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⏰ 2 weeks left for C100 Fellows 2022 nominations!

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From all of us at C100, we wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

A friendly reminder of some key dates surrounding C100 2022 Fellows nominations that are coming up faster than Santa can travel the globe:

January 4th – Nominations Close
January 7th – Founder Applications Close

BENEFITS OF BEING A C100 FELLOW

🎉  Kick-off their Fellows experience at C100’s flagship event, 48Hrs, for two days of intensive mentorship and networking within the C100 Membership community.

🚀 Be paired with a hand-selected group of mentors made up of leading growth-stage founders and expert operators.

🤝 Build long-lasting relationships with fellow founders in the cohort through a series of founder forums.

🇨🇦 Enjoy all the benefits of a C100 Membership throughout the Fellowship and more! Learn more about the Fellowship program here.

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🚀 Nominations to be a C100 Fellow are open!

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The day is finally here! Nominations are officially open for the rising Canadian founders in your network. C100 is looking for founders of some of the most promising, early-stage technology startups to take part in its signature mentorship program, C100 Fellows.

BENEFITS OF BEING A C100 FELLOW

🎉  Kick-off their Fellows experience at C100’s flagship event, 48Hrs, for two days of intensive mentorship and networking within the C100 Membership community.

🚀 Be paired with a hand-selected group of mentors made up of leading growth-stage founders and expert operators.

🤝 Build long-lasting relationships with fellow founders in the cohort through a series of founder forums.

🇨🇦 Enjoy all the benefits of a C100 Membership throughout the Fellowship and more! Learn more about the Fellowship program here.

HOW CAN YOU OR THE FOUNDERS IN YOUR NETWORK BE NOMINATED?

All active C100 MembersPartners, and Alumni are eligible to nominate founders. We encourage you to see who you know from the C100 Membership community that will put your name forward (a private link has been shared with them). Learn more here.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FELLOW PROGRAM HERE AND AT THE INFORMATION SESSION, LIVE, ON DECEMBER 8TH.

HEAR FROM SOME OF THIS YEAR’S COHORT

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Join us on December 8th to learn more about C100’s Fellowship program

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JOIN US ON DECEMBER 8TH

Your opportunity to learn more about the C100 Fellowship and how the rising founders in your network can be nominated to join this highly-competitive mentorship program.

At this open event, learn about the program, the nomination process, eligibility criteria, and how founders can put their best foot forward in their application.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

C100 Fellows is our signature mentorship program for 20 founders of the most promising early-stage, Canadian-led startups. Starting December 1st, the founders in your network can be nominated to apply.

WHO CAN NOMINATE?

All active C100 MembersPartners, and Alumni are eligible to nominate founders. We encourage you to see who you know from the C100 Membership community that can nominate you or the founders in your network.

TIMELINE

Nominations open: December 1st
Nominations close: January 3rd
Applications close: January 7th
48Hrs: May 13-14, 2022

COMMUNITY UPDATES & MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

Looking to have your news shared? Tag @theC100 and use the hashtag #WeSeeTheeRise 🇨🇦.

🚀 Toronto-based childcare centre software provider HiMama has raised $70-million, led by Bain Capital’s Double Impact Fund. Congratulations to Co-Founders Alana Frome (C100 Member) and Ron Spreeuwenberg as well as the entire HiMama team! | Globe & Mail

📄 Patrick Pichette, Chairman of the Board at Twitter and Partner at Inovia Capital (and C100 Charter Member), shares his top four tips for founders seeking funding. | Business Insider

⚡️ Congratulations to Waterloo-based EnPowered on announcing $12.75M in seed financing! EnPowered is a bill payment platform for the energy industry.  Congratulations to Founder & CEO, Tomas van Stee (C100 Fellow), and the entire EnPowered team! Betakit

📣 John Megrue Jr., the previous co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, has joined Radical Ventures (proud C100 Corporate Member) as Vice-Chairman and Partner after advising the firm for more than a year. | Globe and Mail

🚀 Toronto-based SMB card issuer Float Financial Solutions has raised $30-million, led by Tiger Global Management, five months following the startup’s $2.8-million seed round.

🤝 Winnipeg-based Neo Financial, led by Co-Founders Andrew Chau (C100 Fellow), Jeff Adamson and Kris Read, has received a $1.6-million grant via the Government of Manitoba’s Industry Expansion program. This funding is expected to provide skills training for 300 new employees in the company’s downtown Winnipeg-based HQ.

