Real Ventures has raised new capital totaling $180 million to broaden and deepen its support for the most promising Canadian tech startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems. This brings total funds under management to over $330 million.
Real will execute on three distinct investment strategies:
Newly launched companies can take advantage of accelerator programs: FounderFuel, which is launching its 11th cohort in 2018, and Techstars Toronto — the world-renowned accelerator — which we helped bring to Canada, will run its first program starting in January.
Pre-seed companies can access funding and guidance from newly formed Orbit strategy, which combines small investments, a tight geographic focus, and stage-specific support. This strategy is being launched in Montreal — OrbitMTL — and will expand to other Canadian cities in due course.
Early-stage companies can also leverage Real’s significantly increased pool of capital, along with the connections and experience that our team has developed over the past decade.
Real will also continue to back promising founders across industries. While artificial intelligence and blockchain are certainly part of our focus, what we really look for in startup opportunities are solid ideas that can disrupt the status quo, using cutting-edge technology, and with massive growth potential. We look for founders who have strong vision and work ethic; people to whom we can offer backing and guidance, and enable them to soar.