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OMERS Ventures

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OMERS Ventures is the venture capital arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds with over $53 billion in net assets.


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News on OMERS Ventures

Wattpad Raises Whopping $46 Million in Series C Round Led by OMERS Ventures
  Toronto's Wattpad, the world’s largest community of readers and writers, announced today that they have raised $46 million in Series C funding led by OMERS Ventures with participation... more
OMERS Ventures Hires Kent Thexton as Managing Director
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, announced today that Kent Thexton is joining its team as Managing Director. In this role, Thexton will be... more
Nothing Omers Ventured, Nothing Omers Gained
OMERS Ventures has been nominated for a 2013 Canadian Startup Award in the Venture Capital Firm of the Year category. How does OMERS stack up against the competition?  By their own... more
OMERS Ventures to More than Double Tech Investing
Yesterday at the Cantech Investment Conference OMERS Ventures' CEO revealed that they're raising a second, larger round of funding to continue invest in tech startups. OMERS Ventures' John... more
Vision Critical Hires Derek Smyth, Former Managing Director of Omers Ventures, as CRO
Vancouver-based Vision Critical has announced that Derek Smyth, a former managing director at OMERS Ventures and, has joined the company as chief revenue officer. A respected venture capitalist,... more
Core Samples or Software? How Canada's Tech Sector is Becoming the New Mining Sector
As a venture capitalist looking to invest in the technology sector I have noticed a very interesting phenomenon—related to junior mining, of all things. I have been increasingly sought out... more
Shopify Raises $100 Million Series C Round
Shopify was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake after the trio attempted to open an online snowboard store.  Lütke, a programmer by trade, could not find... more
Toronto's AppHero Acquired by Mobile App Publishing Firm Fuse Powered
AppHero announced today that they have been acquired by Toronto's Fuse Powered Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Relay Ventures-backed Fuse Powered is the innovative force behind Fuseboxx, an... more
OMERS Ventures Launches Canada's First Community for Data-Driven Entrepreneurs
Today OMERS Ventures and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) launched OneEleven, Canada's first accelerator created to address the technical needs of successful, visionary entrepreneurs who... more
Strengthening the Nodes: The Innovation Highway Explained at Series 401
When you think about highway 401, traffic and commuting is most likely the first thing that comes to mind. For John Ruffolo, its innovation. CEO of OMERS Ventures, Ruffolo kicked off an event last... more
PasswordBox Raises $6 Million VC Round Led by OMERS Ventures
PasswordBox announced this morning that it has raised a $6 Million Series A funding round led by OMERS Ventures. The round also includes strategic Silicon Valley angel investors, involving Mark... more
Jim Orlando Shifts Positions, Becomes Managing Director of Omers Ventures
Omers Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the Omers pension plan, today announced that Jim Orlando is joining its team. Orlando will assume the role of managing director. In this... more
Why More Venture Capital Firms Have Entrepreneurs in Residence
Toronto-based Omers Ventures announced this week that it is bringing on an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) in former CEO of Intel-acquired CognoVision, Haroon Mirza. The newest EIR addition to a... more
HootSuite Raises Titanic $165 Million in Series B Round from Insight, Accel, and Omers
"I feel big news in the air today," tweeted HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes earlier today. He wasn't lying: his Vancouver-based social media company just raised a colossal Series B funding round.... more
Venture Capitalist: Canadian Entrepreneurs Have an Unrealistic Expectation of Values
A panel of Canadian venture capitalists gathered to speak this week to discuss the gap in understanding between entrepreneurs and investors. Wind Mobile CEO-turned-VC Anthony Lacavera said... more
If You're an Entrepreneur Complaining About Canadian Investors, You Need to Get a Job
If you’re an entrepreneur struggling to raise money from your local investor community, and you’re complaining about it or using it as an excuse, stop. Just stop. And strongly consider... more
Canadian Startup Pressly Raises $1.5 Million from iNovia Capital and Omers Ventures
Toronto-based startup Pressly, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2011, has raised $1.5 million in financing. The funding round was led by iNovia Capital and Omers Ventures. According to... more
Vision Critical Acquires DiscoverText to Bring Text Analytics to Insight Communities
Vancouver's Vision Critical announced last week the acquisition of DiscoverText, a robust cloud based text analytics solution. By combining DiscoverText capabilities with insight communities,... more
