York Angel Investors Newsletter December 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, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Upcoming Events

Dec 22nd – Jan 2nd: YAI Office Closed for the Holidays
Wed. Jan 17th – 20th: Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)
Mon. Jan 21st – 22nd: York Angels, Valhalla Angels & Innovation York Basecamp
Wed. Jan 23rd: Basecamp Pitch Party
Wed. Feb 6th: LaunchYU Aird & Berlis Award Competition
Tues. Feb 19th: Canadian Dream Summit 2019
Sat. Feb 23rd & Mar 2nd: Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference 
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019, Calgary
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Happy Holidays! 

Our YAI offices will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd.
We wish you and yours a very safe & Happy Holiday, from our YAI Family!

Warm Welcome To Our Newest Angels

Firdos Somji
Katie Salem
Sanj Jegan

Welcome Pinch Financial

York Angels is very happy to welcome Pinch Financial to our York Angel family of Portfolio Companies!

Y2 Conference
February 23 & March 3

Know someone in high school (in grade 9 to 12)* that wants to build their problem-solving, entrepreneurship and leadership skills? Want to work directly with established and serial entrepreneurs?
Whether or not they have a business idea (and this isn’t only for business students!) the Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference will offer hands-on opportunities to work with mentors and coaches who have run their own businesses for years.Register here

Congratulations HTBase

Congrats to YAI Portfolio Company HTBase on getting aquired by Juniper Networks!
The acquisition happened in less than 24 months, allowing our angels a 10.8x return.Read More

YAI Portolio Company News

Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Operation Sports, The Leader in Sports Video Gaming News & Community. Read More

RNA Diagnostics Announces $5M Series A Financing Round Led by iGAN Partners. Read More

Kepler’s Next Wideband Satellite Reaches Orbit on the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Read More

NACO and RBC partner to support Canadian early stage companies

Through this collaboration, RBC will provide NACO Angel-backed companies a business banking package that features access to credit, access to professional advice and services, and access to RBC advisors to help early stage companies scale effectively. NACO is also expanding its efforts to provide Angels, incubators, accelerators and their investee companies with guidance, best practices, tools and resources.

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Angel Investing & Women 

In the Tech Industry, Women are about to change the whole game. Read More

Minding the Gender Gap in Tech Funding. Read More

Ask for more money, women urged when it comes to tech funding. Read More

Clearbanc raises $70M to give startups ad money for a rev share. Read More


On November 7th, many of our Angels attended the first annual Access IO event at Lakeridge Health. York Angels was well represented by: Cass, JP, Jess, Jennifer, Norman, Jonathan, Nikhil, Jay, Phoenix, & Jason. Congrats to Angelo & Frank on a well run event.
Cassandra & Basil had a great time at the Social Innovation 101 Event at YSpace Markham on November 20th. Thank you for an informative evening.
Also on November 20th, Jess had the pleasure of attending the UOIT Brilliant Catalyst Work Space opening. Congrats to Jeff Peng, David Pamenter & colleagues!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on November 22nd. We had a full house & a really diverse agenda- 2 pitches, community updates, welcomed Pinch Financial to the YAI Family, Ignite Durham finalist mini-pitches & updates from 2 YAI Portfolio Companies Curexe & Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc..
Jess was delighted to travel to Halifax for NACO, on November 28-29. While there, they worked with Volta to hear pitches of their current cohort, and provide mentoring & office hours to new companies.
On December 3rd, we had the last Board Meeting of 2018 followed by a holiday lunch. We are so lucky to have such engaged & supportive board!
On December 4th, Jennifer was delighted to judge the Queen’s UPstart Venture Challenge 2018.
We had a great night at the Ignite Durham Gala on December 4th. York Angels was well represented by Angelo, Cass, Frank, Jess & Garry!
On December 11th, Jess, Angelo & Chis, all had a great time at the Maple Leaf Angels Holiday Party!
Jess & Cass attended the Angel Investors Ontario group Managers meeting on December 12th.
Also on December 12th, York Angels was well represented by Cass, Jess, Frank, Angelo, Galen, Alan, Arshad, Garry, Mike, Firdos, Mohan, Jason, Douglas, Jackie, JP, Norman & Johnathan, at the Angel Investor Ontario AGM & Holiday Networking Reception.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on December 13. We had a great turnout & a very successful day – 3 pitches, an update on HTBase, a community update, & an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Daisy.

Startup Ecosystem

Chris Kay
“Its Not About You”. Read More

Sean Parker
“I appreciate any conversation where I can walk away questioning ­myself and my ideas.” Read More

Reid Hoffman
“Every decision has tradeoffs: when you choose to do one thing it means you choose not do some other thing. When you choose to optimize a choice on one factor, it means necessarily suboptimizing on another factors.” Read More

Bill Campbell
“Campbell knew that a lack of empathy often translated into an inability to listen” Read More

Marc Andreesen
“The biggest outcomes come when you break your previous mental model.” Read More

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