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“Michelle McBane and her team at StandUp Ventures have clearly demonstrated the growing success and business opportunity associated with investing with a gender lens. StandUp Ventures has built an impressive portfolio of women led tech companies and with a larger Fund II we look forward to seeing the GP franchise scale up its activity as it continues to support Canada’s most promising female founders.” Alison Nankivell, Senior Vice President of Fund Investments at BDC Capital.
“Over the past two years, the StandUp team has met their promise of providing smart capital to innovative, women-led companies. CIBC’s partnership with the StandUp team, and many of their portfolio companies, has already been a success by any definition. This new fund will surely contribute to the important gains we’ve collectively made to date.” Mark McQueen, President and Executive Managing Director, CIBC Innovation Banking
“EDC recognizes the important role StandUp Ventures has demonstrated to date in supporting women-led exporters. Our continued commitment to growing StandUp Ventures’ platform and portfolio will further enable female founders and leaders to successfully scale their businesses beyond Canadian borders and promote inclusive trade.” Mairead Lavery, President and CEO, Export Development Canada
“Northleaf’s investment in StandUp Ventures reflects our long-term commitment to promoting and advancing gender balance, diversity and inclusion in the Canadian venture capital ecosystem. Our commitments to StandUp Ventures Fund I and II through our Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund II are examples of Northleaf’s strategy of investing in best-in-class Canadian venture capital funds, while upholding our firm’s social values and supporting women entrepreneurs.” Ian Carew, Managing Director at Northleaf Capital Partners
“RBC is proud to continue working closely with StandUp Ventures to support and accelerate the growth of women-led technology businesses in Canada. With an abundance of data confirming the outperformance of women-led businesses, StandUp Ventures is playing a central role in financing and mentoring the next generation of tech leaders while simultaneously driving meaningful returns for investors.” Anthony Mouchantaf, Director of Venture Capital with RBCx, Royal Bank of Canada’s technology and innovation practice.
“Teralys’ second commitment to StandUp Ventures is a testament to our efforts to drive the sustainability of the investment ecosystem by making it more inclusive and diverse. StandUp Ventures upholds our investment pillars as it scales up its funds and maintains sound investment practices: as a result, more women entrepreneurs can continue to access capital and value-added resources to start and grow their technology companies.” Cédric Bisson, Partner at Teralys Capital.
“Capital and funding for businesses has typically been gender-regressive. For years, Vancity has seen women-led businesses as a huge opportunity for investment. We’re proud to continue to support StandUp Ventures and invest in the power of exceptional female talent.” Heather Conradi, Director of Impact Investing at Vancity.