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CrowdRiff, Global leader in visual user-generated-content (UGC) marketing attracts investment from Gibraltar Ventures, BDC, High Alpha and Foundation

March 23, 2016

TORONTO,  March 16, 2015 – CrowdRiff today announced $2 million (USD) in Series Seed funding and 400% growth in customers in 2015, making it the number one visual and social marketing solution for destination and travel brands.

The investment from Gibraltar Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, High Alpha Capital and Foundation Capital will be used to drive product innovation, accelerate hiring in sales and marketing and build out the company’s visual influence platform.

“We are excited to partner with Dan and the CrowdRiff team as they embark on empowering brand marketers to obtain greater engagement through access to authentic visual imagery”, cited Cam di Prata, Founder and Managing Partner of Gibraltar Ventures and a CrowdRiff director.

“We are impressed with CrowdRiff’s growth, robust technology platform and bold vision for transforming how organizations leverage social photos to power their websites, blogs and other marketing channels,” said Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha Capital, and former Co-Founder & CEO of ExactTarget. “We are delighted to be investing in Dan and the CrowdRiff team.”

“Using photos and videos to promote your brand has completely changed in the last few years with customers demanding authenticity, variety and immediacy — and that’s what CrowdRiff delivers,” says CrowdRiff Co-founder and CEO Dan Holowack.

Customers like Colorado Tourism, Travel Portland and Explore British Columbia use CrowdRiff to power their websites, blogs and advertising with authentic, emotionally-engaging photos. Dave Fluegge, director of social and emerging media at Colorado Tourism, has been amazed with the results saying, “CrowdRiff gives us a level of engagement with potential visitors that we’ve never seen with another tool.”

About CrowdRiff

CrowdRiff is the leading visual and social marketing solution for destination and travel brands. They make it easy for our customers to have the best photos and videos and use them to create compelling experiences across their digital channels, easily and intuitively. CrowdRiff customers include Colorado Tourism, Travel Portland, Explore British Columbia, Azamara Cruises, Shedd Aquarium, Pebble Beach Resorts and the Royal Ontario Museum. Visit for more information.

About Gibraltar Ventures

Gibraltar Ventures invests in early-stage technology-enabled, consumer-facing companies with established product-market fit. Its business purpose is to make portfolio companies stronger and more competitive by accelerating their revenue growth. We achieve this by providing portfolio companies with strategic, sales and business development expertise, access to a network of senior corporate decision-makers and access to growth capital. We do so in partnership with entrepreneurs and our chosen investor partners.

CRG Kicks Off 2016 with ABVEN, Globalive, EI

February 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES, February 17, 2016 — Civic Resource Group (CRG), a data, mobile and Augmented Reality pioneer in the burgeoning Smart City market, has secured financial support and backing from a group of international investors led by Atlantic Bridge (ABVEN) out of Silicon Valley, London, and Dublin, and Globalive Capital out of Toronto, it was announced by Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of CRG. The group also includes Enterprise Ireland, the startup funding and support agency of the Irish government; Gibraltar & Company; Relay Ventures; Front Street Capital; Extreme Venture Partners; and a number of prominent individual investors. In addition to raising approximately $3.5M, CRG completed the acquisition of two startups—i3t out of Dublin, Ireland, and GXMG out of Toronto, Canada—which together provide key intellectual property and talent in the mobile, big data and Augmented Reality arenas.

Kevin Dillon, Founder and General Partner at Atlantic Bridge, noted, “I’ve been investing in big data, mobile and Augmented Reality personally and with ABVEN for more than a decade now. CRG presented a unique position and strategy for mobile and Augmented Reality in a market—Smart City/smart government—that has been previously untapped and is now clearly one of the big global growth opportunities over the next couple of years.”

Anthony Lacavera, Founder and Chairman of Globalive Capital, added, “I like to think big. CRG’s leadership and deep industry experience, coupled with its unified CivicConnect™ data and CivicAR™ mobile Augmented Reality platform present a big opportunity in the massive global Smart City market. I am excited to jump in with CRG and make this happen.”

Mr. Curtin, CEO of CRG and who also sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Government, observed, “Analysts are predicting that 2016 will be the breakout year for the $1.3Trillion Smart City market across the globe, as well as for Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things. We are already seeing this, and have positioned CRG and our products for this next generation of Smart Cities, including delivering data, mobile and Augmented Reality as a service through our CivicConnect™ platform. This really represents the “smart” future for the entire sector, and will have a profound impact on citizen engagement, public service delivery, tourism and economic development, transportation, urban planning, public health and education, environment and sustainability, and so on. With Atlantic Bridge and Globalive on our team now, we’re looking forward to really ramping up and leading the market in the coming year.”

Kevin Sherry, Director of Global Business Development at Enterprise Ireland said, “Enterprise Ireland is pleased to be an investor in CRG in supporting the company to bring its products for the next generation of Smart Cities to international markets. We also welcome the establishment of the company’s European development activities in Ireland.”

Mr. Dillon of ABVEN and Mr. Lacavera of Globalive Capital will both join the Board of CRG.

Mr. Dillon has been recognized as one of the leading investors in computer visioning and Augmented Reality (AR). Most recently with ABVEN he was the lead investor in Metaio, the leading Augmented Reality technology company which exited in 2015, and is currently investing its Atlantic Bridge III Fund.

