York Angel Investors Newsletter May 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, May 30, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019

Upcoming Events

Mon. May 13th: Uncovering the World of VC and Angel Funding
Mon. May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Wed. May 15th: UP! Practical Sales Talks – Neville Joffe
Mon. May 20th – 23rd: Collision Conference Toronto
Tues. May 21st: Founders Vs. Funders – Collision Edition
Tues. May 21st: WOW Dinner Toronto 2019
Wed. May 22nd: OPN #PitchItYork! 
Wed. June 5th – 7th: NACO Summit 2019 – Calgary
Thurs. June 6th: Raising Capital Toronto
Wed. June 12th: PCMA Annual Conference
Wed. June 26th: Access IO
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

Johan De Greef

Scott Robinson
Stan Ivanov

NACO Names Claudio Rojas as CEO

York Angels is delighted with the announcement of Claudio Rojas, as the new NACO CEO. We looking forward to collaborating and working together!
Congratulations Claudio!

The WOW Dinner Toronto 
May 21, 2019

More info and tickets at https://bit.ly/2V6KEhN.
Enter discount code movethedial to get 10%.

World Angel Investment Summit

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is excited to partner with Alberta Innovates and the Inventure$ Conference to host the 2019 World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary. From June 5th to the 7th, attendees can expect great talks and networking opportunities with views of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Click here for more information and to register!

Access IO
June 26, 2019 


PILOT by Multiplicity

PILOT is Multiplicity’s global innovation procurement LAB. PILOT focuses on later stage startups and enterprise to facilitate successful and profitable engagements between the two. PILOT is a program focussed solely on closing pilots between startups and large enterprise – not acceleration. We ensure that startups are enterprise ready and enterprise are startup friendly in a matter of weeks not months.
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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

Women In Venture Report: A Baseline Look at Gender in Venture Capital


Teresa was thrilled to judge at the FIRST Robotics Canada York University tournament on April 12-13 2019

On April 17th, we were delighted to have a full house for our April Investment Meeting. We had four dynamic pitches yesterday, a community partner update, & a presentation on Investing in AI.

Jess had an informative & fun time in Chicago at the ACA Conference on April 23 – 26th. This picture is of a few of the Canadian Invasion!

On April 30th, Jess had the pleasure of mentoring the new cohort of entrepreneurs at Brilliant Catalyst. Thanks Jeff Peng for the invite

Jess was so pleased to be a judge at the League of Innovators Demo Day on May 7th!

On May 8th, Jess & Phoenix had the opportunity to judge the Angel Investors Ontario & Jumpstarts’ Syrian Refugee Pitch Day! Such inspiring pitches!

York Angels was well represented at OPN #PitchItTOCityHall by Angelo, JP, Norman, Johnathan, Firdos & Jess on May 8th. Jess was delighted to be a judge/advisor! Angelo & Norman were delighted to be Angel Investing Panelists.

Congratulations to Sherry Colbourne and team on the Grand Opening of the amazing new home of the Spark Center. On May 9th, Angelo, Frank, Jess, Scott and Garry were there to celebrate with our Durham friends.

Startup Ecosystem

Jerry Chen: The New Moats. Read More

Bill Gates: How we’ll invent the future. Read More

Rivka Galchen: The Race to Develop the Moon. Read More

Denise Stephan: 12 Dos and Don’ts of Cold Calling. Read More

Steve Blank: Startup Stock Options – Why A Good Deal Has Gone Bad. Read More

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