Next project submission deadline:
May 16, 2018
Our mission: Support seeding and start-ups of innovative businesses for international markets to shape the future of Quebec.
The automated project submission process allows Fonds Innovexport to quickly meet the financing needs of entrepreneurs, allowing them to focus on expanding their business.
Fonds Innovexport comprises twenty-five experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the Government of Quebec represented by Investissement Québec, fonds espace cdpq de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins - Innovatech, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Fondaction CSN. They all work together to support the establishment of innovative businesses with the potential of becoming global leaders. Fonds Innovexport also receives financial support from the Economic Development Strategy of the City of Quebec.
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Fonds Innovexport invests through convertible debt or equity. Investment amounts vary from $50,000 to $1 million for each round of funding, up to a maximum of $3 million per business. Amounts are determined according to required resources to attain each significant development milestone. Fonds Innovexport generally invests in successive installments based on these development milestones.
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Next project submission deadline:
May 16, 2018
Validation of eligibility and issuance of a letter of interest by the Fund team usually within one week following the submission deadline.
Request for additional information for a first interview.
First interview with entrepreneurs on a fixed date, usually one or two weeks pursuant to submission deadline. In collaboration with Le Camp à Québec, a one-day event filled with workshops and conferences is organized on this day.
Issuance of a letter of intent, usually within two or three weeks, and deeper assessment of the project upon receipt of the letter of intent by the entrepreneur.
This initial offer is subject to approval by the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors.
After the Fund team has completed evaluating the project, the entrepreneur is invited to present the project to the Investment Committee, usually comprised of members of the G25.
Based on the recommendations of the Investment Committee and subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, issuance of a formal letter of final offer and closing of the investment, as the case may be, in the following weeks.
Sponsors and partners share a common goal, supporting the expansion of innovative Quebec businesses whose goals are attaining international markets to contribute to the prosperity of Quebec’s future.
Montreal, February 26, 2018 – Aerial Technologies, a Montreal-based provider of wireless motion analytics solutions, is proud to announce today that it has secured an additional 1.94M$ CAD in capital for its Seed Preferred round. This latest round is led by an undisclosed chipset manufacturer, in addition to current investors, Fonds Innovexport, Kibo Ventures, Quebecor, and Telefónica Open Future_ who are increasing their positions.The capital will be used to further accelerate the company’s growth, both on the organizational and business fronts. “Having demonstrated that our technology works and meeting and exceeding prior funding milestones, I am very pleased our investors share our vision and are helping support our growth with additional capital and advice,” says David Grant, CEO of Aerial Technologies. Industry experts estimate the IoT industry will witness increases between 2018 and 2022 of more than 40% CAGR, with even greater growth in the IoT sensor segment. A recent study predicts IoT spending in 2018 will top $772B USD lead by manufacturing, transportation and utilities. Aerial will enable many of these devices to react to natural human motion, thereby unlocking enhanced services without the need for wearables or cognitive human interaction.“Aerial’s strongest assets are their incredible team and a patented technology that is bringing an entirely new perspective to the residential market, leading a new breed of device-free services for the home. The market response so far has been phenomenal as we are seeing explosive growth of both enquiries and sales pipeline for its solutions,” mentions Aquilino Peña, Founding Partner, Kibo Ventures.“At Telefónica Open Future_ innovation funds, we are continuously searching new capabilities and projects that enhance our value proposition of our connectivity business. Our participation in this new investment round endorses such approach as well as enhances our smart WiFi platform with potential new services to be delivered to our clients,” adds Gonzalo Martin Villa, Innovation Director at Telefónica.