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Cross-Border Impact Ventures Closes Women’s and Children’s Health Technology Fund, at Over $90M

F-L-T-R: CBIV Managing Partners Donna Parr, and Annie Thériault
F-L-T-R: CBIV Managing Partners Donna Parr, and Annie Thériault

Cross-Border Impact Ventures (CBIV), a Toronto, Canada-based women-owned impact venture capital firm, closed its first fund, at over US$90m.

The list of new limited partners (LPs) in the fund includes: 

  • KfW, a German state-owned financial institution, investing capital on behalf of BMZ, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development;
  • UK-based M&G’s Catalyst – a £5 billion purpose-led private assets strategy, which invests in innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest environmental and social challenges;
  • Impact investment Fund of Funds managed by Wire Group, a Netherlands-based specialist in impact investing and wealth allocation;
  • Family offices that have been advised by prominent CBIV’s partners (Ellevest, Align Impact, and CapShift);
  • Family offices that have invested directly in the Fund such as Ceniarth, Skoll Foundation with their OCIO Capricorn Investment Group, and The Nathan Cummings Foundation with their OCIO Bivium Westfuller;
  • Foundations such as the Fondation du Grand Montréal, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, and the McConnell Foundation. 

These new LPs in the Fund joined previously announced investors, including: Children’s Investment Fund Foundation; Global Health Investment Corporation; Hamilton Community Foundation; Grand Challenges Canada, J&J Impact Ventures, an impact fund within the Johnson & Johnson Foundation; Rally Total Impact Fund and some Rally Assets’ advised clients; and The RockCreek Group and its partners. The Fund also benefits from a guarantee provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).  

The Women’s and Children’s Health Technology Fund is focused on making investments in technology companies that address the health needs of women, children, and adolescents or make health systems more resilient. 

Led by Managing Partners Annie Thériault, and Donna Parr, CBIV invests in health technology companies with global growth, high return, and impact potential. Its primary focus is on medical device, diagnostic, and digital health companies based in North America and Europe that are globally relevant, including in emerging markets. Target investments include healthcare software companies with $1M – $10M in revenue, as well as companies developing technologies that require regulatory approval and have at least one product that is CE Mark or FDA approved. The Fund uses a gender lens to invest and will work with portfolio companies to improve their diversity and ensure products reach a broader audience.

Since launch in December 2021, the firm has made five investments in the following companies:

  • Pendulum, a health infrastructure software company using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to solve supply chain inefficiencies for essential medicines;
  • Daye, a comprehensive gynecological care-as-a-service platform combining scientifically validated commercial menstruation products with an innovative tampon-based diagnostic platform testing for conditions such as HPV, which is critical to reduce mortality from cervical cancer;
  • mOm Incubators, a medical device company that has created an innovative portable incubator for neonatal care as their flagship product;
  • Sonio, an AI-enabled software company that provides Fetal Ultrasound Practitioners with SaaS products that identify pregnancy complications and fetal anomalies and diagnose common and rare syndromes;
  • OncoLens, a digital health platform company that provides innovative oncology care management solutions to cancer patients and healthcare providers to allow patients to be treated within their communities. 

VCWire

25/01/2024