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News PIck – Small Firms Shift Toward Cloud-Based Software – WSJ


blog_cloud_small_busJune 3, 2015 “Until recently, most small businesses’ outlays on technology tended to be to acquire software outright to store on in-house computers. But, rather than sitting in a backroom office, many owners today, such as Christina Ruiz, prefer to access business data from mobile devices, wherever they go—from sales trips and client meetings to a day at the beach…” “Owners of small businesses, from clothing retailers to restaurants, are increasingly signing up for subscriptions to cloud-based software, representing a fundamental shift in the way they use technology.” Read full article at WSJ



News Pick – A Startup Sours After A Falling Out – WSJ


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March 14, 2015 “Investors often wield tremendous influence over a startup—and that can backfire if the relationship between investor and entrepreneur turns bitter. Just ask Virginia Barnett, of Lithia, Fla. Last year, she co-founded Gr8code, a business that offered bootcamp-style computer programming courses for beginners.” Read full article at WSJ

 



News Pick – Five angel investing trends to watch in Canada – G&M


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March 12 , 2015 “Canada’s dynamic technology sector is like a constellation of opportunity, with diverse and exciting startups dotting the country. And like the stars above, these bright lights of Canada’s new economy are being fuelled by something powerful and unseen: angel investment.

From Vancouver to St. John’s, angels are filling an important gap between friends-and-family financing, venture capital and other sources of funding. They’re investing in emerging innovative companies, fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs and supporting technologies across a wide range of industries and sectors.” Read full article at Globe and Mail



News Pick – The Accelerators: Marketing That Pays Off – WSJ


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March 12, 2015. “For founders of young companies, marketing is something of a catch-22. Startups need money to advertise. Yet some believe that only by advertising can a business grow and make money.

Social media like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can offer startups the chance to expand their audience for little or no money. Yet most founders don’t know how to measure whether they’re getting any return on investment of time spent using these platforms.


On The Accelerators, experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists share their opinions on how much founders should spend on marketing their nascent companies, and their views on the marketing strategies most likely to pay off.”



News Pick – Canadian Tech Stocks Rally, Not Why You Might Think


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March 10, 2015 There was an interesting article by John Shmuel in the Financial Post last week, and he was arguing that the massive Nasdaq rally was overshadowing something of a bigger story, the rally by tech stocks in Canada. What’s interesting here is that much of growth is due to a peculiarity of Canadian businesses, where most of their income comes from abroad (usually the US), and most of their expenses are local.

 

“If you look at the Canadian technology companies, they’re not really that Canadian in a sense — the vast majority of their sales are outside of our country,” said Craig Basinger, chief investment officer at Richardson GMP

As the Canadian dollar has been on something of a relative decline versus its American counterpart, earnings are coming back much larger after trade. This, in essence, quantifies the relationship between the Canadian resource market and Canadian tech stocks, as lower Oil and other commodity prices are causing a relative weakening of the Canadian dollar, which in turn are causing the growing margins on exchange for Canadian tech businesses.

 

You can find John’s article here.



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NACO Ranks iGan Partners as Top Angel Group by Amount Invested


Toronto, ON, June 30, 2015 With the release of the National Angel Capital Organization’s (NACO) 2014 report on the angel asset class in Canada, iGan Partners is ranked first among other angel groups by dollar amount invested. Find the report here



iGan Partners’ Fund, Rowanwood Ventures completes first close of its $50M Fund


Venture capital firm will focus on converging internet / software and digital health sectors in Canada

Toronto, ON, June 11, 2015 iGan Partners announced today the launch of its new Rowanwood Ventures Fund, Rowanwood Investment Fund II, LP (“Fund II”), a $50 million Canadian early stage venture capital fund focused on the converging digital health and internet / software sectors.
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iGan Partners leads $4M investment into SceneDoc with Motorola Ventures


Toronto, ON, January 22, 2015. SceneDoc Inc., a Toronto-based law enforcement and public safety software provider, announced today the completion of a $4 million Series A round of funding led by iGan Partners (Toronto, Ontario), with participation from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (Schaumburg, Illinois) and a group of angel investors. (more…)



eSight in The Globe and Mail


Toronto, ON, January 15, 2015. Last September, that question was posed to Torontonian Tom Emrich at the Designers of Things wearable technology conference in San Francisco – a city many think of as the birthplace of latest tech and startups. The query took Mr. Emrich aback, but it confirmed his feeling that something magical was happening back home. Canada is pushing the limits of wearable technology, and Toronto in particular has become a hotbed, experiencing a flurry of activity and curiosity in this space. (more…)



iGan Partners leads $11M Financing Round


Toronto, ON, Jan 5, 2015. iGan Partners is pleased to announce that it has completed an additional $11 M financing into six of its portfolio companies. These new funds were provided by iGan Partners, family offices and angel investors from iGan Partners’ network. Securing these funds were Imagistx, eSight, MolecuLight, FlipGive, Creator Cloud and Sciencescape. (more…)



Rowanwood Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund managed by iGan Partners.
With a focus on internet, software, and digital health, we invest in dynamic management teams, empowering them to build impactful businesses. We have been through the process of building 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 build the next big company.

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

Scenedoc


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

Vemba


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

eSight


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

Sciencescape


Research discovery platform that organizes and delivers biomedical research relevant to researchers in real-time.

Moleculight


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

Exact Imaging


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

Quandl


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

FlipGive


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

Meet Our Team




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Sam Ifergan

Managing Partner

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Geoff Matus

Venture Partner

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Michael Stein

Venture Partner

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Michael Aron

Venture Partner

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Javier Flores

Venture Partner

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Olivier Giner

Principal

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Kuljeev Singh

Senior Associate

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Alexandre Nossovskoi

Analyst

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Claudia Jimenez

Executive Assistant

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Alex Kottoor

Co-Founder & CEO - Scenedoc

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Garrick Tiplady

CEO - Vemba

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Brian Mech

President - eSight

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Sam Molyneux

Co-Founder & CEO - Sciencescape

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Craig Kennedy

CEO - MolecuLight

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Randy AuCoin

President - Exact Imaging

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Tammer Kamel

Co-Founder & CEO - Quandl

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Mark Bachman

Co-Founder & CRO - FlipGive

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Steve Croth

Co-Founder & CEO - 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 info@rowanwoodventures.com


Toronto Office

Rowanwood Centre

1067 Yonge Street

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M4W 2L2

(416) - 925 - 2433




 

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