York Angel Investors Newsletter September 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

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Sept 20th: DMZ Women Founders Pitch Competition
Thurs. Sept 20th: PitchItTO
Fri. Sept 21st: Blockchain Society Conference – New York
Tues. Sept 25th – 27th: NACO World Angel Investment Summit
Wed. Sept 26th – Funding 101 with OCE Discovery
Thurs. Sept 27th: LaunchYU Graduation & Launch Day
Fri. Sept 28th: Industry Day: Statistical Inference, Learning and Models in Data Science
Wed. Oct 3rd: Funding 101 with Futurpreneur 
Thurs. Oct 11th: Made In York Region – The Future of Tech
Wed. Oct 17th: Funding 101 with York Angels
Wed. Oct 31st: Funding 101 with Ernst & Young (SRED)
Oct. (Dates TBD): Blockchain Society Conference – Berlin & San Francisco
Thurs. Nov 1st – 2nd: TIECON Canada 2018
Wed. Nov 7th: Accessio @ Lakeridge Health
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 

Soroush Nazarpour
York Angel Investors
Vikram Khurana

York Angel Investors Inc.

September 17th Investment Meeting 

We are excited to kick off York Angels Angel Investing season next week !

Our Investment Meeting is officially SOLD OUT & RSVP only!

If you missed the chance to sign up in advance for this meeting, we apologize for the inconvenience & we look forward to seeing you at the NACO Summit 2018 or our October Meeting!

* Angels Please Email Cass or Jess *

NACO World Summit

This year NACO is hosting the World Angel Investment Summit in Toronto, Sept. 25-27th

but frankly if this is news, then I certainly haven’t been doing my job as Summit Chair!

Tonnes of volunteer and staff hours have gone in to creating a robust 3 day agenda filled with education session, in-depth panels, inspiring keynotes, and exclusive networking opportunities.  The Summit will attract over 700 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community.

Highlights from the agenda include: 

Tuesday, September 25th:
NACO AGM and keynote on Economic Impact of Angel Investing in Canada
Investor Zone meetings with curated Start-Ups
NACO Academy educational seminars
Exclusive Welcome Reception at Casa Loma

Wednesday, September 26th: “The Era of Dynamic Disruption” – 
Panel Sessions on Blockchain, ML &AI, Future of Transportation, International Investment, etc.
Fireside Chats- Disruptive Impact of Tech, Unlocking Intergenerational Wealth, Disrupting the Social Contract,
Keynote Address on How Technology is Changing the Face of Private Risk Capital
Gala Awards Dinner featuring Wesley Chan & presentations of Angel, Start Up, & Exit of the Year Awards

Thursday, September 27th: “Building an Innovation Ecosystem” 
Presentations on the Why this is the best time for exits, & Building a coordinated Ecosystem
Deep Dives on –Growing Angel Networks, Funding Innovation through Angel Funds, Best Practices for Incubators and Accelerators, Investing like a Super Angel

Keynotes by:
Howard Lindzon, Adeo Ressi, Peter Cowley, Wesley Chan, and more!

Venues include:
Hilton Hotel, Casa Loma and Sony Center

My Ask:
As York Angels is top ranked nationally for deal flow, and the second largest group in Canada, this is a great opportunity to show other angel groups how a truly engaged angel investors from the BEST group step up!

Visit https://www.nacocanada.com/cpages/world-summit to Register Now!

Use the YAI registration code (YAIREG) for a discounted price to attend the Summit.

Let’s show them how it is done!

York Angel Investors - World Angel Investment Summit 2018

York Angels at Fireside! 

Jess, Galen, DJ, Lucas, Angad, JP, Sean & Cass had an amazing weekend at the Fireside Conference held at Camp Walden in Bancroft from September 6th – 9th. A group that camps together, invests together!
Last weekend, Jess was delighted to judge the Open People Network PitchIt competition at the Fireside Conference. Sensational pitches by dynamic entrepreneurs. Moderated by JP of OPN and Podcaster Jordan. A pleasure to be a judge with fellow York Angel Galen of Bark N Yapp and Jason Calacanis (A super angel from California).
York Angel Investors Inc.Jess was also pleased to record a podcast with Rivers Corbett of StartUp Canada about York Angels.
York Angel Investors Inc.

Huge Thank You to Steven & Daniel for the amazing weekend.

Career KickStart Program

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

September 20th 

Save the Date
November 1st & 2nd 

Save the Date
SAAS 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

Congrats Sampler 

YAI portfolio company Sampler was ranked No. 34 on Canadian Business and Maclean’s Today on the 2018 Startup 50 ranking of Canada’s Top New Growth Companies.
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Santiago attended the ABC Business Final Pitches at Ryerson on August 10th.
York Angel Investors Inc.Angad was delighted to judge the CNE Innovation Garage’s Agriculture & Farming Competition on August 17th. Congrats to Ohh Food Inc on winning $5K.

On August 19th, Angelo had a great time judging the Finals at the CNE Innovation Garage Competition. Congrats to Sobie Systems on winning the $25K grand prize!

Jess attended Seneca Helix Spotlight on August 20th!

Jess, Galen, DJ, Lucas, Angad, JP, Sean & Cass had an amazing weekend at the Fireside Conference held at Camp Walden in Bancroft from September 6th – 9th. Huge Thank You to Steven & Daniel for the amazing weekend.
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On September 11th, Jess was delighted to attend the AIO Group Managers Meeting, the Hon. Jim Wilson also attended.

Jess was very pleased to meet with Jeffrey Steiner & Idas Levato of Angel Investors Ontario to discuss some exciting pilot projects on September 13th.
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