Why We Invested in Sherpa

It’s no secret that Covid-19 travel restrictions have made crossing borders more confusing than ever. With information constantly changing, it can be overwhelming to figure out whether or not you’ll require a visa or a negative Covid test before your next vacation. *Sigh* if only there was a way to get all this information in one place. Oh wait, there is!

Meet Sherpa. Founded in 2015 by Max Tremaine and Ivan Sharko, the company aims to help travellers cope with the complexities of international travel. After selecting a travel destination on Sherpa’s website — which…


Relay Ventures is hiring an “Accountant Assistant” to join the Relay finance team in the Toronto office. This is an excellent ground floor opportunity to be a part of the fast paced venture capital industry.

Relay Ventures is a US$600MM early-stage venture capital firm partnering with founders at the Seed and Series A stages. We are thesis-based investors and finance entrepreneurs who are rethinking industries where technology will have an outsized impact, such as, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Mobility. We have offices in Toronto and Calgary, and a wide network of portfolio companies across North America.

The Accounting Assistant…


Why We Invested in Swift Medical

The last several years have been full of exciting innovations in healthcare, many of which have been made possible from the camera lenses embedded in our cellphones. From apps that track our blood pressure to AI-powered medical assistance, smartphone technology has advanced healthcare far beyond what was once imaginable.

In 2015, Carlo Perez, with guidance from Dr. Sheila Wang, started Toronto-based Swift Medical — a digital wound care app that brings research-grade clinical imaging straight to the palm of your hands.

How does it all work? By opening the Swift Wound Care app, healthcare…


Relay Ventures is looking for an Analyst to join our team

Relay Ventures is a US$600MM early-stage venture capital firm partnering with founders at the Seed and Series A stages. We are thesis-based investors and finance entrepreneurs who are rethinking industries where technology will have an outsized impact, such as, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Mobility. We have offices in Toronto and Calgary, and a wide network of portfolio companies across North America.

We are looking for an analyst to join the Relay team in the Calgary office. This is a multidisciplinary role where you will support our team on…


Relay Ventures is looking for an Analyst to join our team

Relay Ventures is a US$600MM early-stage venture capital firm partnering with founders at the Seed and Series A stages. We are thesis-based investors and finance entrepreneurs who are rethinking industries where technology will have an outsized impact, such as, Financial Services, Real Estate, and Mobility. We have offices in Toronto and Calgary, and a wide network of portfolio companies across North America.

We are looking for an analyst to join the Relay team in the Toronto office. This is a multidisciplinary role where you will support our team on…


Why we invested in Playmaker

After closing an impressive $24 million in a private placement, we are excited to announce that Playmaker Capital is trading on the TSX venture exchange!

Co-created by Relay and Jordan Gnat, CEO of Playmaker, the company was formed after Jordan witnessed first-hand the severe market fragmentation of the sports media space. Today, the Toronto-based sports media company aims to consolidate global brands engaging millions of fans in an effort to service the growth of the burgeoning sports betting industry.

By purchasing digital media and technology companies, Playmaker is building a highly engaging collection of brands that together create an ecosystem…


Why we invested in 7shifts

Scheduling 100 million shifts and solving labor management issues for nearly 20,000 restaurants and 500,000 employees across the globe is no easy feat. Luckily, one Saskatoon-based company has risen up to the challenge.

Founded by Jordan Boesch in 2014, 7shifts is a digital scheduling platform made just for restaurants. Whether you own multiple franchises, a single location, or even a food truck, 7shifts’ affordable subscription models make it easy for business owners of any size to schedule staff, integrate payroll, create to-do lists, and instant message with their team.

After visiting Jordan in downtown Saskatoon at his 2nd Avenue office…


Why we invested in Rally

Wish you could invest in rare collectible items without paying retail prices? Meet Rally — an online trading app for buying and selling equity in alternative assets for as little as $1/share.

Since launching their first vintage sports car in 2017, Rally founders Christopher Bruno, Rob Petrozzo, and Max Niederste-Osholt have expanded beyond cars to include collectibles like Mohammed Ali sports memorabilia, Himalaya Birkin bags, Japanese whiskey and even dinosaur skulls — a move that allowed the New York-based startup to diversify its client base by encouraging users to invest in their passions.

Wondering how it’s possible to own part…


Why We Invested in theScore

Hot off the trails of theScore’s $186 million NASDAQ debut, we’re ‘stepping up to the plate’ to tell you about what we saw when we first met entrepreneurial father-son team John and Benjie Levy in 2013.

Eight years ago, theScore was the only independent sports media company delivering real-time scores, stats and news to the palm of your hand. Relay Partner John Albright saw huge potential in the Canadian media company saying, “They just sold the network asset to Rogers for $167MM, the digital asset will be worth 10x that!”

Keeping with our investing strategy, Relay provided first institutional money…


Why We Invested in Greenlight

As North American spending continues to go paperless, parents carry and use substantially less cash in their day-to-day life. In 2014, Tim Sheehan and Johnson Cook started Greenlight to solve a problem they each faced — being able to give their children spending money when they didn’t have any on hand.

Meet Greenlight, a smart debit card for families managed 100% through an app. …

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