🏗 Amazon plans to open its second Canadian cloud-computing server hub, opening in Calgary by late 2023. Ground has officially broken and construction is underway, bringing billions of dollars of investment to the region. | Globe and Mail

🇨🇦 Toronto has been ranked the number one market for high-tech job growth. Growing at 26%, the city beat out Seattle, Vancouver, and New York in the annual CBRE Tech-30 report. The real estate group ranks the 30 leading tech markets in the US and Canada. Toronto added more high-tech jobs in the last two years (40,000) than the rest of the top-30.  Read more from Radical Ventures (C100 Corporate Member) on what makes Toronto attractive to top global talent in AI.

🚀 Toronto-based online used car sales startup Clutch (48Hrs 2020 Alumnus), has raised $100-million Series B, led by D1 Capital Partners, marking the 38th nine-figure private funding of 2021 by a Canadian company, according to Refinitiv, and the latest Canadian company to raise twice within a year. Congratulations to Co-Founders, Dan Park and Steve Seibel, and the entire Clutch team on the latest round! | Globe and Mail

🐦  TWEET OF THE WEEK | “Soooo the moose in Saskatoon just broke through the window at Sylvia Fedoruk school. No one was hurt. Kids are fine. What a morning. #yxe” – @patduboi

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

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🇨🇦 Fellows 2022 Nominations Open on Dec. 1st | Join us on Dec. 8th to learn more about the Fellowship

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C100 Fellows is our signature fellowship program for 20 founders of the most promising early-stage, Canadian-led startups. Starting December 1st, the founders in your network can be nominated to C100’s signature year-long program.

WHO CAN NOMINATE?

All active C100 MembersPartners, and Alumni are eligible to nominate founders.  We encourage you to see who you know from the C100 Membership community for who can nominate you or the founders you know.

TIMELINE

Nominations open: December 1st
Nominations close: January 3rd
Applications close: January 7th
48Hrs: May 2022

Learn more at our info session on December 8th.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

Events brought to you by friends of the C100 community.

U OF T ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAUNCHES ITS BLACK FOUNDERS NETWORK (BFN)

U of T entrepreneurship launches the black founders network (BFN), An inclusive community for Black entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey, created to provide access to the networks, resources, and inspiration to build, fund, and scale impactful startups. Learn more here.

NOVEMBER 15 – 18 | TORONTO MACHINE LEARNING SUMMIT (TMLS)

Over 4 days speakers will address common hurdles and celebrate Canadian accomplishments in the fields of operational AI. With over 50+ speakers and, the 5th annual Toronto Machine Learning Summit explores use-cases, research and businesses strategies used within ML/AI industries.

As a subscriber, our friends at TMLS have offered a 50% off discount code. Use the code C100half when completing your registration.

REMEMBRANCE DAY – ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION POPPY CAMPAIGN

Are you a Canadian living in the Bay Area looking to show your respects to this Remembrance Day. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 has created a resource where you can pick up a poppy and donate in the Bay Area. This includes:

If you are interested in getting further involved, please email Michael Barbour, mkbarbour@gmail.com.

EVENTS FROM DIGITAL MOOSE LOUNGE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Our friends at the Digital Moose Lounge in San Francisco have several events on the horizon to meet up with some fellow Canucks:

FOUNDER STORIES

At a recent C100 Deep Tech event, Christian Weedbrook, Founder & CEO of Toronto-based quantum tech company Xanadu, shared his founding journey with the community.

This portion of the event was recorded that you can hear Christian’s story and his insights on building a Canadian-based Deep Tech company before private Q&A took place.

COMMUNITY UPDATES & MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

📣 Michael Hershfield, former SVP of Sales at WeWork, C100 Board Member, and #C100NYC chapter lead, has launched Accrue Savings, a company that rewards consumers who save and helps retailers attract new customers. A big congratulations to Michael & the Accrue Savings team!

🎉 Kirstine Stewart has been named the Board Chair of Blink Studios, a new independent studio launched with the backing of Endeavor Content. Blink is founded by John Mrayniss, former eOne TV CEO, and fellow eOne alums including Patrice Theroux, Nelson Kuo-Lee and Jeff Lynas.  Kirstine is the Chief Revenue Officer at Pex and is the former head of CBC, founding Head of Twitter Canada and VP of Media North America, and a valued C100 Board Member. Congratulations Kirstine! | Variety

🤝 8-Bit Capital, founded and led by Jonathan Abrams (C100 Member) and Kent Lindstrom, has closed its first fund for $40-million. Check out the interview with Jonathan here (TechCrunch). Also hear from Jonathan in this blog post on why they started 8-Bit Capital.

🏆 Two valued Charter Members making the list of Inc. Magazine’s Best-Led Companies of 2021 (in America); Michelle Zatlyn, Co-Founder,  President, and COO of Cloudflare; and Patrick Spence, CEO of Sonos. Check out the list and some insights from these two tech titans here.

