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TandemLaunch holds first close of TLVIII at USD23m

TandemLaunch, a company creator and seed fund focused on creating, incubating and accelerating early-stage technology start-ups, has held the first close of its latest fund, TandemLaunch Ventures III (TLVIII) with initial proceeds of approximately USD23 million. 

The final close is expected to occur before the start of the summer of 2019.

Lead investor BDC Capital contributed $5 million to TLVIII which is dedicated to supporting the creation of innovative Quebec-based start-ups with the potential for global commercialisation. Other investors include the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (“VCCI”), Chicago-based Harbor Street Ventures and over 30 successful entrepreneurs and angel investors.

“TandemLaunch is a unique company creation platform that has been instrumental in fostering a new generation of Canadian deep technology companies with a strong focus on building gender inclusive teams,” says Alison Nankivell, Vice President, Fund Investments at BDC Capital. “We are delighted to be anchor investors in Tandem Launch Ventures III through both BDC’s Fund Investments and the Women in Technology Venture Fund and to support the Fund’s ongoing efforts to champion diversity in the venture profile companies created.” 

“TandemLaunch is one of the few in Canada with a female General Partner and is committed to investing in gender diverse leadership teams. They completely align with our mandate and we are looking forward to working together to support female-led companies from seed to scale,” says Michelle Scarborough, Managing Director of Strategic Investments, BDC Capital.

“We are pleased to continue our collaboration with BDC Capital and are excited to launch our third fund dedicated to supporting our local technological and entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Helge Seetzen, General Partner and CEO of TandemLaunch. “At TandemLaunch, we are proud of our unique model that sources leading technologies from research universities from around the world to support the creation of the next generation of promising disruptive Canadian technology companies.”

“Our success lies in our ability to create innovative companies with strong intellectual property that have the potential for global commercialization. By bringing together experienced investors of various backgrounds, entrepreneurs and strategic partners, we are able to support our future technology leaders and create a more inclusive and diverse venture capital ecosystem,” says Emilie Boutros, General Partner and CFO of TandemLaunch.

TandemLaunch is dedicated to assembling diverse teams around industry-driven technologies sourced from universities around the world. TLVIII will allow the creation of another 20 ventures by identifying technologies with promising market opportunities, bringing talent from around the world and contributing seed capital.

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