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News Pick – AI holds promise of improving doctors’ diagnoses


AI Doctor Diagnosis

September 12, 2017 – “Radiologists can scrutinize hundreds of images before identifying an area of concern in a patient’s body. Mark Michalski likens the process to “playing ‘Where’s Waldo?’ on each of those images.” But a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning could soon help medical experts pinpoint problems faster and more accurately, says Dr. Michalski, executive director of the Boston-based Center for Clinical Data Science at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.” Read more at The Wall Street Journal



News Pick – Making Canada great again


NAFTA

September 5, 2017 – “Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump liked to bang on about how Mexicans are stealing American jobs, and he called the North American Free Trade Agreement “maybe the worst trade deal ever signed anywhere but certainly ever signed in this country.” Now someone on the other side of the U.S. border is finally agreeing with him.” Read more at The Wall Street Journal



News Pick – Toronto is leading the charge of the global robot rising


Rise of AI

July 21, 2017 – “For many people, the term “artificial intelligence” conjures up visions of brainy humanoid robots who frequently have a bone to pick with their mortal creators. We can blame pop culture for that. From 2001: A Space Odyssey’s deranged (and disembodied) HAL 9000 and the doomed replicants of Blade Runner to the murderous, nearly-human “hosts” of HBO’s Westworld, artificial intelligence in TV and movies is often about sentient beings getting too smart for humanity’s own good.” Read more at The Bay Street Bull



News Pick – Toronto is the fastest growing tech market in North America


City of Toronto

July 20, 2017 – “Toronto has been named the fastest growing tech market in North America by the CBRE’s 2017 North American Scoring Tech Talent report. The city even beat out the technology hotbeds of San Francisco and New York City combined, shooting up from 12th to sixth in an overall annual ranking. From 2015 to 2016, Toronto added 22,500 new technology jobs, compared to 5,370 for New York and 11,540 for San Francisco. Toronto also ranked as the second-cheapest market with high quality talent for a technology firm to operate. When you consider the costs of hiring talent and finding real estate, it costs about $26 million (all figures USD) to run a 500 person technology company in Toronto, well below the lowest US city’s cost for the same thing, $34 million in Oklahoma City.”>Read more at Techvibes



News Pick – Finally, a way to halt Canada’s ‘brain drain’


Trump & Trudeau

July 10, 2017 – “What a difference a year makes. When David Duvenaud took a job as an assistant professor in computer science and statistics at the University of Toronto in 2016, the word “post-truth” was yet to be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, Donald Trump’s presidency was still a punchline and Brexit sounded like an overpriced breakfast cereal.” Read more at The Globe and Mail



News Pick – These countries have the most positive influence on the world


Canadian

July 7, 2017 – “The idea of the United States as a “shining city upon a hill” is most closely associated with President Ronald Reagan but has been used by politicians since the country’s earliest days. The founding founders wanted America to be a beacon of freedom and democracy that would light the way for the rest of the world. But it seems the brightness of that light has faded of late, with a new survey showing a significant and sudden drop in the number of people around the world who see the United States as having a positive influence. ” Read more at The World Economic Forum



News Pick – U.S. venture capital and tech expertise are flowing to Canada


Vector Institute

July 6, 2017 – “Canada is making an open and determined play to attract tech stars and investors to move north amid the squeeze of immigrants by President Donald Trump, and they are starting to respond. Salim Teja, director of venture services for Mars, Toronto’s sprawling innovation hub, tells Axios that hundreds of tech workers and students have applied for positions in Canadian tech firms and to study at the University of Toronto. Among the notable attractions are new artificial intelligence labs led by some of the world’s leaders in the field. ” Read more at Axios



News Pick – Trudeau versus Trump is a win for Toronto tech and innovation


Acceptance and Application Rates

June 30, 2017 – “Silicon Valley startups are tapping into Toronto’s tech talent. Okta Inc., which JPMorgan Chase & Co. calls one of the fastest growing public software firms, opened a 60-seat office this month on trendy King Street West. Lured by a deepening pool of engineers in a city routinely ranked among the world’s most innovative, the company is following peers such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. across the border. Okta chose Canada’s biggest city because it’s home to the University of Toronto and is near the University of Waterloo, which are “educational sector leaders in developing future tech leaders,” said Armen Vartanian, vice president of global workplace services. “With respect to the talent supply that’s there, this is effectively a no-brainer for us.”” Read more at Bloomberg



News Pick – US tech talent coming to Canada


Shopify

June 28, 2017 – “It’s a great time for Canadian startups to attract top talent from south of the border as the U.S. government is creating an unwelcoming environment, the chief executive of Shopify says. “The Americans are doing a really great job of uninviting a lot of kinds of people who otherwise would go there,” said Tobias Lutke, who founded the e-commerce platform firm in 2004. Since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office in January, he’s signed a number of controversial executive orders, including a ban on travel to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries, and other measures, such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Lutke said Shopify (TSX:SHOP) has been receiving many more applications from job seekers in the U.S. than before the 2016 presidential election.” Read more at National Post



