Through companies I have co-founded, I have received funds from or met with Southwestern Ontario Angel Group, Golden Triangle Angel Network, Niagara Angel Network, Angel One Investor Network, York Angel Investors, and Maple Leaf Angels.These groups have been a huge benefit to capitalizing innovation in Ontario. Please keep up the great work in supporting them.Mark D. Kershey, Magnitude Partners Inc.
I initially embarked into Angel investing to complement my investment portfolio with private equity.Trying to do this on my own was a complete disaster and very time consuming – given the complexities associated with deal structure and performing the requisite due diligence. Ever since I joined ranks with Angel groups (York Angel Investors and Angel One Investor Network), the process has become far more enjoyable and integral. I now have over 100 fellow Angels from all walks of life who can weigh in and bring a substantial external network to assist in both the investment process and helping our investee companies execute better.The encouragement of Angel investing in Ontario will go far to spur innovation in our province.TJ Machado, Angel Investor
Innovation and the companies that are the catalysts for this innovation are changing at a quicker rate than at any other time in recent history. As a result, Angels, Micro-VCs, Accelerators and other investors in this ecosystem must keep keep up with this rapid rate of change. Organizations such as Angel Investors Ontario provide a platform for education, best practices, and resources to ensure their members are provided with the most relevant thought leadership on investing in early and growth stage companies. Governments and their agencies understand that these start-ups are a significant job creator for the economy and, by funding Angel Investors Ontario and, in turn, Angel groups, they ensure tools are in place for this continued job growth.Gerard Buckley, Founder & CEO, Jaguar Capital
Angel Investors Ontario has not only been instrumental in the creation of Angel groups in Ontario, providing ongoing operational support, but has also led to the establishment of a provincial network of Angel groups that are critical for the ongoing success of the Southwestern Ontario Angel Group (SWOAG). We rely on the network for deal syndication, access to expertise, review of best practices, and the testing of innovative deal structures. Our submitting companies also recognize the strength of the network and the support it provides to them in simplifying the investment process.Carmen S. Gicante, Board Chair, SWOAG
Once a month for the past year, I have connected with other Angels in the Ottawa region over breakfast, while entrepreneurs pitch their businesses. As an Angel investor and active member of the Capital Angel Network (CAN), I recognize the power in numbers. Investing with others has been critical to completing rounds of financing for three CAN portfolio companies. As a team, we were able to reduce risk and bridge gaps in the start-ups’ management team.The value Angel investors offer start-ups multiplies from both a financing and mentorship perspective when provided through a shared network.Hicham Adra, President, Ardan Fitzroy Enterprises Inc.
During a Capital Angel Network (CAN) investment meeting, I shared a challenge my business faced with a fellow CAN Angel investor. As it turned out, he knew many of my potential customers, introduced me to them, suggested solutions, and expedited my time to market. Having a forum of Angels that entrepreneurs can access and collaborate with is a convenience I wish were afforded when I first started out. After investing in start-ups for over ten years on my own, joining a group opened a door to a community of like-minded individuals who share my passion to help grow industry in Canada. Having the opportunity to convene with Angels from various backgrounds and critically think together over business ideas is valuable to both Angels and entrepreneurs.Birket Foster, CEO, M. B. Foster Associates Limited
Being part of York Angel Investors provides an opportunity to meet, work with, and mentor entrepreneurs who are in different stages of their start- ups, facing similar experiences and challenges. As Angel investors, we have the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals with extensive experience in various fields, and to review and invest in innovative companies that have a potential to yield good returns on our investments Mohan Markandaier, York Angel Investors
With my first SWOAG investment, I've learned a great deal about private equity structures and the due diligence process required to make an investment decision. As an investor who trusts in the people as much as the product, I've enjoyed meeting passionate entrepreneurs who really believe in their businesses. It is a joy to be able to contribute to the creation of new local ventures. Lina Bowden, Southwestern Ontario Angel Group
Angel investing has not only provided us with access to emerging and innovative ideas with global potential, we continue to invest in the smartest entrepreneurs in a generation. We are often the first to recognize the potential of new ideas, not just for profit but also to ensure Canada continues to be a global leader in innovation. Fred Davies, Niagara Angel Network
The essence of being an Angel, to me, is helping aspiring entrepreneurs building a future "winner" in their sector/space. This entails collaboration with other segments of the commercialization ecosystem, both in the private and public sectors. Relationships based on trust are integral to developing a high-functioning framework that benefits entrepreneurs and investors alike. That we can have fun along the way makes the journey that much more enjoyable. Sandy Robertson, Georgian Angel Network
The greatest benefits I’ve received as an Angel investor are two-fold. Firstly, by being a member of GTAN, I’ve been able to expand my network and can say, with full confidence, that I’ve made great friendships with other Angels in the process. Secondly, I’ve established some excellent and mutually-beneficial relationships with start-up founders I’ve met over the years. Steve Gilpen, Golden Triangle Angel Network