I Love Rewards Closes Series B Round With $8.7 Million in Financing



    Innovative rewards and recognition program provider secures additional
$1.8 million in funding via first direct co-investment from Ontario Venture
Capital Fund
    


    
    TORONTO and BOSTON, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- I Love Rewards
(www.iloverewards.com), North America's fastest growing rewards and
recognition program provider, today announced that it has closed its Series B
financing round with $8.7 million in funding, following an investment by the
Ontario Venture Capital Fund (OVCF) of $1.8 million. Today's funding
announcement marks the first direct co-investment made to a company by the
OVCF.  I Love Rewards received its first Series B funding last month, with
$6.9 million from GrandBanks Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm,
along with participation by prior investors JLA Ventures and Laurence Capital.
    

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    This financing round caps off a tremendous last 12 months of growth for
the company. Despite the expectations set by the current state of the economy,
I Love Rewards has seen a 187% growth in gross billings and a 253% increase in
customer acquisition. The company has raised a total of $13.6 million in the
past 18 months, including a successful series A financing round in 2008 led by
JLA Ventures.

    "We're thrilled that the OVCF has chosen I Love Rewards as the Fund's
first direct co-investment," said Razor Suleman, Founder and CEO of I Love
Rewards. "The success of this round will enhance our capabilities as we
realize our vision of being the global leader in web-based rewards and
recognition."

    "We are very happy to share the news of our investment in I Love Rewards,
and are delighted to include this high-potential Ontario-based company in the
OVCF portfolio," said Melissa McJannet of TD Capital Private Equity Investors,
manager of OVCF. "Razor and the I Love Rewards team have proven that they have
what it takes to continue to grow and prosper in Canada, and we look forward
to supporting them as they expand into the United States and beyond."

    In addition to their successful funding round, I Love Rewards was
recently the recipient of the Top 10 Technology Companies award and WorldBlu's
10 Most Democratic Workplaces award, and was named one of the Top 50 Small and
Medium-Sized Businesses.

    I Love Rewards is a web-based provider of employee rewards and
recognition, sales incentive and service award programs that works with top
employers and leading companies such as Microsoft, Marriott, ConAgra and Bell.
For more information please visit www.iloverewards.com.

    The $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund is a joint initiative
between the Government of Ontario and leading institutional investors to
invest primarily in Ontario-based and Ontario-focused venture capital and
growth equity funds that support innovative, high growth companies. OVCF is
structured as a fund of funds with the primary objective of generating
attractive returns for its investors. The Fund is managed by TD Capital
Private Equity Investors. For more information on OVCF, go to www.ovcf.com.
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Christina Weber, 416-531-1531 ext. 299,
christina.weber@iloverewards.com Web Site: http://www.iloverewards.com

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