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OMERS Ventures

OMERS Ventures is the venture investment arm of OMERS. It focuses on technology companies.

OMERS Ventures is a venture capital firm prefers to invest in media, retail, transportation, real estate, financial technology, health technology, mobile, virtual reality and cyptocurrency sectors. The firm was formed in 2011 and is based in Toronto, Ontario.

OMERS Ventures is the venture arm of OMERS. OMERS, the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System, is one of Canada's leading pension funds. They have CAD$1 billion in funds under management.

Investment

OMERS Ventures' investments include 360Insights, Acerta, AmpMe, Busbud, Citizen Hex, Digital Currency Group, DogVacay, DuckDuckGo, Embark, Felix & Paul Studios and Hootsuite.

Their exited investments include AppHero, DogVacay, PasswordBox, Pressly, Shopify, and Wave.

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Charles Mandel
September 9, 2021
BetaKit
OMERS is the first pension plan firm to collaborate with Vector. The collaboration will build on AI progress already underway within the pension plan company.
Agile Analog
May 17, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Agile Analog, a supplier of highly configurable process node agnostic analog IP building blocks, today announced that it closed a US$19m...
Josh Scott
April 20, 2021
BetaKit
The SaaS Weekly is a weekly newsletter covering major SaaS news from Canada and around the globe.
Josh Scott
April 19, 2021
BetaKit
Welcome to the FinTech Times, a weekly newsletter covering the biggest FinTech news from around the globe.
Natasha Lomas
December 3, 2020
TechCrunch
Ultimate.ai, a virtual customer service agent builder, has closed a $20 million Series A round of funding, led by Omers Ventures with participation from Felicis Ventures and existing investors HV Capital, and Maki.vc -- bringing its total raised to date to $25M+. The European startup's flagship claim for the data-ingesting bot-builder platform is it's capable [...]
Barbara Shecter
September 8, 2020
Financial Post
Canada's venture capital and tech communities have been shaken by a cycling accident that left one of its most prominent figures, John Ruffolo, partially...
Josh Scott
July 8, 2020
BetaKit
Canadian small businesses have a long, slow road to economic recovery ahead, according to the CFIB's small business recovery dashboard.
Alex Wilhelm
April 27, 2020
TechCrunch
OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), has put together a new, $750 million fund to invest in both Europe and North America. The capital vehicle is larger than the group's preceding European and North American funds combined. In 2019 OMERS Ventures announced a €300 million fund Europe-focused [...]
Meagan Simpson
April 27, 2020
BetaKit
OMERS Ventures has announced its new $750 million USD fund, the first transatlantic commitment for the venture capital arm of Canadian-based pension fund OMERS.
Steve O'Hear
December 10, 2019
TechCrunch
Earlier this year, Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, outed a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups, having recruited local VCs Harry Briggs, Tara Reeves and Henry Gladwyn. And now the firm is adding a fourth member in Europe: Jambu Palaniappan (pictured centre), the former head of [...]
Annie Musgrove
December 10, 2019
Tech.eu
Jambu Palaniappan has joined OMERS Ventures as managing partner in London. The former Uber executive brings extensive experience from the startup world to the Canadian VC's team in Europe. Palaniappan joined Uber in 2012 and led its expansion throughout the EMEA region and India over the next 18 months before becoming Regional General Manager for ...
Douglas Soltys
November 14, 2019
BetaKit
Laura Lenz joins OMERS Ventures as partner, tasked with leading investment activity across the country.
Steve O'Hear
November 6, 2019
TechCrunch
FirstVet, the Swedish startup which provides pet owners with on-demand video consultations with local, qualified veterinarians, has closed €18.5 million in Series B funding. The round is led by London-based Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers that recently launched a dedicated €300 million fund to invest in European tech startups. [...]

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