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Yaletown Frequently Asked Questions

 November 9, 2014

We hear great questions daily from investors, entrepreneurs, our limited partners and the media. To help get the word out we offer these answers to comment inquiries. Give them a read and by all means share your own questions.

Where does Yaletown’s capital come from?

Yaletown’s capital comes from pension funds, funds-of-funds, family offices and sophisticated individual investors in Canada and the United States.

Will Yaletown lead my deal?

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.

How does Yaletown identify potential investments?

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, economic development partners and service providers.

How much does Yaletown typically invest?

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.

Why trust the Yaletown team to work hard for me?

When Yaletown invests in a company, every member of our investment team is a material investor alongside the institutional and individual investors in our funds.

Yaletown’s investment team makes money only if you make money. One lead partner is dedicated to each portfolio company, while every member of the Yaletown team contributes his unique skills and perspective to all of our portfolio companies behind the scenes.

What other venture funds does Yaletown collaborate with?

We are open to co-investing with any like-minded venture capital firm. See our news for information on who we have co-invested with to date.

When does Yaletown seek to exit its investments?

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.

What is Yaletown’s investment focus?

We invest in privately-owned revenue-growth stage technology companies focused on enterprise and infrastructure applications in Canada and the US Northwest. We do not invest in consumer, social and digital media business models.

Is Yaletown actively seeking new investment opportunities?

We are continuously interested in meeting standout innovators. If you are fit with our investment focus and are at a revenue growth stage, let’s connect.