Rogers Ventures launches today as a new source of early-stage and seed investment for technology start-ups

Posted by Sarah Blue

Led by Melinda Rogers, Rogers Ventures is a new source of early stage seed level investment for technology start-ups. They find great talent with powerful ideas and invest in their business success. Investment includes money, leverage, experience and other strategic contributions to get portfolio companies on the path of accelerated development and market growth.  Another part of the Rogers Ventures' mandate is supporting the innovation ecosystem by providing direct funding to community programs that help create innovation momentum in this country.

Rogers Ventures operates a venture-style funding mechanism but have a long-term objective to develop a portfolio of high potential companies that capture the value created through wireline and wireless broadband networks. Rogers Ventures is a way of looking beyond the walls of Rogers for outside talent and ideas to fund. They believe that this will broaden innovation horizons and keep Rogers closer to the forefront of next-generation technology.

While they see a significant amount of energy and activity within the Canadian innovation landscape, Rogers Ventures feels that there are opportunities for support for the Canadian ecosystem to accelerate momentum. They have been working to identify community-level programs or initiatives that require support - either money, a space large enough to hold events, someone to pay for pizza, participation in mentorship, contribution as a speaker, whatever - and help to make that support happen. Rogers Ventures recognizes their effort is not the total solution, but are committed to engage and contribute their part.  

There are currently three companies within the Rogers Ventures portfolio: Zoocasa,  a vertical search product focused on real estate; Thoora, a next generation news discovery service; and GridCentric, a solution for grid computing.

The Rogers Ventures Website should be live today at noon.

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more

Company:
Thoora
Website:
http://www.thoora.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thoora helps people discover What the World is Talking About by delivering the news that is attracting the most interest and reaction – making it easy for people to filter through the noise to find the content that offers the most value, insight and perspective. Thoora’s real-time algorithm takes a unique approach to delivering news by focusing on the stories that everyone’s talking about, rather than what a small... more

Company:
Zoocasa
Website:
http://www.zoocasa.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our goal in creating Zoocasa is to give all people searching for a home in Canada the ability to easily find homes for sale based on the things they value the most. We think we are on our way to doing that! After talking with lots of home buyers the one request we kept hearing over and over was make searching for a home online easier, faster and more fun. So that's where we put our effort. Zoocasa is the best... more

Company:
GridCentric
Website:
http://www.gridcentriclabs.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GridCentric Inc. is a technology-leading systems, networking, and virtualization software company. It is the mission of GridCentric to make high performance computing easy, without sacrificing performance and flexibility. GridCentric is a privately held corporation, and is funded in part by Rogers Ventures. GridCentric was recently named as one of the “Top 25 Canadian ICT Up and Comers” by the Branham Group. For... more

Company:
Rogers Ventures
Website:
http://www.rogersventures.ca
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rogers Ventures is a venture-style funding mechanism for start-ups with lots of value add. We invest our money, our leverage, our experience, and other strategic contributions to get Rogers Venture portfolio companies on the path of accelerated development and market growth. Technology innovation was fundamental to our founder, Ted Rogers, and remains a strategic pillar of our company today. Rogers Ventures is... more


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Sarah Blue

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Sarah is currently in charge of community outreach for Cardinal Media Technologies. Cardinal is a music participation and insight platform that lets users share what they're listening to, discover new music and friends, create ad-hoc location-based networks, and influence what's playing at 'Cardinal Powered' venues. Sarah has partnered with startup and community leaders to educate... more




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