York Angel Investor Newsletter July 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.


New Executive Director Search

As you know, our search has now begun for a new Executive Director after Jess Joss’ departure at the end of June.  We’re asking all York Angel members and ecosystem partners for their help in putting the word out about the position through their LinkedIn networks.   We would appreciate it if you could either post the following copy on your Linkedin feeds or simply share the York Angels Linkedin post:
York Angel Investors is seeking a new Executive Director and is now taking applications for the position.  We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the start-up/tech ecosystem, has experience in angel/venture investing, and can be a vocal ambassador for the organization with entrepreneurs, government, ecosystem partners, sponsors and prospective new members.  For more information follow the link below for details”

LINK: https://www.yorkangels.com/new-executive-director-search/


Upcoming Investment Meetings

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Upcoming Events

Thurs. July 11th: NCFAs 5th Annual Fintech & Funding Summer Kickoff Event!
Thurs. July 18th: OneEleven Tech Summer Social
Tues. July 23rd: MMIE Investors Day in Toronto (email Cass for details)
Wed. July 24th: PitchItYork 
Mon. Aug. 12th – 14th: 2019 Blockchain Futurist Conference 
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 12th: 2019 Angel First Look Investors Meeting
Fri. Sept 20th – 26th: Elevate Tech Fest – Toronto 
Wed. Nov 6th: Access IO
Tues. Nov 26th – 27th: SAAS North Ottawa 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Welcome CybernetIQ

York Angels is very happy to welcome CybernetIQ to our YAI family of Portfolio Companies!


Congratulations Enthusiast Gaming 

Enthusiast Gaming Announces Merger With Aquilini GameCo and Luminosity to Form Global Esports and Gaming Leader
Read More

Check It Out! 

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

YAI Members: Jess, Mike, Alan & Paul were interviewed for NACO’s Blog: Read Here

Women In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital: Read Here


News

At the NACO Summit, Frank was awarded ‘Outstanding Contributions to the Canadian Early-Stage Ecosystem’. Thank you for your dedication to the ecosystem!
On June 13th, Angelo & Vosik had the pleasure of participating on the Keiretsu Forum Investor Capital Expo Advisory/judging panel!
On June 17th, we had three dynamic pitches, were introduced to Pitch Score, an update from a portfolio company, welcomed CybernetIQ to the Portfolio Company family, & had an update from Claudio of NACO!
On June 26th, York Angels was well represented at Access IO. Huge congratulations to Frank & Patrick for the well run event! We are looking forward to November 6th!

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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New Executive Director Search

As you know, our search has now begun for a new Executive Director after Jess Joss’ departure at the end of June.  We’re asking all York Angel members and ecosystem partners for their help in putting the word out about the position through their LinkedIn networks.   We would appreciate it if you could either post the following copy on your Linkedin feeds or simply share the York Angels Linkedin post:

“York Angel Investors is seeking a new Executive Director and is now taking applications for the position.  We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the start-up/tech ecosystem, has experience in angel/venture investing, and can be a vocal ambassador for the organization with entrepreneurs, government, ecosystem partners, sponsors and prospective new members.  For more information follow the link below for details”

YAI Executive Director Job Description

York Angel Investors Newsletter June 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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Monday, June 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019


Upcoming Events

Thurs. June 20th: Thinking North - Think Diversification (email Cass for details)
Wed. June 26th: Access IO
Mon. July 8th: PitchItTO City Hall
Thurs. July 18th: OneEleven Tech Summer Social
Tues. July 23rd: MMIE Investors Day in Toronto (email Cass for details)
Wed. July 24th: PitchItYork 
Thurs. Sept 5th - 8th: Fireside Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 12th: 2019 Angel First Look Investors Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Thank You Jess

As you are probably aware, Jess Joss will be leaving York Angels effective June 30, 2019 to take on the newly created role of CEO of a three-way angel group alliance between the Golden Triangle Angel Network, Angel One Investor Network, and Southwestern Ontario Angels. This is a tremendous opportunity for Jess and we wish her great success in her new endeavor.  We would also like to take this opportunity to again thank Jess for her tireless work and dedication to York Angels over the last 5 years as she will be missed.To keep in touch with Jess, please use connect@jessjoss.ca

