WHY IS CORPORATE CANADA SO AFRAID OF STARTUPS?

January 7, 2016 As Canada’s startup ecosystem has gained more momentum, one of the most puzzling issues is why there is so little corporate venture capital. As much as Canadian startups need more capital, the absence of corporate players is strange, particularly given there’s so much momentum in the U.S. You would think large companies […]

#SAASNORTH: THE SOCIAL BUZZ

December 1, 2016 Espresso Capital was very excited to be a sponsor for this year’s first SAASNorth Conference presented by L-Spark & CUBE Media in our nation’s capital of Ottawa. Over the past two days, there was a long list of “SAAS-y” speakers sharing their knowledge and expertise. To sum up the great insights, we […]

ESPRESSO ROAST: MEET JYOTIN HANDA, ESPRESSO CAPITAL’S DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

November 4, 2016 We’re pleased to welcome Jyotin Handa to the Espresso Capital team as our new Director of Finance. Jyotin joins us from Maple Leaf Foods where he was a member of the company’s corporate finance and investor relations group. Prior to Maple Leaf, Jyotin worked with Ernst & Young where he led audit […]

SR&ED VS. DIRECT INVESTING DEBATE: IT’S TIME TO SPEAK UP

November 1, 2016 The Federal Government’s Advisory Council for Economic Growth has now issued its first set of recommendations to spur broad economic growth, including recommendations relating to increasing institutional investment in infrastructure, attracting foreign direct investment and enhancing our system of economic immigration. Importantly for stakeholders in the Canadian technology sector, the Council will […]

KEY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CANADA’S INNOVATION STRATEGY

October 18, 2016 In June, the Canadian government announced its vision to build a more innovative Canada, and in July the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development,Navdeep Bains, provided some additional insight into Canada’s Innovation strategy in an interview with The Globe and Mail. This post highlights our perspectives on some of the key topics […]

3 KEY MARKETING INITIATIVES FOR EARLY STAGE SAAS COMPANIES

October 14, 2016 Whether you have hired your first marketer or you’re still wearing the marketer hat yourself, there is a short list of marketing initiatives you need to get right as an early stage SaaS company to help ensure your marketing efforts are generating the biggest bang for your buck. Below we highlight three […]

#SPOTLIGHTAWARDS2016: CELEBRATING CANADIAN TECH

October 4, 2016  Espresso Capital was excited to be involved with the 2nd annual Canadian Spotlight Awards hosted by Razor and Kari Suleman and benefiting Next Canada. This year, eight companies were honored and recognized as a Canadian Centurian ($100+ exit) or Unicorn ($1B valuations). See below a recap of the event and mark your calendars for […]

ESPRESSO CAPITAL EXPANDS VANCOUVER TEAM

October 3, 2016 Toronto, ON, October 3, 2016 — Espresso Capital Ltd. (“Espresso”) is pleased to announce the addition of Caterina Papadakos as Director, Western Canada to its Vancouver team. Espresso is a leading provider of growth capital to the Canadian technology sector. Since its inception in 2009, Espresso has funded over 200 companies across the country. […]

ESPRESSO ROAST: MEET KATIE PATERSON, ESPRESSO CAPITAL’S DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

August 26, 2016 We are excited to introduce you to our newest member of the Espresso Capital team: Katie Paterson, who has returned to Canada after five years in Silicon Valley. Katie will be leading marketing at Espresso Capital and be an active part of the tech community. To learn more about Katie and her […]

OUTSIDEIQ GETS CREATIVE TO RAISE GROWTH CAPITAL

June 17, 2016 One of the realities facing many Canadian startups is the challenge to attract growth capital, particularly to develop leading-edge technology. This was a fact of life for Toronto-based OutsideIQ, which spent several years developing technology that uses artificial intelligence and cognitive computing to automate due diligence reports for large financial institutions and […]