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Our Approach

Giving you an edge in the innovation economy

We recognize that companies in the innovation economy have unique financing requirements during their growth cycle. Our specialized team leverages their industry knowledge and extensive deal experience to offer tailored growth and working capital solutions to further accelerate the strategic plans of high growth tech and life science companies across North America, United Kingdom and select European countries.

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IB - Team - Our Approach Industry

Our focus is industry agnostic


  • Enterprise & B2B software
  • SMB software
  • Infrastructure software
  • Disruptive technology
  • Clean technology

Life sciences

  • Medical devices
  • Life science tools
  • Diagnostics
  • Biotech/Pharma
  • Healthcare IT
  • Healthcare services

IB - Team - Our Approach Growth Stage

We lend at every stage of growth

Startup stage

  • Hyper revenue growth
  • Strong gross margins
  • EBITDA negative

Focused on:

  • Product development
  • Demonstrating market fit
  • Initial customer acquisition
  • Implementing a sales strategy

Growth stage

  • Continued revenue momentum
  • Strong gross margins
  • EBITDA negative or positive

Focused on:

  • Scaling the business
  • Increased sales and marketing
  • Growing the employee base
  • Ongoing investment in research and development
  • Emphasis on new customers acquisitions

Late stage

  • Sustainable revenue growth
  • EBITDA positive
  • Established customer relationships
  • Recognizable products and services

Focused on:

  • Deepening market penetration
  • Entering new markets
  • Evaluation of organic and inorganic growth strategies
  • Ongoing product development and evaluation of new verticals

IB - Team - Our Approach Investment Profile

We pursue excellence

Strong Growth
Meaningful Revenue
Healthy Unit Economics
Cash Flow Negative or Positive
Proprietary Technology or Product

IB - Team - Our Approach Fund Banking

Fund Banking

CIBC Innovation Banking supports all sizes of venture capital and growth equity firms.

As an investor, we understand your priority is deal origination and enhancing your internal rate of return. Your fund and firm's finances require security, predictability and flexibility.

Our team offers capital call lines, subscription lines, management working capital lines and partner loans in addition to CIBC’s cash management capabilities.