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Missed #MeetTheFellows? Check out the recordings | Members in the news & community updates

An update from another one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


MISSED “MEET THE FELLOWS” AT 48HRS? WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED

Looking to get to know the exceptional founders who make up this year’s C100 Fellows cohort? Find all the segments from Meet the Fellows at 48Hrs on C100’s YouTube Channel or click any of the following to watch specific segments:

Meet the Fellows is a part of C100’s flagship program, 48Hrs, which has seen over 300 alumni startups come through the program including, but certainly not limited to; Clearco, Wealthsimple, Sonder, Mejuri, Borrowell, Koho and many more.

Learn more about the C100 Fellowship here.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE ON THE HORIZON!

Stay tuned because there are a TON of announcements coming up that we can’t wait to share with you all. C100 Members, you will all get a first look at the upcoming Annual Member Town Hall taking place on June 29th, 2021. Stay tuned or apply today to join as a Member and attend the Town Hall!

COMMUNITY UPDATES & MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

🎉Vancouver-based seed investment firm Version One Ventures, co-led by Boris Wertz (C100 Charter Member) and Angela Tran (C100 Charter Member & Board Member), has successfully closed two new funds following a big year. Learn more about the $70-million Fund IV and $30-million Opportunities II fund in Boris’ post here. Congratulations Boris, Angela & the entire version one team!

🌱Applications close on Friday for RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator, a 12-month program designed for 10 exceptional female entrepreneurs in the Cleantech space. RBC is a proud foundational partner of C100.

🚀DMZ (Corporate Member) has updated its incubator model, introducing a new 18-month program designed to take a more customizable, hands-on approach for founders. Looking to apply or know someone who should? Applications (found here) are due at the end of July.

🤝Montreal-based Lightspeed, led by Co-Founder & CEO Dax Dasilva (C100 Charter Member), is set to acquire two California e-commerce companies for a total of $925-million. The deal included Ecwid, an e-commerce platform for small businesses, and NuORDER, a wholesale software provider. Both acquisitions are expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2021 and remain subject to approval.

📣 Kirstine Stewart (C100 Charter Member) has been appointed by the Canadian government to the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology.

🛍 A group of current and former Shopify execs are ramping up investment efforts, paying it forward by investing in Canadian founders as angels or at the seed level (article from The Information – subscription required).

🦄 Toronto-based chatbot provider Ada, led by Co-Founder & CEO Mike Murchison (48Hrs ’18), has joined the latest slew of Canadian unicorns following a $130-million raise, led by Spark Capital and backed by Tiger Global Management.

📥Futurpreneur’s Canada Black Entrepreneur Startup Program​ is designed to support Black entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39, providing up to $60,000 in startup loan financing and up to two years of mentorship, plus access to resources and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs across Canada. Learn more here. This program is funded by RBC, with additional loan financing from BDC.

👋 Entrepreneur First (EF), which opened its North American HQ in Toronto last September, has announced the six startups founded and funded through EF’s first Toronto cohort. If you’re an investor interested in meeting with a specific EF company, you can schedule time with the founders here.

📣 Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (Founder & Chairman of the BoardList, former President of Stubhub & C100 Charter Member) and Jeffrey Housenbold (who recently stepped down as a Managing Partner of SoftBank Vision Fund) have formed a new SPAC called LTV Capital Partners.

🧠 Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) has launched a new stream focused on scaling companies focused on work in the field of neurotechnology, neuromonitoring, and brain-machine interfacesApplications for the Neuro Stream at CDL are open until July 30.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

Save your spot for Meet the Fellows 2021 (next Wednesday!)

An item from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


JOIN US NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, TO MEET THE C100 FELLOWS

A PART OF C100’S FLAGSHIP EVENT, 48HRS

The day is almost here! Next Wednesday is your opportunity to meet the C100 Fellows. Join us on May 19th, as a part of 48Hrs, to learn more about these exceptional Canadian founders and their high-growth startups.

