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!

York Angel Investors Newsletter December 2018

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, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019


Upcoming Events

Dec 22nd – Jan 2nd: YAI Office Closed for the Holidays
Wed. Jan 17th – 20th: Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)
Mon. Jan 21st – 22nd: York Angels, Valhalla Angels & Innovation York Basecamp
Wed. Jan 23rd: Basecamp Pitch Party
Wed. Feb 6th: LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Award Competition
Tues. Feb 19th: Canadian Dream Summit 2019
Sat. Feb 23rd & Mar 2nd: Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference 
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019, Calgary
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Happy Holidays! 

Our YAI offices will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd.
We wish you and yours a very safe & Happy Holiday, from our YAI Family!


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Firdos Somji
Katie Salem
Sanj Jegan

Welcome Pinch Financial

York Angels is very happy to welcome Pinch Financial to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies!


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.Register here

Congratulations HTBase

Congrats to YAI Portfolio Company HTBase on getting aquired by Juniper Networks!
The acquisition happened in less than 24 months, allowing our angels a 10.8x return.Read More

YAI Portolio Company News

Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Operation Sports, The Leader in Sports Video Gaming News & Community. Read More

RNA Diagnostics Announces $5M Series A Financing Round Led by iGAN Partners. Read More

Kepler’s Next Wideband Satellite Reaches Orbit on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. 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 


Angel Investing & Women 

In the Tech Industry, Women are about to change the whole game. Read More

Minding the Gender Gap in Tech Funding. Read More

Ask for more money, women urged when it comes to tech funding. Read More

Clearbanc raises $70M to give startups ad money for a rev share. Read More


News

On November 7th, many of our Angels attended the first annual Access IO event at Lakeridge Health. York Angels was well represented by: Cass, JP, Jess, Jennifer, Norman, Jonathan, Nikhil, Jay, Phoenix, & Jason. Congrats to Angelo & Frank on a well run event.
Cassandra & Basil had a great time at the Social Innovation 101 Event at YSpace Markham on November 20th. Thank you for an informative evening.
Also on November 20th, Jess had the pleasure of attending the UOIT Brilliant Catalyst Work Space opening. Congrats to Jeff Peng, David Pamenter & colleagues!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on November 22nd. We had a full house & a really diverse agenda- 2 pitches, community updates, welcomed Pinch Financial to the YAI Family, Ignite Durham finalist mini-pitches & updates from 2 YAI Portfolio Companies Curexe & Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc..
Jess was delighted to travel to Halifax for NACO, on November 28-29. While there, they worked with Volta to hear pitches of their current cohort, and provide mentoring & office hours to new companies.
On December 3rd, we had the last Board Meeting of 2018 followed by a holiday lunch. We are so lucky to have such engaged & supportive board!
On December 4th, Jennifer was delighted to judge the Queen’s UPstart Venture Challenge 2018.
We had a great night at the Ignite Durham Gala on December 4th. York Angels was well represented by Angelo, Cass, Frank, Jess & Garry!
On December 11th, Jess, Angelo & Chis, all had a great time at the Maple Leaf Angels Holiday Party!
Jess & Cass attended the Angel Investors Ontario group Managers meeting on December 12th.
Also on December 12th, York Angels was well represented by Cass, Jess, Frank, Angelo, Galen, Alan, Arshad, Garry, Mike, Firdos, Mohan, Jason, Douglas, Jackie, JP, Norman & Johnathan, at the Angel Investor Ontario AGM & Holiday Networking Reception.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on December 13. We had a great turnout & a very successful day – 3 pitches, an update on HTBase, a community update, & an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Daisy.

Startup Ecosystem

Chris Kay
“Its Not About You”. Read More

Sean Parker
“I appreciate any conversation where I can walk away questioning ­myself and my ideas.” Read More

Reid Hoffman
“Every decision has tradeoffs: when you choose to do one thing it means you choose not do some other thing. When you choose to optimize a choice on one factor, it means necessarily suboptimizing on another factors.” Read More

Bill Campbell
“Campbell knew that a lack of empathy often translated into an inability to listen” Read More

Marc Andreesen
“The biggest outcomes come when you break your previous mental model.” Read More

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York Angels Investors Newsletter November 2018

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, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019


Upcoming Events

Wed. Nov 14th: Funding 101 with MentorWorks
Wed. Nov 14th: PitchIt TO City Hall 
Tues. Nov 20th: Social Innovation 101 & Networking
Wed. Nov 21st: TES Founder Dinner
Thurs. Nov 22nd: ICUBE Startup Social 2018
Wed. Nov 28th: The Blockchain Conference @ Deloitte
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Thurs. Nov 29th: Haltech Hi5 Pitch Competition | Fall 2018
Thurs. Nov 29th: Crypto Camp at Deloitte – use “COMMUNITY” for 50% OFF.
Wed. Dec 5th: The Entrepreneurship Society AI Conference
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception
Fri. Dec 14th: The Blockchain Society Business Conference in Toronto
Tues. Jan 15th: The Blockchain Society Business Conference in Vancouver
Thurs. Jan 31st: The Blockchain Society Security Tokens Conference in New York
May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels

