V1Y1 tracks the Versions 1 and Years 1 of Tech Startups

Canva History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Canva?

Canva was founded by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht, and Cameron Adams.

When did design and development efforts start at Canva?

Canva started design and development efforts in November 2011.

When did Canva purchase its domain name?

Canva purchased the canva.com domain name in January 2012.

When was Canva incorporated?

Canva was incorporated as Canva Pty Ltd in July 2012.

When did Canva launch publicly?

Canva was launched in open beta mode in August 2013.

How much venture capital did Canva raise?

Canva raised about $295 million in multiple rounds of funding.

Where was Canva headquartered?

Canva was/is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

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What happened during the year 1 of Canva?


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What was the version 1 of Canva like?

AUG 2013

What are some of the stats for Canva?

2012 to 2015

2016 to 2019


What were some of the extra materials about Canva?

2014 MAY Interview: Canva CEO, Melanie Perkins

2019 MAY On growing an Australian college startup into global unicorn 

2020 AUG On growing an Australian college startup into global unicorn