtual reality, architects and designers can effortlessly communicate the essence of their designs, save time and feel confident their viewer understands the design.
Manny Padda Angel · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Manny is an entrepreneur, educator, angel investor and philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C.A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is dedicated to providing education and mentorship to today’s youth. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars:investment, lending, recruitment and philanthropy.Manny sits on a number of advisory boards in the education and not-for-profit sectors, and is an active advisor and angel investor in Vancouver’s tech community and around the globe. He has invested in local start-ups including Picatic, MyBestHelper, G-Kup, ShareShed and NovaBind.Manny is also the co-founder of GradusOne, an organization that connects students and new graduates with mentors and provides them with the resources they need to achieve future success. It is Manny’s personal mission to educate 1 million people worldwide.He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Private Equity & Venture Capital program. Manny also completed his MBA from Queen’s University and his BBA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University.
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Investment focus
  • Marketing, Communities, Local
  • Seed, Angel
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • CareCru — Donna puts growth on autopilot by syncing with your Practice Management Software in real-time, in order to find opportunities in your schedule, and fill them on your behalf.
  • Guiides — Guiides provide a frictionless online experience of discovering adventures and booking a local guide to take you there.
  • Surf — Surf for Brands allows you to generate the highest quality first party data, with consumer opt-in options. Generate ethical, high quality data now - Learn more
Brian Wong Angel · San Francisco, California, United States
Brian Wong is the co-founder and CEO of Kiip (pronounced "keep"), a category-creating mobile rewards network that is redefining mobile advertising through an innovative platform that leverages "moments of achievement" in games and apps to simultaneously benefit users, developers and advertisers. Backed by Relay Ventures,Interpublic Group, Hummer Winblad, True Ventures, Digital Garage and others, the company has raised $15.4 million in funding to date.Kiip has been named one of the world's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, listed by Forbes as one of the 4 Hot Online Ad Companies to Put on Your Watch List and included on the Dow Jones FasTech50 List. After skipping four K-12 grades, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia at age 18, and shortly after became one of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding.He has been recognized with many awards for his accomplishments and leadership, including: the Top 20 Under 20 awards for all of Canada; Business Insider's Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, 30 Under 30 in Advertising and 18 Most Important People in Mobile Advertising; Forbes' 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012; Mashable's Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch; iMedia 25; One of AdWeek's Seven Would-be Mobile Titans; and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.Before starting Kiip, Brian led key publisher and tech partnerships at the social news website Digg.com, where he accelerated the company’s mobile presence by launching the Digg Android mobile app.
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Investment focus
  • Communities, Local, Internet
  • Angel
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Guiides — Guiides provide a frictionless online experience of discovering adventures and booking a local guide to take you there.
  • ShareShed — ShareShed empowers people to live an environmentally conscience, affordable, and community minded lifestyle by facilitating effortless community gear sharing. ShareShed’s online marketplace allows users to rent outdoor adventure equipment like kayaks and tents through its website and mobile app.
TIMIA Capital VC Fund · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
TIMIA Capital is a specialty finance company focused on providing growth capital to B2B and SaaS companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, SaaS, Information Technology
  • Debt Financing, Series A, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • EnergyWatch — Sustainability and energy data management are fully integrated to track all energy, water, waste, and emissions data on your journey towards net-zero emissions.
  • Agentis — Agentis is a Chicago-based technology company revolutionizing the way utilities engage and empower businesses to manage energy usage, saving money and increasing competitive advantage.Agentis is driven by the belief that utilities hold valuable data that can catalyze a new energy future. The success of the Agentis platform is driven by ourunderstanding of the unique voice and needs of the utility customer managing complex energy challenges. Our employees are united through their ability to transform these challenges into a solution while working in a fun and dynamic environment.
  • Lasso MD — Elevate your dental practice with Lasso MD's all-in-one marketing and software solutions. From lead generation to patient scheduling, we've got you covered.
Haywood Securities Inc. VC Fund · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Haywood Securities is an investment firm that invests in the institutional and retail markets.
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Investment focus
  • Mining, Mineral, Mining Technology
  • Post-IPO Equity, Angel, Post-IPO Secondary
  • Canada, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • K92 Mining — K92 Mining Inc is focused on advancing the Kainantu Gold Mine, located in the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, towards production. The Kainantu property covers a total area of approx. 410 km2 and was previously mined by Highlands Pacific and Barrick Gold from 2006-2009. K92 Mining Inc. was purpose built for the acquisition of theKainantu Gold Mine. In addition to targeting a move towards production, K92 will focus on ‎both expanding known areas of mineralization and drilling high priority exploration targets.K92 is led by an experienced team of industry professionals with substantial international expertise in mining, production start ups, production re-starts, mineral exploration, and finance.
  • Nomad — Nomad is a co-working space that also engages in investment and support for start-up companies.