Basil Aribi
Basil Aribi

PitchItTO City Hall – November 14, 2018

RSVP HERE

RSVP Here


Save the Date – SAAS North – November 28th & 29th

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS conference for companies scaling up. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event in partnership with L-Spark and bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customer

Promo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here


Crypto Camp 2019

Toronto is a home to so many amazing blockchain and crypto projects. This event happening on November 29 aims to bring the entire blockchain community together and showcase what we’ve all been working on. Check out Crypto Camp – Toronto’s first blockchain unconference, organized by the community for the community!

Have a product you would like to demo? A workshop you’ve been dying to teach? Or a keynote you just have to show off? That’s great! Crypto Camp call for applications is now open to all. Just visit cryptocamp.community to fill out the form and apply to reserve your spot now.

Promo Code for 50% off: COMMUNITY.
Register Here


Check It Out!

On October 29th, Rosanna Lamana of Grant Thornton was on TVO discussing ‘All In The Family Business’.

You can check out the full video here.


Congratulations Kepler

Huge congratulations to YAI Portfolio Company Kepler Communications for raising $20.8 Million to build a telecom in space!
Read More

YAI Portolio Company News

Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Operation Sports, The Leader in Sports Video Gaming News & Community. Read More

RNA Diagnostics Announces $5M Series A Financing Round Led by iGAN Partners. 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 


Women Entrepreneurship Fund

The Government of Canada announced a new fund that’s now available for female founders. 

The Government has made funding available to women-owned and/or women-led businesses to support them to grow and pursue market opportunities abroad.

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a $20 million investment which aims to assist women entrepreneurs to grow their existing businesses and enable them to mature to a state where they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding.

Application DEADLINE: November 15th, 2018 

Read More


Angel Investing & Women

In the Tech Industry, Women are about to change the whole game. Read More

Minding the Gender Gap in Tech Funding. Read More

Ask for more money, women urged when it comes to tech funding. Read More

Clearbanc raises $70M to give startups ad money for a rev share. Read More


News

On October 16th, Jess, Lucas & Jason were named as 3 of the 10 tech innovation influencers by the City of Vaughn!

Jess met many interesting founders when speaking at the YSpace series Funding101, on October 17th. Jess spoke about when and how to seek angel investment.

Also on October 17th, Jess was delighted to judge the first round of the Ignite Durham Event hosted by the Spark Centre.

On October 19th, Jess, Frank & Jay were delighted to judge the Y2 Conference, and Galen, Garry and JP to mentor. Congratulations Lucas on another great event!
Frank represented York Angels & Canada at the SMAU Italy Restart ups in Milan October 23-24

Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on October 25th. We had a full house, with a really diverse agenda- 3 pitches, an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Sampler and a presentation and reception by our Annual Sponsor, Dentons.

On October 31st, Jess attended the Women of Influence Lunch & had the pleasure sitting at the head table with Michele Romanow. Michele speech was a honest and raw look at the messy, unglamorous side of entrepreneurship.

Jess had the opportunity to attend TieE Con in Ottawa on November 1st-2nd as a judge for the pitch competition and as a speaker on the funding panel.

York Angels was well represented by: Frank, Angelo, Cass, JP, Jennifer, Jess, Norman, Jonathan, Nikhil, Jay, Jason, Tony & Phoenix. Our angels had a great time at Lakeridge Health’s Access IO event on November 7th.

Ana had the pleasure of judging the FinTech Summit on November 8th.

 

On November 8th, Jess was delighted to judge Ignite Durhams Boardroom Competition!

 

Jess had a great time moderating at the Markham Board of Trade’s Women’s Networking Lunch with a dynamic group of panelists: Deryn Rizzi, Susan Gubasta &Manjit Sharma on November 6th.

 

On November 6th, Jess, Lucas & Sean had a great night at the Toronto Entrepreneurs of Passion & Purpose Gala at Joey Eaton Centre.

