2016 National Angel Summit



October 4-6, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia

Hosted in dynamic downtown Vancouver, the 2016 National Angel Summit positioned itself once again as the flagship event for the Angel investor community. Investors, partners and industry leaders from across North America and around the world joined the event to share cutting-edge knowledge, develop an oversight of the trends that will affect the ecosystem, and build valuable connections with other Angels, vetted Startup companies, and prominent industry veterans.

Highlights of the 2016 National Angel Summit:

Gain more insight into themes that were discussed at the 2016 Summit – check out NACO CEO Yuri Navarro´s latest blog.

Missed joining us last year? Check out the highlights from the 2015 National Angel Summit in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

2016 Summit Agenda and Programming

Scaling Up Angel Capital to Drive Canadian Innovation

The Summit kicked off the official conference program with a Boat Cruise Reception, sponsored by Summit Lead Sponsor, Vancouver Economic Commission, taking in Vancouver’s breathtaking harbour views. New this year were the industry sector tours focused on some of Vancouver’s hottest emerging tech startups, as well as some activity experiences that fostered both networking and learning while taking advantage of the best that Vancouver is known for: mountains, parks and craft beer!


View Detailed 2016 Agenda

2016 Summit Speakers

2016 Summit Speakers

2016 Summit Entrepreneur Showcase and Award

The Entrepreneurial Program is designed to invite Angels and an investment company they back to participate in the National Angel Summit in order to showcase their unique business propositions to the national Angel community and industry supporters. Each company submission was made by an Angel and vetted by a selection committee. Qualifying companies had a display table in our Entrepreneur Showcase, as well as the opportunity to meet with potential investors. Attendees were given a “passport” to score the startups and the tallies resulted in the winner being crowned NACO’s Most Promising Startup of the Year – New this year was the Most Promising International Startup of the Year. The core mandate of this program is to ensure regional and sector representation.

Congratulations to Localize from Edmonton, Alberta, for being named NACO’s Most Promising Start-Up of the Year, presented by RBC!


Congratulations to TecnoExplora from Santiago, Chile, for being named NACO’s Most Promising International Start-Up of the Year, presented by RBC!

Canadian Angel of the Year Award

NACO’s Canadian Angel of the Year Award is awarded to an experienced Angel investor who has made a significant contribution to the development of the Canadian Angel ecosystem during the year previous to the Summit.

The award seeks to identify the Angel investor who has most contributed to the growth and development of Angel investing in Canada through a combination of investment, mentorship and leadership within their local ecosystem.


Congratulations to Manny Padda for being named NACO’s Canadian Angel of the Year, presented by BDC Capital!

Lead Angel Ambassador

NACO seeks to strengthen regional and national networks of Angel investors through events like the Summit. We appoint Ambassadors from the Angel community who can help us ensure that Angels from across the country are in attendance and participating at the event. Ambassadors of the Summit support Canadian innovation through member connections and are recognized as a prominent leader in your investor community. The 2016 National Angel Summit counted on Jess Joss as the Lead Angel Ambassador.


Jess Joss

Jess Joss

Executive Director at York Angel Investors

Jess brings 16 years of business experience in both entrepreneurial endeavors 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 and  during her last year was a Vice President of the Alma Mater Society (student government). 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.


To learn more about becoming a supporter or partner for the National Angel Summit, please contact Yuri Navarro, CEO, at ynavarro@nacocanada.com, or by phone at (416) 581-0009 Ext: 3

For more information on the event, please contact Vanessa Wilson, Director, Marketing + Events at vwilson@nacocanada.com, or by phone at (416) 581-0009 Ext: 4

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