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February 2015 Edition

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Yaletown tops list as Canada’s most active VC again in 2014 

VC activity in 2014 reached a twelve-year high with over $2.3 billion invested according to Thomson Reuters’ annual review of Canada’s Venture Capital Market. In the report, Yaletown ranked as Canada’s most active private independent VC for 2014, a rank the firm also achieved in 2013. Yaletown continues to accelerate the growth of its emerging growth portfolio - companies chosen for demonstrating early revenues, strong leadership and strong products.

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Cooledge secures $18.4 mln Series B funding

Cooledge Lighting, a developer of LED technology raised US$18.4 million in a Series B financing in December 2014. Yaletown participated in the round led by a new investor - a Canadian alternative assets firm with more than $2 billion under management. Combined with other investment in 2014 Cooledge attracted over $20 million in investment in the year.

Combined with awards, new customer wins and new partnerships, Cooledge considered 2014 a tipping point for LED market.

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Monexa – 2014 significant year of growth for cloud billing

Monexa President and CEO, Barry Yates, describes 2014 as their most significant year of growth to date for the cloud-based billing provider. Monexa won several key clients, including Cisco Systems, Compuware, the City of Elgin and OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations.

The company also expanded its Channel Program. Monexa signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Ingram Micro, global wholesale technology distributor. Monexa also partnered with hybris software, an SAP company and fast-growing commerce platform. The company also strengthened its relationship with salesforce.com and completed its integration with Dell Boomi, a leading ERP integration platform.

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New Structure of Venture Capital 

In this article originally published by the CFA Society Vancouver, Yaletown’s Eric Bukovinsky takes a look at shifts and emerging gaps in Canada’s VC industry.

Investor interest is returning to the industry but lost in the headlines are the major structural changes that have taken place. The venture capital industry has changed into a “barbell” structure, with larger funds focused on multiple stages and industries raising significant capital on the one end and numerous smaller funds focusing on specific industries or regions on the other.

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Yaletown Co-Chair at CVCA Annual Meeting 

Yaletown partner Hans Knapp will be joining Rob Wildeman of Tricor Pacific as a co-chair for the CVCA Annual Meeting May 19-21 - Canada’s largest gathering of venture capital and private equity professionals.

The conference’s focus is on Capitalizing on Change: Uncertainty & Opportunity in Canada’s Shifting Economy. Speakers at the event are Douglas Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director at BMO Financial Group, and Jim Coulter, the CEO and co-founder of TPG.

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Awards – Salute to Portfolio Strength

In the last few months, there have been a number of award wins by Yaletown portfolio companies. Congratulations to all of the winners:

 

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