“Aerial has the potential to enhance and augment the growing number of IoT solutions with the power of motion. Many solutions today require users to wear devices or cognitively interact with applications. With Aerial, devices use natural motion without thought. Imagine how smart your home could be if it knew when you were home and when you were away. Your home could lock the doors and set the alarm naturally, it could turn on lights and other appliances when you need them, and insure they are off or in power-saving mode when you don’t. We are currently testing these and other services such as elderly care monitoring in collaboration with our partners who will be offering such services,” says Grant.Additionally, we are proud to announce the nomination of John Major as our first independent board member. Major founded MTSG, a strategic consulting and investment company of which he has been serving as president since 2003. He joined the board of Broadcom in 2003. Major served as chairman and lead independent director from 2008 to 2012. He left the board in April 2016 following the Avago acquisition. He also held various executive and leadership positions at Motorola Inc. for nearly two decades, the most recent of which was Senior Vice President and CTO. Major received a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Rochester, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from Loyola University.Aerial will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Hall 7 stand M11 from February 26 to March 1, 2018. Our CEO, David Grant, will be presenting “Humans Making Waves: Leveraging Disturbances in the Wireless Mesh” on February 26 at 12h20 and 13h30 on the Showcase Stage in Hall 4. Visit Aerial’s website to learn more about the technology behind our solutions.About Aerial TechnologiesAerial provides ISPs and MSOs, healthcare players, security systems integrators, and smart object manufacturers with a unique cloud-based, low-cost solution that leverages existing wireless infrastructure and machine learning to give context, meaning and value to motion. Aerial’s passive and contextual solutions do not require users to interact with them, they recognize users and background. With our WiFi motion analytics SaaS, customers have access to new revenue streams with a minimum investment. Our customers also gain from accessing end-user actionable data to help them make better business decisions. We aim at becoming the wireless standard for smart motion detection through continuous innovation, passion, simplicity and inventiveness for the smart home, home care, security, healthcare and targeted media applications. Aerial’s headquarters is based in Canada; we also operate from two regional offices in the USA and in Europe. For more information about how Aerial is making IoT more human, visit www.aerial.ai.About Fonds InnovexportBased in Quebec City, Innovexport invests in start-up companies in the Province of Quebec having innovative products or services with strong export potential. Innovexport was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the objective to help them grow their companies. www.fondsinnovexport.comAbout Kibo VenturesKibo Ventures, based in Madrid, Spain, is a VC Fund focused on early-stage investments in digital companies. Kibo Ventures invests in teams with global ambition, unique technologies and scalable business models. Kibo Ventures manages $130 million from a mix of institutional and private investors, including IEF, Telefonica, the Spanish Government (through CDTI), Mutua Madrileña (Spain’s largest insurance company), FondICO and CaixaBank. Kibo Ventures has invested in over 40 companies in Europe, the Americas and Spain, including Flywire, Carto, Job and Talent, and WorldSensing, and has co-invested with many of the largest US and European VC Funds. www.kiboventures.comAbout QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services. Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR..B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.53% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada. A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship. www.quebecor.comAbout Telefónica Open Future_Telefónica Open Future_ is Telefonica´s global platform designed to connect entrepreneurs, startups, investors and public and private partners around the world to capture innovation and business opportunities. The programme incorporates all of Telefónica Group’s open innovation, entrepreneurship and investment initiatives through over 50 spaces and different investment vehicles. To date, 800 startups have been invested. Telefónica Open Future_ is present in 16 countries www.openfuture.org/enMedia contactAerial TechnologiesPatrice Belmonte – Marketing, Communications, PRpatrice.firstname.lastname@example.orgReference: https://www.aerial.ai/aerial-technologies-raises-1-94m-in-financing-from-vcs-and-strategic-partners-and-recruits-wifi-industry-veteran-as-first-independent-board-member/
