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OMERS Ventures

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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InteraXon develops and produces brain-sensing technology such as the Muse headband, an EEG device that interprets mental activity and aims to help with meditation and promote calmness.

A company offering an online platform for discovering information related to private and public businesses.

Provider of financial software and services for small businesses.

Klue is an artificial Intelligence company founded by Jason Smith and Sarathy Naicker.

Vidyard is a company providing a video marketing platform for businesses. It participated in the S11 cohort of Y Combinator.

Startup accelerator founded in 2012

League is an Illinois-based company founded by Michael Serbinis.

Online community themed around reading and writing

BuildDirect is a Vancouver-based company.

Leadsift is an Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company founded by Tapajyoti Das, Hatem Nassrat, Sreejata Chatterjee and Daniel Allen.

Pressly is a Toronto-based company founded by Jeff Brenner.

OB1 is a mobile applications for buying and selling products using Bitcoin on OpenBazaar.

Sharing economy site for pet sitters and dog walkers

Wave Accounting is a Canada-based company.

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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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