 
We would also like to welcome Terry Mocherniak as the interim Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019.  Terry will take on the task of finding a permanent replacement for the Executive Director role and will manage the transition process through to early fall.  For those of you who don’t know Terry, he is an Osgoode Hall Law grad, YAI member since 2011, YAI Board member since 2012, and a serial entrepreneur with extensive start-up, venture capital and M & A experience.We have now formally started our search for a new Executive Director and would like to encourage all YAI members and ecosystem partners to help us find the perfect candidate.
 

 

If anyone is interested in the role or can recommend someone for the position, please send your resume or email us at jobs@yorkangels.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  For further information on the role please click on the following link: Executive Director Job Description.
Thanks again to everyone for your help and we look forward to hearing from you.

ACCESS IO
JUNE 26, 2019 


PitchItTO City Hall
July 8, 2019


Congratulations Enthusiast Gaming 

Enthusiast Gaming Announces Merger With Aquilini GameCo and Luminosity to Form Global Esports and Gaming Leader
Read More

Check It Out! 

A Message From Jess
Read Here Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders
Read Here Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul were interviewed for NACO's Blog
Read Here Women In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital

News

On May 12th, Angelo & Nikhil attended the Founders Forum
On May 13, Jess had the pleasure of being on a panel with Enthusiast Gaming CEO Menashe at Queen's University event.
York Angels was well represented at OCE Discovery by Angelo, Ana, Cass, Jess, Teresa, Marat, Mohan, Mona, Garry, JP, Jennifer on May 13 & 14.
On May 16th, Teresa was delighted to attend the LatAm Startups Conference, where YAI Member Randy, was the keynote speaker!
Our angels had a great time attending the Collision Conference in Toronto, May 21 & 22.
We had a full day on May 30th! We started with a board meeting, followed by our AGM & Investment Meeting! We had two dynamic pitches, two updates from YAI Portfolio Companies, community partner updates, awards & a presentation from our Sponsors, Dentons!
On June 3rd, Jess & Douglas had the pleasure speaking on a panel at PropTech Society event in Calgary!
From June 5 - 7th, York Angels was well represented at the NACO World Summit in Calgary by: Frank, Jason, Jess, Jennifer & Scott. Jennifer, Jess and Frank all participated in panels at the WAIS. We were very pleased to find out we had won the 'Top Canadian Angel Group by Number of Investments' Award.
    
Jess traveled to Ottawa June 10th & 11th for Invest Ottawa's AccelerateOTT conference where she moderated a panel on
'Scaling In Canada'.
On June 12th, Jess had the pleasure of speaking at the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA)
"Cutting the Red Tape" conference on the Angel Investors Ontario Panel.

A Message From Jess

Last week York Angels had its AGM, and the Board of Directors and team would like to thank our angels and ecosystem partners for making it a stellar year.

York Angels’ had a strong year of growth. We had 35 new members join, making us the largest group in Ontario and second largest in Canada. Our collective teamwork led to the completion of 76 deals the last year and a total of 210 rounds of investment since we began in 2008.  YAI invested over $8.5M in the previous fiscal year, and that the brings the total invested over the lifetime of York Angels to $27.5MM. As well, we had 2 exits last fall, which always makes investors happy! We are an active group who strive to have a positive impact on the early-stage ecosystem. Thanks to each of you for your contributions to our collective achievement. We have so much of which to be proud!

Each year we like to celebrate the contributions of our angels and partners, and we honoured several people last Thursday.

Angel of the Year was awarded to Jennifer Renda for her dedication to the York Angels through mentoring, referrals and investments, as well as representing YAI at ecosystem events and on panels.

Thank you, Jennifer!

Ecosytem Partner of the Year was presented to Innovation York (Launch YU and YSpace) for their dedication to supporting early- stage companies and their community-focused collaboration.

Thanks Sarah, David and Nilay!