👑 Add LeBron James to the growing roster of investor and brand athletes at Tonal. Congrats fit for a king to Founder & CEO Aly Orady (C100 Charter Member), Christopher Stadler, and the entire Tonal team!

📰 International students can help Canada rebuild post-pandemic — all we have to do is let them | op-ed by Martin Basiri, Co-Founder & CEO of Applyboard, in the Toronto Star

🚀 Ottawa-based meeting management software Fellow has raised $24M in Series A Funding led by Craft Ventures, with participation from iNovia, Felicis, Garage Ventures, Formentera and Silicon Valley Bank. Congratulations to Aydin Mirzaee, Co-Founder & CEO (and C100 Member & “C100 Fellow” Alumnus), and the entire team on this latest announcement! | Techcrunch & The Globe and Mail

🎙 RBC Disruptors (hosted by John Stackhouse, SVP at RBC): The Climate Conversations: How to Build a Greener Food Chain with Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and Brend Preston, a pioneer in regenerative agriculture. Listen here

🇨🇦 New Zealand-based A2X Accounting is drawing on Canadian talent to scale to a Shopify-sized business. Hubdoc (48Hrs 2016 Alumnus) Co-Founders Jamie McDonald and Jamie Shulman (C100 Charter Member) are joining A2X as CEO and Head of Accounting, respectively. Congratulations all-round!

🛢 At COP26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will impose a hard cap on emissions for the oil and gas sector. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has some words to say about the announcement.

📰 Long-distance relationships: Business is booming for the companies helping Canadian startups hire globally | The Logic via the Financial Post

🛎 Coveo Solutions has filed to go public on TSX, joining a recent parade of Canadian tech companies launching IPOs | The Globe and Mail.

🐦  TWEET OF THE WEEK | “Soooo the moose in Saskatoon just broke through the window at Sylvia Fedoruk school. No one was hurt. Kids are fine. What a morning. #yxe” – @patduboi

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🇨🇦 Return to IRL | Community Events in the Bay Area | Members making headlines

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THE RETURN TO IRL

Things have been busy over here as the C100 community begins to gather once again (safely) in person. From an evening in Manhattan celebrating the Founding Members of C100’s New York Chapter to a series of dinners across Toronto and the San Francisco Bay Area co-hosted by Charter Members and Host Partners, the magic of in-person events begins to return.

#C100NYC IS OFFICIALLY HERE!

Last week, C100’s Founding Members community in NYC gathered to safely celebrate the launch of this new Chapter. With the growing, vibrant tech scene growing in New York, Canadians can be found everywhere you look from founders and operators to inventors and investors.

While C100 Members are based across all corners of the globe, from St. Johns to Los Angeles and San Francisco to Singapore, C100 New York marks a special part of this chapter (yes, very much a double entendre). Fun fact: New York has the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada and we’d like to sincerely thank all of our Founding Members who are helping make this feel a little bit like home for Canadian tech leaders living in the Big Apple.

Know a great Canadian expat who should be a part of this community (*ahem perhaps yourself*)? Apply today.

C100 DINNER SERIES

Over the past several weeks, C100 Members across the San Francisco Bay Area and Toronto gathered for small, intimate dinners to connect with fellow Canadian leaders.

A heartfelt thank you to all the Co-Hosts and Host Partners who helped make these a success; Janet Bannister & Silicon Valley Bank; Allen and Eva Lau, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Anthony Lee & Toronto Global; Chris O’Neill and Wilson Sonsini; and Sean Lynch.

Read more about these dinners on our events page.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Events happening in and around the community to check out.

OCT 17-23 | BDC SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

An annual celebration of entrepreneurship that the BDC (C100 Foundational Partner) has been organizing for over 42 years, gathering close to 10,000 entrepreneurs to learn, network and celebrate people building businesses across the country. Find out more here.

EVENTS FROM DIGITAL MOOSE LOUNGE IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Our friends at the Digital Moose Lounge in San Francisco have several events on the horizon to meet up with some fellow Canucks:

C100 X ON DECK TALENT DEMO DAY

C100 has partnered with On Deck to bring talent to Canadian startups! Five of this year’s C100 Fellows participated in On Deck’s Talent Demo Day, spotlighting the open roles at these rapidly growing startups they lead and what’s unique about their workplace.

Taking part (and hiring internationally and for leadership roles) is Patch, Penny AI, Perksy, Relay Financial and ResQ. Learn more about each of them here. Thank you to the On Deck team for your support and dedication to Canadian tech talent!

