Ventures West is one of Canada’s oldest, largest and most established venture capital firms and is a recognized market leader in innovative early-stage technology investing with an established geographic and market presence across Canada.

Since its founding in 1973, the Firm has operated eight venture capital funds, with total committed capital of over $700 million.

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Ventures West Capital Ltd. is a venture capital, private equity firm specializing in seed, series A, growth capital, mezzanine, and early stage investments.

The firm typically invests in biotechnology with a focus on therapeutics, medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and technologies involved in drug discovery and delivery; communications with a focus on next generation networks, network security, video, network software, networking services, applications and sub-systems, wireless networks like location based systems and mobile TV applications; emerging consumer applications and their supporting infrastructure, semiconductors, computer hardware, components, and communications software; clean tech with a focus on clean energy, air, water technology, energy technology, materials, solar power, solid-state lighting, geothermal, clean coal, and technologies; and information technology with a focus on vertical market enterprise and real-time applications and Internet infrastructure sectors, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, and instruments, and wireless access.

Ventures West mainly invests in companies based in Canada with a focus on Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and, for the biotech sector, companies based in North America. The firm prefers to invest between $0.1 million and $15 million Cdn per company, in multiple rounds. The firm prefers to have board representation in its portfolio companies.

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Industry Focus

Clean Energy

Year Founded


Contact Info

999 West Hastings Street
Suite 400
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W2

Key Personnel

David Berkowitz - General Partner
Howard Riback - General Partner and CFO
Kenneth Galbraith - General Partner

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