Montreal, Canada – December 17th, 2017 – AEPONYX, the world’s emerging leader in micro optical switches, today announced a seed financing round of CAD 4.3 million led by Fonds Innovexport and Ecofuel Fund, in collaboration with private investors. This funding enables AEPONYX to complete the development and industrialization of its revolutionary planar micro optical switch chips based on a unique proprietary platform combining silicon photonics with micro-electrical-mechanical-system (MEMS).The funding, aggregated to the California-based incubator Silicon Catalyst’s in-kind contribution and to secured non-dilutive government financing, completes AEPONYX’s total investment of CAD 10 million for ramp-up of production by 2019.“AEPONYX has exceptional potential to revolutionize fiber optic communications and to accelerate the transition to the new, faster and more efficient global NG-PON2 standard,” said Richard Bordeleau, President of Fonds Innovexport. MEMS and silicon photonics-based micro optical switches dramatically increase the speed of large-scale telecommunications systems and reduce the energy needs of data centers. “The AEPONYX team, led by CEO Philippe Babin, is impressive,” added Bordeleau. “Philippe was able to rapidly build a strong network of partners and investors to support AEPONYX’s growth.”“AEPONYX is a tangible example of how an energy efficient innovation can have a positive impact on the environment,” said Richard Cloutier, Managing Partner of the Ecofuel Fund. “We are happy to partner with AEPONYX and work with Philippe and the management team to build on this momentum to execute the company’s business plan.”“We are delighted to count Fonds Innovexport and Ecofuel Fund as part of our investor consortium,” explained AEPONYX CEO, Philippe Babin. “Beyond financing, they also provide the continuous support and guidance needed to capitalise on this global opportunity. The level of our technological innovation is at par with leading platforms in the fast-growing markets that can leverage it,” he added, “including next-generation fibre optic telecommunications access networks, datacenters, and 5G mobile networks which, combined, represent a multibillion-dollar opportunity.”Silicon Catalyst CEO, Rick Lazansky, said “this round of funding is further proof that promising innovative companies such as AEPONYX are now attracting increasing investor attention. Silicon-based solutions like AEPONYX’s planar micro optical switch chips are asserting their central position in the continuing telecom and data center revolution,” added Lazansky.For more information, visit: www.aeponyx.com.About Fonds InnovexportBased in Quebec City, Fonds Innovexport invests in start-up companies headquartered in the Province of Quebec and dedicated to the development and commercialisation of innovative products or services with strong export potential. Innovexport comprises twenty-five experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the Government of Quebec represented by Investissement Québec, the Fonds Espace CDPQ de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins – Innovatech, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, and Fondaction CSN. Innovexport benefits from the financial support of the City of Quebec under its Economic Development Strategy Program.For more information, visit: fondsinnovexport.comAbout EcofuelEcofuel is a venture capital fund and a specialized and personalized accelerator dedicated to cleantech startups. Ecofuel, powered by Cycle Capital, works with entrepreneurs to help build globally competitive companies. The Ecofuel Fund invests smart money in seed and early stage startups that develop and commercialize clean technologies while the Ecofuel Accelerator offers entrepreneurs training workshops, networking sessions, an experienced mentor ecosystem.With $30M in assets under management, the Ecofuel Fund, co-founded by Cycle Capital, is sponsored by Investissement Québec, acting as mandatory of the Government of Québec, BDC Capital, the investment arm of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Fondaction, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and the Centre Québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB).For more information, visit: ecofuelaccelerate.com.About Silicon CatalystSilicon Catalyst is the only incubator focused exclusively on solutions in silicon, building a coalition of in-kind and strategic partners to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of development. With a world-class network of mentors to advise startups, Silicon Catalyst is helping startups address challenges moving from idea to realization. The incubator/accelerator supplies startups with facilities, a path to funding, tools, networking and marketing acumen to successfully launch their companies’ novel technology solutions. Silicon Catalyst was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 ACE Award for Start-Up Company of the Year.For more information, visit: siliconcatalyst.com.About AEPONYX Inc.AEPONYX is a micro optical switch leader designing and marketing chips for fiber optic access to the cloud. With its patented technologies, combining planar Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and Silicon Photonics, AEPONYX builds the fastest, most affordable and smallest micro optical switches for tunable transceivers and optical circuit switches. AEPONYX is an alumnus of Silicon Catalyst, the world’s first incubator focused exclusively on semiconductors based in California.For more information, visit: aeponyx.com.Media Contact:Philippe Babin, CEO, AEPONYXPhilippe.Babin@aeponyx.comP: +1 (514) 360-7746