THE SPARK

You

This is about you, the founders, not us. We know, we are tech startup founders ourselves. There is no better type of partner.

Focus

We only invest in Fintech. Focus is a necessary prerequisite for success. We are here to help you stay focused on what matters.

Active

We lean in and get our hands dirty when and where you want us to. We don’t tell you what to do, we tell you what we would do.

TEAM

Christian Lassonde

Founder & Managing Partner

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist he was a technology founder, having built and sold Virtual Greats, a luxury online IP rights broker, and Millions of Us, a digital agency. He has also taught high-growth technology entrepreneurship at The Next 36 to over 30 companies. Those companies have gone on to build successful products and raise millions of dollars in follow on financing.

Lassonde spent a decade in San Francisco selling and building software for Second Life, LucasArts and Electronic Arts to customers Sony, Nike, Warner Brothers, General Motors, Coke, Intel and many more Fortune 500 companies.

He holds an MBA from the USF, a BESc in computer engineering and a BSc in computer science from Western. Christian is currently Vice-Chair of SickKids Foundation and serves on the Board of Governors of Western and TFS.

Steven Dengler

Steve Dengler

Advisor

Steven Dengler is a Canadian entrepreneur, investor, and business mentor. He is a founder and director of XE. Starting as a bootstrapped business in 1993, XE grew to become the world’s trusted currency authority, used by over 250 million people per year from all around the globe. XE was acquired in 2015 by Euronet Worldwide (NASDAQ: EEFT). He has provided millions of dollars of angel investment to Canadian tech startups such as Wifarer, Bet Smart, MegaCynics, Honk, Perfect, and others.

Steven is a pilot and is currently planning an around-the-world helicopter trip with his father in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. He is a dual Italian/Canadian citizen and a member of Mensa.

Claudia Hepburn

Claudia Hepburn

Advisor

Claudia Hepburn has studied, designed, built and led innovative education programs, most recently The Next 36, which she co-founded and ran for its first four years. She is currently a Senior Resident in Entrepreneurship at Massey College, University of Toronto; a director of Kids and Company, Fraser Institute, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and The Reta Lila Howard Foundation.

In 2013 Ms. Hepburn ranked as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for her achievements in the NGO sector. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and has been named in the press as one of Canada’s Ten Most Inspiring Women. Ms. Hepburn has a BA from Amherst College, and an MA and B.Ed from the University of Toronto.

Portfolio

We have a disciplined approach to investing in you. We invest in ventures that fit our thesis that are led by great founders. We lead deals and drive results to exit through active support of the founders.

Wealthsimple
Smart investing made simple

The smart and simple way to invest in future you. Whether you’re here to set up a long term investment plan or just make your everyday life sweeter. Get going.

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Sensibill
The digital receipt platform trusted by banks.

Sensibill allows customers to access their receipts directly from their bank accounts.

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Honk Mobile
Find & Pay For Parking.

We partner with the coolest parking operators and private space owners to get people into spots and on their way faster and easier. Hourly or monthly…we’ve got you covered.

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Perfect.org
A web server and toolkit for developers using Swift.

Developers can be more productive and efficient using Perfect to write less code and work in one fundamental language for all of their needs.

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Zoocasa
Smarter, faster home search

Be the first to know about new homes and condos for sale, with listings updated more frequently than other sites.

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Toronto, ON M4P 1A6

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