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Startup Ecosystem

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York Angel Investors Newsletter October 2018

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, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thurs. Oct 11th: Dentons & SheEO: A Morning of Radical Generosity – Ottawa
Tues. Oct 16th: Vaughan Small Buisness Week Launch Outside the Box: Portraits of Innovation & Tech 
Wed. Oct 17th: Funding 101 with York Angels
Wed. Oct 17th: Ignite Durham – Pitch Competition 
Wed. Oct 17th: Dentons & SheEO: An Evening of Radical Generosity – Vancouver
Thurs. Oct 18th: PitchIt TO
Fri. Oct 19th: Y2 Conference – Durham
Thurs. Oct 25th: iGan Partners Pitch to Heal
Wed. Oct 31st: Funding 101 with Ernst & Young (SRED)
Thurs. Nov 1st – 2nd: TIECON Canada 2018
Wed. Nov 7th: Accessio @ Lakeridge Health 
Wed. Nov 7th: Ignite Durham – Part 2
Thurs. Nov 8th: Schulich Startup Night
Wed. Nov 14th: Funding 101 with MentorWorks
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

David Laliberte

Michael Varenbut

Wei Hua


That’s a wrap on NACO World Summit 2018!

From September 25th – 27th, over 500 angel investors from across Canada and from around the globe, came to Toronto for 3 days of seminars, insightful keynotes, thought-provoking panels, phenomenal networking….and lots of fun!

York Angels was the best represented angel group at the Summit, with over 20 members in attendance. Missing from this photo taken at the Casa Loma welcome Reception- JP, Marat, Chris G., and Nikhil.

Over 135 speakers that traveled to share their knowledge and perspectives on a wide range of topics relating to the theme – The Era of Dynamic Disruption. From keynotes to panels, there was lots of food for thought. It was a pleasure to have Hon. Minister Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion share her vision and insights regarding investing in innovation and business, and announce some renewed FedDev funding. As well, Mayor John Tory attended the Gala Awards Dinner and shared his thoughts on the importance of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor as an Innovation hub, and the importance of leveraging technology for efficiencies.

Congratulations to YAI Member Randy Stewart Thompson (OKR /Valhalla) on winning Angel of the Year! So deserved!

Our members also enjoyed a full pass to all of the Elevate events, including AL Gore speaking!

Many thanks to the dedicated NACO World Summit Programming Committee for their vision and dedication, to shape this amazing event. Thank you also to the whole team at NACO for all their hard work. We had a great time!

And thank you to all the YAI angel investors that attended. Thank you for taking the time to come together; to learn, network and build relationships. May this be a spring board for more collaboration, and greater investment in innovative start-ups!

We are already looking forward to next year’s World Summit in Calgary this June!


Huge Congratulations to YAI Portfolio Company Enthusiast Gaming on going Public! 

Many angel investors from York Angel Investors, in August 2016, initially invested over $420k in a young, dynamic company with ambitious dreams and a driven team. The company was Enthusiast Gaming, and what an interesting two years it has been! Through more financing rounds and acquisitions, Enthusiast Gaming has kept things exciting.
Today, Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (TSXV: EGLX), a digital media company building the largest community of authentic gamers, announced that its shares began trading when markets opened, at on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Google EGLX.V for the latest trading details. Many of us invested at around a quarter, the end of the first day closed at $1.07 was a nice bump!
“As one of the few gaming companies trading publicly, we’re incredibly proud to announce this milestone in Enthusiast’s history,” said Enthusiast Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Menashe Kestenbaum. “We look forward to a beneficial relationship with our shareholders as we carry out our vision of growing our platform both online and through our Enthusiast gaming Live Expo, EGLX.”
Congratulations to the team on this exciting day from your YAI Family!
Onwards and upwards!

CAREER KICKSTART PROGRAM

UOIT currently has an intern program called Career Kick Start that place students within companies for a minimum of 10 weeks and can provide a financial inventive of $2,250 to $4,500 based on the eligibility of the company.

This is a terrific opportunity for your start-up or start-ups you may know to draw some top talent from our institution.

If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Alsop-Lee direct at Jennifer.alsop-lee@uoit.ca


Pitch To Heal 

iGan Partners is pleased to provide this investment opportunity, as we believe that Canadian companies are blazing the path to more effective healthcare globally,” the firm wrote in a blog post.

The competition takes place on October 25. Startups can apply for the competition here until October 7th.


SAVE THE DATE
TIECON CANADA
NOVEMBER 1ST & 2ND 


Access IO 
November 7th 

If you’re in the medical field, an angel investor or curious about angel investing then you are invited to Access IO @ Lakeridge Health. We are showcasing the best medical and health sciences startups, and they want to hear from you


SAVE THE DATE
SAAS NORTH
NOVEMBER 28TH & 29TH

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS conference for companies scaling up. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event in partnership with L-Spark and bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customer

Promo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here


Check it out! 

Two of YAI’s Portfolio Companies, Sampler & #Paid, were featured in the Globe & Mail this week! They are both being featured as two of nine up & coming business’s.Check out the full article here


News

We were delighted to have a full house for our September 17th Investment Meeting! Thank you to all who registered and attended!
We were so pleased to have the Dare 2 Be Global Accelerator entrepreneurs join us at our September 17th Investment Meeting. Thanks to Sherry & the Spark Centre for the opportunity to welcome our friends from Brazil.

