Investing in agriculture
Many profitable markets are emerging that hold great potential for Canadian agriculture. In order to build and grow their businesses, customers need access to various forms of capital. FCC Ventures was established in 2002 and since then has provided over $70 million in venture capital financing to small and medium-sized businesses in these areas:
- value-added food processing
- manufacturing of agricultural equipment
- commercial processing
- ag biotech
In 2006, FCC Ventures extended its venture capital financing capability by sponsoring Canada's first industrial life sciences fund — Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership. This fund targets investment in growth-to-commercialization-stage businesses in three emerging sectors:
- industrial bio-products
- food technology
- nutraceutical ingredients
Including the initial commitment of $50 million from FCC Ventures, the fund has raised a total of $75 million for investment in agriculture. In addition, the fund continues to be successful in attracting other venture capital to the industry through third party co-investment in individual deals.
The fund investments are placed and managed by Avrio Ventures. A separate entity from FCC, Avrio has offices in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
Find out more
Through venture capital funding, FCC Ventures is helping to finance strong businesses related to agriculture. To find out more, contact:
Avrio Ventures Limited Partnership