About Top Hat

Higher education is at an inflection point. The demand to reduce the cost of a college degree while raising the quality, relevance and value of the learning experience for students is growing. Top Hat believes changing the status quo starts in the classroom.

Top Hat’s dynamic courseware platform offers interactive polls and quizzes, discussions, as well as readings, secure assessments and homework assignments faculty use to make learning more active, engaging and inclusive, whether teaching in-person, online or in a hybrid environment. Outside of class, Top Hat’s interactive digital textbooks invite students to engage with multimedia and test their comprehension as they go while giving instructors the flexibility to customize course material to teach their course, their way. Each interaction with Top Hat provides real-time insights into student participation and comprehension, allowing educators to adjust their teaching practice to better support student success.

As a partner to more than 750 of the top universities and colleges in North America, Top Hat provides a number of professional services, including faculty training, instructional design support and customized reporting to ensure Top Hat is adopted effectively and at scale and delivers meaningful value to students, instructors and institutions.

Company Information

Headquarters: Toronto, ON

Investment Information

Investment year: 2012

Inovia Team Members: Shawn Abbott Karamdeep Nijjar Hugues Lalancette

Top Hat's Journey with Inovia

Feb 2011

Mike Silagadze and Karam Nijjar meet

June 2012

Inovia leads the company's Series A

Feb 2014

Inovia participates in the company's Series B

Jan 2017

Inovia participates in the company's Series C


Inovia begins advising Top Hat on M&A activity

Feb 2020

Inovia co-leads Top Hat’s Series D with Georgian Partners


More to come!