A History of Success


Our Technology Team has a long history of working with entrepreneurs who defy convention, radically changing business models and technology in the process.

In our own portfolio, we watched marketplaces evolve from CommerceOne to Lending Club. We saw dating go from Match (the first paid subscription service) to Zoosk, where big data and the social graph were added to the love potion. And we saw Madison Avenue change with the first internet ad network with DoubleClick to the largest video ad network with Tremor Video. Our team loves collaborating with those driven to create the future or dramatically improve how something is done today.

  • Adv & Mktg
  • Big Data / Cloud
  • Consumer
  • Enterprise / SaaS
  • FinTech


Working with entrepreneurs who are driven to impact medicine puts us in our zone. Whether they're looking for new ways to treat disease, inventing new medical devices, or seeking to improve outcomes in clinical care, they inspire us to do our very best. Which is why we've made it our business to know exactly the best way to help them.

We can open doors with corporates, find management talent, and collaborate on how to attract investor syndicates. Plus, we can support start-ups through the regulatory and clinical hurdles.

It's this kind of expertise that has enabled us to back some of the most successful ventures in healthcare, including Advanced BioHealing, BiPar Sciences, and Elevation Pharmaceuticals.

  • Biopharma
  • Digital Health
  • MedTech


After nearly a decade of investing experience in Israel, we brought in our former CEO of Business Layers, Izhar Shay, who led investments in early-stage high tech startups, including such companies as PrimeSense, LiveU and N-trig. Canaan Partners Israel focuses on the SaaS/Enterprise, Mobile Computing, and Internet Infrastructure sectors. Izhar Shay also created Startup Stadium, an online community of more than 35,200 people that's designed to connect all of Israel's entrepreneurs. It allows them to share ideas and foster technical innovation.

Investing Information

Canaan Partners is focused on the best seed and early-stage Technology and Healthcare startups wherever they may be located, with a special emphasis on the US and Israel (through our affiliate Canaan Partners Israel). To determine whether an investment fits within our guidelines, we invite you to submit a presentation, executive summary or business plan via email. We also encourage you to check out our Pitchbook. It will tell you exactly the kind information we look for when evaluating prospective deals.