“I had the pleasure of working with Plaza Ventures on Locationary. PV was one of our first investors and participated in our several financing rounds. Without their network and support, our rounds would not have happened. PV supported us through the ups and downs as we built the company and helped us achieve an exit for shareholders.”
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The Innovation Economy is the wealth generation engine of our future. Our mission at PV is to shift part of the mountain of family wealth from old-economy industries into tech. By connecting great entrepreneurs with successful families and deploying capital into high-potential growth-stage investments, we seek to maximize value for both operators and investors.
Our philosophy is defined by
We encourage portfolio company leadership to connect with our world-class roster of LPs for strategic guidance and networking opportunities. Our esteemed private investors get to participate in growth-stage investments to which they would otherwise not be exposed. Everybody wins.
We do not charge %AUM management fees; we only generate wealth for PV when our companies create positive outcomes. And because our annual funds are highly concentrated, every exit is meaningful to us. We don’t pressure company leadership to seek $1B valuations. All of this creates natural alignment with our entrepreneurs and investors.
Our investment criteria are shared openly for everyone to review. Operating budgets are published to LPs. Portions of each annual fund are re-invested in successful portfolio companies, allowing new investors to look at deal flow before coming on board. Our model delivers unparalleled transparency.
We are community-oriented and believe successful outcomes are encouraged by compassion, empathy, and a personal touch. We don’t get rich from fees, so every action or piece of advice comes from alignment, not conflicting objectives. Our general partners are eager to contribute their time and expertise to help each portfolio company scale and flourish.
Our fund structure
Micro-funds for growing pains
The dual focus of each annual fund helps mitigate risk and creates valuable connections within our family of companies and LPs. An annual raise means that our investors have optionality instead of capital calls, and our entrepreneurs know that we will always look at putting fresh capital to work in supporting their growth.
Concentrated Growth Investing
Half of each fund is applied to proven business models ($3M+ annual revenues) that are resistant to macro-economics and need capital to meet current demand. We limit ourselves intentionally to only 4-5 new investments in each annual fund.
Half of each fund is re-invested in successful businesses from prior funds. This approach assures a meritocracy rather than a 'rich-uncle syndrome', and encourages deeper relationships with the leadership teams in our portfolio.
We understand the short- and long-term challenges faced by entrepreneurs in competitive industries. Our process is tailored specifically to help growing teams achieve their goals. We’ll be there for the long run if you prove capable and stand by your commitments.
Founder & CEO
Locationary (acquired by Apple)
“Plaza Ventures is a key component of the private allocation of Globalive Capital’s portfolio. The team at PV sees most deals in Canada and screens them with a rigorous process resulting in investments that we are comfortable have been made through a formulaic conclusion. For those looking for growth stage technology exposure that is managed smartly and consistently in a very fair fee model for investors, you should meet and consider Plaza Ventures.”
Chief Financial Officer of Globalive Capital
Former Co-Founder of Wind Mobile
“The team at Plaza Ventures is made up of high-integrity thought leaders in the growth-stage investment arena. These important attributes along with strong deal sourcing and intelligent financial structures was what attracted me to them.”
Founder and Vice Chairman
OnX Enterprise Solutions
“Stimulating an increase in angel capital is a strategic objective of BDC Capital, and we believe that the Plaza Ventures investment model will help us reach that objective. It is a promising market development that has potential to unlock ‘smart’ angel capital for promising early-stage growth companies. Plaza Ventures is backed by a successful and committed team with a demonstrated investment track record. We look forward to continuing our investment partnership with them.”
Director of Strategic Investments and Partnerships
We support growing companies
Dynamic investor network
We have an amazing LP community of 100+ successful executives and business owners ready to share their time, advice and connections.
We foster serendipitous relationships for our entrepreneurs through deep ecosystem involvement and strategic connections to customers, financers, service providers, channel partners and acquirers.
Focus and care from PV partners
A limited number of investments per fund enables significant partner-level time and attention for each portfolio company.
Alignment of interests
We don’t get rich from fees and we don’t need unicorns to be successful. When the time is right for the entrepreneur, the time is right for us.
Opportunity for follow-on capital
Portfolio companies receive additional rounds of funding from us as they mature and grow.
Our investment criteria
Targeting the demand-driven gap
We invest in strong management teams with proven business models at Series A or Series B. Our “moment in time” thesis is usually indicated by a company with sound unit economics needing to hire up to meet market demand. When the team knows deeply that the business is working and it’s time to really scale.
Our firm identifies as sector agnostic but we have an affinity for (and expertise in) enterprise SaaS, location-based services, IoT, Smart City, digital media, and marketplaces.
Risk adjusted expected returns
We partner with companies at their “moment in time”:
$3M (minimum) – $10M+ annual revenues
Proven product-market fit (with repeat customers beyond the pilot stage)
Strong, stabilized management teams
Metric-driven teams who can demonstrate that their model is working
A need to scale up the team to meet rising market demand
Sound like a good fit for you? Get in touch with Matthew Leibowitz and let’s chat.