News Pick – Canadian Tech is having a moment. The trick is not to mess it up – Bloomberg


Canadian Tech

June 14, 2017 – “Not so long ago, Canadian tech entrepreneurs had a long list of grievances: a dearth of early and late-stage funding, long visa wait times for foreign hires, local corporations that wouldn’t buy their products, the best and brightest decamping for Silicon Valley. Fast forward to today, and those problems have largely evaporated. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, eager to brand itself as innovative, has given tech leaders pretty much everything they asked for, including special fast-track visas for tech workers and hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital money and support for artificial intelligence research.” Read more at Bloomberg



News Pick – An overdue welcome to foreign talent


Canada

June 8, 2017 – “Canada’s tech sector will have reason to cheer on June 12 when the federal government releases its long-awaited Global Skills Strategy, which promises to break open the bureaucratic logjam that currently impedes the ability of high-growth firms to hire skilled foreign talent. The boldest promise being made is that Canadian high-growth companies will be able to enjoy a 10-day turnaround time for processing work permit applications needed to hire highly skilled foreign talent. That will be a welcome change from the current system this new strategy is designed to replace, which is painful for too many of the companies that participated because the processing time of a single application was uncertain and there was no guarantee of success in the end.” Read more at TechVibes



News Pick – Launch Academy’s startup visa program gives entrepreneurs permanent residency in Canada


Canada

June 2, 2017 – “As the U.S. seems to be hell-bent on making itself less attractive to immigrants and visitors, its neighbors to the north are sensing an opening and going the other way in an effort to attract the smartest tech entrepreneurs. The country launched its startup visa program a few years ago and even though growth was slow (maybe too slow) in the early years, it’s now ramping up. To apply for a startup visa, entrepreneurs had to first secure a minimum investment of at least $200,000 from a Canadian venture capital fund or $75,000 for a Canadian angel investor.” Read more at TechCrunch



News Pick – How Toronto’s tech startup scene is blowing up – InsideToronto


Uber

May 25, 2017 – “Toronto’s technology ecosystem is a breeding ground for the latest startups and innovative technology. Companies like Uber, Google and Twitter have flocked to Toronto to establish Canadian headquarters because it’s seen as the place to foster the next wave of technology to move society forward. And it’s not on a whim. There are more than 400,000 people employed in the tech sector in the city and it is still growing. Because of that, the City of Toronto is putting more emphasis on nurturing its tech talent. According to Scarborough Southwest councillor Michelle Holland, the city’s first appointed official as advocate for the innovation economy, it starts by tackling the sector’s branding issue. “Toronto really punches above its weight when it comes to being a tech city. It’s the number 1 city for startups and a great place for people to start and grow a business,” Holland said.” Read more at InsideToronto



News Pick – The time for entrepreneurship is now – BNN


Shopify

May 25, 2017 – “In honour of Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday, Shopfiy one of Canada’s leading tech companies, which was once a startup, is looking to celebrate and encourage entrepreneurs in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, 97.9 per cent of Canada’s economy is made up of small business and the trend is expected to continue. The dream of owning your own business, according to a new survey conducted by Shopfiy, is alive and well. Sixty-eight per cent of those surveyed dream of being their own boss. Currently three in 10 Canadians have started their own business and more than half (53 per cent) believe that entrepreneurship is a possibility in the future.” Read more at BNN



News Pick – Toronto tech firms seeing more interest from U.S. job seekers — and not just because of Trump – CBC


Toronto

May 24, 2017 – “Last month, Roy Pereira, CEO of Toronto startup zoom.ai, received so many applications for a software engineering position from U.S.-based job seekers that he thought they were fake. “I thought it was maybe bots spamming us,” he remembered, noting only about one per cent of the company’s past applications had come from the States. The applicants he interviewed, many of whom were living in Silicon Valley, praised Toronto’s tech scene and expressed doubts about how they’d fare under the mercurial immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump.” Read more at CBC



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iGan Partners is hiring an Analyst


Overview

iGan Partners is seeking an Analyst to support iGan Partner’s growth.  The candidate will assist the team with research, analysis, due diligence as well as provide general support to the team which includes administrative duties.

