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YAI Newsletter April 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018- Members Only Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 1, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018 8


Upcoming Events

Tues. April 17- Wed. April 18th: Canadian FinTech 2.0 Summit
Wed. April 18th: TIEQuest 2018 Finals & Awards Gala 
Thurs. April 19th: 2018 Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase
Thurs. April 19th: ScaleUp Conference – Technology, Strategy, Marketing for Growth
Thurs. April 19th: Techstars Toronto Demo Day
Thurs. April 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. April 26- Sat. April 28th: DIGIFEST 2018
Fri. April 27th: It’s A Start
Mon. April 30th to May 1st: OCE Discovery Conference 
Thurs. May 3rd: Members Only Cocktail Reception (Angels-please remember to RSVP)
Tues. May 15th to 17th: YAI & VA Angels Basecamp 
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Wed. May 30th: First Look Angel Investment Meeting -Mississauga
Fri. June 1st: YAI Members lunch & Investment Meeting
Thurs. June 21st: AGM, YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

YAI is Hitting Huge Milestones! 

Since being founded in 2008, YAI has now:
  • Completed over 136 deals
  • Invested over 19M
  • Has officially reached over 110 members.
Thanks to our Angels for making this possible!

WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST ANGELS

Bruce Cowper

Eldon Sprickerhoff

Jugaansan Thayalan

Michael Sabusco 

Neville Joffe
neville

Paul Chan 

Stan Muthulingam


Save The Date!

Basecamp 2018 is back! 

York Angels & VA Angels are excited to be hosting BaseCamp from May 15-17! Basecamp is an intensive, small group boot camp to empower entrepreneurs as they are seeking capital. Register & receive early bird pricing (available until April 23rd).

Angels: mentor ship opportunities are available- please speak to Jess if you are interested
Also, please join us for the pitch party on May 17th, where Basecamp graduates present for feedback.

Click here for more information


Save The Date

Have you made any plans for May 23, 2018? You have some now! Angel Investors Ontario & YPO are hosting the 2nd Annual Joint Angel Investment Event in downtown Toronto, bringing together Angels from across Ontario & neighbouring US states to network with like-minded professional, enhance investment skills & learn best practices. Visit www.angelinvestorsontario.ca for regular updates. Buy your tickets here


Hockeystick Blog

York Angels Executive Director Jess Joss wrote a great piece on Angel Investing for Hockeysticks Blog. This blog post full of some great advice for anyone looking to get into angel investing.

Make sure you go check it out!
Read More

Techstars Toronto Demo Day

Meet the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, get a first look at the innovative companies, products and services they’re building, and network with your startup and VC community.”.
The event is invite only, available to our York Angels.
For further deals, contact Cassandra 

First Look Eastern Investor Collision 

Thank you to Spark Centre and Open People Network (OPN) for an amazing night at “First Look – Investor Collision”. Many of our Angels had the oportunity to attend. It was a great opportunity to encourage collaboration between the investor community and startup companies.

Watch the video here!


Congrats QNext

YAI Porfolio Company QNext will soon be announcing Strategic Partnership with Intel. Intel has selected FileFlex® from Qnext to be one of only two products globally to enter into a strategic partnership for the integration of its software into Intel’s Data Guard technology. This brings a global presence to FileFlex® and significant sales and marketing development to the company. The integration teams at Qnext have been working with Intel, arguably the leading global strategic microprocessor manufacturer, on a strictly confidential basis. Qnext is one of only two vendors to be given access to key source code to accelerate the application software initiative. This is the first silicon-to-silicon solution in the industry.

Venture for Canada: Fellow Selection Day

York Angels was delighted to be a part of Venture for Canada. It is a not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups in need of talent, with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship. Fellows spend two years working at one of our partner startups, where they gain the skills, network and experience necessary to launch their own firms.
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Good Luck Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z is a co-ed FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team from Bayview Glen School in Toronto, Canada consisting of seven energetic students from grades 6 to grade 10. They love sharing their passion and knowledge about the research project and the robot with other teams and with the general public.

Last season, Ctrl-Z won Champions Award – 1st Place at the FIRSTChampionships held in St. Louis in April 2017.  In December, Ctrl-Z competed at the 12-team FLL regional qualifying tournament in Toronto.  Ctrl-Z was selected as one of the two teams at the competition to advance to the Ontario East Provincial Championships in January 2018 at UOIT. CTRL-Z will represent Ontario and Canada at the 78-team FLL North American Open Championship to be held in California on May 18 -20, 2018.  At this time, Ctrl-Z is working hard to prepare for the North American Open.
All of us at York Angels want to wish the Ctrl-Z team Good Luck in California! 