  • Nomad Royalty Company — Sandstorm is a gold royalty company with hundreds of royalties in a single investment. Sandstorm offers investors exposure to gold and precious metals through a diversified portfolio of mining royalties.
Ryan Holmes Angel · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ryan Holmes is the CEO and Founder of HootSuite. Thought leader, dog lover and serial entrepreneur, he has redefined the face of social media - bringing Twitter, Facebook and other social networks out of the dorm room and into the boardroom.Holmes has grown HootSuite from a lean startup to a global leader in social media with 8 million users,including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies. A college drop-out, he started a paintball company and pizza restaurant before founding Invoke Media, the company that developed HootSuite in 2009.Today, Holmes is an authority on the social business revolution, quoted in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and called upon to speak at TEDx and SXSW Interactive Conferences. An angel investor and advisor, he mentors startups in Canada and around the world. Through HootSuite University, Holmes partners with major universities to deliver social media coursework to the next generation of business leaders.
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Investment focus
  • Software, SaaS, Enterprise Software
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • Canada, United States, Hong Kong
Portfolio highlights
  • Truss — Send and receive business payments online with no limits, no percentage fees and no bullsh*t. Bring your business payments into the 21st century.
  • Surf — Surf for Brands allows you to generate the highest quality first party data, with consumer opt-in options. Generate ethical, high quality data now - Learn more
  • Kiwi Grocery — Kiwi Grocery cuts out the grocery store and delivers direct to your door. That means you pay less for your groceries and save on costly service fees. Kiwi users save 35% on their grocery checkout totals compared to other delivery apps.
StartFast Ventures VC Fund · Syracuse, New York, United States · 2 investments in the past 12 months
StartFast invests in the heartland of America. We have built companies outside VC hubs and know what it takes to succeed. We like… Strong, diverse teams with proven track records and exceptional domain expertise Recurring revenue business models, particularly with a business to business focus Founders based outside venture capital hubs, at theSeries Seed and Series A stageLearn more and partner with us at http://startfast.net.
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Investment focus
  • Software, SaaS, Mobile
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Convertible Note
  • United States, Canada, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • KredosAI — KredosAI is a fintech company that provides financial solutions with the help of technology. KredosAI is an early-stage company at the convergence of artificial intelligence, behavioral economics, payments, and a dedication to the financial success of those they serve.
  • In-Seam — In-Seam. Luxury, Connected.
  • Patient Pattern — Patient Pattern is a provider of a cloud-based clinical software designed to to improve the lives of geriatric patients and those in need of complex care. The company's clinical software uses data science and offers clinical decision support as well as formulates comprehensive care plans that summarizes the patient's current situation andgives recommendations, enabling healthcare providers to treat elderly patients efficiently and lower utilization costs.
Plaza Ventures VC Fund · Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Plaza Ventures’ micro-fund model was designed to efficiently pool capital from the firms high-net-worth investor community into annual investment vehicles targeting a basket of Series A and Series B investments. These micro-funds have built a proven track record, backing successful entrepreneurs through multiple funding rounds.Half of each PVFund is allocated to new companies with proven business models ($3M+ annual revenues) that are resistant to macro-economics and need capital to meet current demand. The remaining capital is re-invested into 4-5 successful businesses from prior funds.Plaza Ventures identifies as sector agnostic but has an affinity for, as well as expertise in enterprise SaaS, location-based services, IoT, Smart City, digital media, and marketplaces.
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Investment focus
  • Software, E-Commerce, Analytics
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • Symend — Symend helps top enterprises deliver digital experiences that are hyper-personalized based on the science behind consumer behaviour.
  • Super.com — Through rich rewards and everyday savings, Super helps you access more of what you want at better prices, escape overspending, and level up life.
  • KERV Interactive — KERV is an AI-powered video creative technology that creates shoppable & immersive experiences within any video content. Learn what KERV can do for you.
Hardy Capital Partners VC Fund · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Hardy Capital invest in high growth companies with the potential to out execute the competition.Hardy Capital is a Canadian merchant bank established to foster the growth of young businesses. With a history of international transactions including; acquisitions throughout Northern Europe ( Sweden, Holland, Germany and the UK ) the United Statesand Asia ( Japan, Singapore ). Public company listings on the OMX: Europe, TSX: Canada and the NASDAQ: Usa. Along with both public and private financings throughout Europe, Asia and North America.With dedicated assets of over $100M, Their mission is to help build and grow businesses that have the potential to achieve market leading positions primarily in the consumer space. They are especially interested in businesses that are disruptive to large very profitable incumbent monopolies and use new technology to improve customer experiences. With acute interest in transactions focused around Optical, Fin-tech, Real estate and Insurance disruption. They understand and can support businesses by helping them navigate the complex nature of growth in the global marketplace and fast track the company to the right investor or mentor groups.
