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.

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

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.


Chris Jewitt

Jason Nagy

Teresa Sing


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


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)

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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!

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!
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 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


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!

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