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A look at the impact we had in 2017

Posted by Brightspark on 12/15/17 2:01 PM

What a year it's been! We are thrilled with both our portfolio and Brightspark's own growth. It was a year for important milestones - including growing our network to over 2,500 individuals, as well as a $6m financing into Brightspark

Here is a look at some of the impact we had in 2017:

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News: Brightspark Closes $6m Financing Round to Fuel its Own Growth

Posted by Brightspark on 12/11/17 5:29 PM

Last week, we announced that Brightspark has closed a $6 million financing round led by Kensington Capital Partners. This is a direct investment into our infrastructure, to fuel our growth. We have included a press release below, and you can read more about the news in the Globe and Mail, MTL in Tech, and CanTech Letter


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Topics: Brightspark news

Am I an Angel?

Posted by Sophie Forest on 11/7/17 12:38 PM

About a month ago, I attended the National Angel Capital Organization World Investment Summit. For three days, more than 500 investors and community members met in Montreal to discuss innovation in the Canadian investment ecosystem. I was really impressed with the event; it was very well attended, with lively discussions and debates around current challenges faced by private investors.

...I would be lying, though, if I said that the highlight wasn't winning the Angel of the Year award! 

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Topics: Insider, angel investing, awards

When to double down on winners: a VC's perspective

Posted by Mark Skapinker on 10/11/17 12:14 PM

I recently wrote a post about Brightspark being a VC in the Canadian market for the last 18 years. In our years of experience, one of the issues we have spent a lot of time focusing on is when to “double down” or “make a follow-on investment,” and when not to invest further.

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Topics: startups, venture capital, tips

Brightspark is 18 years old: A reflection by Mark Skapinker

Posted by Mark Skapinker on 9/13/17 11:05 AM

Summer is notorious for a being a time to reflect, and it hit me recently that this is the eighteenth year we are running Brightspark, our venture capital business.

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Topics: narrative, throwback

Canadian Tech’s Inadvertent Ally: Donald Trump

Posted by Jonathan Latsky on 7/25/17 1:17 PM

Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of the alt-right in Europe have been at the top of our entrepreneurs’ and investors’ minds this past year.

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Topics: Opinion, jonathan latsky, investor

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