As well, we inducted 2 angels into our Hall of Fame, recognizing their outstanding volunteer service to York Angels.

Bob Glandfield, Volunteer of Distinction – for chairing the screening committee, and his thoughtful contributions to the Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

Rudy Joss, Angel Emeritus – for his mentorship, active participation the selection committee and leadership as a Deal Lead & Board Member.

Thanks for your exemplary dedication.
Congratulations to all the winners!

A message from Jess:

I’ve been reflecting on the evolution of York Angels, as I have had the pleasure of being Executive Director for 5 years, as of June 1st. While group has grown a lot in that period, more importantly, we have become an angel family and part of a close-knit ecosystem.

I am proud of this amazing group. I am proud to be a part of this family. While I am stepping down as Executive Director at the end of June, to pursue new opportunities within our angel investing community, I look forward to continuing to be a member of York Angels, and remaining active in this ecosystem.

It has been an honour and pleasure to work with the dedicated team that run York Angels. Thank you for your friendship and support.  Thank you also to our devoted Board of Directors for your time, effort and mentorship. And to all the ecosystem partners that have made collaboration such a joy, I thank you.

Please join me in offering a warm welcome to York Angels’ own, Terry Mocherniak, who has been appointed the interim ED starting in July, to handle the search for our new leader. I know we will all be excited to meet the new Executive Director early in the Fall, and to see York Angels continue to flourish.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon at York Angel meetings and other ecosystem events. Again, thank you for an incredible 5 years.

Jess

York Angel Investors Newsletter May 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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019


Upcoming Events

Mon. May 13th: Uncovering the World of VC and Angel Funding
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Wed. May 15th: UP! Practical Sales Talks – Neville Joffe
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Tues. May 21st: Founders Vs. Funders – Collision Edition
Tues. May 21st: WOW Dinner Toronto 2019
Wed. May 22nd: OPN #PitchItYork! 
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Thurs. June 6th: Raising Capital Toronto
Wed. June 12th: PCMA Annual Conference
Wed. June 26th: Access IO
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

Johan De Greef

Scott Robinson
Stan Ivanov

NACO Names Claudio Rojas as CEO

York Angels is delighted with the announcement of Claudio Rojas, as the new NACO CEO. We looking forward to collaborating and working together!
Congratulations Claudio!

The WOW Dinner Toronto 
May 21, 2019

More info and tickets at https://bit.ly/2V6KEhN.
Enter discount code movethedial to get 10%.

World Angel Investment Summit

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is excited to partner with Alberta Innovates and the Inventure$ Conference to host the 2019 World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary. From June 5th to the 7th, attendees can expect great talks and networking opportunities with views of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Click here for more information and to register!


Access IO
June 26, 2019 

 


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Check It Out! 

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders
Read Here

Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul were interviewed for NACO’s Blog
Read Here

Women In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital


News

Teresa was thrilled to judge at the FIRST Robotics Canada York University tournament on April 12-13 2019

On April 17th, we were delighted to have a full house for our April Investment Meeting. We had four dynamic pitches yesterday, a community partner update, & a presentation on Investing in AI.

Jess had an informative & fun time in Chicago at the ACA Conference on April 23 – 26th. This picture is of a few of the Canadian Invasion!

On April 30th, Jess had the pleasure of mentoring the new cohort of entrepreneurs at Brilliant Catalyst. Thanks Jeff Peng for the invite

Jess was so pleased to be a judge at the League of Innovators Demo Day on May 7th!

On May 8th, Jess & Phoenix had the opportunity to judge the Angel Investors Ontario & Jumpstarts’ Syrian Refugee Pitch Day! Such inspiring pitches!

York Angels was well represented at OPN #PitchItTOCityHall by Angelo, JP, Norman, Johnathan, Firdos & Jess on May 8th. Jess was delighted to be a judge/advisor! Angelo & Norman were delighted to be Angel Investing Panelists.

Congratulations to Sherry Colbourne and team on the Grand Opening of the amazing new home of the Spark Center. On May 9th, Angelo, Frank, Jess, Scott and Garry were there to celebrate with our Durham friends.