This event is a part of C100’s flagship event, 48Hrs, which has seen over 300 alumni startups come through the program including, but certainly not limited to, Clearco, Wealthsimple, Sonder, Mejuri, Borrowell, Koho, and many more.

SCHEDULE

In eight consecutive sessions, hear from the C100 Fellows who are innovating in everything from:

CLIMATE TECH
3:30 – 4:00 PM | 12:30 – 1:00 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

Helping businesses control their energy usage and costs, managing electric vehicle infrastructure through one central hub, and calculating, then offsetting the carbon footprint of their transactions.

ALTERNATIVE ASSETS: DISRUPTING THE ART WORLD
4:00 – 4:20 PM | 1:00 – 1:20 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

ARTERNAL is empowering art professionals with a platform that streamline art sales processes, while simultaneously building the first B2B art marketplace, while Wondeur is building the infrastructure that powers financial products and transactions for alternative assets by leveraging live-intelligence systems to verify and track value.

FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE
4:20 – 4:50 PM | 1:20 – 1:50 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple Google | Office 365

These founders are providing solutions across all stages of life, from an egg-freezing concierge service to celebrating life’s moments with seamless floral delivery experiences to simplifying end-of-life planning using a suite of digital tools.

OPTIMIZING AGRICULTURE
4:50 – 5:10 PM | 1:50 – 2:10 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

Optimizing plant growth through a cloud-based “SUN as a service” platform and connecting all the players in the dairy supply chain through a centralized ERP platform.

FINTECH & FINANCIAL SERVICES
5:10 – 5:40 PM | 2:10 – 2:40 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

Building the next big bank in Canada, digital banking for SMEs with employees and next-gen infrastructure for the mortgage lending industry.

MARKETPLACES
5:40 – 6:00 PM | 2:40 – 3:00 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

These founders are building marketplaces that help connect restaurants to service providers for mission-critical repairs and maintenance and connecting construction companies to contractors and highly skilled labour pools.

GEN Z – THE GENERATIONAL SHIFT
6:00 – 6:20 PM | 3:00 – 3:20 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

Rethinking online dating through a video-first platform (think Tinder meets Tiktok) and empowering brands with real-time research from audiences through an interactive gamified mobile-first platform.

THE NEXT SAAS WAVE
6:20 – 7:00 PM | 3:20 – 4:00 PM ET/PT
Add to calendar: Apple | Google | Office 365

SaaS solutions that streamline sales processes with an AI-powered virtual assistant, measure and improve diversity in the workplace, build customizable social networks, and automate legal, tax and governance workflows.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

Join us to Meet the C100 Fellows on May 19!

A newsletter from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


MEET THE FELLOWS ON MAY 19TH

It’s May and you know what that means? No, not Justin Timberlake memes (although we do love those). May means we are 2 weeks away from 48Hrs!

Join us on May 19th at to meet the C100 Fellows leading 21 of some of the most exciting startups in everything from fintech and NFTs to improving diversity in the workplace and tackling climate change. Save your spot today here or using the link below.

This event is a part of C100’s flagship program, 48Hrs, which has seen over 300 alumni startups come through the program including, but certainly not limited to; Clearco, Wealthsimple, Sonder, Mejuri, Borrowell, Koho and many more.

SAY “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY” WHILE SUPPORTING CANADIAN TECH 

Winnipeg-based Callia, led by C100 Fellow Catherine Metrycki, has provided the C100 Community with a special discount. Whether you’re looking to send flowers for Mother’s Day, or for another special occasion, use the code “C100” at checkout for 10% off.

Callia currently offers its unique flower delivery services in over 300 locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island 🇨🇦. You can also add a personal touch using a Greet and recording a video message attached to your delivery.

BDC CAPITAL’S $200 MILLION DEEP TECH VENTURE FUND

BDC Capital has launched a new venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage deep tech companies within Canada. The $200-million will be used to accelerate the development of transformational technologies in a number of sectors including quantum, electronics, photonics, foundational AI and related fields, helping these Canadian innovators in the industries thrive and scale to global success.

