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Real Ventures is Canada’s largest and most active seed venture fund. We look for inspiring entrepreneurs who exhibit unique insight and appreciation of their target market and industry.
You can be a first time entrepreneur or seasoned ; if you have passion, vision and a big opportunity we want to work with you.

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Real Ventures invests in ambitious entrepreneurs that are creating the Internet experiences of the future, or embracing the power of the Internet to disrupt existing industries or business models. We will invest pre-traction and have the team and networks to support entrepreneurs and propel their companies forward.

The best entrepreneurs do their homework on prospective VCs, and the best Canadian entrepreneurs want to be backed by Real Ventures.

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Portfolio

Algolux

Allan Benchetrit, Co-founder & CEO

Our computational optics enable better pictures, thinner cameras and cheaper optics.

Vantage Analytics

Aran Hamilton, Co-Founder & President

Vantage Analytics makes it really easy for people that are not data analysts to take all the tiny bits of information about their business and turn it into actionable, profitable strategies.

OpenCare

Nikolai Bratkovsk, Founder & CEO

Opencare is Opentable for healthcare

Uniiverse

Craig, Ben, and Adam, Co-founders

Uniiverse is a social marketplace for events.

Mixgenius

Pascal Pilon, Co-founder & CEO

Smart tools for musicians.

Breather

Julien Smith, Co-founder & CEO

Peace and Quiet, on demand

Provender

Caithrin Rintoul, Co-founder & CEO

Provender is a marketplace where buyers and producers of fresh food come together.

Frank & Oak

Ethan Song, Co-Founder & CEO

Online personalized menswear

Plotly

Online plotting and data analysis

Trusted Insight

Trusted Insight is a social network for institutional investors, allowing them to manage portfolios, investor networks and funds.

Second Funnel

Helping consumer brands turn content into a sales funnel

LoginRadius

Rakesh Soni, Co-founder and CEO

LoginRadius is a social login and sharing platform for web and mobile applications

atVenu

Derek Ball, Co-founder and CEO

atVenu provides the industry's first end-to-end live event merchandise platform.

Busbud

LP Maurice, CEO & Co-Founder

Bus travel made easy.

FounderFuel

Ian Jeffrey, General Manager

Refining Visions. Building Products. Accelerating Startups.

Execution labs

Jason Della Rocca, Co-Founder & CEO

Execution Labs is a first-of-its kind, hybrid game incubator and go-to-market accelerator

Beyond the Rack

Yona Shtern, CEO

Beyond the Rack is the ultimate online destination for designer brand fashions, accessories, beauty, and home décor essentials at up to 80% off.

Whatsnexx

Alain Paquin , CEO

Simple design and deployment of multichannel marketing campaigns

Cinemagram

Temo Chalasani, Co-Founder & CEO

A fun and beautiful way to share your videos

Wavo

Conor Clarke, CEO

Social music discovery tool

SweetIQ

Michael Mire, Co-Founder & CEO

All-in-one location-based marketing platform for agencies, brands & franchises

OMsignal

Stéphane Marceau, Co-Founder & CEO

Bio-Sensing Apparel Platform

Relay

Joe Rideout & Jon McGee, Co-Founders

Relay helps you discover the newest and best visual entertainment from around the web with a beautiful and simple mobile app.

Manyeta

Mario Perron, CEO

Patient-centric interaction solutions. Connecting patients and caregivers with their providers and clinics. Health Questionnaire, Home Telehealth, Patient Portal.

Clarity

Dan Martell, Founder & CEO

Clarity is a marketplace for business advice

XLane

Tave Della Porta, Co-Founder & CEO

The automotive remarketing tool that works wherever you do.

Viral Ninjas

Sebastien Brault, CEO

User acquisition for SaaS and E-commerce

Playerize

Jeff Magnusson, CEO

Adwords for game developers

Bunch

Andrew Sider, Founder & Co-Founder

Social site enabling people discovery based on common interests

Vanilla

Luc Vezina, CEO & Co-Founder

A reputation-driven discussion network

Urbita

Pablo Kleinman, Co-Founder & CEO

Urbita is a web platform & a mobile app that allows everyone to share the love and passion they feel for their cities and towns

Unbounce

Rick Perreault, Co-Founder & CEO

Unbounce lets marketers build, publish and test landing pages without IT or software.

Lagoa

Thiago Costa , Co-Founder & CEO

Lagoa is a cloud based platform for creatives working in engineering, architecture and media & entertainment to visualize 3D content.

Taste Filter

Martin Legris, CEO

Taste Filter is an intelligent discovery engine which evolves according to your tastes and preferences

Seevibes

Laurent Maissonave, CEO

Leading provider of ratings for social engagement in TV programs - enriches traditional ratings by taking into account the experience of viewers on social media.

