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What is CVCA Intelligence?

CVCA Intelligence is Canada’s leading private capital database, providing the most comprehensive industry data and research covering the Canadian private equity and venture capital landscape. A product of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), it is the authoritative source of information for government bodies, private capital asset managers, financial analysts, media, academic researchers, and international organizations.

Including 100,000+ deals sourced from primary research since 2013, CVCA Intelligence delivers over 13,000+ company profiles, funds for VCs and PEs active in Canada. View the demo here.

Use CVCA Intelligence to:

  • Stay ahead of private capital information by exploring, monitoring, reporting, and exporting up-to-date and real-time investment data

  • Learn about specific investors, funds, and companies across Canadian VC and PE industries.

Read more about the data we track here.


How do I sign up for CVCA Intelligence?

Is your firm a member of the CVCA? If so, you may have access included as part of your annual membership benefit. Contact our membership team to learn more.

Not a CVCA member? You can subscribe to the database by purchasing a subscription here.


How does the CVCA collect its data?

All data within CVCA Intelligence is proprietary and collected from both primary sources (e.g. asset managers and dealmakers active in Canada) and third-party sources. Investment activity and fundraising data are collected on a daily basis from data contributors including VC, PE and LP firms who participate in dealmaking activity in Canada, in addition to collecting publicly announced releases and a growing list of 329+ private capital firms. On a quarterly basis, our data is vetted by industry professionals including CVCA’s Data Committee, Réseau Capital, and Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA). The CVCA values and maintains confidentiality of sensitive data.


How do I contribute data to the CVCA?

Your firm’s deal activity can be submitted easily using CVCA Intelligence’s online portal throughout the year. You do not need to be a CVCA Member or a subscriber of CVCA Intelligence to contribute data. The portal also tracks and displays your previous submissions as soon as you log in.

If you would like to contribute data to the CVCA Intelligence database, our quarterly-published VC & PE market overview reports, and our Weekly Round Up newsletter, please sign up using this form.


More Questions about CVCA Intelligence?


CVCA Intelligence Dataset

CVCA Intelligence database is updated on a daily basis to include the latest information on Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity investment activity. You can find a detailed breakdown of all transactions, investors, and companies from 2013-present in the CVCA Intelligence database.


Venture Capital Investors

We track all firms that have made or are making venture capital investments within Canada, as well as all venture capital firms who have received funding from a Canadian LP.


Private Equity Investors

We track all firms that have made or are making private equity investments within Canada, as well as private equity firms who have received funding from a Canadian LP.


Accelerators/Incubators

We track all accelerators or incubators that have equity or provide funding in Canadian companies.


Family Offices

We track all family offices that have made or are making venture capital investments, private equity investments or fund commitments within Canada.


Limited Partners

We track all limited partners (LPs) based in Canada and global limited partners invested in Canadian funds.


Angel Groups

We track all angel groups that have participated in venture investment rounds within Canada.


Companies

We track all of the following companies:

  • Canadian companies backed by private equity firms,

  • Canadian companies backed by venture capital firms,

  • Companies receiving funding from Canadian venture capital firms,

  • Companies receiving funding from Canadian private equity firms,

  • Canadian companies acquired by a PE- or VC-backed company,

  • Companies acquired by a PE- or VC-backed company based in Canada,

  • Companies acquiring a PE- or VC-backed company based in Canada,

  • Companies acquiring a company backed by Canadian VC or PE investors,

  • Canadian companies which have received venture debt or private debt, and

  • Companies involved in Canadian venture capital or private equity firms or activity.


Private Equity Transaction Data

We track all of the following private equity transactions:

  • Transactions involving Canadian private equity firms,

  • Transactions made by private equity firms in a Canadian headquartered company,

  • Transactions made by PE-backed companies,

  • Private equity investments made by Canadian private equity firms globally, and

  • Canadian private equity fundraising activity or global private equity fundraising activity involving a Canadian LP.


Venture Capital Transaction Data

We track all of the following venture capital transactions:

  • Verified completed equity, quasi-equity venture capital and venture debt deals (non-equity or project-based government funding, pharmaceutical development deals are not included),

  • Transactions involving Canadian venture capital firms,

  • Transactions made by venture capital firms in a Canadian headquartered company,

  • Transactions made by VC-backed companies,

  • Venture capital investments made by Canadian venture capital firms globally, and

  • Canadian venture capital fundraising activity or global venture capital fundraising activity involving a Canadian LP.


Definitions

Venture Capital Stages

  • Venture Debt: short- to medium-term, non-dilutive debt financing with no equity rider.

  • Seed Stage: company has a concept or product under development, but is probably not fully operational. Mainly Pre-Seed and Seed rounds included.

  • Early Stage: company has a product or service in testing or pilot production. In some cases, the product may be commercially available. Mainly Series A and Series B rounds included

  • Later Stage: product or service in production and commercially available. Company is generating on-going revenue, but not necessarily, profitable.

  • Growth: significant minority investment to drive growth and scale which can be combined with a secondary transaction to facilitate liquidity for existing VC investors


Venture Capital Sectors

  • Agribusiness: traditional and advanced agricultural technologies and services.

  • Cleantech: energy and fuel technologies, efficiency and conservation, renewal energy, environmental technologies and other energy and environmental products and services.

  • ICT (Information, Communication & Technology): including computer hardware and software and services, internet software or services, ecommerce, electronic & semiconductor, mobile and telecom technologies and services.

  • Life Sciences: biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, ehealth, healthcare products and services, and other medical related products and services.


Private Equity Deal Types

  • Buyout: investment for the control of a portfolio company, including platform creation, secondary buyout

  • Growth: significant minority investment into a portfolio company, through new capital infusion and recapitalization

  • Add-on: corporate acquisitions by majority-controlled PE backed portfolio companies

  • Debt: debt investment into portfolio companies

  • Infrastructure: investments into development and management of infrastructure assets but PE does not own the underlying assets


Private Equity Sectors

  • Agri-forestry: agriculture, foods and forestry

  • Automotive & Transportation: transportation, logistics and related services

  • Business Products & Services: business products and services

  • Cleantech: energy and fuel technologies, efficiency and conservation, renewal energy, environmental technologies and other energy and environmental products and services

  • Consumer & Retail: consumer products and services, brick and mortar retail

  • Financial: financial services

  • ICT (Information, Communication & Technology): computer hardware/software & services, internet software & services, ecommerce, electronic & semiconductor, mobile & telecom and services

  • Industrial & Manufacturing: equipment and material manufacturing

  • Life Sciences: biotech, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, ehealth, healthcare products and services, and other medical related products and services

  • Mining & Resources: non oil and gas natural resources

  • Oil & Gas: power oil & gas, power and utilities

  • Real Estate: property development and management