Avrio Capital


  • Fish, Fava or Fermented Food? Where’s the Meat (Alternative)?

    November 20, 2017

    "The opportunities for Canadian Entrepreneurs to capitalize on this global challenge are tremendous"


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  • Avrio Fund III Closes Three More Deals

    September 6, 2017

    Avrio Capital Provides Investment Activity Update, Purchases Majority Stake in Morris Industries Ltd.

    CALGARY, AB / September 6th,  2017 / CNW / Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce an update to its investment activities from its third institutional late stage venture fund, Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership III (the “Fund”).   During the quarter, Avrio was active, having deployed approximately $20M of capital across three new investments.

    “In a typically slow period for deploying capital, we are very pleased to have completed three platform investments that highlight the entire spectrum of the Avrio investment strategy. Flexing from agricultural technology to food tech and encompassing all the novel and innovative agribusinesses in-between, we continue to tune our investment strategy identifying world class companies in our verticals of interest,” commented Aki Georgacacos, Managing Partner of the Fund.

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  • Avrio Fund III Closes Its Sixth Investment

    June 18, 2017

    Avrio Capital and POS Bio-Sciences Inc. partner to drive Agri-Food tech commercialization model

    SASKATOON and CALGARY, June 18th, 2017 /CNW/ – Avrio Capital Inc. (“Avrio”) is pleased to announce that it has completed its sixth investment, closing an investment with POS Bio-Sciences Inc. (“POS”).    Based in Saskatoon, SK, POS is a global leader in the creation of value-added products from biological-based raw materials — providing R&D, custom processing, and analytical services to clients on six continents.  Having operated since 1977, the Company has worked closely with entrepreneurs, multi-national corporations and governments in providing innovative solutions in processing and extracting complex proteins, oils, starches and bioactive components from various forms of biomass.  Avrio is one of Canada’s longest standing venture franchises having accumulated 15 years of investment experience in food and agricultural technology.

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  • Avrio earns nearly 5x its money with Farmers Edge recap, backs FarmLead

    March 24, 2017

    By Kirk Falconer - The PE Hub Network

    Avrio Capital is seeing a lucrative payout on money invested in Farmers Edge following the precision agriculture company’s refinancing earlier this year.

    Farmers Edge, provider of a digital platform to help farmers boost crop production, in December announced an investment by Fairfax Financial, the holding company of Canadian billionaire Prem Watsa.

    Terms weren’t disclosed for the deal, which wrapped up a few weeks ago. It may well have been Farmers Edge’s largest financing to date. That’s because in addition to recapitalizing the Winnipeg company, Fairfax injected fresh cash.

    As part of the deal, Fairfax bought out stakes held by venture capital firms, which played a key role in the some $74 million Farmers Edge raised in prior rounds.

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  • How FarmLead’s Funding Helps You, The Farmer

    March 20, 2017

    Farming is a very patient occupation. The hours spent alone out in a field. The fortitude required to deal with malfunctioning equipment – seemingly for no reason (something that’s been compounded by technology these days). The patience required to watch a crop grow, and the patience to pray that Mother Nature stays amicable throughout that season.

    You can’t forget the patience and endurance needed to deal with the grain markets.

    In an increasingly globalized world, events and issues that affect specific markets are observed, speculated upon, and ignored faster than ever before. My grandfather, were he alive, would be wondering how to make a grain sale with so much changing so quickly.

    Patience is a trait I was taught to respect growing up. Over time, I’ve learned to patiently let things run their course. That being said, once you’ve figured out how to d... Continue Reading

  • 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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