NACO Names Claudio Rojas as CEO

As a proud NACO member, York Angels is delighted with the announcement of Claudio Rojas, as the new NACO CEO.

Congratulations Claudio!

We looking forward to collaborating and working together!


TORONTO, ON April 26, 2019 – The National Angel Capital Organization (“NACO”) today announces the appointment of Claudio Rojas as its new Chief Executive Officer. As Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem evolves from start-up to scale-up, Claudio is stepping into the leadership ranks of Canada’s only national industry association focused on improving access to critical early-stage capital and mentorship for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Building upon NACO’s exceptional achievements under the leadership of Yuri Navarro, there is an opportunity to increase our level of collaboration with other organizations impacting Canadian entrepreneurial activity. It is vital to continue to bridge and grow Canada’s innovation ecosystem by increasing diversity, inclusion and representation at all levels.

Industry leaders across Canada are coming together to build a business community that better reflects our population, including supporting women in STEM. NACO’s mandate is to accelerate the pace of change to usher in a more diverse and inclusive economy.

“As a national organization with a long history of helping to professionalize angel capital investing into Canadian companies, NACO is uniquely positioned to unlock the early-stage capital and mentorship that our founders need to grow and scale more rapidly,” says Rojas. “I’m excited to have an amazing operational team and the guidance of our highly accomplished board to bring transformative and positive change in a wide range of areas that will impact our ability to create, grow and scale innovative companies in Canada.”

Rojas has held the roles of founder, managing director, board member, steering committee member and advisor to several prominent organizations helping to advance Canada’s vibrant innovation ecosystem. He brings over 14 years of experience in finance, law and business, along with a long-term entrepreneurial mindset and thought leadership on founder-run companies.

“The NACO Board of Directors is thrilled to have Claudio join the NACO team,” says Sandi Gilbert, Chair of NACO’s Board of Directors. “Claudio brings a broad set of skills to our organization and we are lucky to have someone that is both well-known in the NACO community, yet brings a new vision of how we can increase collaboration and partnerships with governments at all levels and other stakeholders to benefit our membership of angels, incubators and accelerators.”

Rojas holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at Western University, has achieved all three levels of the CFA examinations, is a practitioner member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and is a lawyer member of the Bar of Ontario, Canada.

“I’m passionate about helping Canadian founders scale their companies into global champions,” said Rojas. “We have extraordinary entrepreneurs across the country working tirelessly to build companies that will create the next wave of good paying jobs for Canadians. Beyond capital, angel investors bring critical resources that our founders need to scale, particularly mentorship, experience and connections to industry. NACO is Canada’s leading organization helping to unlock the early-stage resources that Canadian companies need to grow and scale globally.”

For more information about NACO, please visit www.nacocanada.com.

York Angel Investors Newsletter June 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, June 21, 2018 (AGM, Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party)
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. June 19th: Scaling with Pride
Wed. June 20th: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference
Thurs. June 21st: AGM, YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party
Mon. June 25th: How Do VCs Value Health Science Companies? From Valuation to Deal Structure
Tues. June 26th: VISTA Innovation and Technology Day
Thurs. June 28th: Fundica Roadshow- Toronto
Thurs. July 5th: Infiniti LAB Demo Day
Tues. July 10th – 14th: Startup Fest- Montreal
Thurs. July 12th: Driving Dreams- IoMe
Mon. July 16th: PitchItTOCityHall
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

AGM REMINDER

Angels, just a little reminder that we have our Annual General Meeting this upcoming Thursday before the Investment Meeting. If you have yet to RSVP please make sure to email Cass.
Also, if you are unable to attend the AGM, please make sure you send a signed copy of your Proxie to Ana or Cass.


WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
York Angel Investors

Aaron Meckler 

Ben Feferman

Sherwin Shao


ANGEL OF THE YEAR

Many, many congratulations to Frank Auddino for being named YAI Angel of the Year 2017 for his dedication to our group and the ecosystem!
Thank you for representing York Angel Investors & being a wonderful member!

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!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANA
from York Angel Investors


HAPPY 10 YEAR ANNIVERSAY YORK ANGEL INVESTORS!

We are very excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary at this year’s AGM & Investment Meeting on June 21st! Following the AGM & Investment Meeting, we will be holding a cocktail reception to celebrate this milestone!
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS
Thank you to Greybrook Realty for graciously sponsoring this reception !

