York Angel Investors Newsletter – September 2019

York Angel Investors

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

Monday, September 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019

York Angel Investors Upcoming Events

Thurs. Sept 12th: 2019 Angel First Look Investors Meeting
Thurs. Sept 12th: #PitchItCityHall
Wed. Sept 18th: ICUBE 2019 Pitch – Student Edition
Wed. Sept 18th: #PitchItYork
Fri. Sept 20th – 26th: Elevate Tech Fest – Toronto 
Thurs. Sept 26th: LaunchYU Accelerator Demo Day
Tues. Oct 22nd: #PitchItYork
Sat. Oct 26th: Accelerate Her Future Summit 2019
Wed. Nov 6th: Access IO 
Tues. Nov 26th – 27th: SAAS North Ottawa 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

September 23rd Investment Meeting


Thank you to Marks & Clerk for sponsoring this month’s Investment Meeting and Networking Reception!

We Moved! 

The York Angels offices have moved. Our new offices are located at YSpace Markham!
If you are in the area, you’re welcome to stop by & say hi!Yspace Markham is located in the Downtown Markham Mall at 169 Enterprise BLVD, 3rd floor, Markham On, L6G 0E7. There is free underground and ground level parking available on the south side of the building. Yspace is on the side of the building with the Goodlife Fitness (not on the side where the York University logo is). Take the elevator up to the third floor.

Applications Now Open for the Safe x Connected Cities Pilot Program

Dentons has partnered with Highline Beta, a venture capital firm that helps startups design, pilot and scale solutions via their pilot-based corporate accelerator programs. They’ve launched a new, challenge-based program aimed at improving the cities we live in. Starting with the challenge of creating Safer Roads, the Safe x Connected Cities program combines the expertise of multiple corporates, community partners and select startups to design, navigate and launch mutually-beneficial pilots with the potential to scale across Canada. The program’s partners include Aviva Canada, RBC Ventures, Together for Safer Roads with more partners and challenges in the mobility and smart city areas to be announced soon.

You can read more about the program and the active challenges on the program website, or via the media coverage herehere or here.

Startups working in the IoT, mobility, road safety, urban tech, pedestrian safety, and cycling sectors are encouraged to apply today – applications are open to startups globally until Sept 27th, 2019.

Saas North 
November 26 – 27, 2019 

Members please email Cass for your discount code!
Register today at: https://saasnorth.com/register/

Check It Out! 

YAI Members: Jess, Mike, Alan & Paul were interviewed for NACO’s Blog
Read HereWomen In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital


York Angel Investors
On August 22nd, Angels Irene, Katie and Teresa attended the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy Event where they learned about successful ecosystem partnerships, and how women entrepreneurs are succeeding. They also got to hear from the Honourable Mary Ng.
York Angel Investors
Angel Teresa, had a great time being one of the judges for both the Kids Technology Pitch and the Food Technology and Urban Agriculture Pitch at the CNE Innovation Garage August 23rd and 24th.
York Angel Investors
Angel Angelo, had a great time as part of the Finalist Judging Panel at the CNE Innovation Garage on August 25th. Congratulations to the winner of the competition was BooknBrunch!

Startup Ecosystem

Patrick Clark: The Hotel Hackers Are Hiding in the Remote Control Curtains. Read More

Michael Natkin: Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech. Read More
Eric Feng: Why the IPO market for consumer startups is stronger than ever, and will it continue? Read More

Bartleby: How Microsoft survived creative destruction. Read More

11 Lessons From Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson. Read More

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