Oakville, Ontario-based Novamera, a technology company focused on sustainable mining, has secured C$5 million in a Series A financing. BDC Capital’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund led the round, with follow-on participation from Chrysalix Venture Capital through its Chrysalix RoboValley Fund. BDC Capital partner Guillaume Mercier will join the board.
Novamera Closes $5 Million Series A Financing to Advance Its Precision Mining Solution – Sustainable Mining by Drilling
July 27, 2021
OAKVILLE, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Novamera Inc. (“Novamera” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the Company has closed its $5 million Series A financing round (the “Financing”). BDC Capital’s Industrial Innovation Venture Fund was the lead investor and Chrysalix Venture Capital also participated with a follow-on investment through the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund. In addition, management and other private investors participated.
The Financing will primarily fund Novamera’s full field trial of the Sustainable Mining by Drilling (“SMD”) solution. The field trial, which is taking place at Anaconda Mining’s project site in Newfoundland, has commenced and will be ongoing until the end of November. The Company is carrying out a proof of concept, testing the entire SMD system and process.
Dustin Angelo, President and CEO of Novamera, stated, “On behalf of the board and management team, we are extremely pleased to have reached this milestone enabling us to deliver transformational change to the mining industry. We look forward to working with our new partners at BDC Capital and appreciate the continued support from Chrysalix. The Financing along with the non-repayable funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada will help us develop the first generation SMD system and position the company to be the global leader in precision mining. The mining industry faces many challenges that require more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions and SMD will be an economically viable option to extract narrow vein deposits with minimal waste and disturbance.”
Novamera welcomes two new members to the board of directors of the Company – Marni Rabasso and Guillaume Mercier. Ms. Rabasso is a seasoned, high-growth software executive focussed on technology commercialization and providing digital transformations to help industry capture efficiencies and have a smaller footprint on the earth. Mr. Mercier is a Partner, Industrial Innovation Venture Fund for BDC Capital. Through his consulting and entrepreneurial experience, he brings meaningful operational and strategic expertise that will benefit Novamera.
Jonathan Fitzgerald has resigned from the board and the Company thanks him for his service since the inception of the Company.
About Novamera Inc.
A venture capital backed company, Novamera is developing “keyhole surgery” for mining, an innovative clean technology and process that will be able to mine the numerous small-scale narrow vein mineral deposits found worldwide more safely, economically, and sustainably using unique downhole sensors, machine learning algorithms and industry proven drilling technology.
About BDC Capital
BDC Capital is the investment arm of BDC, the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs. With over $3 billion under management, BDC Capital serves as a strategic partner to the country’s most innovative firms. It offers businesses a full spectrum of capital, from seed investments to growth equity, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs who have the ambition to stand out on the world stage. Visit bdc.ca/capital.
About Chrysalix Venture Capital
Chrysalix is a technology focused venture capital firm that builds, mentors, and connects high growth companies. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2001, and with offices also in Delft, Netherlands, Chrysalix has built its reputation on bringing disruptive innovation to the world’s largest industries by focusing on where technology meets physical science. The firm’s investments include breakthrough technologies like smart mining, 3D printing of steel, fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure, battery intelligence, CO2 capture, wastewater management, and fusion energy. Chrysalix has one of the strongest investment teams in the industry with deep energy, industrial technology and entrepreneurial expertise, and is backed by more than 20 international blue-chip industrial and financial investors. For more information visit: www.chrysalix.com