Mantella Venture Partners is investing it's second $24m early stage fund that provides hands-on
support to great founders building software companies in high growth markets.

Not just investors

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About

Mantella Venture Partners invests in exceptional entrepreneurs building market-altering mobile and Internet software businesses. At MVP we invest early. In fact, more than half of our investments to date were incorporated in our office. MVP typically invests up to $500,000 at inception, with the ability to support subsequent rounds as required. We invest alone, or alongside other value-added venture and angel investors that share the belief that founder/investor alignment is key to building successful companies and profitable exits. We're happy to say that so far this approach has worked well, and all our exits to date have been profitable for founders, employees and investors at all stages. After investment, our portfolio companies benefit from active, hands-on involvement in all phases of growth, including product development, business development, marketing, financing, and team development. If you're looking for partners for your whole journey, not just money, get us involved early.

12

Investments

4

 Exits

28

 Founders

350

 Employees

 

From the beginning, Robin and Duncan were both partners and friends, helping me solve many of the hardest problems I faced building Chango.

CHANGO – Chris Sukornyk, Founder and CEO of Chango
 

Team

At Mantella Venture Partners we're entrepreneurs ourselves, so we understand where you've been, and more importantly, where you've got to go - and we're building an ecosystem of expertise within our fund and our network to help you get there.

Duncan Hill

Duncan Hill

General Partner View Details
Robin Axon

Robin Axon

General Partner View Details
Duncan Hill

Duncan Hill

General Partner

Duncan is a Founding General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners

Duncan previously served as executive director at Chango (acq. Rubicon Project ’15), executive director at SurfEasy (acq opera ’15), executive director at RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), executive Investor at Pushlife (acq Google ’11), executive director at Brave Commerce (acq. Rogers Media ’12), advisory board of Opalis (acq Microsoft ’09), and as Entrepreneur in Residence at Ventures West. Duncan currently serves on the boards of Gallop.io, and CrowdCare, as executive investor at Ritual, and on advisory boards at PebblePost, Flixel, and Unata.

Prior to his move into hands-on venture investing, Duncan was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Think Dynamics, a developer of data centre automation software, which was acquired by IBM in 2003. Think Dynamics has become an integral part of IBM’s Tivoli portfolio and Blue Cloud initiative. Duncan served as an IBM executive until June 2005 guiding market and technology strategy for Tivoli’s on demand automation software portfolio.

Prior to founding Think Dynamics, Duncan established a data centre consulting practice that delivered enterprise systems architecture and management services to customers that included Virgin, Norwich Union, one2one, Millipore, ADP and Teleglobe in the UK, USA and Canada.

Duncan holds a BMath in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimization from the University of Waterloo.

Robin Axon

Robin Axon

General Partner

Robin is a Founding General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Robin was previously a partner at Ventures West where he was a part of the IT and communications team with a focus on wireless technology investments.

Prior to joining Ventures West, Robin was at MD Robotics (formerly Spar Aerospace) and the Canadian Space Agency where he helped to prepare the Canadarm2 for installation onto the International Space Station.

Robin has served on the boards of a number of technology companies including: CrowdCare, Shopcaster, Unata, PushLife (acq Google ’11), Brave Commerce (acq Rogers ’12), QuickPlay Media (acq Madison Dearborn ’12), RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), AudienceView, Fortiva (acq Proofpoint ’08), Chantry Networks (acq Siemens ’04), Belair Networks and Instrumar. Robin is a founder of CVCA´s Young Venture Capitalists (YVC) Committee.

Robin holds a B.A.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Queen´s University.

Before I started thinking about fundraising, I talked to the MVP guys about my idea – we just kept growing it together from there.

SURFEASY – Chris Houston, Founder and CEO of SurfEasy

Companies

Chango

Chango

programmatic advertising platform

Acquired: Rubicon Apr’15

Founded: Aug’08

Chango is a programmatic advertising platform that connects marketers with their exact target audience across all devices and media formats.

Surf Easy

Surf Easy

Online Privacy

Acquired: Opera Mar’15

Founded: Mar’11

SurfEasy provides easy to use consumer solutions for protecting personal online privacy and security.

PushLife

PushLife

Mobile Commerce Platform

Acquired: Google Apr’11

Founded: Sep’08

PushLife is a Mobile Entertainment & Commerce Platform for Mobile Operators.

