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.