Jess & Yuri (CEO of NACO)  traveled to Ottawa on September 19th for meetings with the Asst. Deputy Ministers & Heads for Regional Development Agencies regarding a 5-year funding proposal for the angel ecosystem.

On September 20th, we had a great night as always at OPN’s PitchItTO Session 17, held at The Lodge on Queen.

A FedDev extension was announced by Minister Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business & Export Promotion on September 26th.

Ana & Teresa enjoying Elevate events at MaRS on September 27th.

On October 10th, our sponsor Denton’s hosted an Evening of Radical Generosity in partnership with SheEO in Toronto.


Startup Ecosystem

Hey Reid Hoffman, What Is Blitzscaling? Read More

a16z Podcast: How to Manage a PR Agency  Read More

What Does It Take To Raise Your Next Round In 2018?  Read More

First Hyperloop Passenger Capsule Unveiled  Read More

Here’s the Advice I Give All of Our First Time Founders  Read More

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Congratulations to the team at Enthusiast Gaming on going public today!

Enthusiast Gaming

Enthusiast Gaming commenced trading on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange

Many angel investors from York Angel Investors, in August 2016, initially invested over $420k in a young, dynamic company with ambitious dreams and a driven team. The company was Enthusiast Gaming, and what an interesting two years it has been! Through more financing rounds and acquisitions, Enthusiast Gaming has kept things exciting.

Today, Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (TSXV: EGLX), a digital media company building the largest community of authentic gamers, announced that its shares began trading when markets opened, at on the TSX Venture Exchange.

Google EGLX.V for the latest trading details. Many of us invested at around a quarter, so today’s close at $1.07 was a nice bump!

“As one of the few gaming companies trading publicly, we’re incredibly proud to announce this milestone in Enthusiast’s history,” said Enthusiast Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Menashe Kestenbaum. “We look forward to a beneficial relationship with our shareholders as we carry out our vision of growing our platform both online and through our Enthusiast gaming Live Expo, EGLX.”

Congratulations to the team on this exciting day from your York Angels Investors Family! Onwards and upwards!

Enthusiast Gaming

York Angel Investors Newsletter September 2018

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, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Sept 20th: DMZ Women Founders Pitch Competition
Thurs. Sept 20th: PitchItTO
Fri. Sept 21st: Blockchain Society Conference – New York
Tues. Sept 25th – 27th: NACO World Angel Investment Summit
Wed. Sept 26th – Funding 101 with OCE Discovery
Thurs. Sept 27th: LaunchYU Graduation & Launch Day
Fri. Sept 28th: Industry Day: Statistical Inference, Learning and Models in Data Science
Wed. Oct 3rd: Funding 101 with Futurpreneur 
Thurs. Oct 11th: Made In York Region – The Future of Tech
Wed. Oct 17th: Funding 101 with York Angels
Wed. Oct 31st: Funding 101 with Ernst & Young (SRED)
Oct. (Dates TBD): Blockchain Society Conference – Berlin & San Francisco
Thurs. Nov 1st – 2nd: TIECON Canada 2018
Wed. Nov 7th: Accessio @ Lakeridge Health
Wed. Nov 14th: Funding 101 with MentorWorks
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception
Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

Soroush Nazarpour
York Angel Investors
Vikram Khurana

York Angel Investors Inc.


September 17th Investment Meeting 

We are excited to kick off York Angels Angel Investing season next week !

Our Investment Meeting is officially SOLD OUT & RSVP only!

If you missed the chance to sign up in advance for this meeting, we apologize for the inconvenience & we look forward to seeing you at the NACO Summit 2018 or our October Meeting!

* Angels Please Email Cass or Jess *


NACO World Summit

This year NACO is hosting the World Angel Investment Summit in Toronto, Sept. 25-27th

but frankly if this is news, then I certainly haven’t been doing my job as Summit Chair!

Tonnes of volunteer and staff hours have gone in to creating a robust 3 day agenda filled with education session, in-depth panels, inspiring keynotes, and exclusive networking opportunities.  The Summit will attract over 700 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community.

Highlights from the agenda include: 

Tuesday, September 25th:
NACO AGM and keynote on Economic Impact of Angel Investing in Canada
Investor Zone meetings with curated Start-Ups
NACO Academy educational seminars
Exclusive Welcome Reception at Casa Loma

Wednesday, September 26th: “The Era of Dynamic Disruption” – 
Panel Sessions on Blockchain, ML &AI, Future of Transportation, International Investment, etc.
Fireside Chats- Disruptive Impact of Tech, Unlocking Intergenerational Wealth, Disrupting the Social Contract,
Keynote Address on How Technology is Changing the Face of Private Risk Capital
Gala Awards Dinner featuring Wesley Chan & presentations of Angel, Start Up, & Exit of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 27th: “Building an Innovation Ecosystem” 
Presentations on the Why this is the best time for exits, & Building a coordinated Ecosystem
Deep Dives on –Growing Angel Networks, Funding Innovation through Angel Funds, Best Practices for Incubators and Accelerators, Investing like a Super Angel

Keynotes by:
Howard Lindzon, Adeo Ressi, Peter Cowley, Wesley Chan, and more!