MEMBERS GOLF ROUND

Huge YAI Thank you to Angel Bob Millar for setting up a Golf Morning for the group on June 1st for a pre-Investment Meeting round! We heard it was a fun morning!

MEET OUR TEAM

Executive Director: Jess Joss
Director of Finance: Ana Misra
Communications & Operations Manager: Cassandra Daher
Business Analyst: Anton Shevchenko

We are here to help!


SAVE THE DATE

 

PitchItTOCityHall July 16th


Save the Date
Driving Dreams- IoMe
July 12th

A CONFERENCE WHERE THE INTERNET OF THINGS INTERSECTS WITH DIGITAL HEALTH, SMART MOBILITY, INDUSTRY 4.0, AND ADVANCED MATERIALS.

IoMe is the second annual Driving Dreams conference and will be delivered in partnership with Arrow Electronics, RIC Centre and I-CUBE at the University of Toronto Mississauga on July 12th. The event will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from industry leaders while providing a collaborative environment for networking.

This year’s event features thought leaders from Microsoft Canada, SOTI and more. They will provide insight into the uses of IoT in Digital Health, Industry 4.0, mobility and the future of materials and electronics and how we can build the new Internet of Me.

Discount code will be sent to members
Register here


FEMALE FUNDERS

Applications close next week for the Female Funders Angel Academy program.

Angel Academy is a blended education program and community for women to learn the fundamentals of venture investing (like how to evaluate startup companies and the mechanics of venture deals) and to build vetted deal flow alongside experienced investors and a community of peers.

What Angel Academy participants can expect: 
Over 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals of angel investing and VC through self-guided online learning, expert office hours, and live case studies. The curriculum covers:

  • Angel Investing Fundamentals
  • Deal Mechanics
  • Picking Winning Companies
  • Building Your Plan

After the program, you’ll leverage expert mentors, co-investment opportunities, and a curated network of peers to prepare you to make your first investment.

Applications and more info about the program are here.

Save the Date
SASS 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


BDC Women In Technology Fund

The BDC Capital Women in Technology Fund has a bold vision: Foster the creation of the next generation of millionaire Canadian women technology entrepreneurs. With $70 million to be invested over 5 years, it’s the largest venture capital fund in North America dedicated solely to investing in early stage Canadian women led technology companies across sectors.

Read More Here!


NEWS

Congratulations to Mohan, Marat & Mona on a successful Good News Ventures Inaugural Investor Update on May 17th. YAI was well represented by: Cass, Jess, Angelo, Rudy, Stan, Joseph, Jim, Noel, and Sayan.

Jeff Potvin represented York Angels at the Angel Nest Conference in Mexico on May 21 & 22.

On May 23rd, YPO & AIO hosted the Joint Angel Investment Event. YAI was well represented by: Alan, Angelo, Frank, Jackie, Jay & Jess!
Jess was delighted to be a Shark on May 28th, for Helix at Seneca. Thanks for the opportunity to to learn more about these innovative companies.

On May 31st Jess attended True North Conference in Waterloo. Many thought provoking presenters!

We were delighted to have a full house for our June 1st Investment Meeting. Many thanks to all who registered and attended!

We had two amazing NACO Academy Session on June 7th at YSpace. Thank you to Brian Smith & Benton Leong for the informative and entertaining workshops! Thank you to NACO for sponsoring these and to our friends at YSpace for graciously hosting. Thanks to the insightful panellists- angels Irene, Mohan, Angelo, Jason, Brian, and Jordan. Thanks also to the entrepreneurs Reuven, Johnathan (portfolio company Curexe) and Nathan for sharing their experiences.

Thank you to Angelo for presenting on behalf of YAI at Smith Toronto, Queens University on June 7th.

On June 8th, Angelo gave a talk at YEDI on Angel Investment & Government Funding!

On June 13th, AccelerateOtt, a 500 person conference for entrepreneurs and investors took place in Ottawa. As a member of the programming committee, Jess had the pleasure of working with a diverse team of volunteers from across North America and the amazing staff of Invest Ottawa. The conference was a success, with inspiring and informative speakers and great networking!

Jess was delighted to judge the Venture for Canada pitch competition in Kingston on June 14th!

