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.


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


 We are thrilled to announce that York Angels have officially made

150 Investments since 2008


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!


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


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