Startup Ecosystem

Jerry Chen: The New Moats. Read More

Bill Gates: How we’ll invent the future. Read More

Rivka Galchen: The Race to Develop the Moon. Read More

Denise Stephan: 12 Dos and Don’ts of Cold Calling. Read More

Steve Blank: Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad. Read More

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York Angel Investors Newsletter April 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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Tues. April 16th: How to Fund Your Social Startup + Networking
Tues. April 23rd: OPN – PitchItYork
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Wed. May 8th: OPN – PitchItCityHall
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Wed. June 26th: Ontario Power Generation – Access IO
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Welcome Parachute Coffee

York Angels is very happy to welcome Parachute Coffee to our YAI family of Portfolio Companies!

How can a social purpose organization become financially sustainable?

 

Whether you’re seeking funding for a social enterprise or non-profit, looking to invest in social startups, or are simply impact-curious, come hear our panel of social purpose funding experts discuss how impact investing, grants, and other channels of funding work together to support world-changing work. Join us in conversation to learn more on April 16th at YSpace Markham 6:30pm-9pm, How Fund Your Social Startup + Networking
Register here


World Angel Investment Summit

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is excited to partner with Alberta Innovates and the Inventure$ Conference to host the 2019 World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary. From June 5th to the 7th, attendees can expect great talks and networking opportunities with views of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Click here for more information and to register!

World Angel Investment Summit Awards Announcement 

NACO’S 2019 World Angel Investment Summit will be held from June 5-7 in Calgary, Alberta. Finalists and winners for NACO’s annual awards will be presented at the Gala Awards Ceremony the evening of June 6th.
Call for nominations for the following awards:
  1. Angel of the Year (nominations close April 25th, 2019)
  2. Exit of the Year (nominations close April 25th, 2019)
  3. Most Promising Startup of the Year (nominations close April 25th, 2019)
If you have an Angel, Exit, or Startup you’d like to nominate for these awards please follow the links above and note the judging criteria, requirements, and closing dates for each award.

Ontario Power Generation
Access IO

June 26, 2019 


Check It Out!

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul, were interviewed for NACO’s Blog: Read Here


Enthusiast Gaming News

Enthusiast Gaming Acquires significant interest in Waveform Entertainment, a leading e-sports operator & tournament producer.

NACO and RBC partner to support Canadian early stage companies

 

Through this collaboration, RBC will provide NACO Angel-backed companies a business banking package that features access to credit, access to professional advice and services, and access to RBC advisors to help early stage companies scale effectively. NACO is also expanding its efforts to provide Angels, incubators, accelerators and their investee companies with guidance, best practices, tools and resources.

Read More 


News

On March 14th, Angel Jennifer had the opportunity to participate in the Venture Out Pitch Event. Venture Out is Canada’s first and largest conference connecting LGBTQA+ entrepreneurs and folks in tech to career opportunities, role models, and each other.

 

March 19th, Jess was delighted to attend Women in VC, to hear Peggy Vanderplassche talk about founding her new fund, ROAR, and to network with other angels and VCs.

On March 20th, we were delighted have a room full of Angel Investors learning the best practices for Leading Due Diligence & Investment Rounds. Thanks to Angels; Jason & Mohan, & Andrew of Pinch Financial for sitting on our Panel!
Huge thank you to Karen Grant & Blake Laufer for leading the seminar!
& sincere thanks to NACO for their generous sponsorship!

 

Also on March 20th, York Angels was well represented at the OPN’s PitchItYork at YSpace Markham. Jess, Angelo, JP, Mike, Sherwin and Alan were in attendance!

 

Jess was delighted to have the opportunity to be a judge for the Innovation York Launch YU Awards on March 21st. The LaunchYU Aird and Berlis Market Entry StartUp Award included a prize of $25k plus legal services.

On March 21st, York Angels was well represented at the Annual GoodNews Ventures LP Reception. York Angels was represented by: Mohan, Mona, Marat, Jess, Mike, Galen, Garry, Arshad, Jackie, Sukumar, Joseph, Jennifer, Angelo, Nathan, Chase, Christine & Nikhil.

