York Angel Investors Newsletter August 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.


Monday, September 17, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018

York Angel Investors
Upcoming Events

Thurs. Aug 16th: PitchItTO
Thurs. Aug 16th: FinTech Canada Conference
Thurs. Aug 23rd: SparkFest 2018 – Ottawa
Tues. Aug 28th: Blockchain Society Conference – Vancouver
Thurs. Sept 6th – 9th: Fireside Conference 
Tues. Sept 11th: Aviva Pitch Day
Tues. Sept 11th: Blockchain Society Conference – Toronto
Fri. Sept 21st: Blockchain Society Conference – New York
Tues. Sept 25th – 27th: NACO World Angel Investment Summit
Thurs. Sept 27th: LaunchYU Graduation & Launch Day
Oct. (Dates TBD): Blockchain Society Conference – Berlin & San Francisco
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Douglas Craig

Elia Mazzawi

Rudy Haddad

Welcome Curexe

York Angel Investors is very happy to welcome Curexe to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies.

Basecamp Recap

At the end of July, York Angels hosted a Valhalla Basecamp for an amazing group of entrepreneurs. This is a 3 day immersive bootcamp experience. Thanks again to the founders for their dedication, as we explored hot topics like valuations, deal structures, captables & more!On the third day,  Angel investors from York Angels provided individual mentoring. Thanks for volunteering to share your insights: Mona Kung, Frank Auddino, Angelo Del Duca, Jeffery Potvin, Jennifer Renda & Rudy Haddad.  We really appreciated your help!
Later that day, at the Pitch Party, we had insightful judges provide feedback on the pitches. Thanks for your salient questions and helpful comments:  Danielle Smith, Christine Ho, Mohan Markandaier & Douglas Saxon!
Congratulations on your strong pitches: Anne Genge, Daniel Warner, Danielle Brewin Graham, Kristal Lewis, Taiwo Mcgregor, Nathan Mah, Jane Fung, Catherine Chan, Christopher Tufford, Muhammad Rashid, Asha Parekh, Asifa Malik & Maggie Yun. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see you at an Investment Meeting in the future!

Thanks also to our generous sponsors for their kind support

Jay Kilgannon, Wealth Management,
Brett Tanner & Chamber Plan Ontario Region,
Insiteful Solutions

Thanks Randy Thompson for working through an intense curriculum so thoroughly, while bringing it to life with many personal “war stories”.
We look forward to hosting our next session in early 2019.

NACO Awards

NACO Canada is happy to present three awards every year to recognize the success of our community. NACO members are able to nominate who they think should receive each award. The three awards are; Exit of the Year, Most Promising Startup of the Year, and Angel of the year.

This year the awards will be presented at our World Angel Investment Summit at our annual Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday, September 26th.

Please find below the links to the forms directly and all the information on the prizes in general can be found on this page: https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/awards

Angel of the Year – https://goo.gl/forms/LFIGxmQb5hVkZrQA3
Exit of the  Year – https://goo.gl/forms/k9XcCzxUILxzJHoF3
Startup of the Year-

Don’t forget to nominate !

TriColour Venture Fund

The TriColour Venture Fund (TCVF) at Smith School of Business is Canada’s first student-advised venture capital fund. This VC fund provides Queen’s Full-time MBA and Commerce students with the ultimate experiential learning opportunity through managing a multi-million dollar fund.
This academic course is about putting real money into real businesses. Students meet directly with potential portfolio companies, assess the opportunities, conduct in-depth due diligence and make recommendations to the Investment Advisory Board – a committee of seasoned entrepreneurs, angel investors, and venture capitalists. Deals are syndicated in conjunction with some of Canada’s leading venture capital companies and angel investors.Read More

Career KickStart Program

UOIT currently has an intern program called Career Kick Start that place students within companies for a minimum of 10 weeks and can provide a financial inventive of $2,250 to $4,500 based on the eligibility of the company.This is a terrific opportunity for your start-up or start-ups you may know to draw some top talent from our institution.

