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!


Bruce Cowper

Eldon Sprickerhoff

Jugaansan Thayalan

Michael Sabusco 

Neville Joffe

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.

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

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:
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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 .