Congratulations to Thomas Park, formerly BDC Capital’s Vice President, Operations and Strategy, who will be leading the Deep Tech Venture Fund. Also on the team are BDC veterans Duncan StewartCharles Lespérance, Robert Simon (C100 Charter Member), Jackson Hamilton and Katherine Nicanorova.

CVCA’S INVEST CANADA 2021 – A SPECIAL OFFER FOR C100 SUBSCRIBERS

Hosted by our friends at the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA), join the community of Canadian and international private capital investment leaders at CVCA’s signature Invest Canada conference on June 8 -9, 2021.

CVCA is offering a special 10% discount, exclusive to C100 subscribers. Use the code “C10010” at checkout before June 1, 2021.

COMMUNITY NEWS

🦄   Toronto-based Clearco (formerly Clearbanc) hits unicorn status! A big congratulations to the Clearco team as well as C100 Members and Charter Members Andrew D’SouzaMichele Romanow and Curt Sigfstead. Following its US$100-million raise (led by Annie Lamont of Oak HC/FT), the company is now valued at close to US$2-billion. The company also rebranded to reflect its expanded offerings for founders beyond providing capital. Andrew D’Souza shares more about the news here.

🦄  Burnaby-based legal tech company Clio raises US$110-million, pushing it’s valuation to US$1.6-billion. According to the company, this latest Series E round (led by T. Rowe Price & OMERS Growth Equity), establishes Clio as the first legal practice management company globally to reach unicorn status. Congratulations to the Clio team and co-founder & CEO Jack Newton (C100 Charter Member)!

📅 Silicon Valley Bank Canada (C100 Foundational Partner) will be hosting a panel discussing their Q2 State of the Markets report on May 18th. Register here for this discussion featuring Laura Lenz (Partner at OMERS Ventures), Graeme Millen (Director, Technology Banking at SVB) and Andrew Pardo (Sr. Associate, Research at SVB).

🎉Isabelle Hudon will be appointed as BDC’s new President & CEO in August. An exceptional businesswoman with a passion for all things Canada, Hudon will be the first woman to take the helm of BDC. We are incredibly proud to have foundational partners like BDC that share our mission of supporting Canadian entrepreneurs.

👏 While Buffet may not be stepping down from Berkshire Hathaway any time soon, he confirmed that Edmonton-born Greg Abel has been picked as Warren Buffett’s successor as Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO.

🎉 Congratulations to the Wealthsimple team and co-founder & CEO Michael Katchen (48Hrs Alumnus) on receiving the largest private tech investment in Canadian history! By huge, we mean $5-billion-valuation huge. Hear more from Katchen sharing more about the news and shaping the future of fitnech.

🎙Rep Matters, powered by Real Ventures (C100 Corporate Member), hosted a webinar on Black Tech Entrepreneurship in Canada with Stéphanie Jecrois, Derrick Raphael, Isaac Olowolafe Jr., Wils Théagène and Phil Gagnon-Joseph. Listen to the recording here.

😇  Archangel Network of Funds has closed its first $10-million funding round for its network of early-stage funds. Run by a group of investors from the Toronto-Waterloo corridor, the network plans to invest roughly $100,000 per deal across three funds.

🖥 Check out Wilson Sonsini (C100 Corporate Member) Emerging Companies Practice’s new website dedicated to providing online resources for entrepreneurs and VCs, from trends reports, common startup FAQs, legal alerts and more.

📈  Alberta’s tech sector is growing! Alberta Enterprise Corporation (C100 Corporate Member) has released the findings of its 2021 Alberta Technology Deal Flow Study, revealing that Alberta is now home to more than 3,000 technology companies, a 233% increase since 2020 and the rate of female founders is 50% higher than the global average.

🤖  Forbes’ list of the “Top 25 Machine Learning Startups to Watch in 2021 Based on Crunchbase” includes Toronto-based Boast.AI, co-founded and led by Alex Popa & Lloyed Lobo (C100 Member). Toronto was ranked as the 6th most popular location for A.I. & machine learning startups globally.

