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News Pick – Thomson Reuters pledges $100-million to growing Toronto technology hub


Thomson Reuters plans to move its Toronto technology centre into the newly rebuilt 10-storey office space at 19 Duncan Street by early 2021.

October 11, 2017 – “Thomson Reuters Corp. plans to invest $100-million (U.S.) to help build a permanent home for its growing Toronto technology hub. The news and information company has snapped up naming rights and all of the commercial office space in a major redevelopment of the former Southam Press Building. Sitting at the corner of Duncan Street and Adelaide Street West, the original brick structure with a history steeped in journalism was built in 1908.” Read more at the Globe and Mail



News Pick – As the world rushes to protect data, Toronto emerges as a cybersecurity hub


Rob Douglas’s company, BioConnect, has emerged as a leader in Toronto’s burgeoning cybersecurity sector.

October 5, 2017 – “In dozens of sports arenas across the United States, athletes unlock doors to secured areas with a biometric app on their mobile phones that recognizes their fingerprints, faces, eyes or voices. The technology is part of a made-in-Canada product by BioConnect, a Toronto startup whose core offering is an intelligent platform that translates data from different biometric products into a single language.” Read more at the Globe and Mail



News Pick – The Incredible Rise of Tech


AI Doctor Diagnosis

September 28, 2017 – “We have hungry entrepreneurs, deep-pocketed investors, next-level start-ups and an infinite supply of brilliant ideas. Why Toronto is the new Silicon Valley” Read more at Toronto Life



News Pick – Inside Canada’s race to produce the world’s first commercial quantum computer


Mike Lazaridis is building what he hopes will be a quantum-technology mecca in Waterloo

September 28, 2017 – “Mike Lazaridis and the Quantum Valley team are in the East. Quantum computing company D-Wave is the best in the West. Both Canadian camps are on the cusp of commercializing quantum technology – potentially leading a multibillion-dollar tech revolution. Who will make the leap first?” Read more at the Globe and Mail



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


iGan Partners is hiring a Marketing Associate


Marketing Associate:
iGan Partners is looking for a passionate individual to help grow our presence through marketing, PR and community related initiatives. The Marketing Associate will also assist the senior members of the team with investor related outreach. This is a fast-paced role in a small team, we’re looking for a self-driven, results-oriented person.
 

Responsibilities:
• Act as brand ambassador to build the iGan brand amongst investors and entrepreneurs using social & traditional media, events and other PR initiatives
• Assist the team with building power point presentations, press releases, and other collateral materials
• Assist the senior team with fund raising efforts
• Identify and organize PR initiatives that help the iGan team demonstrate thought leadership
• Other ad-hoc marketing and operational tasks as needed
 

Experience:
• 2-3 years relevant work experience in marketing, public relations etc.
• Undergraduate degree in a related field
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the capability of taking initiatives, rolling up the sleeves and getting the job done, with an entrepreneurial “can-do” attitude
• Strong computer skills, especially PowerPoint and other publishing software
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Self-starter, detail oriented and possesses good business skills
• Event planning experience
• PR and/or media-relations experience
• VC or start-up experience a plus
 

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

Alex Kottoor

Co-Founder & CEO - SceneDoc

Team Member

Aly Dhalla

Co-Founder & CEO - Finaeo

Team Member

Anil Amlani

CEO - MolecuLight

Team Member

Brian Mech

President - eSight

Team Member

Dan Pawliw

Co-Founder & CEO - Right Health

Team Member

Garrick Tiplady

CEO - Vemba

Team Member

Joe Eibl

Co-Founder & CEO - Flosonics Medical

Team Member

John Mozas

Co-Founder & Co-CEO - Right Health

Team Member

Jonah Midanik

Founder & CEO - LimeLight Platform

Team Member

Mark Bachman

Co-Founder & President - FlipGive

Team Member

Mark Oleniuk

Co-Founder - RESQ

Team Member

Randy AuCoin

President - Exact Imaging

Team Member

Sachin Aggarwal

CEO - Think Research

Team Member

Sam Molyneux

Co-Founder & CEO - Meta (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)

Team Member

Tammer Kamel

Co-Founder & CEO - Quandl

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]


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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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