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An Annual Showcase of Impact Investment Fund Managers
Raven Indigenous Capital Partners is an Indigenous-led and owned social finance intermediary headquartered in Vancouver, CANADA. Founded in 2017, Raven currently manages the world's only purpose-driven Indigenous venture capital fund and has pioneered two Community-Driven Social Outcomes Contracts (an adaptation of the traditional SIB model that centres community voice in the design of interventions and outcomes).
Raven provides seed and early stage equity to purpose-driven Indigenous enterprises across Canada that demonstrate commercial viability, scalability, and measurable community benefit streams.
Indigenous entrepreneurs face systemic barriers in accessing appropriate capital across Canada. This stems from three inter-related challenges: the Indian Act precludes the collateralization of on-reserve property; the paucity of inter-generational wealth transfer (friends and family); and the increasing prominence of technology and technology-enabled enterprises whose capital requirements cannot be met be traditional debt providers. The provision of purpose-driven equity and equity-like capital is needed to ignite the Indigenous enterprise ecosystem and contribute toward economic reconciliation.
Canada currently has a network of 59 Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs) that offer secured debt (up to 250k) to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit enterprises. There is currently no purpose-driven venture fund that provide equity and pre- / post-investment support. As an Indigenous-led and owned intermediary, Raven is also working diligently to decolonize the investment process for Indigenous entrepreneurs, ensuring cultural relevance and safety at each stage of the process.
In 2019, Raven Indigenous Capital Partners made a tranched 750k equity investment in Animikii Indigenous Technologies (www.animikii.ca). Animikii is both an integrated digital services agency and custom software developer. Raven's investment will permit the development of Niwiin, a data sovereignty application that will allow Indigenous peoples across Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand to manage information in a manner consistent with Indigenous ways of knowing and being and the right of self-determination.
Jeffrey Cyr – Managing Partner More Info
Bringing an Indigenous approach to equity investment/ fund management, combined with innovation in social finance tools for Indigenous communities in Canada. Using extensive experience in negotiation, leadership, social innovation and strategic policy to build new economic approaches and fundamentally change how we build economies in a modern complex world.
Paul Lacerte – Managing Partner More Info
Stephen Nairne – Chief Investment Officer More Info
Internationally experienced executive dedicated to the development and management of innovative impact investment and social finance tools to alleviate poverty and empower communities across Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Raven screens all investment opportunities for intentionality in delivering measurable social and/or environmental impacts. We are particularly interested in Indigenous enterprises where impact is embedded in the product or service.
Opportunities are specifically screened for Indigeneity based on ownership, control, management, and primary clientele. We carefully investigate employee diversity, supply chain, and customer market segments.