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Quarterly portfolio updates - Q1 2022

It’s time for our quarterly portfolio updates!

Investment News

As of March 2022, our portfolio company 3D Planeta has changed their name to Terris. They’re still the same innovative and diverse company that they’ve always been – with a brand name to better reflect their vision as the new era of earth intelligence.

In late January, our portfolio company Proof was acquired by Daylight Automation. Proof’s co-founders, Ben Sanders and Wesley George, took on leadership roles at Daylight as vice president of business development, and vice president of solutions engineering, respectively. Congratulations!

In January, our portfolio company TrojAI announced they secured $3 million in seed funding, and we’re proud to be a part of that. TrojAI’s team works on increasing protection against security threats to AI platforms.

Event & Award News

In February, our portfolio company Carbide won two distinctions in the 2022 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards! Carbide won the GOLD award for “Best Compliance Solution” and the SILVER award for “Best GDPR Compliance Solution.”

New Job Openings

Keep an eye on our blog for more quarterly portfolio updates throughout the year.

Investment News

It’s time for our quarterly portfolio updates!

We’re proud to announce our newest portfolio member,! joined us in December 2021 and is building the future of AI-enhanced coaching. They offer athletes the ability to up their game by leveraging the latest in AI technology. For the first time, the benefits of professional coaching will be accessible to everyone with an internet connection. 

Our portfolio company Securicy changed their name to Carbide and announced an additional $4.1M seed funding. The additional funding finishes off a successful year with 300% customer growth and a doubling in team size. Carbide currently has over a dozen job openings available.

Back in November, our portfolio company Rally received a $500,000 investment through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI). With this funding, Rally will create seven highly skilled jobs and support the development of their software through various marketing activities.

Event & Award News

During the Renewable Natural Gas Conference in December, Anessa presented a panel about Evaluating RNG as an Investment

In November, Talkatoo was one of 8 finalists to present at the Annual SAAS NORTH PitchFest in Ottawa.

At the end of October, Rally graduated from the Genesis Centre’s incubator program.

October was a great month for our portfolio company TrojAI, as well. They won the “Most-Promising Start-up” award during the 5th Annual ACADA Industry Excellence Awards. TrojAI was one of four Atlantic Canadian companies to be celebrated for their success and excellence in the aerospace, defense and security industries. 

In addition, TrojAI was recognized by Gartner as a Representative Vendor for Adversarial Assistance. They were also among the Top 5 Startups to compete at the 2021 Startup Global Pitch Competition. 

More exciting news in October came from Anessa, who made the list of finalists for the 2021 Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

3D Planeta was among 12 top-performing companies across Atlantic Canada to present at the 2021 Technology Showcase at the Atlantic Venture Forum.

Moreover, TrojAI, Anessa and 3D Planeta were among 6 Atlantic Canadian companies to present at the CIX Atlantic Canada Tech Showcase.

Atlantic Canada’s tech ecosystem had a huge year.  From my tally, companies in the region raised over $350m in venture capital financing and hired a net new 2,483 employees in 2021.

Last quarter was a slow one for job growth, seeing only 255 net new jobs.  However, this shouldn’t be viewed as an indication of a slowdown, because this same group of companies were injected with $116.1m in capital in Q4 2021.

Of the companies that I’m tracking 22% hired employees, 57% had no change and 21% had less staff last quarter.  Throughout 2021, 33% hired employees, 28% were stagnant, and 28% had less staff than the year before.  

Those companies hiring in 2021 made lots of new hires.  The top 15 companies (see below) hired a total of 668 new individuals, representing 27% of the total net new job creation in 2021.

There was some big news out of the region in Q4 2021:

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Top Tech Atlantic Canadian Employers in 2021

Sorted by net new jobs created