about us

Who We Are

The importance of who you select as your funding partners is one of many critical decisions a founder will make. We know it is entrepreneurial ambition that drives value, not venture capitalists, which is why we appreciate the importance of funder and founder alignment. Our investment is a partnership; we work alongside you to extend your team’s capacity by adding tangible value where we can. Sometimes that’s getting in the trenches and other times it’s having the humility to step back.

“The Rhino team is so much more than Thinkific’s investors. They are our most trusted advisors with whom we share the good, bad, and ugly with and, in return, provide their unwavering support. We initially went looking for money and instead found friends, advisors, and business partners. We were very fortunate to have met Rhino when we did; they’ve been an integral part of our business success in a myriad of ways.”

Greg Smith, Thinkific CEO & Co-Founder

Thinkific's Treasure Adventure, Growth Round Celebration 2020
Project Classified - Aspect Biosystems Initiation

How We Invest

We don’t waste founders' time. We believe being founder friendly means acting with conviction. In or out, we’ll tell you. We run a strict four week investment process with stage gates at the end of each week.

revenue generating

Near term or in revenue businesses that have low burn rates and are focused on building a solid cash-flow business

Staying Power

We look for companies that have a durable competitive advantage - we shy away from the proverbial “land grab” as the only source of differentiation

FOUNDER FIRST

We look for “storm chasers” who can solve hard problems with the least amount of work

Businesses we understand

We invest in companies where we can add tangible value; identifying logical partners, talent acquisition, scaling/growth pain points

What We Do

stage

Pre-Seed through A

cheque size

$500k - $5M

geo

Canada

sector

Agnostic

board

Preferred, but
not mandatory

lead

We lead the majority
of our rounds

Camp Rhino - Annual Founders Event

Fund Performance

We release our fund performance to help founders determine if we are the best partner for their company.  Our job begins, not ends, when we make an investment and we believe that if our funds aren’t performing, we aren’t doing our job supporting founders.

You can read more about why we release our fund performance here.

“Being part of the Rhino crash has been a massive boon for FISPAN. Entrepreneurial experience, hands on support, and timely introductions have been instrumental in fueling our rapid growth.  This in addition to being genuinely strange people.”

Lisa Shields, FISPAN CEO & Co-Founder

Grow & Rhino Team

Support As You Scale

From recruiting to vendor recommendations to scheduling meetings on a moment’s notice, the network effects of having a local investor on your side is an intangible advantage.

Community Initiatives

  • Executive Meetups
  • Partnership Centre
  • Talent Pool
  • CEO Summit
  • Resource Database
  • Annual Founders Event
  • Community-wide Slack Group

I’m gearing up to raise my next round. Who should be on my list and how should I think about what to look for in a partner?

Who can I talk to about the benefits and challenges of building a world class business in Canada?

I’m struggling to attract and retain top talent, can you connect me with someone who has built a repeatable hiring process?

Where can I get advice on how to implement a new pricing strategy?

What's the best strategy to getting press coverage for our recent fundraise?

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