🌱  MaRS and RBC (C100 Foundational Partner) launch the RBC Women in Cleantech Accelerator. This 12-month program is supported through the RBC Tech for Nature initiative and applications are open until June 11 and the first cohort will be announced in September.

🤖  Congratulations to Ottawa-based MindBridge AI on the Forbes list of top AI companies to watch in “America” in 2021. A shoutout to the MindBridge team as well as its founder and CIO Solon Angel (C100 Member)!

📅  Tonal’s founder & CEO Aly Orady (C100 Charter Member) will be on a Business Insider panel with other top fitness leaders discussing trends of at-home and virtual exercise on May 12 (exclusive to Insider subscribers).

🎙  Several familiar faces spoke at this year’s Collision conference, including a number of University of Toronto (C100 Corporate Member) alumni, including Wattpad’s co-founder & CEO Allen Lau (C100 Charter Member) and deep learning pioneer Geoffrey HintonU of T shared more about what was discussed, including a special session hosted by U of T for entrepreneurs.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

48Hrs is Next Month | A 1:1 with Chris Albinson | In the News

An item from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay Area.


ICYMI: MEET THE 2021 C100 FELLOWS COHORT

On March 31st, we announced the C100 Fellows 2021 Cohort – a talented group of 21 exceptional Canadian-led early-stage companies and their respective founders. What’s next? The event you know and love, 48Hrs (f/k/a 48Hrs in the Valley).

C100’s annual flagship event will be taking place virtually on May 19-20. This event spotlights and celebrates the exceptional founders making up the Fellows cohort while bringing together global mentors, investors and industry executives.

This is a Member-exclusive event. If you are a global Canadian with current experience in product, engineering, growth, marketing, or supply chain, you could play a role in this mission-driven program spotlighting C100’s exceptional founders and diving deep in conversation with other top-tier, global Canadian talent. Join today!

CHRIS ALBINSON, C100’S CO-FOUNDER, ANNOUNCED AS COMMUNITECH’S CEO

C100’s Co-Founder (and proud uncle!) Chris Albinson sat down with us to share more about this week’s big announcement of moving back home to take the reins as CEO at Waterloo-based Communitech. Click below to hear from Chris about what this opportunity means to him.

COMMUNITY NEWS

🛎 Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase made its public debut on the Nasdaq via a direct listing and is headed for a US$100-billion valuation. Founder & General Partner of Version One Ventures Boris Wertz (C100 Charter Member) shared some thoughts on this IPO in this post. Version One invested in Coinbase in its Series D round in the fall of 2017. Congratulations to Boris, Angela Tran (C100 Charter Member), Max Webster and the entire Version One team on this exciting day for crypto!

✈️   PSA for cross-border travellers: all travellers arriving in Canada by land or air must submit their travel and contact information electronically via ArriveCAN before or when crossing the border or boarding a flight. This requirement also applies to individuals on exempt travel and  NEXUS members.

🎙  Michelle Zatlyn (C100 Charter Member), Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer at Cloudflare, will be sharing her founder story through Stanfard University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. Tune in today at 4:30 pm PT.

🎉  DMZ (C100 Corporate Member) has been supporting startups for 11 years and they have officially passed a major milestone – over $1-billion in total funding raised from DMZ startups and alumni. Congratulations to the many startups, including plenty of familiar faces to the C100 Community!

🎉   Patrick Spence (C100 Charter Member), CEO of Sonos, is the 2021 recipient of the Western Ivey Alumni Achievement Award. Western University is also a proud C100 Corporate Member).

📅 Join the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE) to hear Globe and Mail Columnist and best-selling author André Picard discuss inequities in the Canadian healthcare system on April 24th at 3 pm ET.

🎉  Congratulations to Mike Silagadze (C100 Member), Co-Founder, Board Member and former CEO of Top Hat, has joined Ripple Ventures as a Venture Partner.

💵  Toronto-based #fintech company KOHO, led by Founder & CEO Daniel Eberhard (C100 Member) has secured $70-million in Series C financing, led by TTV Capital.

