TORONTO & PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Raiven Capital, a new cross-border early-stage venture capital firm, today announced their first close.
Despite last year’s tumult, the globally focused fund, which invests in early-stage Series A tech companies, exceeded its first closing target of $25M USD. With a final target of $100M USD, Raiven is one of only a handful of first-time Canadian funds and amongst 30 funds in the US that had a first closing during 2020, according to Pitchbook.
Raiven Capital embraces a unique investment thesis – leveraging Canada’s innovation ecosystem and marrying it with Silicon Valley’s focus on growth and exits, exponentially increasing returns.
“Raiven believes Canada’s robust infrastructure, diverse world-class talent and lower costs give our companies a better chance to scale. Our startups benefit from longer runways, substantial public dollars, and a rich environment to thrive in,” said Paul Dugsin, Founding Partner, based in Toronto.
Supreet Manchanda, Founding Partner, based in Silicon Valley, added: “Our partners bring deep operational experience, having each run companies globally at every life-cycle stage, including start-ups, SMEs, and large corporations. We have playbooks of best practices built over decades which will accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies.”
Dugsin and Manchanda possess a combined 40+ years of investing and operational experience, having raised more than $1B USD, with an IRR of 66 percent in previous funds.
The fund’s other partners are in Tel Aviv, Dubai, Singapore, Zurich, Montevideo, Paris, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Calgary. They provide Raiven with differentiated market intelligence, deal sourcing and market access for growing portfolio companies.