our approach and philosophy

Invest with us, and invest in a market network dedicated to developing businesses into successful leaders. We think beyond the basics of venture capital, and invest in finance, entrepreneurship, and technology. By selecting the top-tier FinTech companies on a national and global scale, we can help form partnerships with financial institutions. With the support of a financial institution under your belt, attracting interest and securing additional financing from other sources becomes far more attainable for our portfolio companies.


Investment Thesis

Our belief is that the hockey stick curve for fintech has a sharper inflection point in fintech; however, the “handle” side of the stick is substantially longer given the slow rate of adoption of fintech technology by financial institutions. The best performing companies that are “crossing the valley of death”, have increased difficulty in landing on the other side as financial institutions prefer partnering with Series A funded companies; however, Series A funding generally only occurs after fintechs have partnered with financial institutions.

We’ve proven that by selecting the best fintech companies nationally and globally, who are most ready and best suited to partner with financial institutions, we can enable these partnerships to occur. This is because a partnership with a financial institution, requires identifying the right partner, reaching the corresponding deal requirements, and engaging the proper support network. In reaching one deal, other financial institution partnerships become substantially easier, and options for financing become unlocked.

Our fund & platform

Our fund

For investors, our fund represents enormous value, including:


Holt’s platform has proven it can scout and support early stage startups; however, it lacks capital to further invest in the most promising teams. The Holt Canada Fund will invest in the best startups coming out of the platform. To mitigate potential conflict of interest between the accelerator and fund, the fund will find credible 3rd party lead investors, and invest alongside those terms.

+4K leads


Leveraging our Advisor base and the family to continuously
engage 4K international leads.

+50K leads/$30M Deals

Portfolio Scale & Exits

Deals with customers, investors, and advisors, carrying breakout teams through multiple finance founds.

+10K Fintechs

Marketing & Origination

Track & rank all global fintech startups, then segment & target best, yielding > 2,500 applicants to the Holt Fund I to date.

Our achievements

+2.5K applications :

Hundreds and hundreds of early-stage startups have sought our expertise.

39 companies:

A vast cohort from across the world delivering a broad range of solutions.

5 years:

We are Canada’s most active seed fintech investor — and we’re just getting started.


If you would like to know more about joining as a venture partner, we would be pleased to have a discussion. 

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