Teresa was delighted to judge at the FIRST Robotics Canada York University tournament on March 24th & 25th.

On March 26th, Jess had the pleasure of hosting a dinner for the winning team from last month’s StartUp Weekend!

Angelo participated on the ICUBE Advisory Board mentoring session on March 27th at UTM.

On March 28th, we had four dynamic pitches, community partner updates, welcome Parachute Coffee to the YAI Family & a presentation from our Sponsor, Marks & Clerk!

On April 4th, Jess, Angelo, Jason, Jordan, Ken, Raggin, Hetal, Daniel and Katie were delighted to be at TechStars Toronto pre-DemoDay!

Also on April 4th, Jess had the pleasure of being a judge for the TieQuest 2019 Finals & Awards. York Angels was well represented by: Max, Moe, Jess, Jason, Nikhil and Thomas.

York Angels is delighted to be at BIAT 2019 in Bari, Italy from April 10 – 12. York Angels is well represented overseas by Jess, Jennifer, & Marat & NACO’s  Yuri. They are excited to have investor meetings with entrepreneurs! Thanks to James Johnson for the invite!


STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

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Jerry Neumann
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PitchBook Analyst Note: 2019 Venture Capital Outlook. Read More

Omers Ventures
Jim Orlando: Canadian Tech Predictions for 2019 Read More

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

   

York Angel Investors Newsletter March 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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

 

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019


Upcoming Events

 

Fri. March 8th: BDO VC Pitch Day 2019
Thurs. March 14th – 15th: Venture Out 2019
Mon. March 18th – 22nd: UofT Entrepreneurship Week
Wed. March 20th: YAI Presents: NACO Academy Workshop – on Due Diligence
Wed. March 20th: OPN’s PitchItYork 
Thurs.March 21st: enLIGHT DEMOday 2019
Wed. March 27th: OPN’s PitchItDurham
Tues. April 2nd: MLA Curbside Mentoring
Thurs. April 4th: TiEQuest – Finals & Awards Gala
Tues. April 23rd: OPN’s PitchItYork
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

March 28th – INVESTMENT MEETING

 

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


Happy International Womens Day! 

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’ – Michelle Obama
From all of us at York Angels, we would like to wish you all a Happy International Womens Day!

Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels


Daniel Handiaz

Welcome Jamstack

 

York Angels is very happy to welcome Jamstack to our YAI family of Portfolio Companies!


York Angel Investors presents: 

NACO Academy Workshop- Leading Due Diligence

Details:
12:45 – 5 pm
Wednesday, March 20th
York Downs Golf & Country Club 

Registration- 12:45pm

Workshop

Module 110: Leading Investment Rounds with Karen Grant & Blake Laufer

1:00pm – 4:45pm

This module is designed for angel investors that are looking to learn more about the role of lead investor and what it entails. It will also provide investors with an overview of the due diligence process.

The role of lead investor can be a challenging one, especially for investors that are doing it for the first time. On top of analyzing the investment opportunity, the lead is also responsible for coordinating the communication between all the involved parties and negotiating the terms of the investment.

This module provides first time leads with a step by step walk through of the due diligence process, expected timelines, commons pitfalls, and tips to ensure that they will be able to efficiently lead a round of angel investment.

YAI Members, your discount code is still usable!
Not a York Angel Member?
 Don’t worry you are still welcome to preregister. The cost to attend is $60+HST.

If you are planning on attending, please Register to secure your spot. Registration closes: March 11th! 


Check It Out! 

 

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul, were interviewed for NACO’s Blog: Read Here


Congratulations Dapasoft!

 

York Angel’s invested $4.42M in Dapasoft in the summer of 2015, when the revenue was $9 Million. That YAI investment was used to develop a cloud product which went to market late last year. Dapasoft, with the merger announced today, employs over 150 individuals in North America, and is achieving revenue of over $25 Million.Congratulations Dapasoft and we are excited for the next chapter.