COMMUNITY UPDATES

NEW FUNDS & FUNDING ROUNDS

₿ Mike Silagadze (C100 Charter Member) and Andrew McGrath (48Hrs Alumnus) have launched Gadze Finance, a next-generation crypto DeFi fund.  Mike is the founder of Toronto-based EdTech Top Hat and recently stepped down as CEO earlier this year and Andrew is formerly the President of Top Hat Ventures. The fund will start with US$25M under management as a pilot fund with the goal to scale the fund to US$100M over the next 6 months. Boris Wertz, Founder & Managing Partner at Version One Ventures, led the equity finance round and shares more about the announcement in this post.

💻  Hubspot Ventures has announced a $100M Hubspot CRM Platform Fund, focused on investing in early- and growth-stage technology companies focused on customer-first B2B innovation for scaling businesses. Congratulations to Andrew Lindsay (Charter Member), SVP of Business and Corporate Development at HubSpot.

🤝 Newfoundland-based CoLab Software has raised a $17M Series A led by New York-based investment firm Insight Partners. CoLab Sofware provides a web-based collaboration tool and issue-tracking platform for engineering teams. Congratulations to Co-Founders Adam KeatingJeremy Andrews, and the CoLabs team! Also congratulations to Greg Smyth (C100 Member) who is an early investor!

🚂  Spin Master, a Canadian toymaker, has entered the venture capital game with a newly established $100M fund to back early-stage companies that can help accelerate growth in its toys, entertainment and digital game divisions. Starting with two investments – Winnipeg-based Hoot Reading and Stockholm-based Nordlight Games. (p.s. a few valued C100 Members and Partners are featured for commentary in this article from Sean Silcoff).

📕  Thomson Reuters is creating a $100M corporate venture fund aimed to support and accelerate innovation in sectors that the company already serves via its products, including legal, accounting, media, risk, fraud, and compliance. The division will report to Chief Strategy Officer Pat Wilburn and is looking to invest between $2-10M for each deal, backing 15-20 companies over the next three years.

🏡  In one of the largest proptech deals ever, the leasing and management platform VTS announced that it will acquire Toronto-based Lane, a workplace experience platform used by several top landlords including Brookfield, Oxford, and Hines, for $200M. A big congratulations to Lane’s CEO Clinton Robinson (C100 Member and 48Hrs 2020 Alumnus) on this newest chapter. Hear directly from Clinton in this post.

🍽  ResQ has been busy cooking up a Series A. Toronto-based ResQ, led by Founder & CEO Kuljeev Singh (C100 Fellow), has announced a $39M Series A, co-led by Tiger Global Management and Canvas Ventures, alongside existing investors Homebrew Ventures, Inovia Capital and Golden Ventures (proud C100 Corporate Member). Mike Ghaffary from Canvas Ventures and former CEO of Yelp-Eat24, and Nilam Ganenthiran, former President of Instacart will be joining ResQ’s Board of Directors. Hear from Kuljeev here.

💐  Flowers aren’t the only thing blooming at Callia. Winnipeg-based Callia, led by Founder & CEO Catherine Metrycki (C100 Fellow), announced that it raised a $6.4M Series A to expand its direct-to-consumer flower delivery services and new markets across North America, including looking to enter the U.S. market.

IPOS & ACQUISITIONS

✈️  Montreal-based Hopper has made its seventh acquisition, purchasing Boston-based PlacePass for an undisclosed amount. This also secures a partnership deal with Marriott International Inc. Hopper is led by Founder & CEO, Frederic Lalonde.

📚 Kitchener, Ont.-based online learning software provider D2L has set a price range on its IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange that would value the company at more than $1-billion. Disclosed in a securities filing on Monday, the price range has been set at a range of $19 to $21 a share for a proposed $200M.

MEMBERS MAKING MOVES

📣  Silicon Valley Bank (proud C100 Foundational Partner) has expanded to Montréal with the appointment of Karl Théard as the Director of Technology Banking, Quebec. Paul Parisi, Head of Silicon Valley Bank shares, “with CAD $953M invested in Montréal in the first half of 2021, the city is taking its place as one of the leaders in terms of investment dollars and number of deals in Canada. We’re excited to welcome Karl to SVB and we know his deep understanding of the Montréal tech and investor community will be invaluable to the city’s high-growth companies.”

📣  Publicly-traded sports betting and media company Rivalry has appointed former World Economic Forum (WEF) and Twitter executive Kirstine Stewart (C100 Charter Member) to its Board of Directors. Congratulations to Rivalry and Kirstine!

🌳  Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO of Lightspeed (and C100 Charter Member), has launched Age of Union Alliance, a not-for-profit action-oriented environmental initiative with a $40M initial pledge to support conservation and restoration projects. The fund is set to fund five projects per year over the next five years.

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