More information about the team’s innovative solution can be seen at:
https://fllctrlz.github.io/hydrodynamics/solution.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=yk7CyCaWl9c
Hop over to Page 9 & Read More


News

We were very excited to welcome a full house and a packed agenda for our March 22nd Investment Meeting.
On March 23rd, Jess was delighted to serve as a judge at Venture For Canada’s National Fellow Selection Day.
Many of our Angels were spotted at attending the inaugural First Look Eastern Investor Collision on March 31st. Thank you Spark Centre and OPN for an amazing night!
Angel Angelo Del Ducca at the LaunchYU Financing and Fundraising for Startups Event on April 3rd at York University. He participated on a panel with Sarah Altenburg from BDC, Chris Cory from ventureLAB and moderated by Nilay Goyal from LaunchYU.
On April 5th, Jess was delighted to attend Techstars Toronto.

On April 5th, Jess was delighted to attend Techstars Toronto. Our Executive Director, Jess Joss, was honored to talk at VentureLabs Capital Talent Tech Event Series on April 10th.

On April 10th, Angel Jennifer Renda participated on the Angel Investors panel at Toronto Health Innovation Week on explaining the process of engagement & investing in MedTech and Life Sciences .

YORK ANGEL INVESTORS & VA ANGELS BASECAMP

May 15-17, 2018

Click here for Eventbrite Registration

York Angel Investors & VA Angels are hosting BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs.

At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors

LOCATION

Smith School of Business, Toronto Campus #3020
Simcoe Place, 200 Front St W
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3K2

BaseCamp Schedule

Tuesday, May 15
Day 1: 9:30 AM TO 5 PM

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Should You Really Do This?
  • Think Like An Investor
  • “The Six Points”
  • Raising Money

Wednesday, May 16
Day 2: 9:30 AM TO 5 PM

  • Building a Business on 3 Lines
  • Building a Cap Table and A Share Structure
  • Valuations and Deal Structures
  • Pitch Decks & Pitching

Thursday, May 17
Day 3: 9 AM TO 3 PM

BaseCamp attendees may have an opportunity to access angel investors one on one through office hours

Pub Pitch Party: 4:30 PM – 7 PM

This is your opportunity to put what you learned into action in front of a room full of investors and get valuable feedback. Separate registration will be provided but all attendees are guaranteed registration. This is a public event.

What are past participants saying:

“I believe that Basecamp is a very important part of the startup ecosystem that until now, I felt may have been missing. For me it was the bridge of knowing what I am pitching to knowing who I am pitching to. I feel as though I now have a much better understanding of what exactly Angels are looking for and why! Basecamp is a crucial step in the learning process for startups who are considering or planning to pitch their business to investors!”
–James Daigle Founder, Ubiqweus Inc.

“I enjoyed BaseCamp immensely! The syllabus catered to the entrepreneurs within the class. It exceeded my expectations and Randy was fantastic!” –Diana Nguyen Lux Second Chance

Want to learn more about BaseCamp, watch here.

Click here for Eventbrite Registration

 

Sponsored by:

YAI Newsletter March 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018 8


Upcoming Events

Thurs. March 15th: PitchItTO! Session 14
Wed. March 28th: First Look Investor Collision- Oshawa 
Thurs. April 12th to 13th: Angel Summit of the Americas 
Wed. April 18th-20th: ACA Summit, Boston
Wed. April 18th: TIEQuest 2018 Finals & Awards Gala 
Thurs. April 19th: 2018 Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase
Thurs. April 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Mon. April 30th to May 1st: OCE Discovery Conference 
Mon. May 14th to 24th : Canada China Club  — Investment and Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu
Tues. May 15th to 17th: VA Angels & York Angel Investors Basecamp 
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Wed. May 30th: First Look Angel Investment Meeting
Fri. June 1st: YAI Members lunch & Investment Meeting
Thurs. June 21st: AGM, YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Fred Farncomb
Fred Farncomb

Hanny Elsayed
Hanny

Mike Wall
Mike Wall

Nikki Pett
nikki pett

Shawn Cohn
Shawn Cohn


Congratulations

On behalf of York Angels, we would like to congratulate Senior Care Connect on winning the first $25,000 Aird & Berlis Startup Souce Market Entry Award rewarded from LaunchYU AccelerateUP

Read More 


Italian Trade Commission

It was a pleasure to have James Johnson from the Italian Trade Commission attend & present at our March 1st Investment Meeting. York Angels are grateful for the invite to attend a February Meeting with eight of the best Information and Telecommunication Technology companies based in Southern Italy.
We are looking forward to BIAT 2018
Grazie Millie James!