Read the full Press Release.


Congratulations Sampler

YAI Portfolio Company, Sampler, Raised $3M in Series A!
Read the full article

enLIGHT DEMOday 2019

March 21st, 4 – 9 pm


NACO and RBC partner to support Canadian early stage companies

 

Through this collaboration, RBC will provide NACO Angel-backed companies a business banking package that features access to credit, access to professional advice and services, and access to RBC advisors to help early stage companies scale effectively. NACO is also expanding its efforts to provide Angels, incubators, accelerators and their investee companies with guidance, best practices, tools and resources.Read More 


News

Jess had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Dream Summit on February 19th.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on February 21st. We had a great turnout and a very successful day – 3 pitches, an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Kepler & welcomed Jamstack to our YAI family of Portfolio Company. Thank you to Terry & Marat for sharing information on deal structure terminology.
On February 22nd, YAI’s Board Member, Ana Misra, was delighted to be a part of the Investment Space 2019 Start-Up Pitch Judging Panel. YAI was also represented by our members Angelo DelDuca, Angad Sandhu and Teresa Sing.
Jess had the opportunity to travel to the Yukon from February 25 – 27th for a NACO Board Retreat. She had a great time with Angel Investing friends & at the Yukon Community consultations in regards to creating an angel investing ecosystem up in the Yukon!
Cass had a great time at the YSpace Women’s Day Brunch on March 7th.

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PitchBook Analyst Note: 2019 Venture Capital Outlook. Read More

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

   

Dapasoft Press Release

Congratulations Dapasoft!

 

York Angel’s invested $4.42M in Dapasoft in the summer of 2015, when the revenue was $9 Million. That YAI investment was used to develop a cloud product which went to market late last year. Dapasoft, with the merger announced today, employs over 150 individuals in North America, and is achieving revenue of over $25 Million. Congratulations Dapasoft and we are excited for the next chapter.

Dapasoft and iSecurity Announce Business Combination Agreement

Agreement provides complementary capabilities to enhance and strengthen client offerings
TORONTO, ON – March 5, 2019 – Dapasoft Inc., a leading provider of healthcare interoperability and custom cloud solutions, and iSecurity Inc., a leader in cybersecurity consulting, enterprise architecture, cloud infrastructure security and advanced threat detection managed services have agreed to merge to combine business strengths and complement each other’s technology offerings and expertise. Both companies will continue to operate individually in their respective areas of expertise.

This move will benefit customers looking for a highly secure cloud integration platform and offer cybersecurity along with DevSecOps advisory and managed services to customers across multiple industry verticals. Together, Dapasoft and iSecurity will collaborate on evolving Dapasoft’s premier product, Corolar Cloud, and on developing a combined product strategy for future offerings.

“Healthcare is a highly regulated and complex vertical. The extended capabilities iSecurity brings to the table will benefit our customers as technology and compliance requirements continue to change,” said Michael Lonsway, President, Dapasoft. “Together we offer the industry a unique, full-service offering for cloud migration, cloud infrastructure, cloud management, and cloud privacy and security solutions.”

Dapasoft and iSecurity will strengthen their portfolios and offerings by providing additional cybersecurity and DevSecOps services to North American healthcare providers and payers, while iSecurity continues to expand and serve clients across verticals including finance, critical infrastructure, retail, and healthcare. 

“Joining with Dapasoft gives iSecurity and our customers the best of both worlds, extending our reach and bolstering our bench strength. The Dapasoft team provides access to expertise in cloud development and artificial intelligence, while we develop advanced threat detection solutions in cybersecurity,” said Kees Pouw, Partner, iSecurity.

“Protection of information assets is a key concern for many organizations as the threat landscape evolves,” said Raheel Qureshi, Partner, iSecurity. “We’ve partnered with Dapasoft on many successful engagements already, and share a vision and a passion for providing exceptional expertise to our clients.” 

