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Canada’s first disruptive technology Deep Tech, early-stage Venture Capital fund,
supporting one of the fastest growing technology markets in the world.

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Whether a buzzword or not, it’s safe to say that deep tech is currently one of the hottest areas of interest for technologists and set to only gain traction in the coming years.

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Canadian Early Stage VC Outlook for 2021

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DRONE STARTUP SKYGAUGE CLOSES $3.3 MILLION SEED AS DEMAND
INCREASES AMID PANDEMIC
The seed round closed in October and was led by BDC Capital’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund, with participation from RiSC Capital and follow-on from existing investors SOSV (through the HAX accelerator) and Hello Ventures.
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about us

As engineers, we are dedicated to finding and digging deep into creative, game-changing tech and investing in the future of what it can become and do for Canada. We support and develop the next generation of leaders, bringing a depth of management experience and support to every company we invest in.

Our discipline and experience is what sets us apart. We drill down into companies to find their magic, we identify best-in-class technology and companies that demonstrate a firm grasp of their market and have developed a product to fit it. And we work closely with university and non-university incubators to find them.

We invest solely in the under-serviced sector of earliest capital needs because we know we can have a meaningful impact on the Canadian companies that need capital the most, and because we know that by doing so, we can deliver the best possible returns for our investors.  

We are the first-choice investor of Canada’s tech start-up leaders.
We are RiSC Capital.

Colin Webster

Co-founder

Colin Webster

Co-founder

25 years entrepreneur and investing experience

  • Founded reBOOT Canada, Truition, First Coverage, Jatheon, Dos Cielos and Hero Ventures
  • Invested in 25 Companies since 2004 with 32% IRR on all exits
  • First Investor in Well.ca, Visualase, Medchart, Home Away, Antibe Thera, Hol Food, X-Matic
  • 2 patents – cycling glasses/swim goggles
  • Gold Jubilee award from the Queen
  • BSc. EE Princeton University ‘88
  • Machine Learning Stanford ‘17
  • Loves Olive Oil and Treasure Hunting
  • Deep Experience: E-commerce, AI, Blockchain, Software, med-tech devices

Scott Pelton

Co-founder

Scott Pelton

Co-founder

20 year venture capital experience

  • Investing since July 2000, over 50 investments
  • Founding partner Round13, MaRS IAF, Growthworks, Scotiabank PE
  • Deep full-stack technical background
  • Strongest returns have been from early stage information technology firms
  • BEng. Mgt. (Computer Engineering with business option) from McMaster 1995, active volunteer in IEEE, student council, etc.
  • Loves skiing, electric cars and craft beer
  • Deep Experience in traditional industry investing such as retail, consumer packaged goods, oil and gas

Roger Singh

Advisor

Roger Singh

Advisor

  • Co-founder of Scalar Decisions and a strong proponent of Scalar’s “architect led” vision.
  • Ex-CTO, Rubikloud, where he led the engineering team developing a machine learning platform focused on the retail vertical.
  • Active member of Toronto’s IT community with over 20 years of experience in systems architecture, business analysis, operations, and software in advising customers, partners, and start-ups.
  • Consults on many councils, ranging from technology exchanges, product development, security, and cloud computing initiatives.

Paul Martin

Advisor

Paul Martin

Advisor

  • Chemical engineer by training.
  • 5 yrs developing IP in the water treatment and environmental industry
  • 26 yrs helping clients develop chemical process technology and take it from the lab through pilot and demonstration plants to commercialization.
  • Helped build Zeton Inc. into the world leader in modular pilot and demonstration scale plant design and manufacture.
  • Former clients include Monolith, who recently received a $1 billion loan from US DOE for their commercial plant to make carbon black and hydrogen from natural gas.

Scott Lake

Advisor

Scott Martin

Advisor

  • Scott Lake is a startup entrepreneur, tech investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the cofounder of Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), then later as founder of Source Metrics.
  • Currently, Scott is a general partner at Hello Ventures, where he leverages all the learning from his entrepreneurial journeys to invest in and advise early-stage tech companies.
  • Scott also plays an active role with his wife Jess as philanthropic funders of diverse social and public health causes.
  • In his past lives, he has been a bike messenger, a university lecturer, a driver at NATO, and a political science PhD.

WHY US

Investing early in disruptive technology.

We welcome technical risk because we understand it. We know how to identify opportunities that scare others off.

Our deep knowledge and experience allows us to mitigate that risk and use it to our, and our investors’, advantage.

We have been investing in Start-Ups for over 15 years each and know what it takes to get an investment to the finish line.

First-choice investor of Canada’s tech start-up leaders.

We identify, empower, support and nurture home-grown technology.

We give Canadian talent a reason and a way to stay in Canada.

We provide Canadian investors with an opportunity to invest in Canada’s rich tech market, and keep their returns in Canada.

mission

To be the first-choice investor of Canada’s tech start-up leaders.
  • To identify, empower, support and nurture home-grown technology.
  • To give Canadian talent a reason and a way to stay in Canada.
  • To provide Canadian investors with an opportunity to invest in Canada’s rich tech market, and keep their returns in Canada.

values

We Are
We are dedicated to supporting Canada’s tech start-up culture at the earliest stages of investment.
We Believe
We believe in supporting founders and products that are breaking the rules, changing the landscape and disrupting the way we look at the world.
We Do
We take risks in ground-breaking technology because we understand it and want to be a part of it.

Portfolio

Aeroflux Brakes

City
Toronto
Stage
Pre-Seed
Year
2021

Design magnetic frictionless brakes for airplanes/trains

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Nexera Robotics

City
Vancouver
Stage
Pre-Seed
Year
2021

Develop a robotic arm grasper for a wide range of diverse objects

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Semantic Health

City
Toronto
Stage
Seed
Year
2020

Semantic Heath is an AI platform software that uses NLP to process Hospital records and turn them into billable codes.

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Innovere Medical

City
Toronto
Stage
Seed/Series A
Year
2020

Innovere Medical makes wireless video screens for MRI machines, reducing the anxiety caused by the tight space and increasing the communication between the technician and patient.

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Skygauge Robotics

City
Toronto
Stage
Seed
Year
2020

Skygauge has reinvented the drone to perform work not possible with drones today. Their patented design with tilting rotors results in stability and force that can be appied to a wall surface. With an initial target market in Ultrasonic Testing of industrial structures, the company will branch out into a wide array of work like pressure washing, painting, coating, scrubbing, welding, and other maintenance.  ‘Workforce in the Sky’.

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Brink Bionics

City
Toronto
Stage
Pre-seed
Year
2020

Brink Bionics makes a gaming glove for "First Person Shooter" gamers that allows them to shoot 80ms faster than their opponent. The glove grabs the nerve impulse from the brain as it moves across the hand to the index finger and sends the signal directly to the game, before it gets to the mouse click.

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