York Angel Investors Newsletter October 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, October 25, 2018
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019


Thurs. Oct 11th: Dentons & SheEO: A Morning of Radical Generosity – Ottawa
Tues. Oct 16th: Vaughan Small Buisness Week Launch Outside the Box: Portraits of Innovation & Tech 
Wed. Oct 17th: Funding 101 with York Angels
Wed. Oct 17th: Ignite Durham – Pitch Competition 
Wed. Oct 17th: Dentons & SheEO: An Evening of Radical Generosity – Vancouver
Thurs. Oct 18th: PitchIt TO
Fri. Oct 19th: Y2 Conference – Durham
Thurs. Oct 25th: iGan Partners Pitch to Heal
Wed. Oct 31st: Funding 101 with Ernst & Young (SRED)
Thurs. Nov 1st – 2nd: TIECON Canada 2018
Wed. Nov 7th: Accessio @ Lakeridge Health 
Wed. Nov 7th: Ignite Durham – Part 2
Thurs. Nov 8th: Schulich Startup Night
Wed. Nov 14th: Funding 101 with MentorWorks
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels 

David Laliberte

Michael Varenbut

Wei Hua

That’s a wrap on NACO World Summit 2018!

From September 25th – 27th, over 500 angel investors from across Canada and from around the globe, came to Toronto for 3 days of seminars, insightful keynotes, thought-provoking panels, phenomenal networking….and lots of fun!

York Angels was the best represented angel group at the Summit, with over 20 members in attendance. Missing from this photo taken at the Casa Loma welcome Reception- JP, Marat, Chris G., and Nikhil.

Over 135 speakers that traveled to share their knowledge and perspectives on a wide range of topics relating to the theme – The Era of Dynamic Disruption. From keynotes to panels, there was lots of food for thought. It was a pleasure to have Hon. Minister Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion share her vision and insights regarding investing in innovation and business, and announce some renewed FedDev funding. As well, Mayor John Tory attended the Gala Awards Dinner and shared his thoughts on the importance of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor as an Innovation hub, and the importance of leveraging technology for efficiencies.

Congratulations to YAI Member Randy Stewart Thompson (OKR /Valhalla) on winning Angel of the Year! So deserved!

Our members also enjoyed a full pass to all of the Elevate events, including AL Gore speaking!

Many thanks to the dedicated NACO World Summit Programming Committee for their vision and dedication, to shape this amazing event. Thank you also to the whole team at NACO for all their hard work. We had a great time!

And thank you to all the YAI angel investors that attended. Thank you for taking the time to come together; to learn, network and build relationships. May this be a spring board for more collaboration, and greater investment in innovative start-ups!

We are already looking forward to next year’s World Summit in Calgary this June!

Huge Congratulations to YAI Portfolio Company Enthusiast Gaming on going Public! 

Many angel investors from York Angel Investors, in August 2016, initially invested over $420k in a young, dynamic company with ambitious dreams and a driven team. The company was Enthusiast Gaming, and what an interesting two years it has been! Through more financing rounds and acquisitions, Enthusiast Gaming has kept things exciting.
Today, Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc. (TSXV: EGLX), a digital media company building the largest community of authentic gamers, announced that its shares began trading when markets opened, at on the TSX Venture Exchange.
Google EGLX.V for the latest trading details. Many of us invested at around a quarter, the end of the first day closed at $1.07 was a nice bump!
“As one of the few gaming companies trading publicly, we’re incredibly proud to announce this milestone in Enthusiast’s history,” said Enthusiast Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Menashe Kestenbaum. “We look forward to a beneficial relationship with our shareholders as we carry out our vision of growing our platform both online and through our Enthusiast gaming Live Expo, EGLX.”
Congratulations to the team on this exciting day from your YAI Family!
Onwards and upwards!


UOIT currently has an intern program called Career Kick Start that place students within companies for a minimum of 10 weeks and can provide a financial inventive of $2,250 to $4,500 based on the eligibility of the company.

This is a terrific opportunity for your start-up or start-ups you may know to draw some top talent from our institution.

If you are interested in this program or would like to learn more, please contact Jennifer Alsop-Lee direct at Jennifer.alsop-lee@uoit.ca

Pitch To Heal 

iGan Partners is pleased to provide this investment opportunity, as we believe that Canadian companies are blazing the path to more effective healthcare globally,” the firm wrote in a blog post.

The competition takes place on October 25. Startups can apply for the competition here until October 7th.


Access IO 
November 7th 

If you’re in the medical field, an angel investor or curious about angel investing then you are invited to Access IO @ Lakeridge Health. We are showcasing the best medical and health sciences startups, and they want to hear from you


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

Check it out! 

Two of YAI’s Portfolio Companies, Sampler & #Paid, were featured in the Globe & Mail this week! They are both being featured as two of nine up & coming business’s.Check out the full article here


We were delighted to have a full house for our September 17th Investment Meeting! Thank you to all who registered and attended!
We were so pleased to have the Dare 2 Be Global Accelerator entrepreneurs join us at our September 17th Investment Meeting. Thanks to Sherry & the Spark Centre for the opportunity to welcome our friends from Brazil.

Jess & Yuri (CEO of NACO)  traveled to Ottawa on September 19th for meetings with the Asst. Deputy Ministers & Heads for Regional Development Agencies regarding a 5-year funding proposal for the angel ecosystem.

On September 20th, we had a great night as always at OPN’s PitchItTO Session 17, held at The Lodge on Queen.

A FedDev extension was announced by Minister Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business & Export Promotion on September 26th.

Ana & Teresa enjoying Elevate events at MaRS on September 27th.

On October 10th, our sponsor Denton’s hosted an Evening of Radical Generosity in partnership with SheEO in Toronto.

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