Alignvest’s team has extensive experience in founding and developing companies, investing with entrepreneurs, advising entrepreneur-led businesses, and inspiring and educating aspiring entrepreneurs.
Founded in 2011, Alignvest manages its own capital and that of third-party investors. With over $150 million of permanent capital, Alignvest has invested over $1.5 billion of institutional and ultra-high net worth client capital alongside its own in entrepreneur-led businesses with strong management teams, sustainable competitive advantages, resilience through economic cycles, and highly scalable business models.
Founded in 2018, Alignvest Student Housing is now Canada’s largest owner-operator of purpose-built student housing, providing over 5,200 beds in tier-1 Canadian university markets.
Alignvest founded Alignvest Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition corporation that raised over $250M and partnered with John Stanton, a telecommunications industry pioneer, to invest in Trilogy, a wireless communications services provider in New Zealand and Bolivia.
Alignvest founded Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation in 2017, a special purpose acquisition corporation that raised over $500M, which invested in Sagicor Financial Company, a leading Caribbean financial services provider with a transaction value exceeding $1 billion.
Founded in 2010, Alignvest contributed $21M as the initial external investor and over the years played an active role in the strategic direction of KGS-Alpha, a leading fixed income broker dealer that grew to over 225 employees and was later sold to Bank of Montreal for over $400M in 2018.
Co-founded by Reza Satchu and Sanjil Shah, StorageNow became Canada’s leading self-storage business with over 6,300 units before its sale to InStorage REIT for $110 million.
Lee Lau co-founded ATI Technologies, a graphics card manufacturer that grew into a global provider before its acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices for $5.4 billion.
Reza Satchu helped build SupplierMarket, an online procurement services company that was acquired by Ariba for $925 million.
Alignvest invested in Edgewood Health Network (EHN Canada) to provide best-in-class treatment to a growing population of Canadians suffering from mental health and addiction illnesses. Alignvest’s stewardship fostered significant growth and resulted in the subsequent successful sale to Peloton Capital Management in 2021.
Alignvest invested in Avid Group Inc. a leading provider of apparel-related services, partnering with its founder and other experienced investment partners.
Alignvest helped Super, a technology company at the intersection of fintech and commerce, secure $85M in financing to expand into new consumer verticals.
Alignvest worked closely with Achievers, a provider of employee recognition and rewards solutions, leading to its successful sale to Blackhawk Network for $140M.
Alignvest collaborated with members of the Swarovski family to manage their investment portfolio and optimize asset allocation.
Reza Satchu is the Founding Chairman of Next Canada, an entrepreneurship program that provides education, mentorship, and funding to young entrepreneurs. Next Canada has an alumni base of over 1,000 entrepreneurs that have launched over 500 ventures and raised over $3 billion of equity capital and created over 5,000 jobs.
Reza Satchu serves as a Senior Lecturer within the Entrepreneurship Management Unit and teaches The Entrepreneurial Manager, The Founder Mindset, and Launching Technology Ventures, courses that guide students in identifying opportunities and building successful ventures.
Reza Satchu created and taught a course titled the Economics of Entrepreneurship, helping students understand the challenges and opportunities in new ventures. For seven years, the class was the overall top-rated course by students in the Faculty of Arts and Science department at the University of Toronto.
Reza Satchu plays a Strategic Advisor role at CDL, an organization accelerating the commercialization of science and technology-based companies through offering mentorship, capital raising opportunities, and business development support. Today, CDL has created over $7.5 billion of equity value and operates out of numerous sites in partnership with universities.