🎙 ICYMI: C100’s Executive Director, Laura Buhler, sat down alongside Ami Shah (Co-Founder & CEO, Peekapak) and Erin Hipp (Meraki County Leader, Cisco Canada) in a recent BetaKit Live to discuss notable leadership lessons learned over the past year.

🔬 Two-year-old Montreal-based biotech startup Ventus Therapeutics Inc. has raised US$100-million led by Boston-based RA Capital Management.

🛎   Alto Ventures is the largest investor in Roblox & Coupang, which both IPOed one day apart from each other in March. Coupang’s IPO became the largest IPO of an Asian company in the US ever. Anthony Lee (C100’s Co-Founder) is the Managing Director at Altos Ventures.

📣 Georgian has dropped the word “Partners” from its brand name as a part of its new strategy to build a fintech and software company to support experts under its umbrella. Georgian also recently closed its new US$1.02-billion Alignment Fund.

📦 Toronto-based company Swyft raises $22-million in Series A funding, led by Inovia Capital and San Francisco’s Forerunner Ventures with participation from Shopify and existing investors Golden Ventures (C100 Corporate Member) and Trucks VC. Swyft looks to replicate its speedy same and next-day shipping model in markets across North America.

☀️ CPP Investments is creating the Sustainable Energy Group (SEG), a new investment group that combines the organization’s expertise in renewables, conventional energy and new technology and service solutions. It’s expected to have approximately $18-billion in assets.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners

Announcing: C100’s 2021 Fellows Cohort!

An announcement from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.


Hi Michael,

Here it is! The moment you’ve been waiting for…. meet the C100 Fellows 2021 Cohort!

We are proud to announce the founders who will make up this inaugural cohort of C100 Fellows in 2021 and will also be joining us (virtually) at 48Hrs in May 2021.

There are a number of reasons we are excited for you all to get to know these entrepreneurs. Despite moving the program online, C100 saw more demand than ever before for the program, with 355 Nominations, a 75% from the year before, and over 202 applications, a 55% increase. We are also thrilled to see that this cohort has the highest representation of female founders than ever before, making up one-third of the class.

We implore you, as a community at large, to join us by celebrating this news and supporting these ambitious Canadian entrepreneurs through mentorship, investment and partnership. 

“We’ve had a lot of awesome companies come through our Fellows program in the past, but this year may just be the best one yet!”

– Andre Charoo, C100’s Co-Chair and Founder & General Partner of Maple VC

This January, C100 Fellows was launched as a significant reboot and expansion of C100’s longstanding flagship event, 48Hrs in the Valley (now called “48Hrs”). The C100 Fellowship expands the founder experience from that of a 2-day event to that of an 8-month long program involving mentorship with growth-stage founders and expert operators from the C100 community, and peer networking across ecosystems and industries.

Click below to read more about the 21 exceptional Canadian-led early-stage companies that make up the 2021 C100 Fellows Cohort!

48HRS, BUT MAKE IT “OUT OF THE VALLEY”

The 48Hrs in the Valley event will now be called “48Hrs” and will serve as the kick-off to the 2021 Fellowship. The removal of “the Valley” is intentional. It marks not only the reality that the C100 will once again gather virtually in 2021, but it is also in recognition of our belief that exceptional Canadian talent and technology is everywhere.

With over 40% of C100’s members now located in tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley, we feel this reinforces the diversity and vibrancy of our network of mentors, talent, founders and investors contributing to the Fellowship.

48Hrs takes place May 19-20 and is a members-exclusive event. Not a Member? Apply today!

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Consider deepening your engagement with C100 as a Member.

C100 Members are entrepreneurs, investors, and operators in the technology field, with a special focus on Canadians living abroad who wish to connect with one another and to give back to Canada’s ecosystem. They enjoy high-value, intimate virtual events, a Members-only C100 Slack space, and exclusive Member communications. All prospective Members must have their application sponsored by at least one active C100 Member.

C100’s mission is to support, inspire, and connect the most promising Canadian entrepreneurial leaders through mentorship, investment, partnership, & talent. Apply to join as a member today!

Thank You to Our Partners

Foundational Partners

Corporate Partners