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Media/News Archive: 2016


  • CVCA News – Harvesting Results

    December 7, 2016

    Agribusiness VC Investment Surges in 2016

    Canadian investment in the agribusiness sector has been on the upswing since 2013. According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the sector generated $108.1B in revenue in 2014 and contributed 6.6% of Canada’s GDP. VC activity has grown from $14M to $27M in 2014, to $42M in 2015, and now to $153M in the first three quarters of 2016.

    CVCA wanted to dig below the surface to get a deeper understanding of the conditions fueling this complex, integrated marketplace, and examine the recent surge in agribusiness investment.

    To do that, we spoke with Aki Georgacacos, co-founder and managing partner of Avrio Capital, a global leader in ag-tech and long-time CVCA member. Aki and his partners have invested exclusively in agribusiness since 2002, with a fund that’s currently valued at $110M. They’re familiar with the landscape, activities, opportunities and risks. In fact, ea... Continue Reading


  • Avrio Wins Deal of the Year for the Third Time

    May 25, 2016

    CVCA recognizes firm's investment in Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

    The Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA) announced winners of its annual Deal of the Year Awards during its 2016 Annual Conference in Toronto today. Avrio Capital is pleased to announce its win for Venture Capital Deal of the Year. (more…)

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  • Avrio Capital Announces Completion of Three Investments

    May 19, 2016

    Intelia Technologies Inc., Alasko Foods Inc., and CheeCha Puffs joins firm's late stage venture fund

    Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce that it has deployed C$15M of capital from its third institutional late stage venture fund, Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership III (the “Fund”). Avrio’s new portfolio investees include Intelia Technologies Inc. and Alasko Inc., both based in Montreal, QC and Cadcan Marketing & Sales Inc. (operating as CheeCha Puffs), based in Calgary, AB. Also based in Calgary, Alberta, the Avrio team is one of Canada’s longest standing venture franchises having accumulated 15 years of investment experience while placing in excess of C$225M across over fifty portfolio companies in agriculture and food technology.

    “We are very pleased to be partnering with Intelia Technologies Inc., to develop the market for data analytics services to optimize production management across multiple animal husbandry ap... Continue Reading


  • Avrio Capital Announces Final Closing of Third Fund

    February 8, 2016

    Avrio Capital Announces Final Closing of its Largest Late Stage Venture Fund

    CALGARY and TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2016 /CNW/ – Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce the second closing of its third institutional late stage venture fund, Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership III (the “Fund”) and the establishment of Avrio Ventures Parallel Limited Partnership III (collectively with the Fund, “Fund III”). With total commitments approaching $110M, the closing establishes Fund III as the largest in Avrio’s history and follows the first closing which occurred in August of 2014 with the Fund’s cornerstone investors, Farm Credit Canada and Export Development Canada. Based in Calgary, Alberta, the Avrio team is one of Canada’s longest standing venture franchises having accumulated 15 years of investment experience while placing in excess of C$200M across fifty portfolio companies in agriculture and food tec... Continue Reading


  • Capturing the Data Edge

    January 14, 2016

    By ANDREW NORRIS Jan. 14, 2016, 5 a.m. News

    Wade Barnes is the chief executive officer of FarmersEdge, a Canadian ag tech company which has partnered with Delta Ag to provide data interpretation and prescriptive farming services to NSW farmers.

    Making use of all the data farmers collect is fast becoming the focus of ag service providers.

    This growth area has attracted plenty of start-ups providing useful technology or support services along the production chain.

    However, retailer and ag services provider Delta Ag has partnered with the fast growing FarmersEdge from Canada to bundle together agronomy, retail and precision ag into one package.

    FarmersEdge, which specializes in the interpretation of the data to generate efficiencies on farm, is one of these start-ups. It kicked off in Wade Barnes’ basement in Winnipeg, Canada, with colleague Curtis Ma... Continue Reading


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