OUR FUND

Caliber Ventures is a British Columbia based tech and new media fund. Caliber is an incubator and accelerator for BC based Eligible Business Corporations, specifically focused on identifying mission driven founders with talented teams and unique products in emerging markets. By injecting strategic capital and offering financial advisory services, Caliber expedites growth, encourages innovation and supports the disruptive nature of these ventures. As a VC fund committed to generating a positive ROI for its shareholders, Caliber targets companies where a capital injection is needed to scale business development and grow near term revenues.

The expertise, resources and extensive network provided by Caliber’s management and advisory group helps junior technology, media and gaming companies as they grow their teams, develop their products and evolve their business plans. Caliber offers hands-on assistance to execute comprehensive road maps including, in many cases, a go public strategy.

Investing in BC

British Columbia has a thriving tech/media community that is quickly becoming a global leader. Technology is the second fastest growing sector in British Columbia. 3 of Canada’s 5 tech unicorns (startups valued at more than $1 billion) are based in Vancouver. The tech industry in this province generates more than $23 billion in revenue annually and employs more than 100,000 professionals across 7,000 companies.

BC has become both an attractor and incubator of top tech talent. A number of internationally ranked institutions and specialty schools are Vancouver based, graduating tomorrow’s tech and media leaders. Government sponsored start-up visa programs and friendly immigration policies are also enticing global talent.

The province has a number of competitive advantages that have helped it emerge on an international stage. In addition to the outstanding talent pool, it boasts a very favorable cost environment with low labour costs, dedicated tax incentives, low federal payroll taxes, optional and affordable health care and low utility costs. Vancouver is still a relatively small city in many ways with a closed knit tech and new media industry that fosters collaboration and support for founders and entrepreneurs.

OUR TEAM

Caliber’s management team has a proven track record of identifying exciting assets, building companies, unlocking value and generating a positive returns for shareholders. Collectively, this team has extensive experience in private equity, venture capital and the public markets, having raised more than $400 million in debt and equity across a variety of sectors.

The group is very familiar with the Venture Capital Corporation program first launching Thunderbird Entertainment in 2003 as a British Columbia based Eligible Small Business through the VCC program. Over the past 15 years, Thunderbird has grown into perhaps the province’s greatest VCC success story. Thunderbird is one of Canada’s leading multi-platform entertainment companies. Thunderbird went public in the Fall of 2018 with a market cap of roughly $100 million and today employs nearly 1000 people with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Los Angeles and London.

Curtis WhiteManaging Partner
As the President of Caliber, Curtis is focused on identifying mission driven founders with talented teams and unique products in emerging markets. Curtis is a finance executive with a wide range of experience across the tech/media sectors in both the public and private markets.

Curtis spent more than a decade with the Thunderbird Group of Companies in a variety of positions on both the corporate and creative side. His past roles included Corporate Finance, Business Development and Investor Relations.

Curtis is a finance graduate (honours) from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Tim GamblePartner
Mr. Gamble is the Vice Chairman and founding partner of Thunderbird Entertainment. As the former CEO, Mr. Gamble was responsible for overseeing all business operations, with a particular focus on corporate finance and strategic alliances. Mr. Gamble was also responsible for the acquisition of some notable IP including Blade Runner 2049 and The Beatles inspired animation series Beat Bugs where he served as Executive Producer. Prior to Thunderbird, Mr. Gamble founded and served as President of Peace Arch Entertainment Group from 1982 until 2002.
Cameron WhitePartner
Mr. White is a founding partner of Thunderbird and was responsible for corporate finance, deal structures, legal matters and overall company strategy. Mr. White led Thunderbird’s go public transition (via RTO) in the Fall of 2018. Mr. White also practiced corporate and securities law for fifteen years specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, in the areas of media, natural resources, and technology.

OUR INVESTMENTS

Apollo Exchange is an ecommerce marketplace that enables brokers to instantly bind insurance products.

Adtrack Media is a technology and media company committed to enhancing and amplifying the way subway riders, cities and leading global brands engage with one another.

YourIKA is an AI-powered learning platform that works with leading online education providers to deliver personalized intelligent learning at scale.

Sparx is the global leader in real-time audience engagement. Their platform engages fans with predictive games, trivia, voting, and polling during live or recorded programming and events. Sparx has worked with NBC & NBC Sports, ABC, ESPN, The Disney Channel, The Academy Awards, NESN Sports, Jacksonville Jaguars, Big Brother Australia, Club Atletico Boca Juniors in Argentina, and many others.

Thunderbird Entertainment is a pure play content production studio creating award winning original programming in scripted, factual and animation. Based in Vancouver, with offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London, Thunderbird works with leading OTT platforms as well as Canadian and International broadcasters to produce the freshest content with the most talented storytellers in the world.

Plantiga Technologies is the world’s first AI-powered human movement intelligence company offering deep insights into health based on the way we move. Plantiga’s wearable insoles analyze real-world function movement patterns to deliver predictive insights and assessments for injury prevention, fall risk, and return to work and sport programs. Plantiga’s technology is trusted by healthcare professionals and top-tier professional sports teams as part of a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and load management.

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