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News Pick – Silicon Valley: Inside the winners’ circle – FT


threebigJuly 2, 2015 ” ‘As tech groups shy away from IPOs, the wealth created goes only to those with the right access’ … ‘By staying private, there is no need to waste time on sweating over quarterly earnings reports. “In public markets, you can lose the long-term view to focus on the short term,’ says Mr Lin. And with investors lining up to pour cash into companies like Credit Karma, which has sucked in nearly $370m so far, the pressure to conform to Wall Street is off. ‘You can still raise the dollars in relatively short order, and still have the benefits of being a private company.’ ” Read the full article at FT



News Pick – Why This Tech Bubble is Less Scary – WSJ


bublJuly 1, 2015 “Is tech in a bubble? I think so. The signs are all around us. The good news is, it’s nothing like the last one. Plus, for reasons that go beyond the usual impossibilities of economic prognostication, no one can say for sure what’s going on. Many people seem to find this reassuring, but we would be wise to heed the lesson that a lack of transparency about the mechanics of a market rarely leads anywhere good… Startups are staying private longer than ever… there’s no longer a bright line where a company moves from being a venture-backed startup to, ‘We’re only a public company’ ” Read full article at WSJ



News Pick – Fear of Losing Out Drives Deal Boom – WSJ


M&AJune 30, 2015 “Companies are merging at a pace unseen in nearly a decade. Halfway through the year, about $2.15 trillion in M&A deals or offers have been announced globally, according to Dealogic. That puts 2015 on pace to challenge the biggest year on record, 2007, when companies inked deals worth $4.3 trillion.” Read the full article at WSJ



News Pick – How Automation is Shaking Up the Advertising Industry – G&M


networkJun 29, 2015 “As anyone with a computer or a smartphone knows, advertising is everywhere online. How ads are bought, displayed, tracked and sold is critical to just about every player on the Internet, from giants like Facebook and Google to the smallest publisher. And that process is going through a revolution that is already having sweeping implications, from how ads are targeted to consumers, to what safeguards are needed to prevent fraud… It is comparable to a stock market, though instead of trading shares, these markets trade digital ad space, or impressions.” – Read full article at G&M



Check out this Amazing TED Talk – Why startups succeed


billJune 23, 2015 Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed



News


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




Team Member

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

Team Member

Claudia Jimenez

Executive Assistant

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 - Sciencescape

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

Team Member

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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