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June 2016 Edition

Yaletown Research Shows Opportunity to Close Canada’s Investment Gap
Yaletown Partners has conducted a detailed study of Canada’s financing activity to best understand growth hurdles for Canadian technology companies and how to tailor our investments for optimum returns. The research reveals significant gaps in Canada’s capital supply causing Canadian companies to scale more slowly, take longer to exit, and achieve smaller outcomes than U.S. technology peers. The research also shows how deploying capital to underfunded emerging-growth companies can help reverse these trends.

“We did a comprehensive review of technology financing in Canada, looking not just at stage of financing or size, but at the impact of capital flow over time,” said Eric Bukovinsky, Principal, Yaletown Partners. “We found that the capital supply in Canada is both insufficient and inadequately distributed beyond early stage. Canada’s biggest opportunity to realize greater value from our technology sector lies in closing this growth capital gap, currently at one billion dollars and growing.”

Yaletown’s report, titled Canada’s Technology Investment Gap, reviews over 20,000 financings in the decade since 2006 and 3,000 exits since 2000 across Canada and the United States. The research analyzed data from Pitchbook, Thomson Reuters, CVCA, NVCA, and Yaletown’s own proprietary datasets.

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Five Questions with Yaletown Partners’ Brad Johns and Salil Munjal

PE Hub Canada sat down with General Partners Brad Johns and Salil Munjal in May to talk about the new Yaletown Emerging Growth fund and its goals. We also took the opportunity to discuss the latest financing of Bit Stew Systems, a data-integration platform for the industrial Internet.

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Bit Stew Systems Completes Initial Closing of Series C to Drive the Future of the IIoT Ecosystem

Bit Stew Systems, developer of the premier platform that solves the data integration challenge in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced in mid-May the initial closing of Series C funding to help advance the company’s global market growth and development plans. The funding is set to close by mid-July.

The undisclosed investment round included an international syndicate of new and current investors including Yaletown Partners, GE Ventures, BDC Capital and Kensington Capital Partners. Yaletown remains Bit Stew’s largest investor and led the company’s first institutional round in 2013.

“This additional funding from leaders in the Industrial Internet and investment community reflects a time of ongoing technology innovation, revenue growth, and new customer and partner adoption for our company,” commented Kevin Collins, CEO at Bit Stew. “This investment re-affirms the venture capital community’s continued confidence in our team, our unrivalled MIx Core™ platform, and the enormous market opportunity that lies ahead for Bit Stew in the IIoT.”

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Cooledge Honoured at 40th Lighting Design Awards

Alongside many of the most respected names in lighting, Cooledge was honoured to receive the Lighting Design Award for Interior Luminaire at the Lighting Design Awards 2016.

The Judging panel, led by the esteemed Howard Brandston, selected winners in 14 different categories with entries from around the world.

The Lighting Design Award is the second honour in as many months for Cooledge which received the Innovation Award Architecture+ Technology from AIT and xia Intelligente Architektur at Light+Building 2016.

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Best Buy Canada Launches Solegear's good natured™ Sustainable Office Products

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. announce the launch of good natured™ office organization products are now available online at

good natured™ stackable legal trays, self-stacker desk trays, vertical file holders, paper clip dispensers and pencil holders are all made with industry-leading 85% plant-based bioplastic materials that have been independently certified by the USDA BioPreferred® program.

“We’re excited about the continued expansion of our good natured™ retail relationships with leaders like Best Buy Canada who know their customers expect the latest innovations,” said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “Our successful launch with major Canadian retailers puts Solegear in a clearly strong position to capture share in the multi-billion dollar home and office organization market that is dominated by petrochemical plastics.”

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Sokanu Secures Growth Capital from USA Funds

Sokanu, a career discovery platform designed to help people match their natural traits, interests and abilities to specific careers, announced in June the closing of a round of growth capital with USA Funds, an organization that promotes student success in college and career. Sokanu will use the funds to accelerate the development of its career test and vast database of 750 career profiles.

Launched in 2012, Sokanu offers a unique psychometric test that evaluates people based on 186 traits across eight categories including personality, needs, culture, interests, and abilities. More than one hundred schools and universities are already using Sokanu, including NYU, University of Nevada, University of Texas, University of Miami, and many others.

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