Venues include:
Hilton Hotel, Casa Loma and Sony Center

My Ask:
As York Angels is top ranked nationally for deal flow, and the second largest group in Canada, this is a great opportunity to show other angel groups how a truly engaged angel investors from the BEST group step up!

Visit https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/world-summit to Register Now!

Use the YAI registration code (YAIREG) for a discounted price to attend the Summit.

Let’s show them how it is done!

York Angel Investors - World Angel Investment Summit 2018


York Angels at Fireside! 

Jess, Galen, DJ, Lucas, Angad, JP, Sean & Cass had an amazing weekend at the Fireside Conference held at Camp Walden in Bancroft from September 6th – 9th. A group that camps together, invests together!
Last weekend, Jess was delighted to judge the Open People Network PitchIt competition at the Fireside Conference. Sensational pitches by dynamic entrepreneurs. Moderated by JP of OPN and Podcaster Jordan. A pleasure to be a judge with fellow York Angel Galen of Bark N Yapp and Jason Calacanis (A super angel from California).
York Angel Investors Inc.Jess was also pleased to record a podcast with Rivers Corbett of StartUp Canada about York Angels.
York Angel Investors Inc.

Huge Thank You to Steven & Daniel for the amazing weekend.


Career KickStart Program

UOIT currently has an intern program called Career Kick Start that place students within companies for a minimum of 10 weeks and can provide a financial inventive of $2,250 to $4,500 based on the eligibility of the company.

This is a terrific opportunity for your start-up or start-ups you may know to draw some top talent from our institution.

If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Alsop-Lee direct at Jennifer.alsop-lee@uoit.ca


PitchItTO 
September 20th 


Save the Date
TIECON Canada
November 1st & 2nd 


Save the Date
SAAS North
November 28th & 29th

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS conference for companies scaling up. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event in partnership with L-Spark and bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customer

Promo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here


Congrats Sampler 

YAI portfolio company Sampler was ranked No. 34 on Canadian Business and Maclean’s Today on the 2018 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies.
York Angels is proud to be an Investor!Read More


News

Santiago attended the ABC Business Final Pitches at Ryerson on August 10th.
York Angel Investors Inc.Angad was delighted to judge the CNE Innovation Garage’s Agriculture & Farming Competition on August 17th. Congrats to Ohh Food Inc on winning $5K.

On August 19th, Angelo had a great time judging the Finals at the CNE Innovation Garage Competition. Congrats to Sobie Systems on winning the $25K grand prize!

Jess attended Seneca Helix Spotlight on August 20th!

Jess, Galen, DJ, Lucas, Angad, JP, Sean & Cass had an amazing weekend at the Fireside Conference held at Camp Walden in Bancroft from September 6th – 9th. Huge Thank You to Steven & Daniel for the amazing weekend.
York Angel Investors Inc.

On September 11th, Jess was delighted to attend the AIO Group Managers Meeting, the Hon. Jim Wilson also attended.

Jess was very pleased to meet with Jeffrey Steiner & Idas Levato of Angel Investors Ontario to discuss some exciting pilot projects on September 13th.
York Angel Investors


Startup Ecosystem

Handcrafted with Brian Chesky Read More

In AR Hardware Market, Magic Leap’s Cash Pile Casts A Long Shadow Read More

How to Hire Your First 10 Employees Read More

Not enough people are paying attention to this economic trend Read More

On B2B2C Business Models Read More

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York Angel Investors Newsletter August 2018

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, September 17, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018

York Angel Investors
Upcoming Events

Thurs. Aug 16th: PitchItTO
Thurs. Aug 16th: FinTech Canada Conference
Thurs. Aug 23rd: SparkFest 2018 – Ottawa
Tues. Aug 28th: Blockchain Society Conference – Vancouver
Thurs. Sept 6th – 9th: Fireside Conference 
Tues. Sept 11th: Aviva Pitch Day
Tues. Sept 11th: Blockchain Society Conference – Toronto
Fri. Sept 21st: Blockchain Society Conference – New York
Tues. Sept 25th – 27th: NACO World Angel Investment Summit
Thurs. Sept 27th: LaunchYU Graduation & Launch Day
Oct. (Dates TBD): Blockchain Society Conference – Berlin & San Francisco
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Douglas Craig

Elia Mazzawi

Rudy Haddad


Welcome Curexe

York Angel Investors is very happy to welcome Curexe to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies.

