Our Investors

“We are thrilled to see so many leading Canadian investors join BDC in supporting the expansion of StandUp Ventures,” said Alison Nankivell, Vice President of Fund Investments at BDC Capital. “Michelle McBane and her team at StandUp Ventures are an important new addition to the Canadian VC ecosystem, addressing a critical gap in early stage risk capital for women led technology firms.”


“We are proud to support funds that invest in innovative Canadian companies led by women entrepreneurs,” said Mark McQueen, President and Executive Managing Director, CIBC Innovation Banking. “Gender balance is an economic imperative and organizations like StandUp Ventures are key to getting Canadian startups the funding they need to grow, scale and succeed over the long term.”


“EDC is delighted to be a part of StandUp Ventures and this essential fund for women-led businesses,” said Mairead Lavery, President and CEO, Export Development Canada. “Collectively we are addressing the tremendous need for investment capital which is essential to enterprise success, addressing the gap from both sides of the entrepreneur and investor table. Helping more women founders access early stage capital will provide them greater growth potential leading to an outsized impact for the Canadian economy.”


“Helping women entrepreneurs succeed is part of our ongoing commitment to promote gender balance, diversity and inclusion in Canada’s venture capital ecosystem,” said Ian Carew, Director at Northleaf Capital Partners, the manager of NVCF II. “Our commitment to StandUp Ventures is an example of NVCF II’s strategy of investing in best-in-class Canadian venture capital funds, which in turn support the country’s most promising companies.”


“Women entrepreneurs are making a significant contribution to Canada’s economic prosperity and innovation landscape by bringing to market diverse ideas, products and services,” said Greg Grice, Executive Vice President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “As part of RBC’s ongoing commitment to fuel innovation and support Canadian women entrepreneurs, we are proud to work with StandUp Ventures to fund more women-led ventures in the technology sector and alleviate financial barriers so they can successfully start and scale their business.”


“Our Impact Investment Portfolio was created specifically to have impact across multiple categories,” said Christine Bergeron, Vancity’s Senior Vice President of Member Experience and Community Engagement. “StandUp Ventures’ mandate to invest in Canadian women entrepreneurs is highly aligned with our investment strategy and we are excited to contribute to the growth of this ecosystem.”