Mr. Lacavera, a successful entrepreneur, most recently served as Chairman of Wind Mobile in Canada, a company he founded and sold in December 2015 to Shaw Communications for $1.2 Billion. Globalive Capital has successfully invested in a diversified portfolio of companies including in the telecom and software sectors, and recently focused on the Augmented Reality market with investments in a number of startup firms.

About Civic Resource Group: 

Civic Resource Group (CRG) is a leading innovator in the Smart City market. The Company pioneered CivicConnect™, its first-of-a-kind unified data/mobile/augmented reality platform for smart cities, smart government, and smart citizens. The Company most recently introduced CivicAR™, a unique mobile Augmented Reality (AR) solution for the public sector. CRG has been “Fulfilling the Promise of Technology™” for the broad public sector, helping to harness digital advances to connect with constituents and deliver better and more efficient services. The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and Dublin, Ireland. In 2015 CRG was named to the list of Top 20 Government Technology Providers and Top 20 Public Sector Solution Providers along with being spotlighted as “Public Sector Augmented Reality Leader” by Wall Street Forensics. CRG is a new breed of Company blending the best of technology, design and communications in the digital age to support Smart Cities, Smart Government, and Smart Citizens.

Gibraltar Announces Investment In Augmented Reality Venture, Globalive XMG

July 13, 2015

TORONTO,  July 13, 2015 – Gibraltar Ventures Fund One Limited Partnership (“Gibraltar”) announced today that it closed an investment in Globalive XMG Inc., (“GXMG”), a developer of software related augmented reality applications for select enterprise and consumer-facing verticals. Along with Globalive Communications, Gibraltar was a co-lead investor in GXMG $2.2 million seed financing round.

“We are delighted to deepen our relationship with Tony Lacavera and Ray Sharma and their extremely talented development team,” cited Cam di Prata, Managing Partner of Gibraltar and a director of GXMG. “GXMG is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the explosive growth in mobile driven augmented reality, and to offer new, valuable software solutions powered by this disruptive technology.”  “Gibraltar’s deep network and its focus on revenue acceleration and business development is a major differentiation point for us when considering our investor base, and we look forward to working together with Cam and his team as we expand into exciting new AR verticals” noted Anthony Lacavera, Co-founder of GXMG.

About GXMG
GXMG is a joint venture between Globalive and XMG Studios. The venture develops cutting edge augmented reality solutions targeted at consumer and commercial markets.

About Gibraltar
Gibraltar’s vision is to proactively contribute to the emergence of the next cohort of great Canadian technology companies. Our business purpose is to make early to mid-stage portfolio companies stronger and more competitive by accelerating their speed-to-market. We provide portfolio companies with strategic and business development expertise, access to our network of senior corporate decision-makers, and expansion capital.


Toronto-Based Pressly Raises $2.1M from Gibraltar Ventures, iNovia and OMERS

March 4, 2015

TORONTO, March 4, 2015 – Gibraltar Ventures Fund One Limited Partnership (“Gibraltar”) announced its investment today in Pressly, Inc. (“Pressly”), a Toronto-based content marketing company, which closed on a $2.1 million financing. The round, which was led by Gibraltar, included participation from existing Pressly investors, iNovia Capital and OMERS Ventures.

With small to medium-sized businesses and large enterprise customers such as Conde Nast, Intel, Deloitte, Docusign and Peroni as clients, Pressly’s turn-key software platform provides marketers with easy-to-manage content aggregation and curation capabilities, seamless integration with marketing automation platforms, and relevant analytics, all within the confines of a visually appealing, one-stop content hub.

“We are enthused with the success of this financing. This will enable us to fully capitalize on providing brands with high performance content management tools that forge tailored and deeper customer relationships,” said Jeff Brenner, co-founder and CEO of Pressly. “We are especially delighted to welcome Gibraltar and their deep network of relationships and expertise as we leverage this growing trend across the enterprise segment. ”

“The Pressly platform was designed with the job of the marketer top of mind.  It empowers brands to efficiently handpick the content their customers are looking for, maximize audience engagement, and convert visitors to buyers more reliably. Pressly is well positioned to be a leader in content marketing. We look forward to deploying our resources and to working with our partners at iNovia and OMERS Ventures for the benefit of the company as it enters this next exciting growth phase,” said Jason Zan of Gibraltar.

About Pressly
Pressly provides an enterprise-trusted platform that lets you surface content around any topic. The Pressly platform makes it easy to establish thought leadership and measure ROI by collecting and sharing the best content around any topic into a beautiful, targeted hub – that can be shared everywhere – web, email and social.  Co-founded in 2011 by Jeff Brenner and Peter Kieltyka, the firm has grown to support hundreds of customers across North America, ranging from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. For more on Pressly visit: .

About Gibraltar
Gibraltar’s vision is to proactively contribute to the emergence of the next cohort of great Canadian technology companies. Our business purpose is to make early to mid-stage portfolio companies stronger and more competitive by accelerating their speed-to-market. We provide portfolio companies with strategic and business development expertise, access to our network of senior corporate decision-makers, and expansion capital.

Gibraltar Announces Launch and Strategic First Close of Gibraltar Ventures Fund One Limited Partnership

August 11, 2014

 TORONTO, Canada – August 11, 2014 – Gibraltar & Company, Inc. (“Gibraltar”), a Toronto-based technology investment management firm, announced the launch and first close of Gibraltar Ventures Fund One Limited Partnership (the “Fund”).  Investment in this strategic founders’ round will capitalize the Fund and strengthen Gibraltar’s relationships with key strategic partners, including BDC Capital, Corus Entertainment and several successful technology and media entrepreneurs from across Canada.

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