Angel Summit Of The Americas

Angel Summit of the Americas is the only summit where the top angel investors and VC’s from the 35 countries of the Americas are invited to gather.

Markets are global, deals are global, and so is capital. Get access and insights into the best deals in the Americas. Improve your investment skills. Network with top angels and VC’s. Increase your cross-border investment portfolio.

Angel Summit of the Americas’ 2-day “unconference” will break down barriers to get more cross-border deals done.

Happening April 12 & 13, 2018 in Cancun, Mexico. NACO members receive discount with this code: nationalangels 

Register Here

 


Save The Date

Have you made any plans for May 23, 2018? You have some now! Angel Investors Ontario & YPO are hosting the 2nd Annual Joint Angel Investment Event in downtown Toronto, bringing together Angels from across Ontario & neighbouring US states to network with like-minded professional, enhance investment skills & learn best practices. Visit www.angelinvestorsontario.ca for regular updates. Registration opens soon.


Canada China Mission

For angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for partners and investors in China, the May 14 to 24th trade mission, operated by Canada China Club, is a comprehensive trip to help you meet partners, and government officials, as well and visit 4 different business regions, including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. For more info please speak to Jess or Linda Zhang

News

Angel Angelo Del Duca was delighted to attend the Venture Builders and Investors Forum at Centennial College on February 8th

Some of our angels, were excited to attend the Opn Networks PitchIt York event on February 13th

On February 15th, Jess and Angelo were delighted to be a judge at the Launch YU Arid &Berlins Start-up Source Market Entry Award

On February 15th, Angelo and Jess had a blast celebrating the Lunar New Year thanks to the Canada China Club.

Jess & Angelo celebrated the Lunar New Year with the Canada China Club on February 16th.

Jess was fortunate to travel to Victoria on Feb 19th to Feb 23rd, to the NACO Western Summit and NACO Board Meetings.

On February 28th, Jess had the pleasure to be one of Angel Investors panelists at the Founders Network Toronto meeting. Thanks Galen for the invite.

We were very excited to welcome a full house and a packed agenda for our March 1st Investment Meeting.


 

 

Startup Ecosystem

Startup Boost, a global pre-accelerator Chris Kay co-founded has announced our spring cohort in New York, London, Toronto, and LA. Startups can apply here: http://startupboost.org/global-programs/
Read more about Startup Boost here

Bill & Melinda Gates, 2018 Annual Letter
Read More 

VersionOne’s Second Edition ‘The Guide to Marketplaces’
Read More

YC’s Series A Diligence Checklist
Read More 

The first mile of product
Read More 

2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast: Creative Destruction is Accelerating
Read More

YAI Newsletter February 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Friday, June 1st, 2018
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Thursday, July 26th, 2018


Upcoming Events

Tues. Feb 13th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Feb 13th: GTAN- Women Invest Today Part 2
Thurs. Feb 15th: LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Startup $25K Pitch Competition
Thurs. Feb 15th: TieQuest TiE Toronto Presents: Carl Rodrigues, President & CEO, SOTI
Fri. Feb 16th: BDO Start-Up Competition Canada Application Deadline. Apply Here
Mon. Feb 19th: BIAT 2018-Meet the Italians!
Wed. Feb 21st: YSpace and Startup York Present: AI Panel
Thurs. Feb 22nd: Ivey Venture Forum
Thurs. Mar 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. Mar 8th: BDO Canada- Toronto Pitch Date
Thurs. Mar 22nd: YAI Investment Meeting and Cocktail Reception
April 18-20: ACA Summit, Boston
Thurs. April 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Mon. May 14th to 24th : Canada China Club  — Investment and Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Fri. June 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. June 21st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Jennifer Renda

Jordan Fietje


It’s Time to Celebrate! 

York Angels has officially reached 101 members. This makes us not only the largest in Ontario, but the 3rd largest group in CANADA (with paid membership)
Thank you to each and every one of our members for making this possible!


Welcome Needls

York Angels is very happy to welcome Needls to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies.


Come Celebrate Chinese New Year!

