The VCCI program was created to provide capital infusion for innovation through private sector investments, with $400 million committed by the government over three years as approved in the Budget 2017. Five Fund-of-Funds were named to receive $350 million from the first stream according to an announcement made in June 2018. The awarded firms are HarbourVest Partners, Teralys Capital, Kensington Capital Partners, Northleaf Capital Partners and Hamilton Lane.
Under the second stream of the program, the government is allocating $50 million to investment managers with a diverse fund management teams or ones that demonstrate focus in supporting under-served populations or emerging regions and sectors.
The seven investment managers to receive investments under the second round of VCCI are:
- Garage Capital (Waterloo)
- Build Ventures (Halifax)
- Tandem Launch (Montreal)
- Highline BETA (Toronto)
- AmorChem (Montreal)
- Pique Ventures (Vancouver)
- Brightspark Ventures (Montreal and Toronto)
The announcement reiterated the Trudeau government’s commitment to promoting gender balance and the future success of cultural minority groups in the VC industry and the tech sector. The program is making significant impacts in accessing venture capital investment dollars across the country to accelerate innovation, job creation and economic growth. This marks another important milestone for the Canadian innovation ecosystem when diversity and inclusion become the fuel to help increase Canada’s economic competitiveness on a global scale.