About Dapasoft 
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dapasoft is pioneering the future of healthcare apps and data interoperability. Dapasoft’s healthcare iPaaS on Azure enables legacy health IT systems and independent SaaS apps to work together seamlessly, improving quality and cost of care. Its iPaaS has pre-built and highly customizable adapters ideal for easily building and quickly deploying custom healthcare integrations. Dapasoft is trusted by numerous healthcare providers, payors, and app developers across North America to power their businesses every day, integrating a wide variety of clinical, EHR, CRM, and health analytics systems. Dapasoft brings over 12 years of healthcare integration expertise on HL7, C-CDA, FHIR, focused on bolstering its customers’ business quickly and cost effectively in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid environment. www.dapasoft.com

About iSecurity
iSecurity specializes in providing privacy and security consulting as well as advisory services for clients across North America. Experts in cybersecurity, risk management, enterprise security architecture, critical infrastructure and engineering, product security, and security solution deployment serving multiple industry domains, the iSecurity team is comprised of senior and fully accredited (CISSP, CICA, CISM, SABSA) cybersecurity advisors with experience in multiple verticals including healthcare, transportation, defense and security, critical infrastructure, aerospace, retail, and media communications. www.isecurityconsulting.com

Media contact:

Jijesh Devan, Dapasoft
416-846-4080 x 1070
jdevan@dapasoft.com

York Angel Investors Newsletter February 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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Upcoming Events

Tues. Feb 19th: Canadian Dream Summit 2019
Wed. Feb 20th – 22nd: 2019 Niagara Investment Summit – Niagara on the lake
Wed. Feb 20th – 22nd: DRIVE Waterloo 
Thurs. Feb 21st: Blockchain 2.0: Legal implications and issues in 2019 and beyond
Sat. Feb 23rd & Mar 2nd: Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference
Wed. Feb 27th: #PitchItTOCityHall
Mon. March 4th: YEDI Incubator Fall 2018 Venture Fair
Fri. March 8th: BDO VC Pitch Day 2019
Wed. March 20th: YAI Presents: NACO Academy Workshop – on Due Diligence
Thurs. April 4th: TiEQuest – Finals & Awards Gala
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Thank you to Panache Ventures for sponsoring last month’s January Investment Meeting and Networking Reception.

 


Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels


Althea Wishloff

Barbara Schuy 

Doris Qamar 

Ivar D’Silva

Jason Schuy  


Mark Albert 


Prashant Matta 


Zen Mao


Welcome 2020 Armour

York Angels is very happy to welcome 2020 Armour to our YAI family of Portfolio Companies!


York Angel Investors presents: 

NACO Academy Workshop- Leading Due Diligence

Details:
12:45 – 5 pm
Wednesday, March 20th
York Downs Golf & Country Club 

Registration- 12:45pm

Workshop

Module 110: Leading Investment Rounds with Karen Grant & Blake Laufer

1:00pm – 4:45pm

This module is designed for angel investors that are looking to learn more about the role of lead investor and what it entails. It will also provide investors with an overview of the due diligence process.

The role of lead investor can be a challenging one, especially for investors that are doing it for the first time. On top of analyzing the investment opportunity, the lead is also responsible for coordinating the communication between all the involved parties and negotiating the terms of the investment.

This module provides first time leads with a step by step walk through of the due diligence process, expected timelines, commons pitfalls, and tips to ensure that they will be able to efficiently lead a round of angel investment.

YAI Members, your discount code is still usable!
Not a York Angel Member? Don’t worry you are still welcome to preregister. The cost to attend is $60+HST.

If you are planning on attending, please Register to secure your spot. Registration closes: March 11th! 


Y2 Conference
February 23 & March 3

Know someone in high school (in grade 9 to 12) that wants to build their problem-solving, entrepreneurship and leadership skills? Want to work directly with established and serial entrepreneurs?
Whether or not they have a business idea (and this isn’t only for business students!) the Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference will offer hands-on opportunities to work with mentors and coaches who have run their own businesses for years.

