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We Are Hiring!

York Angels is hiring!  We’re looking for a new Communications and Operations Manager for our Markham office.  This is a tremendous opportunity for someone to get experience in the start-up and angel investment communities and work with some fantastic entrepreneurs.   Details on the opportunity can be found below.

If you are interested in applying, applications can be sent to jobs@yorkangels.com.

YAI Communications and Operations Manager Job Description

York Angel Investors Newsletter – September 2019

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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

Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

September 23rd Investment Meeting

 

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


We Moved! 

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


Applications Now Open for the Safe x Connected Cities Pilot Program

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

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

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


Saas North 
November 26 – 27, 2019 

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


Check It Out! 

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


News

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

Startup Ecosystem

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

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

Bartleby: How Microsoft survived creative destruction. Read More

11 Lessons From Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson. Read More

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Thank You To Our Sponsors

           

York Angel Investors Newsletter – August 2019

York Angle Investors

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


Upcoming Investment Meetings

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

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 12th: 2019 Angel First Look Investors Meeting
Wed. Sept 18th: ICUBE 2019 Pitch – Student Edition 
Fri. Sept 20th – 26th: Elevate Tech Fest – Toronto 
Thurs. Sept 26th: LaunchYU Accelerator Demo Day
Sat. Oct 26th: Accelerate Her Future Summit 2019
Wed. Nov 6th: Access IO
Tues. Nov 26th – 27th: SAAS North Ottawa 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

We Moved! 

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


Check It Out! 

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

York Angel Investors News

York Angle Investors
Our angels had a great night at OPN’s City Hall on July 8th.
York Angle Investors
On July 19th, Angels Jennifer, Angelo & Jeffery had a great time at Shad York U’s, they listened to pitches & gave feedback to the students!
York Angle Investors
Thank you to everyone who attended our July Investment Meeting on July 31st, we had four dynamic pitches and some community updates!

Startup Ecosystem

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

Michael Natkin: Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech. Read More

Eric Feng: Why the IPO market for consumer startups is stronger than ever, and will it continue? Read More

Bartleby: How Microsoft survived creative destruction. Read More

11 Lessons From Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson. Read More

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York Angel Investors Latest News


Thank You To Our Sponsors

           

Our York Angels Office Has Moved!

York Angels

We are excited to announce that the York Angels offices have moved.
We are settling into our new offices which are located at YSpace Markham!
If you are in the area, you’re welcome to stop by & say hi!

Please update our address in your records, Yspace Markham is located in the Downtown Markham Mall at 169 Enterprise BLVD, 3rd floor, Markham On, L6G 0E7.

There is free underground and ground level parking available on the south side of the building. Yspace is on the side of the building with the Goodlife Fitness (not on the side where the York University logo is). Take the elevator up to the third floor.

York Angel Investors Latest News

York Angels

York Angel Investor Newsletter July 2019

York Angel Investors

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


New Executive Director Search

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

Upcoming York Angel Investor Meetings

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

Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Welcome CybernetIQ

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


Congratulations Enthusiast Gaming 

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

Check It Out! 

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

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

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


York Angel Investor News

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

Startup Ecosystem

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

Michael Natkin: Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech. Read More

Eric Feng: Why the IPO market for consumer startups is stronger than ever, and will it continue? Read More

Bartleby: How Microsoft survived creative destruction. Read More

11 Lessons From Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson. Read More

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York Angel Investor Latest News

York Angel Investors Newsletter June 2019

York Angel Investors

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


UPCOMING INVESTMENT MEETINGS
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

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


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Thank You Jess

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

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

 

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

ACCESS IO
JUNE 26, 2019 


PitchItTO City Hall
July 8, 2019


Congratulations Enthusiast Gaming 

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

Check It Out! 

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

News

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

A Message From Jess

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

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

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

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

Thank you, Jennifer!

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

Thanks, Sarah, David and Nilay!
York Angels

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

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

York Angels

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

York Angels

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

A message from Jess:

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

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

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

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

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

Jess

York Angel Investors Newsletter May 2019

York Angel Investors

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


UPCOMING INVESTMENT MEETINGS
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

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


Upcoming Events

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

Johan De Greef

Scott Robinson
Stan Ivanov

NACO Names Claudio Rojas as CEO

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

The WOW Dinner Toronto 
May 21, 2019

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

World Angel Investment Summit

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


Access IO
June 26, 2019 

 


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Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders
Read Here

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

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


News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Startup Ecosystem

Jerry Chen: The New Moats. Read More

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

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

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

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

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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 April 2019

York Angel Investors

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


UPCOMING INVESTMENT MEETINGS
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

 

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


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Welcome Parachute Coffee

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

How can a social purpose organization become financially sustainable?

 

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


World Angel Investment Summit

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

World Angel Investment Summit Awards Announcement 

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

Ontario Power Generation
Access IO

June 26, 2019 


Check It Out!

Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

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


Enthusiast Gaming News

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

NACO and RBC partner to support Canadian early stage companies

 

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

Read More 


News

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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