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Investment Capital Opportunities
Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF)
The Investment Accelerator Fund is a seed fund that assists emerging Ontario technology companies to bring their products and services to market. The fund provides a comprehensive platform of resources, people, connections and funding that entrepreneurs and innovators can access to launch their new ventures. The IAF program is managed by MaRS and delivered through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, a collaborative network of organizations across Ontario, designed to help commercialize ideas.
The IAF invests in early stage, privately-held companies with no significant revenue or institutional investment. These companies must demonstrate their potential to achieve high growth and be enabled by truly innovative technologies that can provide the new venture with sustainable competitive advantage. By assisting these companies to succeed, the IAF is helping to create the high-value jobs that contribute to Ontario’s Innovation Agenda.
The NORCAT Angels is a dynamic group of accredited angel investors that evaluates quality deal flow opportunities in the NORCAT entrepreneurial portfolio. Click here to learn more if you are interested in joining the NORCAT angels.
Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF)
The Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund will co-invest — with qualified venture capital funds and other private investors — directly into companies working within clean technologies, life sciences and advanced health technologies, and digital media and information and communications technologies. A discretionary, non-entitlement investment program, the OETF is a $250-million fund that will commit a maximum of $50-million per year for five years. Investments will be made alongside qualified co-investors into innovative, high-growth Ontario companies.
Business Development Bank Venture Capital
BDC Venture Capital is a major venture capital investor in Canada, active at every stage of the company's development cycle, from seed through expansion, with a focus on innovative technology-based Canadian companies that have high growth potential, offer unique products or services and are positioned to become dominant players in their markets. BDC Venture Capital invests primarily in companies involved in the areas of energy / cleantech, health, information technology, and communications.
OMERS Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $55 billion in net assets. It is an initiative of OMERS Strategic Investments (OSI), an investment entity with a mandate to build long-term strategic relationships with like-minded partners. As both an institutional angel investor and a later-stage investor, OMERS Ventures is looking for successful companies with significant growth potential and market opportunities.