PitchItTO City Hall
February 27th, 2019 


YAI Portfolio Company News 

 

Congratulations to Dapasoft on the launch of their new Product!Dapasoft, a leading provider of healthcare interoperability, clinical integration, and cloud application development solutions, is enabling clinicians to collaborate and communicate on patient care. Dapasoft’s Corolar FHIR Server for Microsoft Teams Now in Private Preview.

Read more


NACO and RBC partner to support Canadian early stage companies

 

Through this collaboration, RBC will provide NACO Angel-backed companies a business banking package that features access to credit, access to professional advice and services, and access to RBC advisors to help early stage companies scale effectively. NACO is also expanding its efforts to provide Angels, incubators, accelerators and their investee companies with guidance, best practices, tools and resources.

Read More 


News

Jess had a great time celebrating YSpace Markham’s 1st Anniversary On January 17th! It is a pleasure to collaborate with such a great ecosystem partner.

On January 19th, Jess was pleased to judge the finals of Queen’s Entrepreneurship Conference, with companies from across North America and prizes of over $30k.

York Angels were delighted to host a Basecamp with Valhalla Angels, for Innovation York on January 21st & 22nd.  Thank you to Dentons for their gracious hospitality.
We hosted the Basecamp Pitch Party on January 23rd at the Tundra Lounge. Thank you to everyone who came out to support & listen to the amazing presenters!
On January 29th, YAI was represented at Mississauga Mayor’s Annual Address Luncheon with Mayor Bonnie Crombie by our Board member, Ana Misra & member Teresa Sing..
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on January 31st. We had a great turnout and a very successful day – 4 pitches, several community updates, and a presentation from our event sponsors, Panache Ventures.
On February 7th, Angelo had the opportunity to speak at the the BEST Labs dinner!
On February 7th, Jess had the opportunity to speak at the Enactus UOIT SheLeads event! What a fantastic evening!
On February 10th, Irene was one of the judges at Startup weekend at Helix Seneca. She had the opportunity to judge alongside; Jonathan Wheatle (Strategic Economic Initiatives for York Region) & Damodar Arapakota (Angel Investor).
Jess, Jason, JP & Frank attended a goodbye party for Rob of Spark Angels on February 11th. We would like to wish Rob all the best as he embarks on his new journey in Ottawa. Don’t forget to visit!

Startup Ecosystem

Courtney Reum
Think You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First. Read More

Rebecca Greenfield
The Regular Person’s Guide to Bullet Journaling. Read More

Jerry Neumann
Why do VCs insist on only investing in high-risk, high-return companies? Read More

PitchBook Analyst Note: 2019 Venture Capital Outlook. Read More

Omers Ventures
Jim Orlando: Canadian Tech Predictions for 2019Read More

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

   

Happy Holidays!

As the year draws to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your ongoing support of York Angel Investors and start-up ecosystem.

This year YAI turned 10th, and with that milestone anniversary came other milestones to celebrate!
In 2018, York Angels, with your kind assistance, was able to

  • Add 27 new angel investors to the ecosystem,
  • Invest $7.25 million
  • Into 53 companies

But that was just the beginning of the good news.

We were delighted that Enthusiast Gaming had its IPO in October, and that HTBase was acquired in December by Juniper, providing our angels with a 10.8x exit! As well, many other portfolio companies excelled. Kepler Communications raised a further round at a substantially higher valuation, and launched another satellite; and Dapasoft, into which YAI originally invested over $4.7million, has combined with iSecurity, to form a company with $25 Million in revenue. And that’s just naming a few of our all-star portfolio companies!

This has been an exceptionally strong year for the angels and portfolio companies of YAI.

And all of this would not be possible without the support of our angels and ecosystem. Thank you all for your referrals, for volunteering, for mentoring entrepreneurs, for investing not only money, but also time, into promising start-ups. Thank you for your belief in the possible, in the opportunities.

May your holidays be filled with family and friends, rest and relaxation.

Just a reminder that our YAI offices will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd, so that we may return energized for the great opportunities ahead in 2019!

We wish you and yours a very safe & Happy Holiday, from our YAI Family

– Jess, Ana, Cass & Zach

PS: view the 2019 Meeting Schedule & save the dates!