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About Real

Real Ventures serves mission-driven entrepreneurs and nurtures the ecosystems in which they thrive. Established in 2007, the firm backs visionary founders building innovative tech companies that will have large-scale positive impacts on society. The firm also helps entrepreneurs to realize the full potential of their companies by providing them with the guidance, stage-specific help and communities required to develop the self-awareness and operational capabilities for global success. Real has invested in over 280 companies across five funds, with $330M under management. Real’s active portfolio companies have a total current value of over $5 billion.


Real Ventures Appoints Janet Bannister as Managing Partner

January 27, 2020

Real Ventures announced today the appointment of Janet Bannister as the firm’s Managing Partner.
The appointment of Ms. Bannister as Managing Partner is a reflection of her proven ability to build world-class organizations and of Real Venture’s ambition to scale its impact and investing activities.

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Welcoming Marcel LeBrun to the Real Team

October 10, 2018

Real is thrilled to announce the addition of Marcel LeBrun to our team as Venture Partner. Marcel is arguably one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs: a software company founder, tech executive and social entrepreneur, he has a formidable history of not just growing impactful companies but also giving back to the community.

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Real Welcomes Technology Transformation Veteran Sid Kosaraju as Entrepreneur In Residence in NYC

July 30, 2018

At Real, we are committed to giving our visionary founders access to the best, most experienced entrepreneurs and thinkers — people who have been through the process of building cutting-edge companies, understand the challenges that come with success (and failure), and can help our founders push the boundaries of what others think possible. In this vein, we are thrilled to announce that Sid Kosaraju is joining the Real team as our new Entrepreneur in Residence, based in New York City.

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Real welcomes successful consumer tech and marketplace entrepreneur as Entrepreneur in Residence

June 21, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Sider has joined as Real’s new EIR in Toronto. Part of the Real Ventures family since 2010, Andrew first joined as co-founder and CEO at Bunch, a discussion app for interest-based groups, which was acquired by online marketplace, VarageSale — another Real company — where he went on to make major contributions as VP Marketing and then as CEO until VarageSale’s acquisition by VerticalScope in 2017.

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Bridging the Gap in Montreal’s flourishing AI Ecosystem

March 12, 2018

Real has partnered with Techstars to launch the Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator.
This program will draw on the amazing artificial intelligence research talent in Montreal and draw more global startups to the city.

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Primed for another decade of impact

30 November, 2017

Real raises $180 million to broaden and deepen support for the most promising Canadian tech startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems

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Making a greater impact with new team members and promotions

10 November, 2017

Almost ten years into our evolution, we have reached a scale where we can both continue to impact visionary founders, their companies, and the startup ecosystems across Canada, and also improve our operational efficiency and communications, to the benefit of our stakeholders, and (we hope!) the entire Canadian startup community.

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Recognizing student talent with Front Row Ventures

29 September, 2017

Montreal’s major universities are all committed to innovation and commercialization of student projects, and more and more students are looking to jump into the world of entrepreneurship before they even graduate. In order to propel these startups, Real Ventures is pleased to announce our partnership with Front Row Ventures, Canada’s first student-run venture capital fund.

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