May 24, 2022

Research Tools: A Free Open-Source Database for All Canadian Startup Information (Hockeystick)

From the Calgary Herald:

2018-05-07_10-35-20Founded in 2014, has built a private database on Canadian startups. Angels and VCs subscribe to the platform to track the progress of portfolio companies and analyze potential investments. But last week Hockeystick launched a spinoff project that’s been a year in the making: a free, open-source database that documents the entire Canadian startup landscape.

Hockeystick’s open database won’t include the private financial information the company’s clients currently pay for. But it already includes basic data – company name, industry, principals and funding sources – on 7,000 startups, as well as listings for 157 VC firms, 44 angel groups, 200 accelerators and 600 government programs. Hockeystick founder and CEO Raymond Luk hopes the database will help founders locate support programs and angels in their own cities, while giving investors more accurate information on promising companies.

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