360 Incentives Secures $7.65 Million Round Led By OMERS Ventures
Whitby's 360 Incentives announced this morning that it has secured a $7.65 million investment led by OMERS Ventures and including Klass Capital and Round 13 Capital. The investment will support... more
Announcing the Canadian Startup Award Finalists: Vote for Your Favourite
With so many talented entrepreneurs and innovative startups in Canada, Techvibes deemed it a necessity to recognize, honour, and celebrate these people and their companies. Presented by KPMG, the... more
2012 Was a Great Year for Startup Financing in Canada, Investors Say
It's official: we're finally out of recession mode. The cautious, conservative mindset investors across Canada adopted following the 2008 recession was well warranted. But it seemed to linger... more
Toronto Startup Evangelist Joins OMERS Ventures
OMERS Ventures announced today that David Crow will be joining its team as Evangelist in Residence. In this newly formed role, Crow will advocate OMERS Ventures within the technology community.... more
OMERS Ventures Invests $500K in Halifax's LeadSift
Canadian startup LeadSift has secured $500,000 in financing from OMERS Ventures. The Halifax-based company mines social media data to generate high-quality sales leads and will use the new funds... more
Why Investors are Fatigued and What This Means for Startups
I’m reading a lot of press lately and there's  a raging debate on whether the angel community is losing money or making tons. Whichever articles you have read, the purveying wisdom is... more
Omers Ventures Invests in Canadian Startup Wattpad
Toronto's Wattpad, an online community for discovering and sharing stories, has raised a Series B round of funding from Omers Ventures. The round was first announced back in June and now totals... more
Growth Equity Funds Turn Their Attention to BC
Growth Equity is a relatively new term to describe the investors that fund companies beyond the point where traditional venture capitalists usually invest (seed and Series A rounds). This type of... more
Desire2Learn Raises $80 Million Round from NEA and OMERS Ventures
Kitchener's Desire2Learn announced today the closing of an $80 million strategic round of financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and OMERS Ventures. The investment will bolster... more
18 Year-Old Entrepreneur Raises $1.8 Million in VC Funding
At GROW Conference last week I met a very interesting young entrepreneur. 18 year old Jordan Satok announced last month that he had raised a $1.8 million seed round lead by OMERS Ventures for... more
OMERS Continues West Coast Investing Trend with $20 Million for Vision Critical
This morning Vancouver-based Vision Critical announced that they have received a $20 million investment from OMERS Ventures. This is the third large investment for OMERS Ventures in Vancouver this... more
Tech Startup Funding in Canada is May Finally be on the Upsurge
We're all aware that Canada regularly bleeds startups and entrepreneurs, who flock south to seek superior funding opportunities south of the border in hotspots like Silicon Valley and New York.... more
Does Canada Even Need a Technology Sector?
In my mailbox this week arrived the latest issue of Canadian Business, one of my favourite magazines. Instantly I was struck by the cover: it was uncharacteristically stark and jet black, like the... more
Toronto's AppHero Raises $1.8 Million from Omers Ventures and More
Toronto-based AppHero is a startup building an intelligent social recommendation platform for mobile applications. The Canadian company just announced this morning that it has secured... more
BuildDirect Attracts $16 Million Investment from OMERS Ventures
Vancouver's BuildDirect announced today a $16 million investment from OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of OMERS, one of Canada's largest pension funds. Founded in 1999,... more
Sweet Tooth Secures $2.25M in Seed Financing
Waterloo's Sweet Tooth Inc. announced today it has secured $2.25 million in funding. $1.5 million will be in the form of seed financing from OMERS Ventures, the Ontario government funded MaRS... more
Canada Lacks Transparency and Access to Information, But Government and Business Are Taking Steps Forward
At Tuesday’s Freedom of Information (Or Not) event hosted by the Canadian Journalism Foundation the Information Commissioner of Canada Suzanne Legault said:  “Transparency is an... more
OMERS Ventures adds Derek Smyth to team
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the OMERS pension plan, today announced that Derek Smyth is joining its team as Managing Director. In this role Smyth will be responsible... more
Ontario Pension Fund to launch $180 Million Venture Capital fund
The Globe and Mail reported today that the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) is set to launch a venture capital division armed with $180 million to invest in early-stage... more
Wave Accounting goes dutch and raises $1.5 Million seed round let by OMERS
Toronto's Wave Accounting announced today that it has closed a $1.5 Million seed round led by OMERS through INKEF Capital. INKEF Capital is a venture capital investment alliance of pension funds... more

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