Rewardli

George Favas, Co-Founder & CEO

Group buying power for small business

PasswordBox

Dan Robichaud, CEO & Co-Founder

PasswordBox liberates you from passwords so you can login everywhere with 1-click and easily share your online accounts with people you trust

Crew

Mikael Cho, Co-Founder & CEO

The engagement platform that allows app developers to "socialize apps," turning their followers into users and fans into advocates.

Oohlala

Daniel Jameel, Co-Founder & CEO

A mobile platform that helps students take control of their college life by powering the events, conver- sations and deals on campus.

Merchant Atlas

Antonio Vitti, CEO

Merchant Atlas is a map to local merchants

GuestDriven

Anthony Zebrowski , CEO & Co-Founder

Guest Relationship Management solution for the hospitality industry

Crowdbase

Albert Dang Vu, CEO

One place for knowledge that matters

Massive Damage

Ken Seto, CEO

Platform for location based mobile games

iGet.it

Eric Pham-dinh, CEO & Co-Founder

Group buying club for exclusive products and experiences

Fabric Engine

Paul Doyle, CEO & Co-Founder

High performance computing in the browser

Datacratic

James Prudhomme, CEO

Algorithms to improve online advertising spend

Caristix

Stéphane Vigot, CEO & Co-Founder

Caristix develops HL7 interface management software for healthcare technology vendors and hospital IT teams.

Buyosphere

Tara Hunt, CEO

Quora for fashion

Xplor

Mark Michel, CEO

From the factory floor to your door

Listn (Acquired by SFX Entertainment Inc.)

Michael Schmidt, Co-founder & CEO

Listn is the simplest way to share and collect the world's music on your iPhone.

Localmind (Acquired by Airbnb)

Lenny Rachitsky, Co-Founder & CEO

Real time, location-based Q&A platform.

5by (Acquired by StumbleUpon)

Greg Isenberg, Founder & CEO

Your video concierge.

Context.io (Acquired by Return Path)

Bruno Morency, Co-Founder & CEO

Context.IO is a REST email API that makes it easy and fast to integrate your user's email data in your application

Evolver (Acquired by Autodesk)

First solution to bring together complex 3D modeling, consumer ease of use, and fully interoperable avatars.

Planora™ (Acquired by Redprarie)

Jean Francois Gagne

Solution for complex labor scheduling

Thinknear (Acquired by Telnav)

Eli Portnoy, Co-Founder & CEO

ThinkNear helps you target mobile display ads to consumers at precise locations.

Team


  • John Stokes, General Partner

    John is an investor who has been able to resist the urge to get back to being an entrepreneur - and instead choses to live life vicariously through the entrepreneurs in whom he invests. He looks for the human insight behind an idea and for the person that can reveal and communicate that insight. He likes ideas that target the consumer and particularly ones that turn consumers into "community activists". He searches for ideas that can "prempt" the status quo - a compelling enough experience that "just makes sense" to do things a new way. John strives for perfection, but can live with pretty damn good. Based in Montreal but a citizen of the world, he's a lucky person who strives to find other lucky people to spend time with!

  • Alan MacIntosh, General Partner

    Alan has over 29 years of international experience in innovative technology related businesses starting in oil exploration with Schlumberger and later data networking with Hewlett Packard. In 2004 Alan co-founded Acta Wireless and led the firm’s investments in OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), WaveMetrix, Millennial Media (NYSE: MM) and Cellfish Media. In 2007 Alan co-founded Montréal Startup. Alan is a director of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada where Acta was a founding sponsor, a Trustee of the McCord Museum and President of OSMO Foundation (Notman House). A native of Scotland, keen cyclist and life long skier, Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and MBA from INSEAD.

  • Jean Sebastien Cournoyer, General Partner

    JS is a husband and father of five wonderful children. He co-founded Montreal Start Up and Real Ventures, two seed funds based in Montreal. JS loves working with entrepreneurs and startups. He is an entrepreneur as well, having co-founded and operated a few startups along the way. He tries to live life by giving more than he takes and looks for people who share this principle. JS' life is a constant (good) struggle to find balance between spending time with his wife and kids, with the entrepreneurs he works with, his friends and taking care of himself, which usually means playing hockey, swimming, running or biking. As such, he tends to work with people he enjoys spending time with.

  • Yvan Deschamps, Partner

    Yvan is Partner and CFO at Real Ventures and overlooks the development and operations of the funds. Prior to joining Real, he spent 8 years as VP of Corporate Development at multi-national company CAE where managed all corporate investments. Yvan also worked in private equity and mergers & acquisitions for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Bell Canada. Intrapreneur at heart, Yvan focuses on making great things happen and helping others achieve goals. His international investment expertise is now accessible to founders in the portfolio companies to help them grow and exit their journeys successfully.