 

Responsibilities 

The Analyst is expected to perform a broad range of duties including:

–  Assisting the investment team with market research, financial analysis and due diligence support on new investment opportunities

–  Preparing documents, reports, presentations and other communication/marketing material

–  Operational and administrative tasks including compliance, reporting, and office admin

–  Interacting with the internal team, portfolio companies, and investors in a proactive, resourceful and efficient manner

 

Qualifications

–  University Degree in business, engineering, finance or related fields

–  2 years’ experience working in venture capital, private equity, accounting, investment banking, or management consulting

–  Strong analytical and research skills with knowledge of financial modeling and analysis

–  Excellent computer and internet skills with high proficiency in Office software suite as well as computer networking and website upkeep

–  Detail oriented, professional and possesses good judgment and business skills

–  Excellent interpersonal skills and the capability of taking initiatives, rolling up the sleeves and getting the job done

–  Entrepreneurial “can-do” attitude with the ability to work in a small company environment with minimal supervision

 

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

iGan Partners thanks all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

About iGan Partners

iGan Partners is an early stage venture capital firm investing in emerging tech companies.
With a focus on Digital Health and B2B SaaS, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have built large successful companies and understand the challenges facing growing businesses. We provide early stage companies with smart capital, a unique active management approach and exclusive access to a network of industry partners and sector specific co-investors to help them succeed.



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iGan Partners is a venture capital firm investing in emerging tech companies.
With a focus on Digital Health and B2B SaaS, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have built large successful companies and understand the challenges facing growing businesses, having faced them ourselves. We provide early stage companies with smart capital, a unique active management approach and exclusive access to a network of industry partners and sector specific co-investors to help them succeed.

Approach


Early Stage

We build lasting partnerships with founders and managers of great businesses. These partnerships are formed after the company has raised some seed capital, developed proof of concept or obtained market validation. We typically invest in Pre-Series A or Series A rounds and reserve capital for follow-on investments.


Growth

We take a unique active management approach with all our portfolio companies. With a strong network of industry partners and co-investors, we ensure our portfolio companies have the sufficient funds and network that will support their growth to a successful exit. We provide ongoing advice, help build management teams, and secure key customers when needed.

Sectors


Internet & Software

Data-driven SaaS and B2B platforms.


Digital Health

Healthcare IT and Medical devices

Augur

Powerful web technology that helps businesses identify devices, and consumers across devices.

eSight

Breakthrough electronic eyewear that enable the legally blind to actually see.

Exact Imaging

World's first high frequency micro-ultrasound that provides unmatched resolution to visualize, detect and treat prostate cancer.

Finaeo

Digitized MGA and smart CRM for insurance brokers.

FlipGive

Sports fundraising and marketing platform that allows sports teams to raise funds and brands to acquire customers.

FloSonics

Disposable ultrasound on a patch (FloPatch) for measuring Carotid artery flow.

LimeLight Platform

Live marketing and automation platform, enabling data collection, microsites, email campaigns and more.

Meta

Big-data company that uses machine intelligence to solve core research information challenges for academics and industries.

Moleculight

Handheld optical imaging device that enables the visualization of bacteria in real-time at the point of care.

Quandl

Search engine for numerical data that offers access to millions of financial, economic, and social datasets.

RESQ

On-demand restaurant maintenance platform.

Right Health

Online clinic providing timely, technology-enabled, private healthcare.

Scenedoc

Mobile investigation and field documentation platform for public safety and law enforcement agencies.

Think Research

Knowledge-based platform offering tools and leading clinical content for clinicians to provide the best evidence-based care.

Vemba

Intelligent video exchange and recommendation platform for digital publishers, content creators and brands.

Meet Our Team




Team Member

Sam Ifergan

President & Managing Partner

Team Member

Geoff Matus

Venture Partner

Team Member

Michael Stein

Venture Partner

Team Member

Michael Aron

Venture Partner

Team Member

Javier Flores

Venture Partner

Team Member

Olivier Giner

Vice President & Principal

Team Member

Kuljeev Singh

Principal

Team Member

Alexandre Nossovskoi

Analyst

Team Member

Billy Lai

Analyst

Team Member

Claudia Jimenez

Business Operations Manager

Team Member

Sachin Aggarwal

CEO - Think Research

Team Member

Jonah Midanik

Founder & CEO - LimeLight Platform

Team Member

Alex Kottoor

Co-Founder & CEO - SceneDoc

Team Member

Garrick Tiplady

CEO - Vemba

Team Member

Brian Mech

President - eSight

Team Member

Sam Molyneux

Co-Founder & CEO - Meta

Team Member

Craig Kennedy

CEO - MolecuLight

Team Member

Randy AuCoin

President - Exact Imaging

Team Member

Tammer Kamel

Co-Founder & CEO - Quandl

Team Member

Mark Bachman

Co-Founder & CRO - FlipGive

Let’s Chat

The best way to connect with us is through people who we know and trust – either fellow entrepreneurs, investors that have invested with us or industry professionals that know us well.






You can also reach us directly via email at [email protected]


Toronto Office

60 Bloor St. W, 9th Floor

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M4W 3B8

(416) - 925 - 2433




    

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