Yaletown’s capital comes from pension funds, funds-of-funds, family offices and sophisticated individual investors in Canada and the United States.
Yes. We prefer to lead or co-lead the initial venture capital investments in our portfolio companies. We typically partner with other venture capital firms to form an investment syndicate with the financial stamina to go the distance.
Entrepreneurs find us, or we find them. We attend most closely to opportunities that are referred to us through our industry networks, which is comprised of a diverse group of technology angels, entrepreneurs, executives, researchers, and service providers.
Depending on stage, we look to invest between $500,000 and $2.5 million initially. We reserve ample capital to participate in follow-on financings.
When Yaletown invests in a company, every member of Yaletown’s investment team is a material investor alongside the institutional and individual investors in our funds. This aligns our interests with investors and entrepreneurs - we make money only if you make money. This is why every member of the Yaletown team contributes his unique skills and perspective behind the scenes to support the lead partner on each of our portfolio companies. We are a team, not a collection of individuals.
We are open to co-investing with any like-minded venture capital firm. See our portfolio company websites for information on who we have co-invested with to date.
Our goal is to exit our investments in five to eight years. We discuss exit objectives and strategies up front with entrepreneurs and co-investors, and we review those objectives periodically as the business develops.
Funny thing about luck - the harder you work, the more deliberate about the opportunities you pursue, the more luck you just might have. Being lucky is a great outcome, but we don`t plan on it.
We invest in privately-owned early-stage Cleantech and Information Technology companies. Our primary region of interest for IT companies is British Columbia and Alberta. For Cleantech companies we look for investment opportunities throughout Canada, and in Washington and Oregon.