OMERS Ventures

OMERS Ventures is a multi-stage venture capital company. It focuses on the technology, media, and telecommunications markets.

HQToronto, CA
Size (employees)40 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingBMore
OMERS Ventures was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Toronto, CA

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Key People/Management at OMERS Ventures

Casey Rovinelli

Casey Rovinelli

Growth Director, Toronto
Jambu Palaniappan

Jambu Palaniappan

Managing Partner, London
Harry Briggs

Harry Briggs

Managing Partner, London
Damien Steel

Damien Steel

Managing Partner & Head of Ventures Toronto
Brian Kobus

Brian Kobus

Partner, Toronto
Tara Reeves

Tara Reeves

Partner, London
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OMERS Ventures Office Locations

OMERS Ventures has offices in Toronto, Palo Alto and London
Toronto, CA (HQ)
100 Adelaide St W
London, GB
The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St
Palo Alto, CA, US
537 Hamilton Ave
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OMERS Ventures News and Updates

OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo paralyzed following biking accident

OMERS Ventures founder John Ruffolo has been paralyzed from the waist down following a cycling accident that took place in Markham, Ontario last week....

OMERS Ventures announces first transatlantic fund at $750 million USD

OMERS Ventures has announced its new $750 million USD fund, the first transatlantic commitment for the venture capital arm of Canadian-based pension fund OMERS....

Former Uber exec Jambu Palaniappan joins Omers Ventures in Europe

Earlier this year, Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers, outed a new €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups, having recruited local VCs Harry Briggs, Tara Reeves and Henry Gladwyn. And now the firm is adding a fourth member in Europe: Jambu Palaniap…

OMERS Ventures brings on board former Uber executive, Jambu Palaniappan

Jambu Palaniappan has joined OMERS Ventures as managing partner in London. The former Uber executive brings extensive experience from the startup world to the Canadian VC’s team in Europe. Palaniappan joined Uber in 2012 and led its expansion throughout the EMEA region and India over the next 18 mon…

OMERS Ventures adds experienced partner focused on Canada as firm preps for global fund

OMERS Ventures has a new addition focused on funding the firm’s back yard. Laura Lenz joins the venture capital arm of one of Canada’s...

OMERS Ventures leads Series C round for Crunchbase

Crunchbase, a provider of private-company prospecting and research solutions, has secured US$30 million in Series C funding. OMERS Ventures led the round with participation from Emergence, Mayfield, Cowboy Ventures and Verizon. In addition to the funding, Michael Yang, managing partner at OMERS Vent…
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OMERS Ventures Online and Social Media Presence

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OMERS Ventures Blogs

Great for Privacy, Great for the Environment: DuckDuckGo Is Now Carbon Negative

DuckDuckGo is now carbon negative dating back to our founding in 2008 through 2020, and is committed to being carbon negative in perpetuity.

Landed lands more capital

Written by Michael Yang, Managing Partner, OMERS VenturesToday, Landed announced a $31M Series B financing led by Learn Capital and Navitas Capital, along with other new investors, First American and MassMutual Ventures. We eagerly re-upped in Landed to support the company’s mission to help essentia…

B2B SaaS — is a future without app-overload a reality?

B2B SaaS — is a future without app-overload a reality?Written by Mert YucesoyToday a top performing company uses an average of 37 tools in its tech stack. I personally have used 30+ solutions at work in the past 2–3 years and am not sure if I increased my efficiency or made things worse. Go ahead an…

Canadian exit velocity reflects market momentum

Written by Laura Lenz and Charlie RenzoniThere was a record number of funding rounds announced in the first half of 2021, a total of 414 deals (compared with 617 in all of 2020). According to Refinitiv, the average size of disclosed rounds was C$26.3 million, up 77% from C$12.8 million a year ago. T…

Redefining a category: our investment in Lick

I spent most of my 20s as a co-founder of a startup drinks brand, Firefly. We hoped the time was right (in 2003) for a new “category” of natural, functional beverages — a “healthy alternative to Red Bull”, if you will. The company was a modest success [sold to P.E. a decade ago so I should be clear …

Getting into VC: don’t take no for an answer

Written by Silvio MemmeAs we have continued to expand the team globally at OMERS Ventures, we’ve talked a lot about the value of bringing in investors from non-traditional backgrounds. In fact, our UK-based Managing Partner Jambu Palaniappan blogged about it earlier this year when we were hiring in …
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OMERS Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was OMERS Ventures founded?

    OMERS Ventures was founded in 2011.

  • Who are OMERS Ventures key executives?

    OMERS Ventures's key executives are Casey Rovinelli, Jambu Palaniappan and Harry Briggs.

  • How many employees does OMERS Ventures have?

    OMERS Ventures has 40 employees.

  • Where is OMERS Ventures headquarters?

    OMERS Ventures headquarters is located at 100 Adelaide St W, Toronto.

  • Where are OMERS Ventures offices?

    OMERS Ventures has offices in Toronto, Palo Alto and London.

  • How many offices does OMERS Ventures have?

    OMERS Ventures has 3 offices.