Angel Investors Fuelling a Greener Tomorrow
Angel Investors Fuelling a Greener Tomorrow

Another winter has come and gone. Spring is here, and April is a time to turn over a new leaf. April is also "Earth Month," and on April 22nd, we will celebrate Earth Day. 'Sustainability" is no longer just a buzzword but a necessity. Our planet is (literally) on...

Zoom! Zoom! Special Purpose Vehicles for Early-Stage Startups
Zoom! Zoom! Special Purpose Vehicles for Early-Stage Startups

Please note that the information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal or financial advice.As a startup founder, securing funds is crucial to your entrepreneurial journey. However, raising funds has become...

Lucky Charms: 4 Lessons from St. Patrick’s Day
Lucky Charms: 4 Lessons from St. Patrick’s Day

Top of the morning to you! Get ready to don your green clothes and celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick's Day on March 17th!This annual event marks the death anniversary of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It has grown to be a globally recognized holiday...

Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress
Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress

March 8 marks International Women's Day. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. The theme of the Government of...

To NDA or to not NDA? That is the Question!
To NDA or to not NDA? That is the Question!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended as legal or financial advice. An NDA is a legal document that requires considerable planning and legal advice.An NDA, short for non-disclosure agreement, is a legal document that aims to protect a startup's confidential...

Why Angel Investing is Just Like Dating: Finding the Perfect Match
Why Angel Investing is Just Like Dating: Finding the Perfect Match

You know that feeling after a great first date? That mix of emotions - excitement, childlike giddiness, anticipation, nervousness... That spark can feel like pure magic.  Once the excitement wears off, the questions start to roll in. "Do they feel the same way?" "Will...

Championing Equality: Dismantling Bias in Support of Black Founders
Championing Equality: Dismantling Bias in Support of Black Founders

Happy February! While February is the month of love, it is also Black History Month- a time to celebrate Black Canadians and their successes and contributions to our communities.  Black entrepreneurs face added barriers when starting their businesses and accessing...

What Makes a Good Startup to Invest In
What Makes a Good Startup to Invest In

Startups and early growth companies are an asset class in their own right. Startups are young companies founded to develop a unique product or service, bring it to market and expand very quickly. Whereas a small business is more focused on creating and maintaining a...

Unraveling the Process: How Angel Groups Work
Unraveling the Process: How Angel Groups Work

Every group has a procedure flow for incoming funding requests. For angel investors and founders, it is essential to have an understanding of the high-level process as it may affect when you give access to certain information as a founder or when you decide to write...

What is angel investing?
What is angel investing?

An angel investor provides initial seed money for a startup business, usually in the form of equity or ownership in the company. This differs from venture capitalists, who also invest in early-stage startups. Venture capitalists manage a pooled fund of money for...

Why You Should Make AIO Your 2024 Resolution
Why You Should Make AIO Your 2024 Resolution

This post was originally published in the January 2024 edition of the AIO monthly newsletter by Kate Tomen, VP, Business and Operations. To get updates on everything angel investing in Ontario, subscribe to receive our newsletter directly here.With the start of a...

Embracing Radical Candor
Embracing Radical Candor

This post for our monthly newsletter, or "Kate's Korner," as I have been calling it, is being brought to you from a classroom at Western University, where I have been fortunate enough to attend a leadership program. The topic of one of the sessions...

AIO and the OSC to Work on New Investor Education Initiatives
AIO and the OSC to Work on New Investor Education Initiatives

TORONTO – Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) announced today that The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is providing $189,000 in funding for the development of investor education initiatives. Angel Investors Ontario will use the funding to develop...

What’s the deal with ESOPs?
What’s the deal with ESOPs?

ESOP = Employee Stock Option Plan. An ESOP is an employee benefit plan that enables employees to own part or all of the company they work for at fair market value.

You can think of stock in a startup like a slice of pie. You want that first slice- fresh and hot out of the oven. And that is where stock options come in, as they allow employees to own a “slice” before others.

A Love Letter to Women Founders
A Love Letter to Women Founders

1992, the Government of Canada designated October Women's History Month. This is not to be confused with "International Women's Day," which takes place in March.This year's theme, Through Her Lens: Celebrating the Diversity of Women, emphasizes the...

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