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90 days into its new Federal mandate, Northleaf goes off script

News report: Canada’s new “Venture Catalyst Fund” invests in $46M Wattpad deal I’m so utterly confused. For years, Canadian entrepreneurs and VCs begged Ottawa to get involved in arresting the multi-year decline in our innovation ecosystem. When I did my five year stint as a Director of the Canada’s Venture Capital Association (CVCA), responsible for

 
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Northleaf’s Venture Catalyst Fund gets to work

Depending on your point of view, things are either going quickly or they’re not when it comes to the execution of the Federal government’s Venture Capital Action Plan. Announced formally in January 2013, the Federal goal was to put another $400 million to work in the innovation ecosystem. The tools chosen by Ottawa were appropriate,

 
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Shifting sands in the venture lending world

For every door that closes, a window opens; or so the cliché goes anyway. In the venture debt sector over the past 24 months, it seems that for every capital window that opens, a door has closed. Sometimes even at the same shop. For companies that might be considering raising venture debt in 2014 and

 
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With money comes momentum

The news is finally out about the latest Shopify financing round, and it speaks to the reality that with money comes momentum. Momentum for the company. Momentum for the ecosystem. As much as the recent industry buzz has been about names such as Desire2Learn and Kik Interactive, in part because they’ve raised capital from foreign

 
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Congrats to our Deloitte Fast 50 / Fast 500 winners

One of our team’s key business pleasures is the ringside seat we have as entrepreneurs realize on their dreams. Although there are plenty of ways to define success as a funder of innovation companies, I always get a charge out of the annual Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 rankings. This year’s lists are out,

 
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