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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

For Recent IPOs, Valuation-Per-Employee Ranges From $80K To $50M Read More

What happens to employees after an acquisition? Read More

This Is How the Unicorn Bubble Will Burst Read More

Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’ Read More

Unbundling The Autonomous Vehicle Read More

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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 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 YAI Family! Onwards and upwards!

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
Vikram Khurana


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 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).
Jess was also pleased to record a podcast with Rivers Corbett of StartUp Canada about York Angels.

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.
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.

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.


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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YORK ANGEL INVESTORS, Markham, Ontario Canada

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

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 May 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

Friday, June 1, 2018
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. May 22nd: Startup Boost Toronto Global Pre-Accelerator Demo Day
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Wed. May 23rd: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference: The Future of Blockchain
Tues. May 29 – 31st: True North Waterloo
Wed. May 30th: First Look Angel Investment Meeting -Mississauga
Wed. May 30th: AR/VR Mixed Reality Summit 
Fri. June 1st: Pre-meeting Member-Only golf foursomes. Limited spots. Please email Cassandra for more information
Fri. June 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. June 7th: NACO Academy- Angel Investing Overview & Adding Value through Due Diligence
Mon. June 18th to 19th: YAI & Valhalla Angels Basecamp 
Wed, June 20th: Basecamp Pitch Party
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
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Chris Jewitt
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Jason Nagy

Teresa Sing


SAVE THE DATE!

Basecamp 2018 is back! 

York Angel Investors & VA Angels are excited to be hosting BaseCamp from June 18- 20! Basecamp is an intensive, small group boot camp to empower entrepreneurs as they are seeking capital.

Angels: mentorship opportunities are availble- please speak to Jess if you are interested
Also, please join us for the pitch party on June 20th, where Basecamp graduates present for feedback.

Click here for more information


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. Buy your tickets here


NACO Academy Educational Seminar 

On June 7th, York Angels will be hosting two NACO Education Seminars. Module 101: Angel Investing Overview & Module 103: Adding Value Through Due Diligence

Module 101 provides a broad introduction to angel investing – the people, processes, and methods that provide entrepreneurial firms with capital and expertise to help them grow, and that provide investors with opportunities to earn high returns with acceptable levels of risk. (AM Workshop- 3 Hours)
Module 103 will equip you to manage the risks of choosing an investment, by performing a thorough due diligence investigation of a prospective deal. Effective due diligence (DD) is one of the most important parts of angel investing. (Afternoon Workshop- 3 Hours)

We would like to thank NACO for their generous sponsorship & continued partnership!

Registration deadline is May 31st.
Free for YAI Members (space is very limited, reserve your spot today)


Save the Date

First Look Investor CollisionYORK ANGEL INVESTORS
Register Here


Angel Recogition 

Congrats to our Angel Angelo Del Duca for being recognized by the City of Vaughn! Thank you for all that you do Angelo!
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS

Congrats Hockeystick

Congratulations to Raymond & the Hockeystick Team on launching their Open-Database of Canada’s innovation economy. The database is freely available on the Hockeystick website, and you are able to explore the 11,000+ startups and early-stage funders already in the system.

Read more here!

Congrats #paid 

York Angel Investors Portfolio Company #paid has raised a $9 million Series A as the company looks to expand its influencer marketing platform. #paid currently has 15,000 influencers on the platform, and counts brands like Coca-Cola, Mondelez International, and Airbnb among its clients.
York Angels is proud to be an investor!

Read more here!

Congrats Authentic Web

YAI Portfolio Company Authentic Web for partnering with Liaison Technologies to develop the industry’s first Brand Registry-based authentication and trust protocol for enterprise networks within the award- winning Liaison ALLOY® Platform. The new protocol will further advance the enterprise data security and privacy capabilities of the ALLOY Platform, which is designed and maintained to exceed data regulatory compliance standards across multiple regulatory frameworks including PCI DSS, SOC2, HIPAA and HITRUST, Privacy Shield and GDPR.
York Angels is proud to be an investor!

Read more here!

Top 100 Women of Influence 

Congratulations to York Angels Executive Director Jess Joss for the shout out as a Top 100 Women of Influence within the Ecosystem!
YORK ANGEL INVESTORS - JESS JOSS
Make sure you go check it out!
Read the full article 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!