Basecamp Recap

At the end of July, York Angels hosted a Valhalla Basecamp for an amazing group of entrepreneurs. This is a 3 day immersive bootcamp experience. Thanks again to the founders for their dedication, as we explored hot topics like valuations, deal structures, captables & more!On the third day,  Angel investors from York Angels provided individual mentoring. Thanks for volunteering to share your insights: Mona Kung, Frank Auddino, Angelo Del Duca, Jeffery Potvin, Jennifer Renda & Rudy Haddad.  We really appreciated your help!
Later that day, at the Pitch Party, we had insightful judges provide feedback on the pitches. Thanks for your salient questions and helpful comments:  Danielle Smith, Christine Ho, Mohan Markandaier & Douglas Saxon!
Congratulations on your strong pitches: Anne Genge, Daniel Warner, Danielle Brewin Graham, Kristal Lewis, Taiwo Mcgregor, Nathan Mah, Jane Fung, Catherine Chan, Christopher Tufford, Muhammad Rashid, Asha Parekh, Asifa Malik & Maggie Yun. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see you at an Investment Meeting in the future!

Thanks also to our generous sponsors for their kind support

Dentons,
Jay Kilgannon, Wealth Management,
Brett Tanner & Chamber Plan Ontario Region,
Insiteful Solutions

Thanks Randy Thompson for working through an intense curriculum so thoroughly, while bringing it to life with many personal “war stories”.
We look forward to hosting our next session in early 2019.


NACO Awards

NACO Canada is happy to present three awards every year to recognize the success of our community. NACO members are able to nominate who they think should receive each award. The three awards are; Exit of the Year, Most Promising Startup of the Year, and Angel of the year.

This year the awards will be presented at our World Angel Investment Summit at our annual Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday, September 26th.

Please find below the links to the forms directly and all the information on the prizes in general can be found on this page: https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/awards

Angel of the Year – https://goo.gl/forms/LFIGxmQb5hVkZrQA3
Exit of the  Year – https://goo.gl/forms/k9XcCzxUILxzJHoF3
Startup of the Year-
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpzB5randmBCnBdpWgbcB3zi8VX-rEjS891PYfNotWYZAvAA/viewform

Don’t forget to nominate !

TriColour Venture Fund

The TriColour Venture Fund (TCVF) at Smith School of Business is Canada’s first student-advised venture capital fund. This VC fund provides Queen’s Full-time MBA and Commerce students with the ultimate experiential learning opportunity through managing a multi-million dollar fund.
This academic course is about putting real money into real businesses. Students meet directly with potential portfolio companies, assess the opportunities, conduct in-depth due diligence and make recommendations to the Investment Advisory Board – a committee of seasoned entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Deals are syndicated in conjunction with some of Canada’s leading venture capital companies and angel investors.Read More

Career KickStart Program

UOIT currently has an intern program called Career Kick Start that place students within companies for a minimum of 10 weeks and can provide a financial inventive of $2,250 to $4,500 based on the eligibility of the company.This is a terrific opportunity for your start-up or start-ups you may know to draw some top talent from our institution.

If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Alsop-Lee direct at Jennifer.alsop-lee@uoit.ca


PitchItTO
August 16th


Fireside Conference

Back for its fourth year, Fireside is an invite-only, off-the-grid retreat featuring the brightest minds in the business, startup, investor and media communities from around the world. It takes place from September 6-9 at Camp Walden Canada outside Bancroft, Ontario. This year, Fireside is thrilled to announce that Jason Calacanis (world-renowned angel investor, author of the book “Angel”, and “This Week in Startups” Podcast host), will be joining from California. York Angels has been a part of this amazing event for several years and many members will be returning once again this year!Please email info@firesideconf.com for more information.


NACO World Summit

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) supports Angel investors, incubators, and accelerators by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support early-stage investing. NACO is hosting the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit, for the first time here in Toronto. NACO expects 700+ attendees, representing 20+ countries to converge on downtown Toronto in September.  NACO is excited to be partnered with Elevate Tech Fest, offering both premium content for their attendees, as well as collaborating with Elevate to run their Financing track and cohost keynote speakers.
The 2018 World Angel Investment Summit is the culmination of years worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and will continue to catalyze a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem.
The World Angel Investment Summit takes place in various locations across downtown Toronto, including the Hilton Hotel and Toronto’s historic Casa Loma.  The NACO Summit kicks-off on September 25th and runs until September 27th.Early Bird Deadline: August 24th
Members: Email Cass for the discount code!Read More

Startup Global Program calls for applications!

