Posted by Brightspark on Aug 29, 2016

In over 15 years of investing in venture capital, we’ve developed a serious flair for finding and growing the very best early-stage companies in Canada.

At Brightspark, we invest in people first. We partner with founders that are...

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

Brightspark Ventures, known for its successful track record of investing in early stage tech companies, has recently opened its doors to Canadian accredited investors. Their innovative model- the first of its kind in Canada- assembles a community of accredited investors providing exclusive access to curated investment opportunities...

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

Hopper, the makers of a handy travel application that tells you the best time to fly in order to find the best deals, has now raised additional capital to continue to grow its business. It has also scored a partnership with American Airlines which allows it to sell AA’s tickets through its app... That brings the startup’s total raise to date to $38 million.

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

nGUVU, which creates gamification and machine learning software for contact centres, has raised $3 million in funding from Brightspark Ventures and Desjardins Venture Capital.

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Posted by Brightspark on Jul 21, 2016

May 3, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

Today, Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina−Fort York, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced funding of up to $300,000 in Brightspark Investors Club Ontario to expand its angel investor membership.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Jul 21, 2016

There used to be a major difference between the way we used computers at home and in the office. As a younger generation entered the workforce, the lines between “work tech” and “play tech” have blurred to the extent that it’s almost completely disappeared. Gone is the distinction between using business software and personal applications.

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Posted by Mark Skapinker on Jul 19, 2016

A few months ago, I took a vacation to India that I have been threatening to take for years. I expected to experience some culture shock, but what shocked me the most wasn’t the huge population, or the expected cultural differences — it was the fact that mobile phones and smart phones were absolutely everywhere.

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Posted by Sophie Fores on Apr 27, 2016

In 15+ years of investing in startups, I’ve learned a thing or two about growing a company. There’s no question about it, my partners and I have seen the most success funding repeat entrepreneurs. Serial CEOs not only have the confidence needed to lead the strongest teams, they also have some invaluable lessons learned in their back pocket... Here are some tidbits of advice, learned from funding my own company and picking the brains of some of the savviest entrepreneurs in Canada.

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