Growth businesses – Development capital
Whether your business is just starting up or already at full steam, you want to keep it growing. That's a challenge for every entrepreneur!
It’s not every day you see a small mining prospector become a mine operator by acquiring a major player. I guess we can be proud to say we’re an exception to the rule!
Looking for financing solutions for your growth business?
You're bursting with ideas. You know your business and industry better than anyone and, right now, you see opportunities on the horizon.
At Desjardins Capital, we know there's no one-size-fits-all financing solution. Ours are tailored to your needs and growth plans.
Financing solutions tailor-made for your business
Any business planning to boost growth has to be ready to mobilize resources and inject capital into the process. To reach your new goals quickly, you'll likely need funds from a source outside the business.
As a financial partner, we share your ambitions. When you succeed, so do we!
Our investment managers located across Quebec can offer you tailor-made financial and strategic advice. You get support at every stage of your growth.
What's the business profile Desjardins Capital is looking for?
Desjardins Capital is looking to support entrepreneurs at the helm of growing businesses:
- Structured and led by skilled, experienced, visionary, dynamic and financially committed management teams
- Profitable, with high-growth potential and a well-established marketing network
- Ambitious, yet realistic, with a well-defined business plan
- Unique, with products, services or processes that secure a competitive advantage in substantial, promising markets
Note: The information in brackets describes the visual and audio content of the video that is not dialogue or narration.
[A young man with short brown hair is interviewed.]
Xavier Godmaire: Laserax is the story of two students who decided to joined forces and start a business.
[Under a blue sky, a view of Old Quebec extends from the foot of Château Frontenac.]
[Text on screen: From startup to growth.]
Xavier Godmaire: Xavier Godmaire, President and co-founder of Laserax and proud entrepreneur from the Quebec City region.
[Xavier stands and smiles in front of a laser marking chamber.]
Xavier Godmaire: At its core, Laserax is the story of two young entrepreneurs, two students at Laval University specializing in photonics who decided to take the opportunity to work with a large manufacturer and start a business to fulfill a need.
[Xavier and his partner walk into an open-concept office and stop behind a man working on a desktop computer. Sitting at a table in a conference room, they examine a metal cylinder.]
Xavier Godmaire: Laserax is an industrial laser equipment supplier selling solutions for the laser marking and cleaning industry.
[A laser beam inscribes Laxerax's contact information, product information and a QR code onto a pallet of metal bars. A conveyor belt carries the freshly-inscribed product out of the inscription chamber, where it is picked up by a forklift.]
Xavier Godmaire: Our clients come from the aluminum or steel industries as well as the automotive parts sector.
[Xavier and his partner talk in front of a white board.]
Xavier Godmaire: I've always been very creative, with a lot of ideas, and I think that's why I became an entrepreneur – the opportunity to turn these ideas into reality and see them through.
[A 3D model of a laser machine rotates on a computer screen.]
Xavier Godmaire: Rapid growth is an issue for Laserax because it's a technology business, so it's been really important for me to challenge our ideas to make sure that when we develop products and invest capital we're doing it right!
[In the Laserax factory, a man wearing safety goggles and ear plugs examines wires on a laser machine.]
Xavier Godmaire: That's why we work with Roland, for example. We talk about everything every week, from finances to how to increase the company's value and generate growth, so we're really close partners in this venture.
[A man wearing safety goggles moves a large mechanical arm over a block of rusty metal and uses it to move a laser beam across the block to remove the rust.]
Xavier Godmaire: In the last year, we went from 15% to 70% on the international stage.
[On a white background, a red world map is shows thumb tacks concentrated mainly in Quebec, the United States and Western Europe.]
Xavier Godmaire: Now, we want to really focus on it and build a solid base in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and the Middle East to become a world leader in our industry.
[Xavier and his partner examine a piece of metal on a conference room table. Laserax employees work on computers.]
Xavier Godmaire: The pride I get from being a founder of Laserax is building something that's bigger than we are, something we know will become a flagship in Quebec that will create recognition for our know-how worldwide.
[A metal cylinder is placed on a tray which pivots into the inscription chamber. An employee enters a code on a control screen and the Laserax logo is laser engraved on the cylinder.]
Xavier Godmaire: To push your boundaries, you have to reach out and get the right people around you, and challenge your own ideas. When you have a partner of choice on your side, you really can go the distance!
[Image on screen: Desjardins Capital logo]
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"To push your boundaries, you have to reach out and get the right people around you, and challenge your own ideas. When you have a partner of choice on your side, you really can go the distance!" — Xavier Godmaire, CEO, Laserax
Why is growth capital financing worthwhile?
We support businesses seeking financing with growth capital that we invest as unsecured loans or equity investments.
It's called "patient" financing because it gives your plans time to mature, without the demands and pressure of strict repayment terms.
How can Desjardins Capital contribute to your success?
We share your ambition to grow your business and safeguard its future. Your investment manager at Desjardins Capital will support and guide you throughout this process and beyond.
Why is patient capital the right solution for you?
The growth capital that Desjardins Capital offers is called "patient" because our core focus goes beyond the short term. Our financing solution has a flexible horizon, so we can support you over the long haul according to your needs. Growth capital provides your business the funds you need to bring your value-added projects to life. And it's readily available financial leverage that's flexible enough to fit your specific situation.
Why work with Desjardins Capital?
Our approach to financing is to your advantage, because we're committed to your success. As investors, we're:
With a long-term outlook and the knowledge of the ups and downs that your business can face
With an in-depth knowledge of your business, goals and an unwavering commitment to supporting you
With financing solutions tailored to your situation and available throughout Quebec
With a vast network of specialists contributing to your business through expert advice