YAI Newsletter February 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, March 1st, 2018
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Friday, June 1st, 2018
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Upcoming Events

Tues. Feb 13th: YAI Screening Meeting
Tues. Feb 13th: GTAN- Women Invest Today Part 2
Thurs. Feb 15th: LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Startup $25K Pitch Competition
Thurs. Feb 15th: TieQuest TiE Toronto Presents: Carl Rodrigues, President & CEO, SOTI
Fri. Feb 16th: BDO Start-Up Competition Canada Application Deadline. Apply Here
Mon. Feb 19th: BIAT 2018-Meet the Italians!
Wed. Feb 21st: YSpace and Startup York Present: AI Panel
Thurs. Feb 22nd: Ivey Venture Forum
Thurs. Mar 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. Mar 8th: BDO Canada- Toronto Pitch Date
Thurs. Mar 22nd: YAI Investment Meeting and Cocktail Reception
April 18-20: ACA Summit, Boston
Thurs. April 26th: YAI Investment Meeting
Mon. May 14th to 24th : Canada China Club  — Investment and Trade Mission to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Chengdu
Wed. May 23rd: Angel Investors Ontario and YPO Joint Angel Investment Forum 2018
Fri. June 1st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. June 21st: YAI Investment Meeting
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Jennifer Renda

Jordan Fietje

It’s Time to Celebrate! 

York Angels has officially reached 101 members. This makes us not only the largest in Ontario, but the 3rd largest group in CANADA (with paid membership)
Thank you to each and every one of our members for making this possible!

Welcome Needls

York Angels is very happy to welcome Needls to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies.

Come Celebrate Chinese New Year!

It is our honor to invite you, Feb. 16th,  to attend an exciting presentation of the successful, innovative Canadian companies who won a recent international competition, an announcement of upcoming Canada China Club events and missions, and a celebration of Chinese New Year!
Click Here for more information

Meet the Italians! Canada ICT Tour

From February 19 to 23, 2018, eight of the best Information and Telecommunication Technology companies based in Southern  Italy will be in Canada to showcase their innovations, develop  relationships with local companies and create partnerships.
​The program includes visits to the ICT clusters in Southern Ontario as well as the participation in the NACO Western Regional Angel Summit and VIATEC’s DISCOVER TECTORIA conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

On FEB. 19th, it’s your chance York Angels!
Come attend the Pitch Competition and enjoy one on meetings, at
Mars Discovery District (101 College St, Toronto, ON, M5G 1L7) starting at 2pm on February 19.

Check the list of participating Italian start-ups .

Please let Casandra know if you would like to attend!

Enthusiast Gaming Going Public!

Portfolio Investee Company, Enthusiast Gaming closes private placement and announces intent to go public.
For full article, click HERE! 


Raymond Luk, of our portfolio company Hockeystick, and
Christian Lassonde, Impression Ventures, who we co-invested with on PerfectlySoft,
For being named as OSC Fintech Advisory Committee Members for 2018
For the full story, Click Here! 

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. Registration opens soon.

Watch Angel Investor’s Ontario 10th Anniversary Video! 

Click HERE to see several York Angel Members featured!

The video celebrates AIO’s network’s accomplishments over the past decade, but also highlights the services and programs that we offer.

Take Action Now: Support Canada’s Innovation Economy  

Help ensure entrepreneurs increasingly get access to Angel investment, the critical private risk capital that enables them to grow from ideas and prototypes into commercial ventures and scalable businesses.

  • Private early stage investors, often referred to as Angel investors, play a critical role in supporting entrepreneurs
  • They invest as many as 27 times more start-ups than venture capital investors
  • They act as a primary source of financing, mentorship and access to networks for Canadian start-ups.
  • They help build successful businesses to the point where they are attractive to venture capitalists and other funding sources.
  • Angels also often act as the primary sources of capital for early-stage “Seed” Venture Capital firms who in turn often act as the first institutional money source for start-ups.

Find out how YOU can help influence the Federal Government regarding the proposed changes to Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC), to avoid the unintended consequences of proposed changes.

Learn More:https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/first-funders

IveyPitch Venture Forum!

Join us on February 22nd at Ivey Venture Forumin Toronto, a world-class event bringing together 400 high caliber attendees and 20 speakers from across Canada’s technology and innovation ecosystem, including Alyssa Furtado (Ratehub.ca), Sarah Ryerson (Google Canada), Heather Payne (HackerYou) and more.

The forum promotes collaboration, celebrates new ventures, and generates thought-leadership on how Canada can become the world’s leading innovation economy.

Calling All Women–To help advance diversity, inclusion and gender parity in Canada’s innovation ecosystem, women-identifying attendees can request a special 50% VIP discounted ticket here.


We were delighted to start off 2018 with a full house and a packed agenda for our January 25th Investment Meeting.
On Feb. 2nd Jess was excited to participate in the inaugural York Region Tech Innovation Ecosystem Forum, conceived of and facilitated by our very own Lucas Chang!
Angelo, DJ & Jess were extremely pleased to present “How to get Someone Other than your Mother to Invest in your StartUp” on February 5th.

Rob and Jess met with their counter parts from across Ontario, to discuss best practices, policies and upcoming events, at the Angel Investors Ontario Group Managers’ Meeting Feb. 7th.

Doug and Jess enjoyed meeting entrepreneurs at Toronto Starts Start-Up Social  Feb 7th.

Startup Ecosystem

4 Toronto startups to watch out for in 2018 Read More 


Angel network aims to recruit more female investors Read More
How Data Will Transform The Future Of Angel Investing Read More