York Angel Investors Newsletter – December 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.


‘Tis the Season of Investing

With the holiday season upon us, it was a very busy month at York Angel Investors. Along with beginning due diligence on 8 companies that were part of our first Demo Day, on November 21, we also held another Investment Meeting on December 12. In addition, there were a number of holiday events within the startup ecosystem and York Angel Investors was well represented!

York Angel Investors
December 2019 Investment Meeting

Investors Meeting and Holiday Social Highlights

YAI Board of Directors Updates

YAI recognized the efforts of Irene de Gooyer-Colins as she steps down from her role on our Board. We also welcomed Frank Auddino, 2018 Angel of the Year & 2019 NACO Outstanding Contribution to Early-Stage Ecosystem Award. YAI currently has one open spot on the Board to be filed in early January 2020.

Champagne Ceremony

YAI welcomed Mohamad Sawwaf, Co-Founder and CEO Manzil as our newest portfolio company


Dentons Canada LLP
 Workshop

Our members and guests were treated to an amazing and educational discussion on “Controlling Legal Costs In Equity Investments” led by Matthew Literovich, Senior Associate


Zirkova Vodka
 Update & Tasting

YAI welcomed back Katherine Vellinga, Co-Founder and CEO of Zirkova Vodka, one of our portfolio companies that is quickly moving up toward the #1 selling vodka in Ontario.


Investment Pitches

Finally, we heard from three amazing startups
Daydream Drinks
Neurovine
QEA Tech

December 2019 Ecosystem Events

York Angels, in conjunction with YSpace, ran it’s first ever Demo Day.
We screened over 40 companies and selected 8 to give a 10 minute pitch followed by a 5 minute Q&A. We had over 75 members and invited guests attend.

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)
AGM and Holiday Party

MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

Seasons Greetings from YAI

Board of Directors and Executive Director
(L-R) Mohan Markandaier, Frank Auddino, Terry Mocherniak,
Ana Misra, Galen Udell (ED), Bob Glandfield, Chris Cowan
(missing in picture Angelo Del Duca, Chair Marat Mukhamedyarov)


Upcoming Investment Meetings

If you are an accredited investor and interested in becoming an angel investor at York Angels, or would like to become a York Angels partner/sponsor, we would be happy to invite you to one of our upcoming monthly Investment Meetings.

Thursday January 30th
Thursday February 27th
Thursday March 26th

Please email Teresa Sing at admin@yorkangels.com for an opportunity to be added to the guest list for an upcoming meeting


Upcoming Ecosystem Events

Wednesday January 8th: OPN PitchIt York at YSpace Markham
Thursday January 16th: Innovation York LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Startup Source Market Entry Award
Thursday January 16th: OPN PitchIt TO City Hall at Toronto City Hall
Thursday January 16th – Friday January 17th: GAN 2nd Annual Angel Investing Winter Summit 2020
Thursday January 23rd: OPN New Year Social 2020 at The Lodge on Queen
Wednesday January 29th: OPN PitchIt Durham at Durham College

Click the links or contact Admin 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.

Knowledge Centre

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