We invest early and partner for the long run

"Callia's been on a roller coaster over the past 12 months, and Brightspark has been steadfast in their support. I know I can call Sophie about anything, and she'll always be there to help.

Where other investors can at times play a power game, or make it clear that their interests come first, I find Brightspark to be a true partner. I know they have everyone's best interest in mind; that's incredibly empowering as a CEO because I know I can trust us to work together to figure it out."

Catherine Metricky, Founder and CEO of Callia

Why entrepreneurs love working with us

Aligned interests

Our most important criteria when investing is to ensure our interests are aligned with yours.

Genuine empathy

We are proud to be the first phone call when our founders need advice, want to celebrate, vent, or just chat. 

Rich network

We've been called the "OGs" of the Canadian tech ecosystem; we can make valuable connections thanks to our deep roots.

Lessons learned

Add a team of veteran operators and investors to your team; we have 25 years of lessons learned to share.

Get in touch

We love meeting passionate teams

The best introductions come through someone we know, and we highly recommend that you first look for a referral.

If you can’t find one, please connect with us using the button below or email dealflow@brightspark.com.

Include in your submission:

  • A short elevator pitch 
  • Pitch deck or business summary doc
  • Tell us how you heard about Brightspark
  • Your contact information

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re excited to work with the best, no matter what you’re building. Our portfolio is the strongest testament to our thesis, and our team’s decades of investing experience has taught us to never shy away from opportunity.

Our portfolio companies have this in common:

  • Ambition to build a global company
  • Markets where money is being spent today
  • A technology component: deep IP, etc
  • Some traction, validation, and customers we can talk to
  • Aligned interests and a positive culture

Our preferred investment stage is Pre-Series A, meaning that your company has a product in the market, some early traction and real customers. We do make exceptions, and sometimes invest at an earlier or slightly later stage. Most of the new companies we invest in have previously raised a small angel round. 

We  support our companies with follow-on investing, and we reserve follow-on capital for these investments.

No – while our investments tend to cluster around SaaS, enterprise, consumer, hardware, fintech and AI – we invest across all tech industries that are redefining the future. 

No - We tend to focus exclusively on companies based in Canada because that is where we have the most experience, the strongest network, and where we can be the most valuable partners. 

Our investment team reviews every message we receive. However please note that we receive many submissions and will only contact you if we see a potential fit.

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