Startup businesses

Behind every large business, there’s a story about people like you—entrepreneurs who seized an opportunity to start something new.

Startup businesses

Behind every large business, there’s a story about people like you—entrepreneurs who seized an opportunity to start something new.

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Starting up a business and looking for financing solutions?

You had a great idea, invested long hours in it, and now you’re starting to reap the rewards of all your hard work. At Desjardins Capital, we want you to have the resources you need to move on to the next level, so your startup can become one of Quebec’s leading businesses.

Venture capital: A new phase of growth

Partnering with us ensures that your startup has the resources it needs to spur growth and improve your odds of success. Our goal is to see your business thrive here at home—and maybe one day take that success international!

When we invest venture capital in a startup as equity, we back it up with a personalized strategic approach to help you plan your next moves.

Take advantage of financing solutions tailored to your needs that evolve as your business grows, backed by advice from experts with extensive business networks.

What's the business profile Desjardins Capital is looking for?

Desjardins Capital is looking to support the next generation of entrepreneurs leading businesses that are:

  • Enterprising and visionary, with technological or industrial innovation as a core component of their business strategy

  • Promising, poised to become an industry leader because they own intellectual property related to innovative products or services

  • Up-and-coming, in a market of substantial size or with clear growth potential

  • Organized and led by a competent, driven, fully invested team


Starting an innovative business

Note: The information in brackets describes the visual and audio content of the video that is not dialogue or narration.

[Background music: Classical music.]
[A smiling young woman bathes in a turquoise pond. The radiant sun shines on a white sand beach surrounded by a lush forest.]
[Background music: Upbeat instrumental music.]
Narrator: This is it. You finally get to experience your dream vacation. How did you get there? It all started with Mylo, the app that helps you save money by investing your change.
[A cell phone slides into view on a wood table. The screen displays the Mylo logo.]
Narrator: That means Mylo helped you save money every time you bought a coffee.
[A server smiles as she holds out a coffee. A hand extends and takes it.]
[Text on screen: Café au lait, $3.25.]
[$0.75 is added to the cost of the coffee, bringing the total to $4.00. The percentage progress to target is displayed at the top of the screen, rising from 11% to 12%.]
Narrator: Or treats for Mika for being a very good boy…
[A golden retriever chews a treat while lying on the grass.]
[Text on screen: Dog treats, $12.34.]
[$0.66 is added to the cost of the treats, bringing the total to $13.00. The progress to target rises from 79% to 80%.]
Narrator: Oh yeah, who's a good boy? Who's...
[The dog pulls back slightly.]
Narrator: Sorry.
[Aerial footage of Montreal's Old Port with its large Ferris wheel and circus big top.]
[Text on screen: Innovation designed to put money aside.]
[A young man stands in front of a bright window in a brick wall. He smiles as he rolls up his sleeves.]
Philip Barrar: Philip Barrar, CEO and co-founder of Mylo, Montreal.
[Philip is interviewed in Mylo's Montreal offices, a vast, open-concept space with large windows.]
Philip Barrar: I definitely have my dad to thank for my entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up, he worked in patent commercialization for NASA and always embraced innovation and entrepreneurship in the household. So, when I saw the chance to build something with Mylo, I wanted to make it into something special.
[Philip walks through the office, pausing to speak with various colleagues.]
Philip Barrar: We're not just building a profitable and sustainable business—we're also making a positive contribution to society. We only received an investment from Desjardins Capital recently. So, we're at the beginning of our relationship, but it's already been fantastic.
[An employee navigates the application on a cell phone.]
Philip Barrar: We've been working with Roland and the management team. He provides mentorship and guidance on how to build the company. We've learned a lot. I think that will help us build a solid base and become one of the financial leaders in the financial services space.
[Philip speaks to his team during a meeting. An employee examines graphics displayed on four monitors.]
Philip Barrar: There are many things that motivate me every day, but I'm very proud to say that our product's already making a difference. Just yesterday, a fourth-grade teacher actually used Mylo as an example in their class to help teach the notion of rounding up.
[A padlock appears in the centre of the Mylo logo displayed on a cell phone screen.]
[Text on screen: Bank security. 256-BIT encryption. Secure SSL connections.]
[The application changes to a screen with the header "Dream Vacation". A circular diagram indicates the target percentage reached, while orange circles appear on the right displaying dollar amounts ranging from $5 to $20, as well as options for "other" and "X". The diagram rises from 96% to 100%.]
Philip Barrar: It's great to see that Mylo is already making an impact, and our users are telling us that for the first time in their lives, they're actually saving money and feel like they'll finally be able to achieve their financial goals.
[Philip and a woman stand and talk with two men seated in front of their computers.]
Philip Barrar: Being a successful entrepreneur is all about perseverance. Finding the right investor is hard work, and it's really rewarding when you find the right one, like we did with Desjardins Capital.
[In his office, Philip draws a graphic on a glass wall.]
Philip Barrar: The best advice I can give a young entrepreneur is to never give up. Never give up. Continue to work towards achieving your dreams.

[Image on screen: Desjardins Capital logo]

 “To succeed in business, the number one thing is to stick with it. Finding the right investor is a lot of work, but when you do—as we did with Desjardins Capital—it’s worth it.” - Philip Barrar, President, Mylo


What is equity financing?

We provide venture capital to early-stage businesses through equity investments, which provides greater flexibility for newly formed businesses.

By becoming a shareholder, Desjardins Capital also becomes your financial partner, but you continue to manage your business yourself.

How does Desjardins Capital help businesses succeed?

We share your ambitions: Like you, we want you to meet your business goals. Your investment manager will ask you to take a step back so together you can weigh your options and explore strategies to accelerate your growth. You'll also gain access to our broad network of experts, directors, and partner businesses.

Think venture capital financing is right for you?

Venture capital provides startup businesses with the funds they need to get up and running. It's an outstanding springboard for a successful launch and rapid growth. This financing method also offers entrepreneurs a lot of flexibility and leeway. 

Patient capital

The venture financing offered by Desjardins Capital is called “patient” because short-term returns are not our primary objective. We see it as a medium- or long-term financing solution, which allows you to move at your own pace. Knowing we’re with you for the long haul will help you relax and focus on bringing your entrepreneurial vision to life. 

Why work with Desjardins Capital?

Our approach to financing works to your advantage because we're committed to your success. As investors, we're:

We understand the ups and downs your business faces and favour a long-term vision
We are committed to fostering innovation in tomorrow’s top businesses
We offer tailored financing solutions across Quebec
We tap into an extensive network of experts who offer sound guidance

Starting up a business and need financing?
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