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Relay Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders John Albright Kevin Talbot

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Total investments 180
Average round size
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The average size of a deal this fund participated in
$11M
Portfolio companies 95
Rounds per year 6.92
Lead investments 38
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
0.47
Exits 42
Key employees 6
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Seed

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Mobile
  • Apps
  • Advertising
  • Internet
Summary

In 2008 was created Relay Ventures, which is appeared as VC. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Toronto. The company was established in North America in Canada.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Relay Ventures, startups are often financed by BDC Venture Capital, First Round Capital, Storm Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are First Round Capital, GrandBanks Capital, Alexa Fund. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Kensington Capital Partners Limited, Verizon Ventures, GrandBanks Capital.

The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 5 - 10 millions dollars. Comparing to the other companies, this Relay Ventures performs on 7 percentage points less the average number of lead investments. The increased amount of exits for fund were in 2014. The high activity for fund was in 2016. Despite it in 2019 the fund had an activity. The fund is generally included in 7-12 deals every year. The real fund results show that this VC is 12 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other companies.

The current fund was established by John Albright, Kevin Talbot. The overall number of key employees were 12.

Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Internet, E-Commerce. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 4-5 years to receive the investment from the fund. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight TouchBistro, QuickPlay Media, Achievers. For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Thanks Boomerang, Inc

$2M13 Apr 2022 El Segundo, California, United States

Blue J Legal

Artificial Intelligence
Legal
Legal Tech
Machine Learning
Professional Services
Software
$9M11 Aug 2021 Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bird Canada

05 Aug 2021 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Bird

Electric Vehicle
Mobile
Mobile Apps
Ride Sharing
Transportation
04 Aug 2021 Santa Monica, California, United States

The Beans

Finance
Financial Services
FinTech
Personal Finance
Personal Health
Software
Wealth Management
Wellness
$2M03 Jun 2021 San Francisco, California, United States

7shifts

Mobile Apps
Restaurants
SaaS
Scheduling
Software
$21M27 May 2021 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Sherpa

Air Transportation
Mobile Apps
Software
Tourism
Travel
$8M30 Apr 2021 Old Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Populus

Automotive
Internet
Transportation
$5M09 Mar 2021 San Francisco, California, United States

Good Buy Gear

Baby
Children
Consumer Goods
E-Commerce
Marketplace
Retail
Sharing Economy
Shopping Mall
$6M06 Oct 2020 Colorado, United States
News
Blue J Raises $9M in Series B Funding, Adds Key Personnel, Announces New Tax Diagramming Solution

– Blue J, the leading provider of predictive analysis tools for tax positions, announces that the company has raised US$9M in Series B financing led by Generation Ventures. The round includes participation from returning investors Relay Ventures, Mistral Venture Partners and LDV Partners.
– In conjunction with the financing, Geoff Beattie, Chairman of Generation Ventures, is joining Blue J’s board of directors.

Bird Canada Raises Funding

– Bird Canada, which operates an electric vehicle sharing program, closed an additional round of funding of undisclosed amount.
– The round was led by new investor MKB, with participation from existing investors Obelysk, Relay Ventures, and Alate Partners.
– The company will use the funds to expand into additional markets, extend its reach to new cities, double the size of its team, and acquire more e-scooters and e-bikes to support its growth.

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