After working with startups at the University of Ottawa and helping companies like Omniata and NetSuite, I was able to get connected to the startup ecosystem in Ottawa. During this time, I had been talking to different investors who were interested in the local companies that could be game-changers to their portfolios.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Ottawa
1. Sustainable Development Technology Canada
At Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), they fund Canadian cleantech projects and coach the companies that lead them as they move their ground-breaking technologies to market.
SDTC’s support of cleantech translates into jobs, growth, and export opportunities for Canadian companies, as well as economic, environmental and healthbenefits for all Canadians.
They are independent but don’t work alone. A big part of their role is building and sustaining networks of partners and stakeholders from private industry, academia and governments, at home and abroad. They operate at arm’s length and receive funding from the Government of Canada.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada's most notable exits include Meta Materials, Farmers Edge, and Hydrogenics.
2. Heron Rock Fund
The Heron is known for its patience, standing still until the exact right moment to strike. Heron Rock is a physical place, a rock outside our office where a Heron often chooses to rest, when not hunting.
Heron Rock Fund's most notable exits include Grove Collaborative, Circle Media, and Joist.
3. Mistral Venture Partners
Mistral Venture Partners is a seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. The firm invests in startups that solve critical business problems, regardless of the business model– enterprise software, B2B SaaS, marketplaces, etc. It also partners with founders who value experience, commitment, and the highest standards of integrity and respect.
Total fund size: CA$103M
Mistral Venture Partners's most notable exits include CloudCheckr, Foko Retail, and CENX.
4. PSP Investments
PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, with $116.8 billion of assets under management as at March 31, 2016. We invest funds for the pension plans of the Public Service, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force.
Our skilled and dedicated team of more than 600 professionals manages a diversified global portfolio including stocks, bonds and other fixed-income securities, and investments in Private Equity, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Private Debt.
Our business offices are in Montreal, New York, London and Luxembourg. Our head office is in Ottawa.
PSP Investments's most notable exits include Lytx, D-Wave Systems, and Alliant Insurance Services.
5. Natural Gas Innovation Fund
Natural Gas Innovation Fund supports the funding of clean-tech innovation in the natural gas value chain. Created by the Canadian Gas Association, NGIF seeks to fill a technology development gap in the sector and invest in innovation enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada’s energy system.
NGIF was founded in 2016 and is based in Ottawa, Canada.