Your partner 
through and through

We are a deeply Canadian-rooted venture capital firm built for founders advancing the forefront of their industries. We know what it takes to build a meaningful company – as ex-operators, we’ve done it ourselves.

We invest early and we're there for the long haul

We look for a strong team above all, and aim to work with you through your entire journey. Usually, we aim to lead or co-lead your first round, and reserve follow-on capital as you grow. 

Why entrepreneurs love working with us

Lessons learned

Add a team of veteran operators and investors to your team; we have 23 years of lessons learned to share.

Rich network

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

Genuine empathy

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

Aligned interests

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

Here's how our model works: We operate as a traditional VC, and we invite accredited investors to invest with us in our portfolio companies either through our standard VC Fund or through a Special Purpose Vehicle fund (often, we invest through both).

Individual investors in the SPV fund don’t have information rights, and aren’t directly on your cap table. Our portfolio companies appreciate having a network of investors they don’t necessarily have to "manage". By leading the investment and actively working as the gatekeeper for your company, Brightspark ensures that you can grow to your full potential without being distracted or becoming unfocused.

Our SPV fund model also has potential benefits: Some of our accredited individual investors may have connections/expertise or become potential customers. We will proactively facilitate these discussions and relationships, but no individual will ever contact you without an introduction from us. You will also have the opportunity to connect with the network and the LPs in your company at exclusive events such as our annual AGM and investor meetups.

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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