Over the last 21 years GrowthWorks* has established itself as one of Canada’s leading retail venture capital managers. Through regionally based retail venture capital funds (RVCs), GrowthWorks identifies, analyzes, and structures investments in companies with high growth potential. Particular emphasis is placed on the burgeoning Canadian information technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors. GrowthWorks is currently the largest retail venture capital investor in Canadian “green technology” companies, and one of the largest managers of retail venture capital funds in Canada. GrowthWorks has assets under management of approximately $0.344 billion as at 3/31/2013. The funds under management include the following RVCs: Working Opportunity Fund, GrowthWorks Canadian Fund (no longer available for purchase), GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund and GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund.
In January 1992, David Levi established the Working Opportunity Fund, western Canada’s largest venture capital fund, and founded GrowthWorks in January 1999. Today, GrowthWorks is home to a staff of more than 80 experienced professionals, GrowthWorks provides ongoing management support and advice to help Canada’s most innovative and technologically advanced companies thrive. Initially investing between $100,000 and $5 million, GrowthWorks manages its strategic investments through four different RVCs. The Working Opportunity Fund, GrowthWorks Canadian Fund (no longer available for purchase), GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund and GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture Fund.
Although each RVC possesses its own investment strategy, each GrowthWorks managed RVC is based on the same core principles: investing in growth-oriented companies, valuing portfolio assets conservatively, building industry connections, and minimizing risk through diversification. Through these principles, and the values of respect for people, openness to new ideas, and a drive for excellent performance, GrowthWorks continues to make a distinct mark on its industry.