Relay Ventures

Relay Ventures

Relay Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm that invests in passionate entrepreneurs disrupting and creating new markets through mobile technologies. Unlike other funds, Relay exclusively focuses on software for mobile devices and the connected Internet, creating an unparalleled set of networks and resources that tangibly help founders build world-class companies. With offices in Menlo Park and Toronto, the firm is active throughout North America. For additional information, visit

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Extreme Startups and GrowLab Ventures Merge to Become HIGHLINE
Vancouver's GrowLab Ventures and Toronto’s Extreme Startups have announced their merger and the launch of HIGHLINE, the first pan-Canadian accelerator platform, at the Toronto Stock Exchange... more
Despite Dragons' Den No, PumpUp Secures $2.4 Million in Seed Funding
Toronto's PumpUp today announced the closing of a $2.4 million seed financing round led by General Catalyst Partners. Additional investors included Azure Capital Partners, Relay Ventures, Freycinet... more
Google Acquires Canadian Video Advertising Technology Startup
Google has acquired Toronto's mDialog, a video advertising technology startup in its investment portfolio. According to Google, mDialog represents the latest of their “ongoing investments in... 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
TouchBistro Secures $4.5 Million in Seed Funding from Relay Ventures
TouchBistro announced this morning that it has raiseed a $4.5 million seed funding round led by Relay Ventures with participation from angel investors. As part of the funding, John Albright,... more
Mojio Secures $2.3 Million Seed Financing Led by Relay Ventures
Mojio (pronounced MO-jee-oh) today announced that it has closed a $2.3 million seed financing round led by Relay Ventures, with participation from 500 Startups, BDC and a number of other private... more
NetSuite to Acquire Waterloo Social HR Startup TribeHR
NetSuite today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Waterloo's TribeHR. The terms of the proposed acquisition were not disclosed. The proposed acquisition would... more
Toronto's Kira Talent Raises $2 Million from Relay Ventures and Angels
Kira Talent has raised $2 million in a round of capital led by Relay Ventures with participation from angel investors. The Toronto-based startup is calling the financing a seed round, although... more
Former Woodbridge CEO Geoff Beattie Joins Relay Ventures as Chairman
Relay Ventures announced yesterday that Geoff Beattie has joined the firm as chairman. Beattie is the former CEO of The Woodbridge Company, a privately held investment holding company for... more
Toronto's Score Media Raises $16 Million in Private Placement Financing
Toronto-based Score Media today announced that it has raised $16 million in a non-brokered private placement of 100,000,000 shares at a price of 16 cents each. Leading the placement was Relay... more
Toronto's ClearFit Raises $7 Million Series A Round
Toronto-based ClearFit, a company that makes it easier to hire the best people, announced today that it has raised $7 million in a Series A round. The funding round was led by GrandBanks Capital... more
Influitive Raises $7.3 Million from Relay Ventures and Others to Empower Customer Advocates
Toronto-born Influitive has raised $7.3 million in a Series A funding round led by Hummer Winblad and Relay Ventures. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates,... more
Kira Talent Announces Seed Investment from Wind Mobile Chairman Anthony Lacavera and Others
Last week Toronto's Kira Talent announced that it raised seed funding from Relay Ventures, with participation from over 10 angel investors including Wind Mobile chairman Anthony Lacavera. Kira... more
TribeHR Secures $2.5 Million Financing Round Led by Relay Ventures
TribeHR announced this morning that it has secured $2.5 million in financing led by Relay Ventures, with follow-on participation from Matrix Partners. Matrix made a $1 million seed round... more
Brian Wong's Kiip Raises $11 Million in Series B Funding to Move Beyond Gaming
Looks like the rumors were true, mobile rewards network Kiip has raised US $11 million in Series B funding led by Relay Ventures (formerly BlackBerry Partners Fund). The company, which works with... more
mDialog secures $5 Million Series A led by BlackBerry Partners Fund
Toronto-based mDialog announced today that they have closed a $5 million Series A round of funding led by the BlackBerry Partners Fund. The investment will be used to expand mDialog’s... more
Ottawa's Meeting Co$t app picks up award in BlackBerry Partners Fund Challenge
The BlackBerry Partners Fund today announced the winners of the “WebWorks” competition in the fourth annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. The first runners-up prize in... more
Toronto's Fuse Powered raises $2M from BlackBerry Partners Fund and NFQ Ventures
Toronto's Fuse Powered has completed a $2-million seed funding round, with contributions from BlackBerry Partners Fund and NFQ Ventures. The investment will accelerate Fuse, a mobile game... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund launches $3 Million Developer Challenge
Yesterday the BlackBerry Partners Fund launched the fourth annual BlackBerry Partners Fund Developer Challenge. This year, developers can enter their BlackBerry apps in a series of competitions... more
RIM recharges BlackBerry Partners Fund
Research In Motion and the BlackBerry Partners Fund announced yesterday that RIM is making a lead commitment to BlackBerry Partners Fund II, a new US$150 million independent venture capital fund... more
Toronto's SocialDeck acquired by Google
Toronto social gaming company SocialDeck has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed price. SocialDeck creates games that allow for simultaneous, viral multiplayer game play across a variety... more
Third annual Blackberry Developer Challenge offers more than $1.5 million in prizes
Less than two months remain to develop an app worthy of the Challenge. The third-annual Blackberry Developer Challenge, an app competition hosted by Blackberry Partners Fund, cuts off submission... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund expands into China
The Toronto headquartered BlackBerry Partners Fund announced today the expansion of its investment activities with the launch of a US $100 Million affiliate fund focused on mobile investment... more
How the mobile web could change the world economy
Those of us living in North America may find banking inconvenient, but it can be far worse in the developing world, assuming there even are banks. However, an Ottawa company is helping address... more
BlackBerry funded App launches in Canada
Last October, the Toronto-based $150 Million BlackBerry Partners Fund announced investments in three mobile startups - buzzd, Digby and WorldMate. And it looks like BlackBerry's Canadian roots are... more
Globe and Mail Article on the Breakdown of the Venture Capital Ecosystem in Canada
Globe and Mail, one of Canada's leading newspapers, published an article today on the declining state of the venture capital ecosystem in Canada, featuring interviews from some prominent local... more
BlackBerry Developers Challenge prerequisite - a business case
This morning at Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2009 Conference, RIM announced the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Challenge. While this is the second year that the BlackBerry Partners Fund are are... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund Invests $3.2 million In Xobni
The BlackBerry Partners Fund (BPF), a $150 million venture capital fund aimed at encouraging development of software for the BlackBerry, is investing $3.2 million (of a $10 million second round) in... more
Multiplied Media meets BlackBerry Challenge
The BlackBerry Partners Fund announced the winners of the BlackBerry Developer Challenge today and Calgary's Multiplied Media Corporation Poynt application won the Personal Productivity and... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund Announces Jump Start Program
The BlackBerry Partners Fund LP announced today that it has launched a Jump Start Financing Initiative. The Jump Start initiative provides entrepreneurs with capital infusions of up to $250,000.... more
BlackBerry Fund grows Investment Team
The BlackBerry Partners Fund announced today that it has appointed Marc Faucher and Matt Golden to its investment team. The BlackBerry Partners Fund is a $150 million venture capital fund formed to... more
BlackBerry Partners Fund Announced?
VentureBeat reported yesterday that Research In Motion, the RBC and Thomson Reuters invested in an $150 million venture investment fund, called the BlackBerry Partners Fund, to support developers... more

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