Early Stage VC dominates 2016 investment activities

Early stage venture capital (VC) dominated Canadian venture capital investment activities, attracting $1.86 billion or 62% of all venture capital dollars in 2016, according the CPE Media Inc.’s 2016 VC report with data compiled from Private Capital Dealbase.

Late stage type of investments, including growth and late stage investments, raised $746 million in 43 rounds of financing.

Growth stage investments attracted $956 million in 76 rounds of financing while early stage investments secure $1.87 billion from 167 rounds of financing.

Next week we will release VC investment breakdown by Series and special to Canada, the dominance of “un-series” financing in light of the increase of growth type of investments.


Data is complied from Private Capital Dealbase, CPE Media’s all new private capital deal database. Information is collected and cross-verified from numerous public sources.
Venture Capital deals include equity and quasi-equity investments led by professionally managed funds, family offices, private investment firms/merchant banks, corporate strategic investment units, and mutual and hedge fund mangers.

  • angel deals or angel deals in between venture rounds;
  • subordinate debt investments by federal/provincial governments or retail funds as ways of economic and business support with no equity components;
  • grants by federal/provincial economic development agencies or quasi-government agencies such as Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC);
  • pure pharmaceutical development deals;
  • growth equity with significant minority equity positions.