It is our honor to invite you, Feb. 16th,  to attend an exciting presentation of the successful, innovative Canadian companies who won a recent international competition, an announcement of upcoming Canada China Club events and missions, and a celebration of Chinese New Year!
Click Here for more information


Meet the Italians! Canada ICT Tour

From February 19 to 23, 2018, eight of the best Information and Telecommunication Technology companies based in Southern  Italy will be in Canada to showcase their innovations, develop  relationships with local companies and create partnerships.
​The program includes visits to the ICT clusters in Southern Ontario as well as the participation in the NACO Western Regional Angel Summit and VIATEC’s DISCOVER TECTORIA conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

On FEB. 19th, it’s your chance York Angels!
Come attend the Pitch Competition and enjoy one on meetings, at
Mars Discovery District (101 College St, Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7) starting at 2pm on February 19.

Check the list of participating Italian start-ups .

Please let Casandra know if you would like to attend!


Enthusiast Gaming Going Public!

Portfolio Investee Company, Enthusiast Gaming closes private placement and announces intent to go public.
For full article, click HERE! 

Congratulations!

Raymond Luk, of our portfolio company Hockeystick, and
Christian Lassonde, Impression Ventures, who we co-invested with on PerfectlySoft,
For being named as OSC Fintech Advisory Committee Members for 2018
For the full story, Click Here! 


Save The Date! 

Have you made any plans for May 23, 2018? You have some now! Angel Investors Ontario & YPO are hosting the 2nd Annual Joint Angel Investment Event in downtown Toronto, bringing together Angels from across Ontario & neighbouring US states to network with like-minded professional, enhance investment skills & learn best practices. Visit www.angelinvestorsontario.ca for regular updates. Registration opens soon.


Watch Angel Investor’s Ontario 10th Anniversary Video! 

Click HERE to see several York Angel Members featured!

The video celebrates AIO’s network’s accomplishments over the past decade, but also highlights the services and programs that we offer.


Take Action Now: Support Canada’s Innovation Economy  

Help ensure entrepreneurs increasingly get access to Angel investment, the critical private risk capital that enables them to grow from ideas and prototypes into commercial ventures and scalable businesses.

  • Private early stage investors, often referred to as Angel investors, play a critical role in supporting entrepreneurs
  • They invest as many as 27 times more start-ups than venture capital investors
  • They act as a primary source of financing, mentorship and access to networks for Canadian start-ups.
  • They help build successful businesses to the point where they are attractive to venture capitalists and other funding sources.
  • Angels also often act as the primary sources of capital for early-stage “Seed” Venture Capital firms who in turn often act as the first institutional money source for start-ups.

Find out how YOU can help influence the Federal Government regarding the proposed changes to Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC), to avoid the unintended consequences of proposed changes.

Learn More:https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/first-funders


IveyPitch Venture Forum!

Join us on February 22nd at Ivey Venture Forumin Toronto, a world-class event bringing together 400 high caliber attendees and 20 speakers from across Canada’s technology and innovation ecosystem, including Alyssa Furtado (Ratehub.ca), Sarah Ryerson (Google Canada), Heather Payne (HackerYou) and more.

The forum promotes collaboration, celebrates new ventures, and generates thought-leadership on how Canada can become the world’s leading innovation economy.

Calling All Women–To help advance diversity, inclusion and gender parity in Canada’s innovation ecosystem, women-identifying attendees can request a special 50% VIP discounted ticket here.


News

We were delighted to start off 2018 with a full house and a packed agenda for our January 25th Investment Meeting.
On Feb. 2nd Jess was excited to participate in the inaugural York Region Tech Innovation Ecosystem Forum, conceived of and facilitated by our very own Lucas Chang!
Angelo, DJ & Jess were extremely pleased to present “How to get Someone Other than your Mother to Invest in your StartUp” on February 5th.

Rob and Jess met with their counter parts from across Ontario, to discuss best practices, policies and upcoming events, at the Angel Investors Ontario Group Managers’ Meeting Feb. 7th.

Doug and Jess enjoyed meeting entrepreneurs at Toronto Starts Start-Up Social  Feb 7th.


Startup Ecosystem

4 Toronto startups to watch out for in 2018 Read More 

 

Angel network aims to recruit more female investors Read More
How Data Will Transform The Future Of Angel Investing Read More

Invitation by Canada China Club

Dear Angels,

It is my honor to invite you to attend an exciting presentation of the successful, innovative Canadian companies who won a recent international competition, an announcement of upcoming Canada China Club events and missions, and a celebration of Chinese New Year!

