If you're looking to start a business, Vancouver is the best city to find investors in Canada. Given its proximity to Silicon Valley, it's no surprise that the local startup market is continuing to thrive. As one can imagine, many entrepreneurs and investors are flocking to the city to participate in the up and coming tech boom.
This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the rankings for Toronto and Ottawa.
Top 10 VC Investors in Vancouver
1. Version One Ventures
Version One Ventures backs mission-driven founders at the earliest stages. Version One was a generalist firm, investing in consumer Internet, e-commerce, SaaS and mobile companies. By 2016, we had begun to specialize into a thesis-driven firm, focusing on businesses with potentially large network effects built around people and/or data.
Total fund size: $231M
Most notable exits include Coinbase, Dolly, and Clarity.
2. Chrysalix Venture Capital
Chrysalix is a global venture capital fund with a long history commercializing step-change innovation for resource intensive industries. We invest in intelligent systems, energy technology and resource productivity solutions to deliver outsized financial returns and environmental sustainability.
By teaming up with leading industrial companies and outstanding entrepreneurs, Chrysalix connects market driven problems to breakthrough solutions.
Total fund size: $336M
Most notable exits include Enbala, Liquid Light, and Brammo.
3. Yaletown Partners
Yaletown Partners specializes in investing in software, data, and device technologies. It invests in technology companies that improve industry and enterprise productivity and sustainability, to help accelerate their growth, shorten exit timeframes, and accomplish strong exit premiums.
With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montréal, and a growingpresence in Toronto, Yaletown is led by a national team that contributes almost 100 years of technology-industry experience and a network of extensive industry relationships.
Total fund size: $110M
Most notable exits include Tasktop, Good Natured Products, and Food.ee.
4. Pangaea Ventures
Pangaea Ventures invests in companies solving fundamental problems in the world such as climate change, food/water insecurity and poor health outcomes. It looks for companies with hard tech solutions. It is an impact investor and a hard tech investor.
Total fund size: $162M
Most notable exits include ESS, Kovio, and Redlen Technologies.
5. Conconi Growth Partners
Conconi Growth Partners is committed to helping exceptional entrepreneurs build great companies.
Most notable exits include Finn AI, Zoocasa, and Circle Medical.
6. Vanedge Capital
Vanedge Capital is a venture capital firm which invests in the enterprise software, cloud infrastructure, security, digital media and cloud computing sectors. The firm targets companies that are post-revenue with a fast-growing user base and have demonstrated product market fit.
Total fund size: $297M
Most notable exits include HyTrust, Boundless Spatial, and Bitfusion.io.
7. Renewal Funds
Renewal Funds is a mission venture capital fund investing in early growth stage companies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy.
We invest in innovation that will advance the sustainability of food, water, and climate — contributing to a safer and cleaner planet for future generations.
Total fund size: $243M
Most notable exits include Opus One Solutions, Seventh Generation, and Aquatic Informatics.
8. Evok Innovations
Evok Innovations is a clean technology & energy transition fund leveraging the strengths of a world-class team of technologists, company builders, and climate investors.
Total fund size: $600M
Most notable exits include DarkVision Technologies and Metabolik Technologies.
9. Rhino Ventures
There is more to choosing an investor than selecting the term sheet with the highest valuation. Strategic capital, in its true form, extends the founding team’s capacity. That’s what we do at Rhino. We invest in companies where we can add tangible value.
We’ve been on the other side of the table and appreciate the importance of funder and founderalignment. From startup, growth to exit; it is entrepreneurial ambition that drives value, not venture capitalists. We invest in individuals; trust and values fit are a centerpiece in every investment.
Total fund size: $154M
Most notable exits include Beanworks, Thinkific, and Grow.
10. Vistara Capital Partners
Vistara Growth provides highly flexible growth debt and growth equity financing solutions for mid-late stage technology companies across North America. Founded, managed, and funded by seasoned technology finance and operating executives, “Vistara” (Sanskrit for “expansion”) is focused on enabling growth for its portfolio companies, investors,people and the communities we operate in.
Total fund size: $250M
Most notable exits include BitTitan, FINCAD, and Martello Technologies.