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We aren't the only ones who think the Laurier Startup Fund is a great opportunity — our investees, students and graduates think so too.

What Investees Are Saying

"The Laurier Startup Fund allowed for an efficient financing process. By partnering with existing and new investors, they quickly got up-to-speed on our company to make an informed investment decision. This strategic approach allowed our executive team to get back to operating the business, and reduced the amount of time we were required to spend in market fundraising. I would highly recommend early stage companies to have a conversation with the Laurier Startup Fund to seek an investment in their financing round."

- Mallorie Brodie, Founder, Bridgit

"Having Laurier syndicate with IAF [MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund], and being able to participate pro-rata, made it easier to attract additional fundraising and shortened our time-to-close. Working with Laurier enabled us to spend more time on the business, which enabled us to grow revenue more than three times in 2017 and hire 30 additional Canadian workers."

- Kevin Gervais, Founder, Statflo

"The Laurier Startup Fund made a significant contribution to Nicoya's two rounds of financing over the last three years. Syndicating a large number of investors is usually required if you are raising a financing round from Canadian investors, and it can be challenging, but Laurier's excellent due diligence process and reputation helped us achieve our investment target and close the round much faster than if they hadn't been involved. Laurier's $200,000 investment in Nicoya helped us to secure over $2.5 million in additional investment dollars"

- Ryan Denomme, Founder, Nicoya Life Sciences

"The expediency of the Laurier Startup Fund has allowed Nix Sensor Ltd. to quickly bring new products to market and to capitalize on new opportunities. We are now selling direct to some of the largest paint companies around the world and have increased our production capacity by over 10x. All this, while still maintaining manufacturing, calibration and packaging here in Canada."

- Matt Sheridan, Founder, Nix Sensor

What Students Are Saying

"The Laurier Startup Fund has been the highlight of my BBA experience. It is a university course like no other. Rather than a lecture, I was able to immerse myself in the real world of early-stage investing ... Overall, this hands-on experience was incredibly stimulating, provided invaluable training and opened my eyes to the world of venture capital financing."

- Madison Leitch, BBA '18

"What intrigued me was the opportunity to get a perspective on the other side of the table. Knowing that I may need funding in my future, it interested me to know what venture capitalists are looking for and how they think. I found the entire experience very educational and a rare opportunity as a student. It really completed my understanding of entrepreneurial finance which has been so vital as a new entrepreneur."

- Gloria Song, MBA '17

"It pulls the veil back from the entire venture capital world. Students had the opportunity to sit among some of the most powerful business people in the region and were able to see first-hand how angels invest, why they invest, and how you uncover the 'truth' in a young company's value and future. The due diligence we performed on each target went way beyond anything you could learn in a textbook. We were dealing with real companies and real money. A lot was at stake for both the startup founders in need of funding, as well as the team responsible for managing the general investment that comprised the bulk of the Laurier Startup Fund. Those high stakes made the course exciting and pushed everyone to deliver their best work."

- John Beresford, MBA '14

"It was an amazing experience ... I would love to keep attending the weekly meetings and sit in on the future presentations as I really enjoy it."

- Mike Faulds, BBA '14


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