York Angels Investors Newsletter November 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, November 22, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Upcoming Events

Wed. Nov 14th: Funding 101 with MentorWorks
Wed. Nov 14th: PitchIt TO City Hall 
Tues. Nov 20th: Social Innovation 101 & Networking
Wed. Nov 21st: TES Founder Dinner
Thurs. Nov 22nd: ICUBE Startup Social 2018
Wed. Nov 28th: The Blockchain Conference @ Deloitte
Wed. Nov 28th – 29th: SAAS North – Ottawa 
Thurs. Nov 29th: Haltech Hi5 Pitch Competition | Fall 2018
Thurs. Nov 29th: Crypto Camp at Deloitte – use “COMMUNITY” for 50% OFF.
Wed. Dec 5th: The Entrepreneurship Society AI Conference
Wed. Dec 12th: Angel Investors Ontario Annual General Meeting & Holiday Networking Reception
Fri. Dec 14th: The Blockchain Society Business Conference in Toronto
Tues. Jan 15th: The Blockchain Society Business Conference in Vancouver
Thurs. Jan 31st: The Blockchain Society Security Tokens Conference in New York
May 13th & 14th: OCE Discovery Conference 2019
Thurs. Sept 5th – 8th: Fireside Conference 2019

Please contact Cassandra for event details.

Warm Welcome to our Newest Angels

Basil Aribi
Basil Aribi

PitchItTO City Hall – November 14, 2018



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

Crypto Camp 2019

Toronto is a home to so many amazing blockchain and crypto projects. This event happening on November 29 aims to bring the entire blockchain community together and showcase what we’ve all been working on. Check out Crypto Camp – Toronto’s first blockchain unconference, organized by the community for the community!

Have a product you would like to demo? A workshop you’ve been dying to teach? Or a keynote you just have to show off? That’s great! Crypto Camp call for applications is now open to all. Just visit cryptocamp.community to fill out the form and apply to reserve your spot now.

Promo Code for 50% off: COMMUNITY.
Register Here

Check It Out!

On October 29th, Rosanna Lamana of Grant Thornton was on TVO discussing ‘All In The Family Business’.

You can check out the full video here.

Congratulations Kepler

Huge congratulations to YAI Portfolio Company Kepler Communications for raising $20.8 Million to build a telecom in space!
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YAI Portolio Company News

Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Operation Sports, The Leader in Sports Video Gaming News & Community. Read More

RNA Diagnostics Announces $5M Series A Financing Round Led by iGAN Partners. Read More

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.

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Women Entrepreneurship Fund

The Government of Canada announced a new fund that’s now available for female founders. 

The Government has made funding available to women-owned and/or women-led businesses to support them to grow and pursue market opportunities abroad.

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund is a $20 million investment which aims to assist women entrepreneurs to grow their existing businesses and enable them to mature to a state where they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide up to $100,000 in non-repayable contribution funding.

Application DEADLINE: November 15th, 2018 

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Angel Investing & Women

In the Tech Industry, Women are about to change the whole game. Read More

Minding the Gender Gap in Tech Funding. Read More

Ask for more money, women urged when it comes to tech funding. Read More

Clearbanc raises $70M to give startups ad money for a rev share. Read More


On October 16th, Jess, Lucas & Jason were named as 3 of the 10 tech innovation influencers by the City of Vaughn!

Jess met many interesting founders when speaking at the YSpace series Funding101, on October 17th. Jess spoke about when and how to seek angel investment.

Also on October 17th, Jess was delighted to judge the first round of the Ignite Durham Event hosted by the Spark Centre.

On October 19th, Jess, Frank & Jay were delighted to judge the Y2 Conference, and Galen, Garry and JP to mentor. Congratulations Lucas on another great event!
Frank represented York Angels & Canada at the SMAU Italy Restart ups in Milan October 23-24

Thank you to everyone who attended our Investment Meeting on October 25th. We had a full house, with a really diverse agenda- 3 pitches, an update from YAI Portfolio Company, Sampler and a presentation and reception by our Annual Sponsor, Dentons.

On October 31st, Jess attended the Women of Influence Lunch & had the pleasure sitting at the head table with Michele Romanow. Michele speech was a honest and raw look at the messy, unglamorous side of entrepreneurship.

Jess had the opportunity to attend TieE Con in Ottawa on November 1st-2nd as a judge for the pitch competition and as a speaker on the funding panel.

York Angels was well represented by: Frank, Angelo, Cass, JP, Jennifer, Jess, Norman, Jonathan, Nikhil, Jay, Jason, Tony & Phoenix. Our angels had a great time at Lakeridge Health’s Access IO event on November 7th.

Ana had the pleasure of judging the FinTech Summit on November 8th.


On November 8th, Jess was delighted to judge Ignite Durhams Boardroom Competition!


Jess had a great time moderating at the Markham Board of Trade’s Women’s Networking Lunch with a dynamic group of panelists: Deryn Rizzi, Susan Gubasta &Manjit Sharma on November 6th.


On November 6th, Jess, Lucas & Sean had a great night at the Toronto Entrepreneurs of Passion & Purpose Gala at Joey Eaton Centre.

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