For Founders

In over 20 years of investing in venture capital, we’ve developed a serious flair for finding the very best early-stage companies in Canada.

We partner with founders who are...

Experienced

CEOs and management teams should be no stranger to the world of startups. These could be repeat CEOs, or senior team members of startups. We get excited by repeat entrepreneurs who understand the dynamics of venture capital financing.

Experts

The team needs to include seasoned domain experts with significant experience in the field they are tackling.

Committed

The company needs to demonstrate huge focus and commitment. We’re talking 24-hours-a-day hustle.

Canadian

Our companies are usually based in Canada, although we make exceptions for extraordinary companies.

Knowledgeable of VC

The company's management team should understand the dynamics of venture capital financing, and be ready for that reality. They strive to have an exit within 5-7 years, and they focus on creating investor shareholder value each and every day.

We get excited about solutions that are...

Painkillers

The company is solving a distinct problem that is of uttermost importance to customers, and they have developed a compelling solution.

Validated

The company has at-least a “minimum viable product” and has referenceable traction, usually in the form of bona fide sales.

Unique

The solution is unique, and the company shows that it can be a market leader, not a small fish in a big sea of players. We expect defensible intellectual property.

Marketable today

Significant dollars are already being spent in the industry and their market is growing today, not simply prognosticated by futurists.

Scalable

The upside of the company is very large, with significant market potential. We’re not looking for companies that will double in size – think much larger.

In the tech, SaaS, or mobile industry

We are founder-oriented and actively help grow the companies we invest in. This means that we look for solutions that are in a category that Brightspark understands and has contacts in.

Want to share your idea?

We love meeting passionate teams, and the best introductions come through someone we know. We highly recommend that you first look for a referral. 

If you can’t find one, please email dealflow@brightspark.com with the following:

  • Elevator pitch (describe your business in a few sentences, at most)
  • Pitch deck or a summary of your business attached 
  • Tell us how you heard about Brightspark
  • Your contact information 

We receive many submissions and review every single one – but we will only contact you if we see a potential fit.