About Venbridge

Bringing venture debt to promising Canadian companies

About Venbridge, Venture debt provider

Our mission

We help founders scale their companies with non-dilutive venture debt and tax credit consulting services. Our services empower you to maximize your government tax incentives, better manage cash flow, and invest more in the areas you need. All so you can grow the business you’ve built without giving away equity too soon.

Our story

Venbridge was born to help technology companies grow. The market lacked an automated, fast and responsive service provider who understood the needs of technology companies. At Venbridge we are technology leaders, not bankers and understand how to bring value to SME’s. As a team, we have provided hundreds of SR&ED loans and tax credit financing. We love meeting new people, being there when you really need us and doing everything possible to help you grow your business.

National team
World class results

CEO Venbrige

Garron Helman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Garron’s passion is watching startups grow with funding provided by Venbridge. Not only has he funded hundreds of companies throughout his career, but he has also become a recognized leader in SR&ED and other tax programs and government grants. Prior to co-founding Venbridge, Garron was a partner at one of Canada’s earliest SR&ED financing funds where he built the financing portfolio in Central and Eastern Canada.

Earlier in his career, Garron joined a small technology company called Creo in Vancouver that grew to over 4,000 employees and a market cap of $2B. Garron became the President of the Asia Pacific region. After Creo was sold to Kodak, Garron ran the $300M commercial division before returning to Canada. In his free time, Garron can be found on skiing trips or doing home construction with his two children.

B.A. in Psychology, B.ESc. in Mechanical Engineering, M.B.A.

1 Heather Nicol CFO Venbridge SR&ED Financing

Heather Nicol

CFO & CRO

Heather’s financial experience is spread across the corporate, financial and not-for-profit sectors. Having held positions such as CFO for the MaRS Discovery District and EVP for an investment company specializing in pharmaceutical royalties to serving non-profit organizations including The Bishop Strachan School’s Board of Governors, the Danny Grossman Dance Company and BioDiscovery Toronto, Heather understands how every organization is different and enjoys taking the time to learn about the operations of each business she interacts with at Venbridge.

Heather holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario. In her free time, Heather can be found on the tennis court or planning golf trips all over the world.

B.S. Mathematics, M.B.A., CMA, CPA, ICD.D
David Gens

David Gens

ADVISOR

David is the founder, President and CEO of Merchant Advance Capital. David has placed thousands of loans and helped small companies. David is also the Executive Chairman of progressa.com. Previously, David was a partner with GBA Equity Partners, a Vancouver-based small to mid-market private equity firm.

He is a UBC business grad and loves playing music. In 2014, David was named in Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40, and in 2015 he was named in BCBusiness Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30. In 2016, David was a finalist in the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the fintech category.

B.Comm. Leslie Wong Fellow

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