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About Norm Francis

Norm Francis is the ex-Chairman and CEO of Pivotal Corporation.

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Vancouver, British Columbia,

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Stoko secures $6M angel seed financing

May 10, 2021

On: CPE News (5/10/2021) – Stoko has announced the closing of $6 million seed round of financing from private investors, including John Currie, the former CFO of lululemon, Norm Francis, CEO of Boardwalk Ventures, Greg Malpass, CEO of Traction on Demand, Darrell Kopke, CEO of Adelhard (formerly Kit and Ace and lululemon) and Paul Geyer, CEO of Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies. Founded by Zack Eberwien and Scott Morgan, Vancouver based Stoko is the first-to-market in creating a new category of professional knee brace support, called supportive apparel. Stoko’s first product, the K1 is a beautifully designed compression tight with integrated joint support that mimics the body’s natural structures to give the support of a traditional knee brace with unparalleled comfort. photo credit: Stoko Stoko Raises $6 Million to Disrupt Traditional Knee Brace Industry With Supportive Apparel High-Profile Angel Investors Bet on Canada’s Top-Level Athletes to Change How we Prevent and Recover From Injury VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Stoko, a Vancouver-based startup that is changing the way athletes prevent and recover from injuries, today announced its raised $6 Million in seed funding from multiple sources, including some of Canada’s top industry investors. Created by athletes for athletes, Stoko is the first-to-market in creating a new category of professional knee brace support, called supportive apparel. Stoko’s first product, the K1 is a beautifully designed compression tight with integrated joint support that mimics the body’s natural structures to give the support of a traditional knee brace with unparalleled comfort. “This funding will fuel our expansion efforts as we carve out a new category in retail, focused on supporting athletes in returning to play after an injury or preventing one altogether,” said Zack Eberwien, CEO of Stoko. “Our product is revolutionary in that it gives athletes the confidence to do the sports and activities they love in comfortable apparel that’s as effective as a medical-grade knee brace.” Eberwein, a mechanical engineer by training, co-founded the startup in 2017 after experiencing an acute knee injury from an extreme hike challenge. On a whim he’d decided to leave his rigid knee brace behind; this life-altering decision propelled him to find a better way to support athletes through injuries. Stoko’s leadership team includes some of Canada’s top-level athletes like Olympian gymnast Scott Morgan, a co-founder, and Olympian skier Allison Forsyth who heads up brand and community. The high performance team is competing against an outdated, 50-year-old brace industry and some of Canada’s top angel investors are betting on their future. “Stoko’s proprietary technology addresses a real need that exists and disrupts the competition that has long been stagnant,” said John Currie, the former CFO of lululemon and investor in Stoko. “They are focused on building a company with the foundation and capabilities to efficiently scale the opportunity they have created.” In addition to Currie, notable investors include Norm Francis, CEO of Boardwalk Ventures, Greg Malpass, CEO of Traction on Demand, Darrell Kopke, CEO of Adelhard (formerly Kit and Ace and lululemon) and Paul Geyer, CEO of Discovery Parks and Nimbus Synergies. Unlike its traditional competitors, Stoko has both a strong direct-to-consumer and business to business model. The K1 is eligible for medical coverage by some healthcare providers and in addition to its e-commerce platform, www.stokodesign.com, it is available for purchase at specialty stores including Myodetox, Paris Orthotics and Kintec Footwear in Vancouver, Edmonton, LA and Toronto. -30-

Norm Francis Investments

4 Investments

Norm Francis has made 4 investments. Their latest investment was in Stoko as part of their Angel on May 5, 2021.

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

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5/10/2021

Angel

Stoko

$3.56M

Yes

Darrell Kopke, Greg Malpass, John Currie, Paul Geyer, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

2

12/2/2015

Series B

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$99M

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10

6/5/2014

Series A

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$99M

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10

1/30/2013

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

5/10/2021

12/2/2015

6/5/2014

1/30/2013

Round

Angel

Series B

Series A

Seed VC

Company

Stoko

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Amount

$3.56M

$99M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

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Co-Investors

Darrell Kopke, Greg Malpass, John Currie, Paul Geyer, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

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2

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10

Norm Francis Portfolio Exits

1 Portfolio Exit

Norm Francis has 1 portfolio exit. Their latest portfolio exit was Allocadia on July 20, 2021.

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Sources

7/20/2021

Acquired

4

Date

7/20/2021

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Acquired

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Valuation

Acquirer

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