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Investment focus
  • Communities, Local, Sales
  • Angel, Pre-Seed, Series B
  • Canada, United States, United Arab Emirates
Portfolio highlights
  • Eyewa — Eyewa is the first dedicated online eyewear store for the Middle East. We have thousands of different eyeglasses, sunglasses, color contact lenses and prescription contact lenses for you to choose from. On Eyewa, you’ll find quintessentially cool brands like Ray-Ban and Emporio Armani, heritage brands like Burberry and Persol, high-fashion brandslike Fendi, Dolce & Gabbanaand Prada sporty brands like Nike and Lacoste and everything in between. Discover their brands portfolio with thousands of styles here.
  • Guiides — Guiides provide a frictionless online experience of discovering adventures and booking a local guide to take you there.
  • Naborly — Next-gen tenant screening. We help landlords find a great tenant and help tenants share a single application to multiple landlords. It's a win-win!
Lance Tracey Angel · Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Investment focus
  • Internet, Software, Communities
  • Seed, Angel, Pre-Seed
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Taloflow — Taloflow analyzes 4,000+ vendor data points to provide you with the best possible recommendation for cloud object storage. Complete a 5-minute use case questionnaire to get started.
  • SceneBox — SceneBox helps computer vision engineers sift through their large datasets to uncover the failure states and interesting data they need to train machine learning models faster.
  • Quantified Citizen — Quantified Citizen makes scientific research accessible by modernizing the process. We empower citizen scientists and professional researchers to easily participate and create their own scientific studies, building a movement towards more timely insights into the latest health research.
Structure Capital VC Fund · San Francisco, California, United States
We are Structure Capital. We help passionate teams build great companies by investing seed-stage capital, time, experience and relationships
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Internet, Marketplace
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Canada, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Biofire — Sign up by April 13th to be the First to Experience the Future of Firearms.
  • Pogoseat — Pogoseat provides innovative mobile ticketing solutions that helps live-entertainment venues sell more tickets and enhance the fan experience.
  • Artera — Well Health provides a communication platform that connects patients to healthcare organizations through text, email, phone, and live chat. WELL is a communication tool that allows front offices to have two-way text conversations with patients, using existing office phone numbers. The platform is designed from the ground up to make patientcommunications more intuitive across the enterprise. Well Health's mission is to make going to the doctor as easy as meeting up with a close friend.
Retail Group VC Fund · London, England, United Kingdom
Our business is to improve our clients business throught our understanding of shoppers, their shopping habits, retailers and skills of retailing.
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Investment focus
  • SEO, Local, Software
  • Series A
  • Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • SweetIQ Analytics — SweetIQ and Uberall join forces to unlock the full power of location marketing.
Otimo Retail VC Fund · Montréal, Quebec, Canada
We invest in retail focused technology companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Retail Technology, Retail
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • Canada, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Logiwa — Logiwa is the leading cloud fulfillment software for high-volume direct-to-consumer brands, wholesalers, and 3PLs. The Logiwa Cloud Fulfillment Platform is an integrated WMS and order fulfillment system that makes it easy to run a digital warehouse and scale your high-volume DTC fulfillment operations. Logiwa’s solution works where traditional WMSsystems fail: it connects quickly with new online stores and marketplaces, makes it easy to run a digital warehouse, and is easily updated to support dynamic warehouse environments.
  • XCCommerce — XCCommerce is a leading software development and implementation company that specializes in retail specific solutions.XCCommerce’s team has a proven track record of developing and deploying Promotion Management Solutions, implementing projects on time and on budget, and generating optimal ROI for their customers.XCCommerce has a strong marketpresence and their capabilities in delivering applications are rooted in best practices. Their solutions enable retailers to transform the customer experience and allow seamless interaction with the consumer on their terms.They are trusted with providing focused solutions and dedicated expertise to the retail industry, ranging from Tier 1 retailers to organizations who are growing their brands.
  • Trendalytics Innovation Labs — Your personal data scientist. Trendalytics retail intelligence platform helps retailers drive more profitable decisions through data-driven forecasting.
Desjardins-Innovatech VC Fund · Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Desjardins-Innovatech is a Canadian venture capital company that funds innovative businesses in diverse sectors across Quebec.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Manufacturing
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • Canada, Spain
Portfolio highlights
  • Concentric Agriculture — Concentric produces high-performance specialty biological products that naturally improve crop yields and replenish soils.
  • LeddarTech — The leader in environmental sensing, fusion and perception for automotive and mobility, LeddarTech delivers actionable data for autonomous driving and ADAS.
  • A3 Surfaces inc — A3 Surfaces Inc. offers a surface treatment service incorporating various antimicrobial agents directly into the anodized aluminum layer. The antimicrobial effect of these surfaces prevents the transmission of hospital-acquired infections. The technology used by A3 Surfaces offers antibacterial products that eradicate pathogens and can be used onall commercial, industrial or institutional surfaces. Founded in 2015, this Chicoutimi company employs 5 people.
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