Garage+, Asia’s largest zero-equity incubator supported by the key players in the global supply chain, just kicked off the 7th batch of Startup Global Program (SGP). Application is open for growth-stage startups in AI & Big Data, IoT & Smart Devices, Digital Health, AR & VR, Mobility, Green Tech, etc.Since 2015, SGP has attracted 765 startups and selected 89 to discover business opportunities in Taiwan. One third of them have established collaborations with Taiwan’s leading corporations, attracted investments or set up Taiwan branch through Epoch Foundation’s solid connections. For example, one company received a $7.2M order from a Japanese buyer; another company has developed more than 50 certified partners and customers in Asia.

Here are the benefits for the selected startups at the 10-day program:
  • 1-on-1 meetings with top-level decision makers from key players in the global supply chain;
  • Company visits to explore partners in market development, investment, and manufacturing;
  • Free round-trip flight tickets and accommodation for 2 people.
The program will take place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, 2018. Please see the attachments for further details.

Apply now via the link (https://lihi.cc/F6NmL/email) by Sep. 7 and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business in Asia!

York Angel Investors


Save the Date
SAAS North
November 28th & 29th

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS conference for companies scaling up. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event in partnership with L-Spark and bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customerPromo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here
York Angel Investors - Toronto, Markham, GTA

Enthusiast Gaming News

Tova Ventures II Inc and Enthusiast Gaming Media Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming“) are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Escapist Magazine (“Escapist“). The acquisition also adds to the website monetization potential that powers Enthusiast Gaming’s platforms and partners. Currently, Enthusiast Gaming is generating over one billion ad requests per week though Enthusiast Gaming Media and affiliated partners.Read more


Qnext News

Anthony DeCristofaro is president and CEO of Qnext Corp a Greater Toronto-based firm that has developed FileFlex, a hybrid point-to-point, software-only service based on Edge technology that allows remote access to, share, stream, manage and collaborate data from source locations without opening any new ports. Here DeCristofaro speaks to Red Herring about the future of the cloud, international scale and the impact of GDPR.Read More


Congrats Kepler

Kepler has had a particularly exciting month, they announced the collaboration with the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult to build and launch a third satellite, TARS, & to open their first international sales office!Kepler will be establishing its first European presence with a sales and distribution facility in the UK.

Find out more about it here.


News

Our Angels had a great night at OPN #PitchItTOCityHall Event on July 16th
York Angel Investors - Toronto, Markham, GTAJuly 24th, Jess was at Smith School of Business at Queens University to watch some pitches!
York Angel Investors - Toronto, Markham, GTAWe were delighted to have a full house for our July 26th investment Meeting, thank you to all who stopped by!
On July 29th & 30th, York Angels was delighted to host Basecamp alongside Valhalla Angels.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Basecamp Pitch Party on August 1st.

On August 1st, Angelo presented on ‘Get Funded’ to Toronto Starts- Toronto’s Startup Community Ted Rogers School of Management.

Our angels had a great night #PitchItYork event on August 14th. Nikhil & Irene were pleased to be judges of the pitches, & JP was a great emcee. York Angel Investors were well represented by: Angelo, Frank, JP, Irene, Nikhil & Cass.


Startup Ecosystem

How startups die from their addiction to paid marketing. Read More

Traditional Asset Tokenization. Read More

a16z Podcast: Scaling Companies (& Tech Trends). Read More 

AI & Blockchain: An Introduction. Read More

If Companies Had No Employees. Read More 

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Thank You To Our Silver Sponsors

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York Angel Investors Newsletter July 2018

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, July 26, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Upcoming Events
York Angel Investors

Tues. July 10th – 14th: Startup Fest- Montreal
Mon. July 16th: PitchItTOCityHall
Tues. July 17th: CAPITAL | TALENT | TECH: Capital with Mark Miller
Tues. July 17th: Protecting & Exploiting your IP
Thurs. July 19thOneEleven Tech Summer Social
Tues. July 24th: Smiths Queen’s University Investors Pitch Day
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Mon. July 30th – 31st: YAI & VA Angels Basecamp 
Wed. Aug 1st: Basecamp Pitch Party 
Thurs. Aug 16th: FinTech Canada Conference
Tues. Sept 11th: Aviva Pitch Day
Tues. Sept 25th – 27th: NACO World Angel Investment Summit
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

 


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

James Delsaut


Milestone! 

 We are thrilled to announce that York Angels have officially made

150 Investments since 2008

and

invested over $20M in companies!

Thank you to each and every one of our members for their support of entrepreneurs and innovation!

York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA

 


Ecosystem Partner of the Year 

Many, many congratulations to Lucas Chang for being named YAI Ecosystem Partner of the Year for his dedication to Start-ups and innovation.
Thank you for being an amazing member and for your outstanding contributions to the ecosystem.
York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA


Big Thank You 

Thank you to Greybrook Realty for sponsoring our June 21st Investment Meeting and Networking Reception.


2017 NACO Angel Investing Report Results

York Angels is excited to announce we tied for 1st PLACE across Canada, based on Numbers of Deals Completed in 2017. Thank to all our Angel Investors for their support of innovation & entrepreneurship in Canada!
Read more about Angel Investing in 2017 Here!

