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Fundingportal is a funding services and solutions provider that helps organizations get funded. Its unique Fundingportal GMS (Grants Management System) Software as a Service (SaaS) solution powers its own platforms—Fundingportal Canada, US and UK—and is offered as cloud-based solutions to applicants, funders, and advisors. Founded in 2011, it has served more than one million users on its platform and has licensed its solutions to dozens of licensees, including business incentives advisory firms, economic development agencies, industry associations, and accelerators.

Management Team


Teri Kirk, President
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Scott Kaplanis, Investment
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Karen Fournier, Operations
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Alexandria Shannon, Partnerships
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Teri Kirk, President
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Teri Kirk, President

Teri has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive, and entrepreneur. As Vice President, Business Development, Bell Canada, she led important national e-commerce initiatives with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Industry and community roles have included Director, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada, and Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Public Policy, Queen’s University. She has delivered a popular TEDx Talk on Financing innovation and appeared often on BNN. Teri holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a master’s degree from Queen's University focusing on digital transformation. She has been named a Top Entrepreneur and Innovator of the Year by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.

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Scott Kaplanis, Investment
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Scott Kaplanis, Investment

Scott has over 15 years of capital markets experience and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He has extensive experience with asset management, recruitment, resource planning, M&A assessment, and exit evaluation. He holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Karen Fournier, Operations
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Karen Fournier, Operations

Karen began her career as a parliamentary reporter and a weekly columnist for the Financial Post. She has worked with hundreds of advanced R&D companies and municipalities to get funded. She holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business and is a go-to expert on government incentives and how to get them.

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Alexandria Shannon, Partnerships
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Alexandria Shannon, Partnerships

Alexandria’s experience in multinational environments and professional roles within global corporations, facing strict regulations helped prepare her for her current role as a VP, Clients & Partnerships. In addition to working in an government relations climate, Alexandria spent a considerable time in Brussels, working with various organizations including the European Commission. Her specializations include politics, economic development, deriving data-driven insights, project and change management. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in Statistical Learning from Stanford University.

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Solutions and Services


Parth Patel, Technology
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Parth Rai Sharma, Solutions
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Agne Urbonaite, Data
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Business Grants Ontario


Adam Burnett, Sales
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International

Countries. Fundingportal operates in the following countries and languages:

Governance

Board. Fundingportal’s board is comprised of both investor representatives and leaders within government funding and capital markets communities, including:
  • Terry Smith, Slaight Communications Inc.
  • George Denier, KPMG
  • Michel Wylie, Societal Ventures
  • Debbie Weinstein, LW Law
  • Teri Kirk, Founder and CEO

Investors

Investment. Fundingportal is a Canadian private corporation, backed by experienced e-commerce investors, including:
  • KPMG
  • Slaight Communications Inc.
  • Lexenomics Inc.
  • KaplanisCo.
  • Partners in Primary Capital Inc.
  • Kirk Family Trust

For additional investor information, contact [email protected].

Investors Relations

2011

  • Founded Fundingportal to help companies source funding – like Expedia, but for funding!
  • Named Top Startup by Chamber of Commerce. More >
  • Raised first round of financing. More >

2012

  • Launched first SaaS solution, Fundsearch, an algorithmic search tool into 5,000 funding sources to finance innovation.

2013

  • Launched first Data as a Service (DaaS) solution for Globe & Mail (Fundingportal Top 500). More >

2014

  • Became a Registered Exempt Market Dealer. More >
  • Closed second round of financing with VCs and strategic investors. More >

2015

  • Launched Fundingportal US. More >
  • Launched Fundingportal GMS, an end-to-end SaaS Grants Management System.
  • Named a Deloitte Top 50 Company to Watch.

2016

  • Founder Teri Kirk delivers TEDx Talk on Financing Innovation: From Capital Markets to Crowdfunding. More >
  • Served 1M users on the Portal and 20 SaaS licensees.
  • Our Founder named Top Female Innovator and Entrepreneur by Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. More >

2017

  • Attracted first Government SaaS client - Nova Scotia Business Inc More >
  • Became a Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution.

2018

  • Closed Expansion Round
  • Layered on AI and launched our Grants Application Bot

Advisory

Fundingportal hosts a National Advisory Council that facilitates dialogue between government and industry on improvements to grants and tax incentives in Canada. Specific objectives include identifying tools and solutions to streamline application processes, reducing wait times associated with funding decisions and increasing the percentage of funding that is distributed to businesses. The National Advisory Council includes:

Dr. David A. Jaffray

Georgina Steinsky
Government

Dr. David A. Jaffray

Dr. David A. Jaffray
Health

Glenn O'Farrell

Glenn O'Farrell
Media

Leo Lax

Leo Lax
Venture Capital

Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea
Digital Media

Richard Rémillard

Richard Rémillard
Data