Please join us:

Date: February 16, 2018, 9:30AM to 1pm, light lunch included

Venue: VentureLab, IBM Innovation Space, 1st floor, 3600 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R 9Z7)

  • Canada China Club will share details of the planned events of 2018, including missions to China and France, and innovation and entrepreneurship events in Canada.
  • The three winners of the recent International Business Competition, THero, will be showcased.
  • And, since February 16th is Chinese New Year, we will enjoy a Lion Dance and light lunch to celebrate the Year of the Dog!

Please join:

His Worship, Frank Scarpitti, the Mayor of the City of Markham
The Honourable Mary Ng, M.P. Markham –Thornhill,
The Honourable Shaun Chen, M.P. Scarborough North,
The Honourable Majid Jowhari, M.P. Richmond Hill,
Councillor Michael Thompson, City of Toronto
Councillor Chin Lee, City of Toronto
Councillor Alan Ho, City of Markham,
Councillor Sandra Yeung Racco, City of Vaughan,
Councillor Godwin Chan, City of Richmond Hill
Representatives from National Angel Capital Association and Angel Investors Ontario,
And the winners of the THero Competition!

I looking forward to your participation, supporting Canadian entrepreneurs’ creativity and innovation to grow their opportunities globally, and attract investment to Canada.

Please RSVP  to CCC@ChinaClubs.org by February 12th, 2018,to attend this event as pre-registration is required to enter the IBM building.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at  CCC@ChinaClubs.org .

Best regards,
Linda Zhang M.B.A.
President of Canada China Club

YAI Newsletter January 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018


Upcoming Events

Thurs. Jan 25th: YAI Investment Meeting: Stay for a beverage afterward and get caught up with your angel friends.
Fri. Jan 26th: TIEQuest 2018 Submission Deadline 
Tues. Feb 6th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Feb 13th: YAI Screening Meeting
Thurs. Feb. 15th: LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Startup Source Market Entry Award Announcement
Thurs. Feb 22nd: Ivey Venture Forum
Thurs. Mar 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. Mar 22nd: YAI Investment Meeting
Mon. May 14th to 24th : Canada China Club  — Investment and Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu

Please contact Rob for event details.


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Alan Lo

Peter Vanslyke

Steve Monk


BDC launches Women in Technology Fund

BDC wants to foster the creation of the next generation of millionaire Canadian women technology entrepreneurs. With $70 million to be invested over 5 years, it’s the largest venture capital fund in North America dedicated solely to investing in early stage Canadian women led technology companies across sectors.

To learn more click HERE


Tech Exit.io

We’re excited to announce that our friends at TechExit , the Exit Ready Conference, happening February 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver is offering NACO Members a registration discount.

TechExit.io is the go-to event for technology industry players who want to understand the ins and outs of selling – or buying – technology companies.  This event is not just for tech companies looking to exit in the near term – it is about being “exit ready” www.techexit.io

Members please contact Rob for the discount you are eligible for.


Denton’s Silver Sponsorship

We are delighted to announce our newest Silver Annual Sponsorship

Denton’s is now the worlds largest law firm, with tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 158 locations serving 66 countries.


Canada China Mission

For angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for partners and investors in China, the May 14 to 24th trade mission, operated by Canada China Club, is a comprehensive trip to help you meet partners, and government officials, as well and visit 4 different business regions, including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. For more info please speak to Jess or Linda Zhang


News

On November 21st, Ana Misra met with participants of YEDI’s International Startup Track which is designed to introduce international entrepreneurs to Canada’s business landscape so they may expand or launch their businesses here successfully.
We were delighted to host a full house our December 5th Investment Meeting. Thanks to portfolio company, MultiBevCo for bringing samples of Zirkova

On December 14th, York Angel Members were delighted to attend the Angel Investors Ontario AGM and Holiday Networking Reception.

One of our angels, Lauren Epstein was excited to attend the Women Funding Women event on January 15th.


