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York Angel Investors
(YAI)

Catchment Area: Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Aurora, and Newmarket

York Angel Investors are a group of accredited investors with a broad range of professional experience. Our individual and group focus is to create a return on investment for ourselves and the businesses we work with. Our involvement provides entrepreneurs with funding, and importantly advisors who counsel our portfolio companies, based on our own success, on how to expedite and manage growth. Our portfolio companies benefit from our member expertise in information technology, telecommunications, internet, online applications, enterprise and SaaS software, retail and pharmaceutical. Our collaborative mentorship approach and strategic financing support entrepreneurs through various stages of early growth. Our investments often represent the bridge between the self-financed or seed stage and the Venture Capital and/or private equity level of funding.

Jess Joss Executive Director

Jess brings 16 years of business experience in both entrepreneurial endeavours and not-for-profit organizations to York Angel Investors (YAI). With extensive business and Angel investing experience Jess looks forward to continuing to grow the YAI’s membership, increase and diversify the number of companies seeking funding, and continue to build strong relationships within the Angel Investing community. Jess received her BAH from Queen’s University. Following her time at Queen’s, she completed the University of Toronto’s Internet Business & Technology program. In 1997, she founded a web design and development firm that was located in downtown Toronto. In 2002, as the company had grown and the range of services offered expanded (to include on and offline marketing), Jess relocated the offices to Markham, and rebranded the firm as Insiteful Solutions.

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