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First Ascent Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Richard Black Tony van Marken


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Total investments 24
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 17
Rounds per year 3.43
Lead investments 3
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 5
Key employees 2
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • SaaS
  • Enterprise Software
  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence

In 2015 was created First Ascent Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The main office of represented VC is situated in the Toronto. The venture was found in North America in Canada.

Considering the real fund results, this VC is 24 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The important activity for fund was in 2018. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

Besides them, we counted 2 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The typical case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 5-6 participants. Despite the First Ascent Ventures, startups are often financed by Summerhill Venture Partners, Plaza Ventures, Mistral Venture Partners. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Information Venture Partners, Volition Capital, Royal Bank of Canada. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Information Venture Partners, Espresso Capital, Warburg Pincus.

The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Business Intelligence, SaaS. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - Canada. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Assent Compliance, Sensibill, ScribbleLive.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Darwin CX

Artificial Intelligence
$38M08 Dec 2022 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Andgo Systems

Human Resources
$4M19 Sep 2022 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Consumer Research
Market Research
$27M21 Jun 2022 Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Artificial Intelligence
Contact Management
Information Technology
Legal Tech
Machine Learning
$100M04 Apr 2022 Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Enterprise Software
$70M04 Nov 2021 San Francisco, California, United States


Artificial Intelligence
Contact Management
Information Technology
Legal Tech
Machine Learning
$40M14 Jul 2021 Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Health Care
$34M29 Jul 2020 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ThinkData Works Inc.

Big Data
Business Intelligence
Data Integration
Enterprise Software
$6M25 Jun 2020 Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Artificial Intelligence
Contact Management
Information Technology
Legal Tech
Machine Learning
$14M26 Feb 2020 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
LinkSquares Announces $40 Million in Series B Funding Led by Sorenson Capital

– LinkSquares, provider of the fastest and most comprehensive AI-powered contract lifecycle management and analysis tool, announced it has raised $40m in Series B financing led by Sorenson Capital.
– New investors Catalyst Investors, Xerox, Bottomline Technologies, DraftKings’ founders and key legal and compliance executives, as well as existing investors Hyperplane Venture Capital, MassMutual Ventures, First Ascent Ventures participated in the round.
Sorenson Capital Partner Brady Broadbent and Bottomline Technologies General Counsel Danielle Sheer are new appointments to the LinkSquares Board of Directors.
– The company has raised $61.4m to date, and will use the financing to expand its team, advance the LinkSquares technology and develop new strategic business partnerships.


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