York Angel Investors Newsletter March 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, March 28, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019

Upcoming Events


Fri. March 8th: BDO VC Pitch Day 2019
Thurs. March 14th – 15th: Venture Out 2019
Mon. March 18th – 22nd: UofT Entrepreneurship Week
Wed. March 20th: YAI Presents: NACO Academy Workshop – on Due Diligence
Wed. March 20th: OPN’s PitchItYork 
Thurs.March 21st: enLIGHT DEMOday 2019
Wed. March 27th: OPN’s PitchItDurham
Tues. April 2nd: MLA Curbside Mentoring
Thurs. April 4th: TiEQuest – Finals & Awards Gala
Tues. April 23rd: OPN’s PitchItYork
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 Marks & Clerk for sponsoring this month’s Investment Meeting and Networking Reception!

Happy International Womens Day! 

‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish’ – Michelle Obama
From all of us at York Angels, we would like to wish you all a Happy International Womens Day!

Warm Welcome to Our Newest Angels

Daniel Handiaz

Welcome Jamstack


York Angels is very happy to welcome Jamstack 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! 

Check It Out! 


Jess was Interviewed by Female Funders: Read Here

Jess & YAI Members: Mike, Alan & Paul, were interviewed for NACO’s Blog: Read Here

Congratulations Dapasoft!


York Angel’s invested $4.42M in Dapasoft in the summer of 2015, when the revenue was $9 Million. That YAI investment was used to develop a cloud product which went to market late last year. Dapasoft, with the merger announced today, employs over 150 individuals in North America, and is achieving revenue of over $25 Million.Congratulations Dapasoft and we are excited for the next chapter.

Read the full Press Release.

Congratulations Sampler

YAI Portfolio Company, Sampler, Raised $3M in Series A!
Read the full article

enLIGHT DEMOday 2019

March 21st, 4 – 9 pm

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.Read More 


Jess had the pleasure of attending the Canadian Dream Summit on February 19th.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on February 21st. We had a great turnout and a very successful day – 3 pitches, an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Kepler & welcomed Jamstack to our YAI family of Portfolio Company. Thank you to Terry & Marat for sharing information on deal structure terminology.
On February 22nd, YAI’s Board Member, Ana Misra, was delighted to be a part of the Investment Space 2019 Start-Up Pitch Judging Panel. YAI was also represented by our members Angelo DelDuca, Angad Sandhu and Teresa Sing.
Jess had the opportunity to travel to the Yukon from February 25 – 27th for a NACO Board Retreat. She had a great time with Angel Investing friends & at the Yukon Community consultations in regards to creating an angel investing ecosystem up in the Yukon!
Cass had a great time at the YSpace Women’s Day Brunch on March 7th.

Startup Ecosystem

Courtney Reum
Think You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First. Read More

Rebecca Greenfield
The Regular Person’s Guide to Bullet Journaling. Read More

Jerry Neumann
Why do VCs insist on only investing in high-risk, high-return companies? Read More

PitchBook Analyst Note: 2019 Venture Capital Outlook. Read More

Omers Ventures
Jim Orlando: Canadian Tech Predictions for 2019 Read More

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