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Northwater Capital

Northwater Capital

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Headquarters Location

Canada, Toronto


Northwater Capital is the renowned VC, which was created in 1989. The fund is located in Canada, North America. The primary office of this VC is located in Toronto.

The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments doesn't coincide - United States. However, start-ups from 2 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio. The fund has a preferred number of founders for start-ups that it invests in. Also, a start-up has to be aged 6-10 years to expect investment from this fund. Among the most popular investment industries for the fund are Mobile, Energy Storage. However, the fund’s focus is not limited to this, since there are 11 more areas of investment. General Compression, Intrinsity, Skyonic are amongst the various portfolio companies of this fund.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 2-3 others. Along with Northwater Capital, start-ups are often financed by NYSERDA, Adams Capital Management, US Renewables as well as 9 other investors. The fund often co-invests with Energy Technology Ventures, Gen3 Partners, BDC Venture Capital, overall with 9 funds from our list. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by West Capital Advisors, The Westly Group, NYSERDA, as well as 8 other investors.

In 2011, the fund's activity was at its peak. In comparison with other funds, Northwater Capital makes 6 percentage points less than the average number of lead investments. We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2016. At the time of investment by Northwater Capital, a typical start-up valuation would be 10-50 millions dollars. The fund performance shows that this VC achieves 35 percentage points more exits in comparison to other VCs. The fund usually participates in 2-6 investment rounds per year. Typical investments for this fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

We also identified another 8 core personnel in our database.

Year Founded


Fund Activity

Not operative

Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name:; User name format in descending order of probability: first_initial last

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

81.8% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

32.3% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

0.2 years

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.1 out of 1

Funds Investing in Previous

NYSERDA, Adams Capital Management, US Renewables

Funds Investing in Following

West Capital Advisors, The Westly Group, NYSERDA

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