Startup Ecosystem

YAI Investee Company, HockeyStick Has Acquired The Waterloo-Based LaunchSpot Read more
Toronto On Short List For Amazon’s New Headquarters Read more
Blockchain Could Change Everything For Real Estate Read more

 

YAI Investee Company, QNext And 010 Cloud Computing Sign Partnership Read more
How The US Net Neutrality Decision Affects Canadian Tech Read more

Cybeats Secures Pre-seed Financing from iNovia, MLA48 and YAI Read more

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YAI Newsletter December 2017

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018


December 5th, 2017 Investment Meeting

Thank you to OKR Financial for sponsoring this month’s Investment Meeting and Networking Reception

OKR Financial


Upcoming Events

Tues. Jan 9th: YAI Screening Meeting
Mon. Jan 15th: Women Funding Women: Toronto
Tues. Jan 16th: YAI Screening Meeting
Thurs. Jan 25th: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. Mar 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Tues. Apr 3th to 13th : Canada China Club  — Investment and Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu

Please contact Rob for event details.


YAI Is Now Officially The Largest Angel Group in Southern Ontario

Since being founded in 2008, YAI has now completed 115 deals, and has reached 97 members.  Thank you to each and every one of our members for making this possible.


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Doug Saxon

Douglas Saxon, CFA

R Stewart Thompson

Phoenix Kuo Kong

Angelo Pollastrone


Vish Ramakrishnan


Sayan Sivanathan

Brian Bourne
Brian Bourne
Tony Martino
Tony Martino


YAI Board of Directors

As a small team, we rely on our Board of Directors and our members to help with many things including company screening, and membership development.

We are very lucky to have such dedicated members. On December 7th, we had a holiday lunch to thank our Board for their time and dedication.


YAI Investee Company, Hockeystick Acquires Launchspot To Boost Startup Ecosystem Data Platform

Hockeystick has made its first acquisition in Waterloo-based LaunchSpot, a platform that allows accelerators and startup funders to track their startups.

Hockeystick acquired the company to add new capabilities to its platform, which is working to be an all-encompassing platform tracking the progress of Canada’s startup ecosystem.

To read full article click HERE


Canada China Mission

For angel investors and entrepreneurs looking for partners and investors in China, the April 3 to 13th trade mission, operated by Canada China Club, is a comprehensive trip to help you meet partners, and government officials, as well and visit 4 different business regions, including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. For more info please speak to Jess or Linda Zhang


Congratulations Nudge Rewards & Sampler!

Congratulations to two of our investee entrepreneurs, Lindsey Goodchild (Nudge Rewards) & Marie Chevrier (Sampler) for making it onto Twitter’s List of Top 20 Canadian Tech Startup Founders. 

To see the full article click HERE


Passing of Rod Mcleod

It is with our deepest regret to announce that one of our members, Rod McLeod has passed away on Tuesday, December 12. Our wishes go out to Rod’s family and close friends during this difficult time.


News

Jess was delighted to be on LaunchYU’s Financing & Fundraising Your Start-Up panel on November 14th.

On November 18th, Jess was very pleased to be a judge for Y2Sage at Ryerson’s DMZ where high school students had the opportunity to pitch the business plans they developed. Impressive presentations.

We were delighted to host a full house for both our November 22nd & December 5th Investment Meetings.

Jess was honoured to be a judge at the PitchItTO on November 23rd.

On November 28th, Jess was happy to speak at the Women Invest Today event hosted by GTAN, in Kitchener.

On November 30th, Jess was delighted to attend the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Gala. Congratulations to  Louis Roy, President and Founder of Optel Group, this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Québec winner.

At the end of November, Canada China club hosted the THero Final Competition in Guangzhou, where VentureLAB companies, X-Matik and Marion Surgical won first and third places respectively. These companies have also presented to YAI recently, and are currently in Due Diligence.

Marat Mukhamedyarov was excited to be part of the angel panel at the Skolkovo Seed Angels VC course on December 3rd.

On December 6th, Jess, and our angels Marat Mukhamedyarov, Lauren Epstein, Frank Auddino and Gregory Ogorek, were happy to attend Tech The Halls for some great networking.

Jess was delighted to attend the Smith School of Business: Upstart Challenge on December 7th. Congratulations to Spectra Plasmonics on winning the $30K Prize.

From December 22nd to January 2nd, our offices will be closed. We would like to wish you all a Happy Holiday, from our YAI Family!


