Our story

To truly help startups, accelerators must evolve to serve the needs of the founders we back and the startup ecosystems we operate in. In 2014, we identified a need for quality pre-seed investors who could be the first cheque in on fair terms, who could build a pan-Canadian network of ambitious founders, and who could be a bridge to follow-on investment, allowing companies to scale faster. We formed HIGHLINE.vc to be that investor.

Led by entrepreneurs, backed by successful investors, and built on the foundations of Extreme Startups and GrowLab, HIGHLINE.vc was formed to attract the best founders. We love writing the first cheque but our goal has always been to have impact beyond the bank account.
Our story


Today, HIGHLINE.vc has completed its initial investment mandate, and is no longer making investments. We are still accelerating our portfolio of active startups through customized programming and advisory services, support in raising follow-on capital, and corporate connectivity.

As the needs of the ecosystem have evolved, so have we.

Our team is now supporting and funding new startups through Highline BETA, a new venture creation firm. By combining startup operating models with our investor experience, we are helping enterprises launch market-leading new ventures.

To learn more about our Corporate Programs, New Venture Creation and Investment Funds, visit the Highline BETA website

Meet Our Team

  • Marcus Daniels, Founding Partner

    Marcus Daniels, Founding Partner

    Founding Partner Highline BETA, Co-Founder & CEO HIGHLINE.vc, Managing Director Extreme Startups

  • Lauren Robinson, Venture Partner

    Lauren Robinson, Venture Partner

    Chief Operating Officer Highline BETA, Executive Director Female Funders, Global Operations HIGHLINE.vc, Head of Operations Extreme Startups

Investment highlights

  • 64

    Investments collectively worth over $756M with a tracking portfolio performance 4.4x.

  • 10

    Meaningful exits (3x ) and already investor cash on cash distributions 1.1x of invested capital.

  • 70%

    Institutional follow-on rate and over 1000 jobs created over 5 years

Institutional Investors