Golden Ventures Raises Two Funds Totalling $120M

Golden Ventures, a Toronto, Canada-based seed-stage venture capital firm investing across North America, raised two funds totalling $120m.

The firm has closed:

  • Golden Ventures IV, a US$100M seed-stage fund, and
  • Golden Ventures Opportunities Fund, a US$20M fund focused on investing in top-performing portfolio companies in later-stage financing rounds.

Backed by returning investment from fund of fund LPs (BDC Capital, Foundry Group Next, HarbourVest Partners, Kensington Capital Partners, Northleaf Capital Partners and Teralys Capital), family offices and individuals, as well as new institutional partners (ECMC Group, Plexo Capital, RBC, University of Chicago and Vintage Investment Partners, Golden Ventures IV will be invested in 20–25 core seed-stage companies across Canada and the US while reserving follow-on capital for future investment rounds.

The fund will also allocate a portion of the fund to angel investments in companies that may not meet its core investment criteria, but where the team members have a strong belief in the founders and the opportunity.

Led by Matt Golden, Founder and Managing Partner, and Ameet Shah, General Partner, the firm has backed over 75 companies over its first three funds. Golden Ventures core portfolio companies have realized over $1B in exit value and since January 2021 have raised more than $500M in follow-on capital. In the last six months, the portfolio has seen the sale of Wattpad to Naver for $600M, Top Hat’s $130M Series E, Clearco’s $100M Series C, Xanadu’s $100M Series B, Brightwheel’s US$55M Series C and Neo Financial’s $50M Series A.

The firm has also promoted Jamie Rosenblatt to Partner.