Early-stage seed capital for high-potential tech startups

The RFI seed fund selectively invests in early-stage enterprise software startups that participate in our accelerator program. Since 2014, RFI has worked with over 70 companies and invested in over 20 deals. The portfolio companies have raised more than $400MM in follow-on capital.

Investors

FAQ

Q: When do you typically invest?

A: As part of the Ryerson Futures accelerator programs, we typically invest in the first round of financing, after a period of working due diligence where we focus on customer acquisition and market validation.

 

Q: How much do you invest?

A: We typically invest up to $100K. This is based on a number of factors, such as your team, technology and solutions, and market.

Portfolio

Ada

Reduce customer support tickets by 30% with a bot that provides instant answers to your customers’ common questions.

Borrowell

A safe way for Canadians to get three-to-five-year fixed-rate loans at low interest rates.

BuyProperly

BuyProperly is an online marketplace for fractional real estate property investments.

Chatter Research

Real-time customer feedback, helping companies be more customer-responsive, drive operational excellence, and increase revenue.

Every

Every is a banking alternative for micro-businesses. / Acquired by Wave.com.

Figure 1

A photo-sharing app that lets healthcare professionals share, view, and discuss medical cases.

Flipd

The digital wellness company that’s engineering healthy screen habits for the next generation.

Flybits

Deliver highly-personalized experiences to the right customers, in the right place, at the right time.

Level Jump

Maximizes sales productivity by delivering peer-to-peer learning via video, within Salesforce.

Mio

Enterprise bots that work everywhere. Reach more users by deploying your enterprise bot to Slack, HipChat, and Skype.

Repable

Delivers real-time analytics and insight for broadcasters, players, and brands in the e-gaming space.

Sampler

Works with brands to send product samples online with custom targeting, tracking, and real-time analytics.

Sensibill

Helping consumers eliminate the need to collect paper receipts by digitizing them from any source and format.

SensorSuite

A cloud-based assistant that brings building automation to small and medium-sized property managers.

Shoelace

Helping small businesses recapture website visitors through retargeted advertising.

Soapbox

A service for enterprises that lets them collect, manage, and act on employee ideas to solve big challenges faster.

Swift Medical

Lets doctors and nurses measure and document a patient’s chronic wounds using a smartphone.

Veerum

By matching digital technologies with capital project delivery, we help clients build a better world.

Zensurance

A Toronto-based insurance tech company focused on a simple and powerful experience for clients.

RFI saw the potential in us when we were little more than a founding team. We're grateful to Sean, Matt, and Alan for their mentorship and advice during the critical and early days of our startup. Their network has help us meet investors and partners in the Toronto tech community and beyond!

– Reza Khadjari | Co-founder/CEO, Shoelace

We were at the point where we were figuring out exactly what we needed to do to scale the business quickly. During our stay, we grew the team from 2 to 13, raised $1-million and grew our client base to 75 clients.

– Marie Chevrier | Founder/CEO, Sampler

We were able able to gain knowledge of what industry standards are, the benchmarks to measure growth, how we were doing and how we would overcome obstacles when we met them.

– Josh Landy | Co-Founder/CMO, Figure 1