Brave Commerce

Brave Commerce

Mobile Commerce Platform

Acquired: Rogers Media Mar’12

Founded: Mar’11

North America’s first mobile commerce platform connecting mobile operators with local merchants offering daily deals.

Joist

Joist

Mobile Trades Contractor Platform

Founded: Mar’13

Joist enables trades contractors to create estimates, send invoices and manage jobs while on the road.

Unata

Unata

1-to-1 Omni-Commerce Platform

Founded: Sep’09

Omni-channel commerce platform that leverages machine learning to power 1-to-1 experiences for major retailers that measurably increase customer loyalty & spend.

Wysdom

Wysdom

Self-serve Support for the Internet of Things

Founded: Mar’12

Context-enhanced natural language self-care platform enabling service providers to deliver a great customer experience while drastically reducing support costs.

Fixel

Fixel

Living photos made easy

Founded: Oct’11

Cinemagraph Pro is the award-winning pro tool designed exclusively for creating amazing cinemagraphs.

Gallop Labs

Gallop Labs

Prescriptive Mobile Marketing Platform

Founded: Sep’13

Gallop’s platform leverages data science and in-app behavioural analytics to help mobile publishers find and optimize the most valuable users for their applications.

Ritual

Ritual

Fresh Local Food Fast

Founded: Sep’14

Ritual’s mobile order & pay platform enables users to order ahead coffee and food to be picked up just-in-time. No waiting, no payment, just Fresh Local Food Fast.

Pebble Post

Pebble Post

Programmatic Direct Mail

Founded: Jul’14

PebblePost matches online actions with offline demographics to send timely, intent-driven direct mail.

Chango

Chango

programmatic advertising platform

Acquired: Rubicon Apr’15

Founded: Aug’08

Chango is a programmatic advertising platform that connects marketers with their exact target audience across all devices and media formats.

Surf Easy

Surf Easy

Online Privacy

Acquired: Opera Mar’15

Founded: Mar’11

SurfEasy provides easy to use consumer solutions for protecting personal online privacy and security.

PushLife

PushLife

Mobile Commerce Platform

Acquired: Google Apr’11

Founded: Sep’08

PushLife is a Mobile Entertainment & Commerce Platform for Mobile Operators.

Brave Commerce

Brave Commerce

Mobile Commerce Platform

Acquired: Rogers Media Mar’12

Founded: Mar’11

North America’s first mobile commerce platform connecting mobile operators with local merchants offering daily deals.

Joist

Joist

Mobile Trades Contractor Platform

Founded: Mar’13

Joist enables trades contractors to create estimates, send invoices and manage jobs while on the road.

Unata

Unata

1-to-1 Omni-Commerce Platform

Founded: Sep’09

Omni-channel commerce platform that leverages machine learning to power 1-to-1 experiences for major retailers that measurably increase customer loyalty & spend.

Wysdom

Wysdom

Self-serve Support for the Internet of Things

Founded: Mar’12

Context-enhanced natural language self-care platform enabling service providers to deliver a great customer experience while drastically reducing support costs.

Fixel

Fixel

Living photos made easy

Founded: Oct’11

Cinemagraph Pro is the award-winning pro tool designed exclusively for creating amazing cinemagraphs.

Gallop Labs

Gallop Labs

Prescriptive Mobile Marketing Platform

Founded: Sep’13

Gallop’s platform leverages data science and in-app behavioural analytics to help mobile publishers find and optimize the most valuable users for their applications.

Ritual

Ritual

Fresh Local Food Fast

Founded: Sep’14

Ritual’s mobile order & pay platform enables users to order ahead coffee and food to be picked up just-in-time. No waiting, no payment, just Fresh Local Food Fast.

Pebble Post

Pebble Post

Programmatic Direct Mail

Founded: Jul’14

PebblePost matches online actions with offline demographics to send timely, intent-driven direct mail.

 

Entrepreneurs expect connections, hope for strategic direction, and dream of product support. With MVP we get all three!

WYSDOM – Ian Collins & Jeff Brunet, Co-founders of Wysdom
 

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Like you, we run a lean operation. We spend so much time working with our portfolio companies, we don’t have time to read piles of unsolicited business plans. The best way to get our attention is to be referred to us by someone that knows us, and believes in you. Consider it just one of many business development challenges you have ahead of you.