York Angel Investors is one of the largest and most active angel organizations in Canada, with over 100 active members ready to support you with capital, connections, and mentorship.
Our members have invested across multiple industries and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them get “investment ready” through mentorship, pitch practices, education, and connections to potential customers.
Preference will be given to companies that have demonstrated that founder, friends, and family capital have been extensively deployed to bring the product or service to, or very close to its first revenue customers.
If your startup is incorporated in Canada with established proof of concept and is poised for growth, please apply for funding.
How we evaluate each opportunity
Passion, drive, and commitment to the business and the problem they are solving
Track record of leadership and performance – either in the company’s specific industry or in prior entrepreneurial ventures
Open to and comfortable with feedback; coachable
Can inspire confidence with future stakeholders: employees, customers, and investors.
Competition & Competitive Advantage
Identified business & technology barriers to entry
Competitive advantage that can maintain that position
Intellectual Property (IP) proprietary features, exclusive licensing, distribution rights, unique talent, or trademarks that improve defensibility
Status of Intellectual Property – Patents obtained, filed, or plan to file?
Identified current and potential direct and indirect competitors
Transparent funding history
Complete set of financial statements – including income statement, cash flow and balance sheet, and projections based on logical and realistic assumptions
Cumulative revenue & current burn rate
Can demonstrate how high gross margins and consistent cash flow growth will be achieved
Raise, Valuation, and Use of Proceeds
Is the raise tied directly to the business model, go-to-market strategy, achievement of key milestones, and financials?
Reasonable basis for valuation and consideration for future funding rounds and respective valuations
We invest in solutions that solve major problems and have a clearly articulated Customer Value Proposition and meet some or all the following markets conditions:
Significantly large addressable target market
Identifiable market segment
Strong use case
Demonstrable and significant demand for the solution
Projected spend in a product category is growing faster than the general market
The model must fit your product, features, market, resources, and pricing:
Go To Market Strategy
Existing frameworks for maximum market penetration with efficient use of resources, whether internally or externally sourced
Direct, indirect, or channel strategy?
Customer acquisition costs
The Exit Strategy
The anticipated size of company at scale
Time period to a potential exit
Specific steps you might take operationally to achieve your exit.
Possible exit valuation – Angel Investors generally expect to generate a return of at least ten times their initial investment
Identified potential logical acquirers
Ready to apply?
You can follow our Angel Investment Readiness Checklist to help you prepare a comprehensive business plan that will help you get investment-ready.