INFINITI Lab 

INFINITI LAB Toronto is a six week accelerator program run by premium automotive brand, INFINITI, together with Multiplicity. The theme of this program is Smart Cities and IoT and we are looking for startups with an exciting product or service in this vertical.
Throughout this 6 week program startups will be provided with intensive 1:1 mentorship from INFINITI, Multiplicity and seasoned entrepreneurs who have done it all before. Startups will also receive access to external subject matter experts and introductions to quality global investors with a proven track record. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to secure a spot at the next Global Accelerator based at INFINITI’s headquarters in Hong Kong. The Program will culminate in a demo day with startups pitching to the Nissan’s Alliance Ventures $1 Billion Fund .

Apply Here www.f6s.com/infinitilabtoronto?ref=multiplicity


News

On April 12th, Jess attended the Big Push Propelling Female Founders from Seed to Series A Panel!
Jess traveled to Boston to attend the American Capital Association annual Summit. Interesting speakers and excellent networking with angels from across the globe.
Angels Angelo & Mohan traveled to Italy for BIAT 2018. Thank you to the Italian Trade Commission for inviting us.
We were delighted to have a full house for our April 26th investment Meeting, thank you to all who stopped by!
On April 27, Jess was delighted to judge It’s A Start Pitch Competition at Digifest! York Angel Investors Inc.

York Angel Investors was well represented at OCE Discovery between April 30th & May 1st by Jess, Ana, Angelo, JP, Frank, Mohan, Jennifer & Teresa!
On May 3rd, members gathering at York Downs for a networking cocktail reception. It was a great chance to get caught up with fellow angels, without being tied to an Investment Meeting’s tight agenda.
Jess was delighted to moderate the Women in Entrepreneurship: Angel Investing Panel hosted by Venture For Canada on May 8th! Teresa thanks so much for coming out!

Our Angels had a great night at OPN #PitchItTOCityHall Event on May 15th. Congratulations to OPN on having Mayor John Tory come share his thoughts on entrepreneurship in the GTA. Gregory and Jess were pleased to be judges of the pitches, and Angelo was an excellent panellist. JP was a great emcee. York Angel Investors were well represented by: Angelo, Frank, JP, Gregory, Jess & 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 April 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, April 26, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018- Members Only Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 1, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018 8


Upcoming Events

Tues. April 17- Wed. April 18th: Canadian FinTech 2.0 Summit
Wed. April 18th: TIEQuest 2018 Finals & Awards Gala 
Thurs. April 19th: 2018 Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase
Thurs. April 19th: ScaleUp Conference – Technology, Strategy, Marketing for Growth
Thurs. April 19th: Techstars Toronto Demo Day
Thurs. April 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. April 26- Sat. April 28th: DIGIFEST 2018
Fri. April 27th: It’s A Start
Mon. April 30th to May 1st: OCE Discovery Conference 
Thurs. May 3rd: Members Only Cocktail Reception (Angels-please remember to RSVP)
Tues. May 15th to 17th: YAI & VA Angels Basecamp 
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Wed. May 30th: First Look Angel Investment Meeting -Mississauga
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.

YAI is Hitting Huge Milestones! 

Since being founded in 2008, YAI has now:
  • Completed over 136 deals
  • Invested over 19M
  • Has officially reached over 110 members.
Thanks to our Angels for making this possible!

WARM WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST ANGELS

Bruce Cowper

Eldon Sprickerhoff

Jugaansan Thayalan

Michael Sabusco 

Neville Joffe
neville

Paul Chan 

Stan Muthulingam


Save The Date!

Basecamp 2018 is back! 

York Angels & VA Angels are excited to be hosting BaseCamp from May 15-17! Basecamp is an intensive, small group boot camp to empower entrepreneurs as they are seeking capital. Register & receive early bird pricing (available until April 23rd).

Angels: mentor ship opportunities are available- please speak to Jess if you are interested
Also, please join us for the pitch party on May 17th, where Basecamp graduates present for feedback.

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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. Buy your tickets here


Hockeystick Blog

York Angels Executive Director Jess Joss wrote a great piece on Angel Investing for Hockeysticks Blog. This blog post full of some great advice for anyone looking to get into angel investing.

Make sure you go check it out!
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Techstars Toronto Demo Day

Meet the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, get a first look at the innovative companies, products and services they’re building, and network with your startup and VC community.”.
The event is invite only, available to our York Angels.
For further deals, contact Cassandra 

First Look Eastern Investor Collision 

Thank you to Spark Centre and Open People Network (OPN) for an amazing night at “First Look – Investor Collision”. Many of our Angels had the oportunity to attend. It was a great opportunity to encourage collaboration between the investor community and startup companies.

Watch the video here!


