York Angel Investors Newsletter February 2019

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, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Upcoming Events

Tues. Feb 19th: Canadian Dream Summit 2019
Wed. Feb 20th – 22nd: 2019 Niagara Investment Summit – Niagara on the lake
Wed. Feb 20th – 22nd: DRIVE Waterloo 
Thurs. Feb 21st: Blockchain 2.0: Legal implications and issues in 2019 and beyond
Sat. Feb 23rd & Mar 2nd: Y2 Entrepreneurship Conference
Wed. Feb 27th: #PitchItTOCityHall
Mon. March 4th: YEDI Incubator Fall 2018 Venture Fair
Fri. March 8th: BDO VC Pitch Day 2019
Wed. March 20th: YAI Presents: NACO Academy Workshop – on Due Diligence
Thurs. April 4th: TiEQuest – Finals & Awards Gala
Wed. April 24th – 26th: Angel Capital Association Summit 2019
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Thank you to Panache Ventures for sponsoring last month’s January Investment Meeting and Networking Reception.


Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels

Althea Wishloff

Barbara Schuy 

Doris Qamar 

Ivar D’Silva

Jason Schuy  

Mark Albert 

Prashant Matta 

Zen Mao

Welcome 2020 Armour

York Angels is very happy to welcome 2020 Armour to our YAI family of Portfolio Companies!

York Angel Investors presents: 

NACO Academy Workshop- Leading Due Diligence

12:45 – 5 pm
Wednesday, March 20th
York Downs Golf & Country Club 

Registration- 12:45pm


Module 110: Leading Investment Rounds with Karen Grant & Blake Laufer

1:00pm – 4:45pm

This module is designed for angel investors that are looking to learn more about the role of lead investor and what it entails. It will also provide investors with an overview of the due diligence process.

The role of lead investor can be a challenging one, especially for investors that are doing it for the first time. On top of analyzing the investment opportunity, the lead is also responsible for coordinating the communication between all the involved parties and negotiating the terms of the investment.

This module provides first time leads with a step by step walk through of the due diligence process, expected timelines, commons pitfalls, and tips to ensure that they will be able to efficiently lead a round of angel investment.

YAI Members, your discount code is still usable!
Not a York Angel Member? Don’t worry you are still welcome to preregister. The cost to attend is $60+HST.

If you are planning on attending, please Register to secure your spot. Registration closes: March 11th! 

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.

PitchItTO City Hall
February 27th, 2019 

YAI Portfolio Company News 


Congratulations to Dapasoft on the launch of their new Product!Dapasoft, a leading provider of healthcare interoperability, clinical integration, and cloud application development solutions, is enabling clinicians to collaborate and communicate on patient care. Dapasoft’s Corolar FHIR Server for Microsoft Teams Now in Private Preview.

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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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Jess had a great time celebrating YSpace Markham’s 1st Anniversary On January 17th! It is a pleasure to collaborate with such a great ecosystem partner.

On January 19th, Jess was pleased to judge the finals of Queen’s Entrepreneurship Conference, with companies from across North America and prizes of over $30k.

York Angels were delighted to host a Basecamp with Valhalla Angels, for Innovation York on January 21st & 22nd.  Thank you to Dentons for their gracious hospitality.
We hosted the Basecamp Pitch Party on January 23rd at the Tundra Lounge. Thank you to everyone who came out to support & listen to the amazing presenters!
On January 29th, YAI was represented at Mississauga Mayor’s Annual Address Luncheon with Mayor Bonnie Crombie by our Board member, Ana Misra & member Teresa Sing..
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on January 31st. We had a great turnout and a very successful day – 4 pitches, several community updates, and a presentation from our event sponsors, Panache Ventures.
On February 7th, Angelo had the opportunity to speak at the the BEST Labs dinner!
On February 7th, Jess had the opportunity to speak at the Enactus UOIT SheLeads event! What a fantastic evening!
On February 10th, Irene was one of the judges at Startup weekend at Helix Seneca. She had the opportunity to judge alongside; Jonathan Wheatle (Strategic Economic Initiatives for York Region) & Damodar Arapakota (Angel Investor).
Jess, Jason, JP & Frank attended a goodbye party for Rob of Spark Angels on February 11th. We would like to wish Rob all the best as he embarks on his new journey in Ottawa. Don’t forget to visit!

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