If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Alsop-Lee direct at Jennifer.alsop-lee@uoit.ca

August 16th

Fireside Conference

Back for its fourth year, Fireside is an invite-only, off-the-grid retreat featuring the brightest minds in the business, startup, investor and media communities from around the world. It takes place from September 6-9 at Camp Walden Canada outside Bancroft, Ontario. This year, Fireside is thrilled to announce that Jason Calacanis (world-renowned angel investor, author of the book “Angel”, and “This Week in Startups” Podcast host), will be joining from California. York Angels has been a part of this amazing event for several years and many members will be returning once again this year!Please email info@firesideconf.com for more information.

NACO World Summit

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) supports Angel investors, incubators, and accelerators by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support early-stage investing. NACO is hosting the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit, for the first time here in Toronto. NACO expects 700+ attendees, representing 20+ countries to converge on downtown Toronto in September.  NACO is excited to be partnered with Elevate Tech Fest, offering both premium content for their attendees, as well as collaborating with Elevate to run their Financing track and cohost keynote speakers.
The 2018 World Angel Investment Summit is the culmination of years worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and will continue to catalyze a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem.
The World Angel Investment Summit takes place in various locations across downtown Toronto, including the Hilton Hotel and Toronto’s historic Casa Loma.  The NACO Summit kicks-off on September 25th and runs until September 27th.Early Bird Deadline: August 24th
Members: Email Cass for the discount code!Read More

Startup Global Program calls for applications!

Garage+, Asia’s largest zero-equity incubator supported by the key players in the global supply chain, just kicked off the 7th batch of Startup Global Program (SGP). Application is open for growth-stage startups in AI & Big Data, IoT & Smart Devices, Digital Health, AR & VR, Mobility, Green Tech, etc.Since 2015, SGP has attracted 765 startups and selected 89 to discover business opportunities in Taiwan. One third of them have established collaborations with Taiwan’s leading corporations, attracted investments or set up Taiwan branch through Epoch Foundation’s solid connections. For example, one company received a $7.2M order from a Japanese buyer; another company has developed more than 50 certified partners and customers in Asia.

Here are the benefits for the selected startups at the 10-day program:
  • 1-on-1 meetings with top-level decision makers from key players in the global supply chain;
  • Company visits to explore partners in market development, investment, and manufacturing;
  • Free round-trip flight tickets and accommodation for 2 people.
The program will take place from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7, 2018. Please see the attachments for further details.

Apply now via the link (https://lihi.cc/F6NmL/email) by Sep. 7 and take advantage of this opportunity to grow your business in Asia!

York Angel Investors

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

Enthusiast Gaming News

Tova Ventures II Inc and Enthusiast Gaming Media Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enthusiast Gaming Inc. (“Enthusiast Gaming“) are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Escapist Magazine (“Escapist“). The acquisition also adds to the website monetization potential that powers Enthusiast Gaming’s platforms and partners. Currently, Enthusiast Gaming is generating over one billion ad requests per week though Enthusiast Gaming Media and affiliated partners.Read more

Qnext News

Anthony DeCristofaro is president and CEO of Qnext Corp a Greater Toronto-based firm that has developed FileFlex, a hybrid point-to-point, software-only service based on Edge technology that allows remote access to, share, stream, manage and collaborate data from source locations without opening any new ports. Here DeCristofaro speaks to Red Herring about the future of the cloud, international scale and the impact of GDPR.Read More

Congrats Kepler

Kepler has had a particularly exciting month, they announced the collaboration with the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult to build and launch a third satellite, TARS, & to open their first international sales office!Kepler will be establishing its first European presence with a sales and distribution facility in the UK.

Find out more about it here.


Our Angels had a great night at OPN #PitchItTOCityHall Event on July 16th
York Angel Investors - Toronto, Markham, GTAJuly 24th, Jess was at Smith School of Business at Queens University to watch some pitches!
York Angel Investors - Toronto, Markham, GTAWe were delighted to have a full house for our July 26th investment Meeting, thank you to all who stopped by!
On July 29th & 30th, York Angels was delighted to host Basecamp alongside Valhalla Angels.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Basecamp Pitch Party on August 1st.

On August 1st, Angelo presented on ‘Get Funded’ to Toronto Starts- Toronto’s Startup Community Ted Rogers School of Management.

Our angels had a great night #PitchItYork event on August 14th. Nikhil & Irene were pleased to be judges of the pitches, & JP was a great emcee. York Angel Investors were well represented by: Angelo, Frank, JP, Irene, Nikhil & Cass.

Startup Ecosystem

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