Congrats QNext

YAI Porfolio Company QNext will soon be announcing Strategic Partnership with Intel. Intel has selected FileFlex® from Qnext to be one of only two products globally to enter into a strategic partnership for the integration of its software into Intel’s Data Guard technology. This brings a global presence to FileFlex® and significant sales and marketing development to the company. The integration teams at Qnext have been working with Intel, arguably the leading global strategic microprocessor manufacturer, on a strictly confidential basis. Qnext is one of only two vendors to be given access to key source code to accelerate the application software initiative. This is the first silicon-to-silicon solution in the industry.

Venture for Canada: Fellow Selection Day

York Angels was delighted to be a part of Venture for Canada. It is a not-for-profit that recruits, trains and supports top recent graduates to work at Canadian startups in need of talent, with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship. Fellows spend two years working at one of our partner startups, where they gain the skills, network and experience necessary to launch their own firms.
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Good Luck Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z is a co-ed FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team from Bayview Glen School in Toronto, Canada consisting of seven energetic students from grades 6 to grade 10. They love sharing their passion and knowledge about the research project and the robot with other teams and with the general public.

Last season, Ctrl-Z won Champions Award – 1st Place at the FIRSTChampionships held in St. Louis in April 2017.  In December, Ctrl-Z competed at the 12-team FLL regional qualifying tournament in Toronto.  Ctrl-Z was selected as one of the two teams at the competition to advance to the Ontario East Provincial Championships in January 2018 at UOIT. CTRL-Z will represent Ontario and Canada at the 78-team FLL North American Open Championship to be held in California on May 18 -20, 2018.  At this time, Ctrl-Z is working hard to prepare for the North American Open.
All of us at York Angels want to wish the Ctrl-Z team Good Luck in California! 


More information about the team’s innovative solution can be seen at:
https://fllctrlz.github.io/hydrodynamics/solution.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=yk7CyCaWl9c
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News

We were very excited to welcome a full house and a packed agenda for our March 22nd Investment Meeting.
On March 23rd, Jess was delighted to serve as a judge at Venture For Canada’s National Fellow Selection Day.
Many of our Angels were spotted at attending the inaugural First Look Eastern Investor Collision on March 31st. Thank you Spark Centre and OPN for an amazing night!
Angel Angelo Del Ducca at the LaunchYU Financing and Fundraising for Startups Event on April 3rd at York University. He participated on a panel with Sarah Altenburg from BDC, Chris Cory from ventureLAB and moderated by Nilay Goyal from LaunchYU.
On April 5th, Jess was delighted to attend Techstars Toronto.

On April 5th, Jess was delighted to attend Techstars Toronto. Our Executive Director, Jess Joss, was honored to talk at VentureLabs Capital Talent Tech Event Series on April 10th.

On April 10th, Angel Jennifer Renda participated on the Angel Investors panel at Toronto Health Innovation Week on explaining the process of engagement & investing in MedTech and Life Sciences .

YORK ANGEL INVESTORS & VA ANGELS BASECAMP

July 30th – August 1st

Click here for Eventbrite Registration

York Angel Investors & VA Angels are hosting BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs.

At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors

LOCATION

Dentons Canada LLP

77 King Street West, Suite 400
Toronto Dominion Centre
Toronto, ON

BaseCamp Schedule

Monday, July 30th
Day 1: 9:30 AM TO 5 PM

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Should You Really Do This?
  • Think Like An Investor
  • “The Six Points”
  • Raising Money

Tuesday, July 31st 
Day 2: 9:30 AM TO 5 PM

  • Building a Business on 3 Lines
  • Building a Cap Table and A Share Structure
  • Valuations and Deal Structures
  • Pitch Decks & Pitching

Wednesday, August 1st
Day 3:

BaseCamp attendees may have an opportunity to access angel investors one on one through office hours

Pub Pitch Party: 4:00 PM – 7 PM

This is your opportunity to put what you learned into action in front of a room full of investors and get valuable feedback. Separate registration will be provided but all attendees are guaranteed registration. This is a public event.
Register here

What are past participants saying:

“I believe that Basecamp is a very important part of the startup ecosystem that until now, I felt may have been missing. For me it was the bridge of knowing what I am pitching to knowing who I am pitching to. I feel as though I now have a much better understanding of what exactly Angels are looking for and why! Basecamp is a crucial step in the learning process for startups who are considering or planning to pitch their business to investors!”
–James Daigle Founder, Ubiqweus Inc.

“I enjoyed BaseCamp immensely! The syllabus catered to the entrepreneurs within the class. It exceeded my expectations and Randy was fantastic!” –Diana Nguyen Lux Second Chance

Want to learn more about BaseCamp, watch here.

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