YAI Newsletter March 2016


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.

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Angel

Angelo Del Duca

Upcoming Events

Thu. Mar 3: Canadian Crowdfunding Summit
Mon. Mar 7: March TechToronto Knowledge + Networking + Afterparty
Tue. Mar 8: YAI Bonus Screening Meeting + Investee Update
Tue. Mar 8: DMZ International Women’s Day
Thu. Mar 10: Second Harvest A Wild Affair Charity Fundraiser (Hosted by U-Feast)
Tue. Mar 15: YAI Screening Meeting
Wed. Mar 23: YAI Investment Meeting + TSX Keynote + Cocktail Reception
Thu. Mar 24: IAA Med-Tech Investor Roundtable
Wed. Mar 30: Meetup with Aaron Ross
Tue. Apr 5: YAI Screening Meeting
Tue. Apr 19: YAI Screening Meeting
Tue. Apr 26: YAI Investment Meeting
Wed. May 4: Northumberland CFDC N100
Wed. May 18: RICC & Angel One “First Look” Event Please contact Adrienne for event details.

A Big Thank-You

To our presenters who pitched at last month’s Investment Meeting. Don’t forget to check them out:

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Out and About

We had the opportunity to attend some fantastic events this month.

RIC Executive Director Pam Banks and YAI Financial Director & Board Member Ana Misra participated in the RIC Centre’s Investment Review Panel Meeting.


YAI members at the Investors’ Night event hosted by our friends at the Ryerson DMZ.

Investments Recently Closed

Grant Thornton 2016 Ontario Budget Summary

On February 25, 2016, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled the province’s fiscal 2016-17 budget. The Grant Thornton Summary further outlines the government’s focus on the 12-year plan for approximately $160 billion of investments in public infrastructure, and the $13 billion for investments in capital assets.

News & Updates

YAI Investee Zepeel Inc. receives OCE Smart Start Funding Based in London ON, Zepeel is a completely mobile video interactive dating app that’s bringing reality back into the world of online dating. Read the full article here.

YAI Investee Qnext wins CTA-SF Pitch Night Qnext won the Silicon Valley Forum CTA-SF Pitch Night last month against many larger players in attendance. A big thank-you to YAI board member Bob Glandfield and Trade Commissioner Eleonore Rupprecht for securing Qnext’s support from Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada. See some of the highlights here.

YAI Investee Kepler Communications Inc. Joins TechStars Seattle Accelerator Kepler is one of nine companies participating the in 2016 TechStars Seattle program, a technology accelerator that connects startups with training, mentors and funding to grow the busineses. Read the full article here.

Startup Ecosystem

10 High-Flying Companies to Watch at the RSA 2016 Cybersecurity Conference – Read more

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital – Read more

Dennis Mortensen’s Startup, X.AI, is an AI Assistant that Sets Up Meetings Like a Human, and That’s Only the Beginning – Read more

Space Propulsion Startup Accion Systems Starts Taking Orders – Read more

Secondary Shops Flooded with Unicorn Sellers  – Read more 

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