Just before a long weekend at the very height of summer, an unassuming VC in Toronto quietly finalized one of the biggest exits in the software category by a Canadian VC. Most people missed it, but there’s little doubt the US$1.55 billion acquisition of financial modelling SaaS startup Adaptive Insights by cloud-based platform Workday earned […]

RBC and Espresso Partner to help Canadian Tech Entrepreneurs to Scale and Grow

TORONTO, August 2, 2018 – Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Espresso Capital are pleased to announce the launch of a new national partnership to meet the unique banking and financing needs of Canada’s fast growing technology sector. The partnership combines the capabilities of RBC, Canada’s leading technology bank, and Espresso Capital, the country’s most […]

Espresso Launches New Industry Leading SaaS Lending Program

Espresso Capital has launched a first-of-its-kind lending program for SaaS companies seeking to raise their Series A or B financing or supplement their existing debt financing arrangements. Unique in Canada, the new SaaS lending program will provide top-performing SaaS companies with up to 24x MRR in growth financing. Offering loans up to $10 million, the […]

Why Venture Debt, and Why Now?

Interview with Alkarim Jivraj, Espresso CEO featured in the TakeOver Magazine. Republished with edits. The technology sector continues to be one of the main drivers of economic growth – globally, and certainly within Canada. Indeed, tech companies, specifically those focused on the SaaS market, continue to churn out amazing new products and services that are […]

Sharing the upside: How Q4 Inc. found a unique way to give back

Darrell Heaps is both a serial entrepreneur and a serious cyclist. Q4, a leading provider of cloud-based investor relations and capital markets solutions, is the third company he’s founded. And his passion for cycling helps explain the 20 bicycle racks that dominate the lobby of Q4’s global headquarters on Toronto’s trendy King Street West. The […]

Calling all AI Companies: Win $1 Million Investment

Espresso is very excited to be an investment partner of ElevateR Pitch: AI Edition, an investment competition that will give 16 promising Canadian AI companies the chance to pitch for up to $1 million in investment from Espresso Capital, ScaleUP Ventures and other participating VCs (soon to be announced). The investment will be a mix […]


Home to C2, StartupFest, FounderFuel, and a thriving tech ecosystem, Montreal is quickly becoming a prime destination for investors from around the world. Espresso Capital is very excited to announce that it has opened a Montreal office, led by Jean-Michel Domard, who was previously a member of BDC’s Montreal technology lending team. Below is an […]

Brice Scheschuk: Investing in People

As a champion of Canadian technology and an active venture investor, Brice Scheschuk looks for three key traits in any startup: Talent, Team, and Culture. Only when he’s sure a company has what it takes to succeed does he shift focus to the organization’s product and its path to commercialization. Without the right people, he says, […]

For Amar Varma, the Relationship is Job One

On March 27th, Amar Varma, Co-founder & COO of Autonomic, was Guest of Honour at the Espresso’s Founders’ Dinner. Our community enjoyed hearing about his view on long-term relationships in business. Here’s what you should know about our successful honouree. Amar Varma has done it all. In a career spanning two decades he’s been a […]

Espresso Capital Recognized as Canada’s Most Active Venture Debt Firm in 2017

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (March 23, 2018)  — Espresso Capital is pleased to announce that it has been named the most active Canadian venture debt firm for 2017 by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA). With 84 loan advances totalling $51 million during the year, Espresso grew its portfolio 110% year-over-year. According to […]