Today in funding ($5M): Vanbex, ProntoForms

This week, startups across Canada got a boost with rounds of funding. Here’s the latest on who raised how much, and from whom.

Vanbex raises $500,000 seed round to develop blockchain-based platform

Vancouver-based Vanbex, which specializes in blockchain-based products and professional services, has just raised a $500,000 seed round of funding.

Vanbex’s seed round comes from Boris Mann and Adrian Jonklaas, co-founders of Vancouver-based Frontier Foundry, with participation from other investors.

“We’re excited to see Vanbex take this investment and move forward with their professional blockchain consulting services, as well as grow their in-house products,” said Mann. “Both Adrian and I are looking forward to supporting more of the blockchain community here in Vancouver.”

Vanbex plans to use the funding to accelerate the development of its Etherparty platform, which will allow users with little knowledge of smart contract programming to create an enforceable, self-executing digital agreement for all types of transactions. The company said Etherparty is meant to make executing an Ethereum smart contract “simple and easy.”

“We’re delighted with the level of support from investors,” said Kevin Hobbs, CEO at Vanbex. “We’re also very fortunate to have such high-level advisors and new hires joining Vanbex to help drive us forward toward the next stage in our growth.”

In addition to the funding, Vanbex announced that Derek Spratt, a 34-year veteran of the telecommunications sector, is joining the company as executive chairman; Steven Lee, a former finance and operations director at Slack, is joining as the company’s CFO; and Brian Onn will join as the Vanbex’s senior blockchain developer.

ProntoForms raises $4.5 million for automated workflow management platform

Ottawa-based ProntoForms, which provides an automated workflow management platform, announced that it has raised $4.5 million from Beacon Securities Limited and PI Financial Corp.

ProntoForms’ platform allows users to collect and analyze field data with smartphones and tablet. Its mobile forms app provides users several features including the ability embed their business data to provide field teams with real-time access to office data, and the ability to collect authorizations through signature capture using the touch screen to make asset management workflows more efficient.

ProntoForms said it raised the funding from a private placement sale of 11.9 million units at 11,900,000 at $0.38 per unit. The deal is expected to close on or around June 21 and is subject to certain conditions

ProntoForms plans to use the funding for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.