Brightspark Ventures gets $6 million backing for its democratic approach to VC funding

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Sophie Forest, Managing Partner for Brightspark Ventures


Toronto-based VC Brightspark has just announced the closing of $6 million in financing, which the company says will be put towards expanding the 18-year old firm’s reach across Canada and to furthering its own “democratic” approach to VC dealmaking in the tech sector.

The high stakes and high risk (and potentially high reward) world of venture capital is not for everyone, literally, as governments, in the name of investor security, allow only accredited investors such as banks, investment firms and those with high-net- worth to play the VC market. Thus, when a company says that it’s turning over the traditional model by “democratizing venture capital,” some could be forgiven for being a little skeptical.

All is relative, however, as Brightspark’s plan is to get more accredited investors involved in each deal by requiring as little as $10,000 per investor (it currently boasts a network of 2,000 accredited investors). That plus a targeted approach to the tech startup scene has allowed the company to be more inclusive and, just as importantly, fast on its feet.

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