Canoe Intelligence completes Series A funding
Canoe Intelligence, a financial technology focused on automating alternative investment operations for institutional investors, allocators and asset servicing firms, has completed a Series A round of financing led by Nasdaq Ventures, Hamilton Lane, Portage Partners, Promus Capital, and other alternative investment leaders.
With this additional funding, Canoe says it will accelerate product development of its platform that aims to bring 'ease and efficiency' to the management of data used for alternative investment analysis and reporting.
Since Canoe’s commercial launch in 2018, the company has established relationships with some of the world’s most sophisticated investors, service providers, family offices, and allocators, including StepStone Group, Lexington Partners, Canterbury Consulting and Truvvo Partners. With the ability to rapidly convert volumes of unstructured alternative investment reporting documents, including PDFs, into normalised and accessible datasets, and track and organise the associated documents, Canoe’s technology has enabled these companies to maximise the value of their data and focus more on investment decision-making, client service and other value-add functions.
“Our team has first-hand experience investing in alternatives and understands the nightmare of collecting and processing the endless recurring documents investors need to monitor, analyse and track their allocations,” says Seth Brotman, CEO of Canoe Intelligence. “Canoe Intelligence solves this pervasive industry problem head-on by blending our team’s unique expertise with targeted, purpose-built technology.”
The Canoe platform is powered by machine learning that enriches alternative investment data based on the insight it aggregates over time. Its powerful data management engine ingests, extracts and normalises data for ancillary systems such as reporting, analysis and accounting – and remains a constant should any of those downstream systems change.
“The significant growth of alternative investments has often not been accompanied by the required technology and infrastructure to scale,” says Gary Offner, Head of Nasdaq Ventures. “Canoe has made important strides in addressing key data challenges in this space through technological advances. Through our continual quest at Nasdaq to support unique and innovative technology companies, we are pleased to participate in Canoe’s financing and support the company’s continued growth.”
“We believe that the greatest change in the private markets industry over the next decade will be how technology and the use of data transform the way LPs and GPs construct portfolios and invest in the asset class. It is against that backdrop that we seek to partner with cutting-edge companies like Canoe that are leveraging technology to advance our industry,” says Hamilton Lane’s Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Initiatives, Erik Hirsch. “As a strategic investor and partner, Hamilton Lane can provide guidance and insight with the aim of helping Canoe continue to unlock new efficiencies for more market participants.”
“Data collection for liquid investments has already been automated by firms like Plaid,” says
Randall Winn, Canoe board member, Managing Partner of 22C Capital and former co-founder and CEO of Capital IQ. “As alternative investing continues to grow, Canoe is leading the race to build the corresponding technology and data infrastructure for the private markets.”
Canoe was founded in 2013 within Portage Partners to streamline its operations and was spun out in late 2017 with funding from a select group of investors, clients and advisors, including Winn.