  • Sylvain Carle, General Manager, FounderFuel & Venture Partner Real Ventures

    Sylvain Carle lives and breathes emerging technologies. For the last 20 years, he has thrived with marvel and fun at the confluence of media, technology and networks. Entrepreneurship, web software architecture, APIs, digital and social media as well as open-source software and open standards are all at the core of his competence and passion. He has been on many community technology group boards (Ile-Sans-Fil, Alliance Numérique and OSMO) and a serial entrepreneur, CTO and co-founder since 2000 (Messagia, Interstructure, Praized, Needium). Most recently he was Senior Developer Advocate at Twitter in San Francisco, helping strategic partners get the most of the blue bird’s APIs and technology products. Socialist, idealist and pragmatic, he is convinced that technology will change the world in this era of the networked society.

  • Mark McDowell, Venture Partner

    Mark is an engineer, entrepreneur and investment professional with 25 years of experience spanning telecom, media and education technology. Mark co-founded Acta Wireless in 2004 and led its investments in LaunchBox Digital, CardStar, Imagine K12 and Actium Advisors. Mark was also instrumental in Acta’s founding role in Montreal Startup and Real Ventures. Mark serves on the board of directors of the Mobile Giving Foundation, NextNav, Actium Advisors and Sweet Relish. Earlier in his career, Mark was part of the founding management team of four companies, including Telecorp PCS, which was acquired by AT&T Wireless Services. Mark served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark lives near Charlotte with his wife two children.

  • Omar Dhalla, Venture Partner

    Omar is a Venture Partner, helping to establish operations in Toronto/Waterloo. He recently built a a venture-backed digital media company after a career in management consulting, where he worked with Accenture & McKinsey & Company. Omar holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western Ontario and a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He also teaches corporate problem solving tactics in UBC's EMBA program.

  • Charles Seely, Venture Partner

    Charles loves starting companies and working with entrepreneurs. He recently moved to San Francisco to start a Learning/Education business, having spent the past decade living & working in New York, London, and Stockholm, and almost a year exploring the mountains of Wyoming and South America. Previously Charles started & helped build online retail and telecom companies, led the financial restructuring of several private and public companies, and co-led the MBO of a public company. Along the way he's played a key role in the formation & funding of some well-known startups and been on the board of or a shareholder in companies/fields as wide ranging as astronomy, music, water, and film. Charles is happiest with his family, engrossed in a great documentary, climbing up hills on a bike or ascending a mountain with skis strapped to his back.

  • Gabriel Sundaram, Director of Platform

    Gabriel is Real’s Director of Platform. He focuses on fund management, platform development, as well as supporting our portfolio companies with data and product analysis. Prior to joining Real Ventures, Gabriel spent seven years in the hedge fund industry leading product development and fund management at Capitalogix, a Dallas based software startup turned quantitative hedge fund. Recently back from the US, Gabriel has become an active member of the Montreal startup scene, instigating or organizing several community initiatives including Startup Drinks, Startup Open House, and the Notman House.

  • Guillaume Mercier, Senior Associate

    Guillaume plays a key role on the investment team. He focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence and supporting portfolio companies. Prior to joining Real Ventures, he worked at McKinsey & Company advising high-level executives of large corporations. Guillaume began his career in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and later worked as a producer for award-wining video game franchise NBA2K. Guillaume was drawn to the startup world during his MBA at Harvard Business School and this passion has continued to grow ever since.

  • Stephanie Saheb, Chief of Staff

    Stephanie looks over the day-to-day operations at Real Ventures and ensures the company operates smoothly. Her role includes supporting investor and portfolio communications, looking after the growing team and supporting marketing initiatives. Startup supporter by day and yogi by night, Steph’s always looking to build initiatives that bring people together. Stephanie has a B.A in Marketing and completed a Co-op program at the John Molson School of Business.

  • Emma Williams, Program Manager, FounderFuel

    A native Montrealer, Emma is no stranger to the local tech and startup community. Having previously worked as the Community Manager at OOHLALA Mobile, she helped launch the app across North American and European campuses. It was there that she developed a passion for community building, a value she brings into her position as Program Manager of FounderFuel. Emma ensures that the day-to-day operations, event planning, marketing and social media initiatives all run as smoothly as possible, while also making sure the teams feel at home at Notman House

  • Alexander Lynn, Director of Special Projects

    Alex plays a key role in building out the Real Ventures brand, all while acting as a resource to portfolio companies and thinking about where FounderFuel is heading next. Before this, he helped world-class brands innovate at Sid Lee and founded TEDxMontreal. In his spare time he drinks tea, reads books, designs things and travels.

  • Stephen Osmond, Accountant

    Stephen looks after Real's accounting. He plays a key role in the production of quarterly reports, tax reporting and the audit process. Prior to joining Real Ventures, Stephen worked for Jabre Capital in Switzerland and BlueCrest Capital in the UK where he was responsible for setting-up and managing the fund accounting and valuation functions for hedge funds and investment management companies.