SAVE THE DATE!

Basecamp 2018 is back! 

York Angels & VA Angels are excited to be hosting BaseCamp from July 30th – 31st! Basecamp is an intensive, small group boot camp to empower entrepreneurs as they are seeking capital.

Angels: mentorship opportunities are available- please speak to Jess if you are interested
Also, please join us for the Pitch Party on August 1st, where Basecamp graduates present for feedback.

Click here for more information
York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA


Save the Date

PitchItTOCityHall July 16th

 


Smith Queen’s University Investors Pitch Day

Student entrepreneurs from the Master of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (MMIE) program at Smith School of Business, Queen’s University will pitch their business to investors for the potential of receiving up to $25K in seed funding for their venture.We are looking for investors to join us and provide their experience, insight, and knowledge as well as possible funding for these student ventures.

Day: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm (including networking lunch) * time will be adjusted once final number of student is known
Where: Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, 200 Front Street West, Toronto, 30th Floor

If you are interested in participating,
please email JP: john-paul.shearer@queensu.ca.Your support is greatly appreciated.

Aviva Pitch Day

Pitch Day is back on September 11th, 2018: every year, we invite up to 10 leading-edge startups to pitch their ideas to our global venture fund, Aviva Ventures, for an equity investment up to $10 million CAD. For 2018, we are focusing on startups that specialize in these four categories:

  • The Internet of Things: New technologies that connect your car, home, business or health to your smartphone
  • Data & analytics: New insights and technologies that can transform the way we look at and use data.
  • Innovative propositions: Technology solutions that help provide customers with new products and services, seamless experiences and simple ways to interact.
  • Disruptive distribution: Innovative digital distribution that helps customers manage their lives more effectively and responds to their changing needs and expectations.
For more information on the event or to apply visit:  https://www.avivapitchday.ca/
(applications close on August 14th).

Save the Date
SAAS North
November 28th & 29th

SAAS NORTH is Canada’s SaaS conference for companies scaling up. 2018 marks the third year of this premier event in partnership with L-Spark and bringing the best in SaaS back to the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, November 28-29th, 2018. This year’s lineup of speakers, programming and networking opportunities promises to connect founders, investors and executives like never before. Come and hang out with 1500 entrepreneurs from 500 companies from around the world. Get the tactical tools you need to scale up, continue to innovate and find your next customerPromo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here
York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA

Angel Investing & Women

Congrats to Female Founders who launched the Canadian Women In Venture report with YAI Portfolio Company, Hockeystick – a look at gender in early stage capital. By measuring where we’re at today, our industry can work together towards sustainable change. Read More

Why the Rise in Female Angel Investors is Good News for Women-Led Startups. Read More

How to Increase Angel Funding For Women Entrepreneurs. Read More


Collision Conference Toronto 2019

Mayor John Tory announced recently that Toronto will be hosting the fastest growing tech conference in 2019. More Information to come.Read More


VentureLab News

For years it has been a pleasure to work closely with VentureLAB as our regional innovation center. Thank you to Jeremy Laurin for his hard work & close partnership. We wish Jeremy all the best in his new role as Vice President of Business Development & Commercialization at OCE. Looking forward to continuing collaboration.This week VentureLAB announced the appointment Melissa Chee, as President & CEO. Melissa is a passionate advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in York Region and Canada. Melissa has been serving as Venture LAB’s Interim President and CEO since April 2018, in addition to her position as Chief Operating Officer. Congrats, Melissa! We look forward to working closely with you.

Read More 


Congrats SmartTones

Toronto-based SmartTones, a platform that uses encoded audio meta tags to allow brands to interact in real time with their customers, has been named the top startup at INFINITI LAB Toronto’s Demo Day. As winner of the Demo Day, SmartTones will move on to participate in INFINITI LAB Hong Kong, a three-month global program that provides startups access to business mentorship and the opportunity to connect with Asian investors.
Read MoreYork Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA

News

Thank you to everyone who attended our June 21st AGM, Investment Meeting & Cocktail Reception celebrating our 10th Anniversary!
York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTAOn July 4th, Jess was delighted to speak about Angel Investing & York Angels at Infiniti Lab Toronto.
On July 5th, INFINITI LAB hosted Demo Day in Toronto. YAI was well represented by: Jess, Cass, Teresa, Steve, Mohan, Sherwin & Ranjan.
York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA

Startup Ecosystem

This year’s trends to watch and startups that could help shape the future of legal cannabis. Read More

What attracts Foreign Investors to the Great White North! Read More

The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence. Read More 

The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions. Read More

Feedback Loops: Company, Culture & DevOps. Read More 

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York Angel Investors Toronto, Markham, GTA

York Angel Investors Newsletter July 2018