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Industry Resources

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  • Ministry of Research and Innovation - The Ministry of Research and Innovation was created to focus on the government’s commitment to innovation as the driver of growth across all sectors of the economy. The Ministry’s mandate is to: Develop an integrated innovation strategy and guide its delivery, Invest in both policies and programs to deliver on the innovation strategy, and foster a culture of innovation and showcase Ontario’s innovative culture, nationally and internationally. (www.mri.gov.on.ca)
  • CVCA – The CVCA, Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, represents the majority of private equity companies in Canada, with over 1500 members. CVCA members have over $65 billion in capital under management, in three distinct segments: buyouts, mezzanine and venture capital. The CVCA is a leading source for advocacy, networking, information and professional development for venture capital and private equity professionals. (www.cvca.ca)
  • NVCA – The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is the premier trade association that represents the U.S. venture capital industry. It is a member-based organization, consisting of venture capital firms that manage pools of risk equity capital dedicated to be invested in high growth, entrepreneurial companies. NVCA's mission is to foster greater understanding of the importance of venture capital to the U.S. economy, and support entrepreneurial activity and innovation. The NVCA represents the public policy interests of the venture capital community, strives to maintain high professional standards, provides reliable industry data, sponsors professional development, and facilitates interaction among its members. (www.nvca.org)
  • EVCA – The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) is a member-based, non-profit trade association and was established in 1983 and is based in Brussels. EVCA represents, promotes and protects the interests of the European private equity and venture capital industry. With over 1,200 members in Europe, EVCA's role includes representing the interests of the industry to regulators and standard setters; developing professional standards; providing industry research; professional development and forums, facilitating interaction between its members and key industry participants including institutional investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and academics. EVCA’s activities cover the whole range of private equity, from venture capital (seed, start-up and development capital), to buyouts and buyins. (www.evca.eu)
  • MaRS Discovery District - MaRS is a not–for–profit corporation founded by leaders from Canada’s academic, business, and scientific communities. MaRS is dedicated to accelerating the rate of successful commercialization of new discoveries in Canada. MaRS supports entrepreneurs and growth enterprises by providing the address, the resources, and the connections required by companies of all sizes focused on expanding their business. Through its Venture Group (VG) and Collaboration Center, MaRS offers a suite of services and programs to support innovation and business expansion. (www.marsdd.com)
  • The Ontario Centres of Excellence - The Ontario Centres of Excellence is the pre-eminent research-to-commercialization vehicle in Ontario. The OCE was created in response to Ontario’s most critical competitive challenges. They facilitate economic growth through support for industrially relevant R&D, the opening of new market opportunities and the commercialization of leading edge discovery. They build strong industry and academic relationships. And, they stimulate knowledge transfer through the development of bright minds, moving their skills to the market.(www.oce-ontario.org)
  • Communications and Information Technology Ontario (CITO) - Is a division of Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to establishing Ontario as the place to be for innovation. OCE Inc. achieves this through the development of R&D collaborations between industry and post-secondary research, training highly qualified people (HQP), assisting technology transfer, and facilitating the commercialization of new technologies. (www.cito.ca)
  • Ontario Capital Growth Corporation - The Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC) was established by the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation Act, 2008 and was launched on February 27, 2009. The principal business of the OCGC is to manage the interest of the Government of Ontario in the limited partnership known as the Ontario Venture Capital Fund LP (OVCF) and to manage and operate the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF). (www.ocgc.gov.on.ca)