Startup Ecosystem

Highline Beta Is Collaborating With RBC To Create New Ventures Read more

How Data Will Transform The Future Of Angel Investing Read more

Ontario To Ease Regulations On Financial Startups Read more

Social Impact Investing Can Give Civilization a Soft Landing Read more

Talent Finds a Fast Track To Canadian Startups Read more

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YAI Newsletter November 2017

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018


Upcoming Events

Tues. Nov 14th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Nov 14th: AIO CleanTech Virtual Joint Screening Meeting
Wed. Nov 15th: Vaughan Women to Women Symposium
Wed. Nov 15th: Ignite Capital Competition
Mon. Nov 20th: PitchItDurham
Thurs. Nov 22nd: YAI Investment Meeting & Networking Reception
Thurs. Nov 23rd: PitchItTO
Tues. Nov 28th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Nov 28th: Startup Boost Toronto Global Pre-Accelerator Demo Day
Tues. Dec 5th: YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Reception
Thurs. Dec 7th: Smith School of Business: Upstart Venture Challenge
Thurs. Dec 14th: AIO AGM & Holiday Networking Reception

Please contact Rob for event details.


November 22nd, 2017 Investment Meeting

Thank you to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management for sponsoring this month’s investment meeting and Networking Reception

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Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Jay Kilgannon 

Derek Li & Louis Dellosa

Jim Colvin

Rod Mcleod

Garry Innanen


YAI & VA Angels Basecamp

YAI & VA Angels were very proud to bring BaseCamp to Toronto on Nov 1-3. This was a 2 day investment bootcamp for entrepreneurs looking for funding. These entrepreneurs learned what it takes to build a deal, understand what investors are looking for, and how to ask for money. Thank you to VA Angels, all of the entrepreneurs and Frank Auddino, Gregory Ogorek, Angelo Del Duca, and Jeffery Potvin for mentoring.


Marks & Clerk Silver Sponsorship

We are delighted to announce our newest Silver Annual Sponsorship:

Marks & Clerk is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in intellectual property (IP). With a global network of over 800 people worldwide, it advises clients in a full range of sectors in all aspects of intellectual property – patents, trademarks, designs and copyright.


Monthly Investment Meeting Sneak Peek Video

Here’s a sneak peek of a typical monthly Investment Meeting with York Angel Investors:


DMZ Playbook

DMZ Playbook is an intensive six-month revenue growth and sales execution accelerator for high-potential tech startups looking to infuse growth into their companies with a structured, scalable and repeatable sales process.

What does the program offer?

Over the course of six fast-paced months, selected startups will work closely with dedicated, experienced senior sales experts in an embedded environment and will have access to:

  • Senior program growth experts acting as a team’s VP of sales.
  • A tailored, structured and repeatable sales process.
  • High intensity, result- and growth-driven programming.
  • Designated workspace in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Applications close December 3rd, 2017. For more information click here


News

Jess was delighted to attend the TorontoStarts Social and Pitch on October 11th.

On October 12th, Jess was very excited to attend the Volition Women’s Pitch Night.

Jess was honoured to be a judge at the Vinetta Project’s Pitch Competition on October 24th.

We were delighted to host a full house for our October 26th Investment Meeting

Jess Joss and Jeffery Potvin were delighted to be coaches for the Ignite Competition, while Rob had the opportunity to attend Round 2 of the Pitch competition on November 6th.

Congratulations to Frank Auddino on joining both the AIO (provincial) and NACO (national) membership committees. Thanks for being such a committed volunteer.


Startup Ecosystem

Where Venture Capital Has Peaked – Read more
Capital As A Service: A New Operating System For Early Stage Investing – Read more
The Scale of Tech Winners – Read more
The Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail – Read more

VHow To Build Stickiness Into Your Product – Read more

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YAI Newsletter October 2017

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018


Upcoming Events

Thurs. Oct 12th: Dinner With The Dalmore – Scotch Tasting
Sat. Oct 14th: Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference for Teens
Tues. Oct 17th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Oct 17th: 2017 Vaughan Small Business Week
Tues. Oct 24th: PitchItYork
Tues. Oct 26th: Growing Your Business: Crypto Currency
Thurs. Oct 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Wed. Nov 1st to 3rd:  YAI BaseCamp
Fri. Nov 3rd:  BaseCamp Pitch Presentation to Angels
Wed. Nov 6th: Imagination Catalyst Investor Night
Tues. Nov 7th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Nov 14th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Nov 28th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Dec 5th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Rob for event details.


NACO World Angel Investment Summit 17 

Our Angels, Jess Joss, Sean Stephens, Angad Sandhu , Gregory Ogorek, Mohan Markandaier, Ana Misra, Frank Auddino, Jeffery Potvin, Nikhil Rodye, & Sukumar Natarajan were among the many who were thrilled to attend the NACO Summit in Montreal from October 2nd to 5th.


Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference for Teens (Durham Region)

Are you in high school (between 14 and 18 years old) and want to build your entrepreneur, leadership and problem solving skills?

Want to work directly with established entrepreneurs, serial startup founders, and community leaders?

The Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference will offer you experiential opportunities to work with mentors and coaches who have run their own businesses for years.

Click here for more details


Angels Go Above And Beyond To Support Puerto Rico Startups

Our friends at VA Angels are leading an effort to bring 70 employees of Puerto Rican startups to Calgary to help keep their businesses up and running.  This includes transportation, housing, food, office space, and normal business equipment so that their employers can continue doing business. Click here to read the full story

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YAI & VA Angels BaseCamp November 1st to 3rd in Toronto

VA Angels and York Angel Investors is hosting BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs.

At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors

Pitch Presentation to Angels – November 3rd reception 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Want to learn more about BaseCamp, please click here.


News

Jess was delighted to MC the 2017 THero Competition, hosted by Canada China Club on September 18th.

We were delighted to welcome over 140 attendees at our investment meeting on September 25th.

We are delighted to announce that Jess has joined the NACO Board as Marketing Chair, along with new Board Chair, Sandi Gilbert
YAI 2017


NACO And Female Funders Partner to Change the Ratio of Angel Investors

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) and Female Funders announced a partnership today at the NACO World Angel Investment Summit to increase the ratio of women angel investors globally, through community awareness, education programs and membership accreditation for angel investors.

To read more click here

 

YAI Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

York Angel Investors Inc.’s focus is to create a superior return on investment for our angels and for the entrepreneurs with which we work. YAI Angels come from a wide variety of business backgrounds. This diversity ensures our investees receive SMART money; money with experience and connections.


September 25th Investment Meeting

Our upcoming Investment Meeting on September 25th will include several dynamic pitches and a keynote presentation regarding IP as well as a Cocktail Networking Reception graciously sponsored by Marks & Clerk


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels

Jeffery Potvin
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Gregory Ogorek
Gregory Ogorek

Upcoming Events

Mon. Sept 18th: 2017 THero Competition
Mon. Sept 25th: YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Reception
Mon. Sept 25-26th: The 2017 Accessibility Innovation
Mon. Oct 2nd to 5th: National Angel Summit 
Tues. Oct 3rd: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Oct 17th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Oct 24th: PitchItYork
Thurs. Oct 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Wed. Nov 1st to 3rd:  YAI BaseCamp

Please contact Rob for event details.


NACO World Angel Investment Summit 17 in Montreal from October 3rd to 5th

Join over 500 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world at the flagship event for the Global Angel investor community. The NACO Summit is your once-a-year opportunity to get ahead of the emerging trends that will shape Angel investment next year.

  • Network with international investors, venture capitalists and other industry leaders
  • Develop lasting relationships that can lead to syndication and improved access to deal flow
  • Sharpen your investment skills with our professional development workshops
  • Gain insights on the most pressing issues affecting Angels today
  • Discover international best practices that lead to investor success
  • Participate in program streams specific to Angels investors and Angel Group Managers

Contact Rob for NACO Discount Code


2017 THero Competition on September 18th 

The Canada China Club is hosting the THero Competition, an International competition for Canadian companies to present their innovative business to leading Industry experts.

Complete details and registration can be found here


YAI & VA Angels BaseCamp November 1st to 3rd in Toronto

VA Angels and York Angel Investors is hosting BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs.

At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors

Want to learn more about BaseCamp, please click here.


NEWS

On August 23rd, many of our YAI members were able to attend Pitch It York, including Jess, Angelo Del Duca and Sath Gugananthan who were delighted to be judges.

Jess, Jeffery Potvin, Sean Stephens, Angelo Del Duca and Jason Zhang (from Canada China Club) were also excited to attend PitchItTO City Hall, on September 6th.

Our Angels Jess, Jeffery Potvin, Lucas Chang, Galen Udell, and Sean Stephens along with portfolio companies #paid, Shiny Ads (exited) and PerfectlySoft, among many others were thrilled to attend the Fireside conference for a weekend full of learning from September 8th to 10th. YAI was delighted to participate in the Angel Investor panel and as judges for #PitchItFireside


Startup Ecosystem

What Do I Look For In A Pitch – Read more

Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb – Read more

How Pro Rata Works in VC Deals – Read more

How Ray Dalio Built The World’s Biggest Hedge Fund – Read more

VC Negotiation Tricks: Simplified Term Sheet & Post-Money Valuations – Read more

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