York Angel Investors Newsletter June 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.

York Angel Investors

Thursday, June 21, 2018 (AGM, Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party)
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018

York Angel Investors

Tues. June 19th: Scaling with Pride
Wed. June 20th: Toronto Cryptocurrency Conference
Thurs. June 21st: AGM, YAI Investment Meeting & Cocktail Party
Mon. June 25th: How Do VCs Value Health Science Companies? From Valuation to Deal Structure
Tues. June 26th: VISTA Innovation and Technology Day
Thurs. June 28th: Fundica Roadshow- Toronto
Thurs. July 5th: Infiniti LAB Demo Day
Tues. July 10th – 14th: Startup Fest- Montreal
Thurs. July 12th: Driving Dreams- IoMe
Mon. July 16th: PitchItTOCityHall
Thurs. July 26th: YAI Investment Meeting

Please contact Cassandra for event details.


Angels, just a little reminder that we have our Annual General Meeting this upcoming Thursday before the Investment Meeting. If you have yet to RSVP please make sure to email Cass.
Also, if you are unable to attend the AGM, please make sure you send a signed copy of your Proxie to Ana or Cass.

York Angel Investors

Aaron Meckler 

Ben Feferman

Sherwin Shao


Many, many congratulations to Frank Auddino for being named YAI Angel of the Year 2017 for his dedication to our group and the ecosystem!
Thank you for representing York Angel Investors & being a wonderful member!

2017 NACO Angel Investing Report Results 

York Angels is excited to announce we tied for 1st PLACE across Canada, based on Numbers of Deals Completed in 2017. Thank to all our Angel Investors for their support of innovation & entrepreneurship in Canada!
Read more about Angel Investing in 2017 Here!

from York Angel Investors


We are very excited to be celebrating our 10th Anniversary at this year’s AGM & Investment Meeting on June 21st! Following the AGM & Investment Meeting, we will be holding a cocktail reception to celebrate this milestone!
Thank you to Greybrook Realty for graciously sponsoring this reception !


Huge YAI Thank you to Angel Bob Millar for setting up a Golf Morning for the group on June 1st for a pre-Investment Meeting round! We heard it was a fun morning!


Executive Director: Jess Joss
Director of Finance: Ana Misra
Communications & Operations Manager: Cassandra Daher
Business Analyst: Anton Shevchenko

We are here to help!



PitchItTOCityHall July 16th

Save the Date
Driving Dreams- IoMe
July 12th


IoMe is the second annual Driving Dreams conference and will be delivered in partnership with Arrow Electronics, RIC Centre and I-CUBE at the University of Toronto Mississauga on July 12th. The event will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from industry leaders while providing a collaborative environment for networking.

This year’s event features thought leaders from Microsoft Canada, SOTI and more. They will provide insight into the uses of IoT in Digital Health, Industry 4.0, mobility and the future of materials and electronics and how we can build the new Internet of Me.

Discount code will be sent to members
Register here


Applications close next week for the Female Funders Angel Academy program.

Angel Academy is a blended education program and community for women to learn the fundamentals of venture investing (like how to evaluate startup companies and the mechanics of venture deals) and to build vetted deal flow alongside experienced investors and a community of peers.

What Angel Academy participants can expect: 
Over 8 weeks, learn the fundamentals of angel investing and VC through self-guided online learning, expert office hours, and live case studies. The curriculum covers:

  • Angel Investing Fundamentals
  • Deal Mechanics
  • Picking Winning Companies
  • Building Your Plan

After the program, you’ll leverage expert mentors, co-investment opportunities, and a curated network of peers to prepare you to make your first investment.

Applications and more info about the program are here.

Save the Date
SASS 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 customer

Promo code: SN-YorkAngels 
Register here

BDC Women In Technology Fund

The BDC Capital Women in Technology Fund has a bold vision: Foster the creation of the next generation of millionaire Canadian women technology entrepreneurs. With $70 million to be invested over 5 years, it’s the largest venture capital fund in North America dedicated solely to investing in early stage Canadian women led technology companies across sectors.

Read More Here!


Congratulations to Mohan, Marat & Mona on a successful Good News Ventures Inaugural Investor Update on May 17th. YAI was well represented by: Cass, Jess, Angelo, Rudy, Stan, Joseph, Jim, Noel, and Sayan.

Jeff Potvin represented York Angels at the Angel Nest Conference in Mexico on May 21 & 22.

On May 23rd, YPO & AIO hosted the Joint Angel Investment Event. YAI was well represented by: Alan, Angelo, Frank, Jackie, Jay & Jess!
Jess was delighted to be a Shark on May 28th, for Helix at Seneca. Thanks for the opportunity to to learn more about these innovative companies.

On May 31st Jess attended True North Conference in Waterloo. Many thought provoking presenters!

We were delighted to have a full house for our June 1st Investment Meeting. Many thanks to all who registered and attended!

We had two amazing NACO Academy Session on June 7th at YSpace. Thank you to Brian Smith & Benton Leong for the informative and entertaining workshops! Thank you to NACO for sponsoring these and to our friends at YSpace for graciously hosting. Thanks to the insightful panellists- angels Irene, Mohan, Angelo, Jason, Brian, and Jordan. Thanks also to the entrepreneurs Reuven, Johnathan (portfolio company Curexe) and Nathan for sharing their experiences.

Thank you to Angelo for presenting on behalf of YAI at Smith Toronto, Queens University on June 7th.

On June 8th, Angelo gave a talk at YEDI on Angel Investment & Government Funding!

On June 13th, AccelerateOtt, a 500 person conference for entrepreneurs and investors took place in Ottawa. As a member of the programming committee, Jess had the pleasure of working with a diverse team of volunteers from across North America and the amazing staff of Invest Ottawa. The conference was a success, with inspiring and informative speakers and great networking!

Jess was delighted to judge the Venture for Canada pitch competition in Kingston on June 14th!

On June 14th, Keiretsu Forum hosted the Angel Capital Expo. YAI was well represented by: Ana, Angelo, Frank, Jennifer, Sayan, Phoenix & Teresa!

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