On June 14th, Keiretsu Forum hosted the Angel Capital Expo. YAI was well represented by: Ana, Angelo, Frank, Jennifer, Sayan, Phoenix & Teresa!

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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YAI Newsletter March 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Fred Farncomb
Fred Farncomb

Hanny Elsayed
Hanny

Mike Wall
Mike Wall

Nikki Pett
nikki pett

Shawn Cohn
Shawn Cohn


Congratulations

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

Read More 


Italian Trade Commission

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


Angel Summit Of The Americas

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

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

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

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

Register Here

 


Save The Date

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


Canada China Mission

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

News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

Startup Ecosystem

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

Bill & Melinda Gates, 2018 Annual Letter
Read More 

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

YC’s Series A Diligence Checklist
Read More 

The first mile of product
Read More 

2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast: Creative Destruction is Accelerating
Read More

YAI Newsletter February 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Jennifer Renda

Jordan Fietje


It’s Time to Celebrate! 

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


Welcome Needls

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


Come Celebrate Chinese New Year!

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


Meet the Italians! Canada ICT Tour

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

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

Check the list of participating Italian start-ups .

Please let Casandra know if you would like to attend!


Enthusiast Gaming Going Public!

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

Congratulations!

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


Save The Date! 

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


Watch Angel Investor’s Ontario 10th Anniversary Video! 

Click HERE to see several York Angel Members featured!

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


Take Action Now: Support Canada’s Innovation Economy  

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

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

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

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


IveyPitch Venture Forum!

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

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

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


News

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

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

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


Startup Ecosystem

4 Toronto startups to watch out for in 2018 Read More 

 

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

Invitation by Canada China Club

Dear Angels,

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

Please join us:

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

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

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

Please join:

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

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

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

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

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

YAI Newsletter January 2018

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Rob for event details.


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Alan Lo

Peter Vanslyke

Steve Monk


BDC launches Women in Technology Fund

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

To learn more click HERE


Tech Exit.io

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

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

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


Denton’s Silver Sponsorship

We are delighted to announce our newest Silver Annual Sponsorship

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


Canada China Mission

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


News

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

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

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


Startup Ecosystem

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

 

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

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

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YAI Newsletter December 2017

York Angles Newsletter Sept 2017

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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


December 5th, 2017 Investment Meeting

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

OKR Financial


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Rob for event details.


YAI Is Now Officially The Largest Angel Group in Southern Ontario

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


Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Doug Saxon

Douglas Saxon, CFA

R Stewart Thompson

Phoenix Kuo Kong

Angelo Pollastrone


Vish Ramakrishnan


Sayan Sivanathan

Brian Bourne
Brian Bourne
Tony Martino
Tony Martino


YAI Board of Directors

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

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


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

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

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

To read full article click HERE


Canada China Mission

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


Congratulations Nudge Rewards & Sampler!

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

To see the full article click HERE


Passing of Rod Mcleod

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


News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Startup Ecosystem

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YAI Newsletter July 2017

York Angel Investors

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

YAI NACO June 15th Academy Seminars

Thank you to all who attended our YAI NACO  Academy Seminar Sessions on June 15th. 

Special thank you to NACO for their gracious sponsorship for the event.

Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels

Michael Aychental

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Mark Murphy

Upcoming Events

Fri. July 14th: YEDI Spring 2017 Venture FairTues. July 18th: INFINITI LAB Toronto's Demo Day
Wed. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Reception
Thus. July 27th: Canadian Cottage Pitchfest 2017
Wed. Sept 6th: YAI Screening Meeting
Fri. Sept 8th to 10th: Fireside Conference
Tues. Sept 12: YAI Screening Meeting
Mon. Sept 25-26th: The 2017 Accessibility Innovation
Mon. Oct 2nd to 5th: National Angel Summit 

**No Screening Meetings or Investment Meetings in August**

Please contact Rob for event details.

Thank you and Farewell to Scott MacCannell

At our June 21st Investment Meeting & Cocktail Reception, we thanked Scott MacCannell, our cofounder and Chair of Board, for his years of hard work and dedication. We wish him the very best
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INFINITI Lab Toronto's Demo Day

Tuesday, July 18th 6:00-9:00pm
The Globe and Mail Centre  

Join us for the culmination of the first ever INFINITI LAB Toronto program as the 9 Smart Cities and IoT companies present their ideas.
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Congratulations to several YAI portfolio companies for making the list includingBus.com and Top Hat.

News

Several of our Angels including Muneer Hirji, Angelo Del Duca, Satheejan Gugananthan, Jacky Chen and Khalil Fazlollahi were delighted to attend the Keiretsu Forum on June 8th.

On June 13th, A few of our angels including Nikhil Rodye, Angelo Del Duca and our Financial Director, Ana Misra were very excited to attend the MedEdge Conference, where they were able to meet many bright entrepreneurs.

Jess was delighted to be part of the panel discussion on building relationships and approaching investors at Startup Toronto's VC and Angel Openhouse on June 13th.

On June 15th, we had our YAI NACO Academy Seminars which included a panel discussion on Term Sheet & Deal Structures with Lauren Epstein, Steven Pulver, Mike Betts and Seminar Instructor Pieter Dorsman.

Startup Ecosystem

The Periodic Table of Tech in Canada
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Hata and Bell Partner to Deliver Enhanced Vehicle Telematics Services
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Flexible Electronics Are Here Today
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Wireless Charging of Moving Electric Vehicles Overcomes Major Hurdle
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Walk Your Way to Free Movies: Carrot Rewards App Launches in Ontario
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YAI Newsletter March 2016

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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.

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Angel

Angelo Del Duca

Upcoming Events

Thu. Mar 3: Canadian Crowdfunding Summit
Mon. Mar 7: March TechToronto Knowledge + Networking + Afterparty
Tue. Mar 8: YAI Bonus Screening Meeting + Investee Update
Tue. Mar 8: DMZ International Women’s Day
Thu. Mar 10: Second Harvest A Wild Affair Charity Fundraiser (Hosted by U-Feast)
Tue. Mar 15: YAI Screening Meeting
Wed. Mar 23: YAI Investment Meeting + TSX Keynote + Cocktail Reception
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Thu. Mar 24: IAA Med-Tech Investor Roundtable
Wed. Mar 30: Meetup with Aaron Ross
Tue. Apr 5: YAI Screening Meeting
Tue. Apr 19: YAI Screening Meeting
Tue. Apr 26: YAI Investment Meeting
Wed. May 4: Northumberland CFDC N100
Wed. May 18: RICC & Angel One “First Look” Event Please contact Adrienne for event details.

A Big Thank-You

To our presenters who pitched at last month’s Investment Meeting. Don’t forget to check them out:

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Out and About

We had the opportunity to attend some fantastic events this month.

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RIC Executive Director Pam Banks and YAI Financial Director & Board Member Ana Misra participated in the RIC Centre’s Investment Review Panel Meeting.

 

YAI members at the Investors’ Night event hosted by our friends at the Ryerson DMZ.

Investments Recently Closed

Grant Thornton 2016 Ontario Budget Summary

On February 25, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the province’s fiscal 2016-17 budget. The Grant Thornton Summary further outlines the government’s focus on the 12-year plan for approximately $160 billion of investments in public infrastructure, and the $13 billion for investments in capital assets.

News & Updates

YAI Investee Zepeel Inc. receives OCE Smart Start Funding Based in London ON, Zepeel is a completely mobile video interactive dating app that’s bringing reality back into the world of online dating. Read the full article here.

YAI Investee Qnext wins CTA-SF Pitch Night Qnext won the Silicon Valley Forum CTA-SF Pitch Night last month against many larger players in attendance. A big thank-you to YAI board member Bob Glandfield and Trade Commissioner Eleonore Rupprecht for securing Qnext’s support from Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada. See some of the highlights here.

YAI Investee Kepler Communications Inc. Joins TechStars Seattle Accelerator Kepler is one of nine companies participating the in 2016 TechStars Seattle program, a technology accelerator that connects startups with training, mentors and funding to grow the busineses. Read the full article here.

Startup Ecosystem

10 High-Flying Companies to Watch at the RSA 2016 Cybersecurity Conference – Read more

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Dennis Mortensen’s Startup, X.AI, is an AI Assistant that Sets Up Meetings Like a Human, and That’s Only the Beginning – Read more

Space Propulsion Startup Accion Systems Starts Taking Orders – Read more

Secondary Shops Flooded with Unicorn Sellers  – Read more 

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