NACO Canada is happy to present three awards every year to recognize the success of our community. NACO members are able to nominate who they think should receive each award. The three awards are; Exit of the Year, Most Promising Startup of the Year, and Angel of the year.
This year the awards will be presented at our World Angel Investment Summit at our annual Awards Gala Dinner on Wednesday September 26th.
Canadian Angel of the Year Award, presented by BDC Capital
NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year Award is presented to an experienced Angel investor who has made a significant contribution to the development of the Canadian Angel ecosystem during the year prior 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.
NACO's 2017 Canadian Angel of the Year award was presented to Sophie Forest.
NACO's Exit of the Year Award 2018, presented by RBC
NACO's Exit of the Year Award recognizes the most successful exit achieved by a Canadian startup that received financing by one of NACO's member Angel groups. The award seeks to recognize the partnership between an individual Angel investor and a founder that most contributed to the growth and eventual exit of said startup through a combination of investment(s), mentorship, and leadership.
NACO's 2017 Exit of the Year Award was presented to Daiya Foods.
NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year, presented by Panache Ventures
The Entrepreneurial Program is designed to invite Angels and a company they back to participate in the World Angel Investment Summit in order to showcase their unique business propositions to the international Angel community and industry supporters. Each company submission is made by an Angel and vetted by a selection committee resulting in the winner being crowned NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year.
NACO is pleased to announce that Panache Ventures has sponsored this year's Most Promising Startup of the Year and will be investing $150,000 in this year's winner pending a complete due diligence process.
NACO's 2017 Most Promising International Startup of the Year was presented to Hykso (Irvine, USA)
NACO's 2017 Most Promising Canadian Startup of the Year was presented to portl media.
Last Year's Winners
- Canadian Angel of the Year:
- Exit of the Year Award:
- Most Promising International Startup of the Year:
Hykso (Irvine, USA)
- Most Promising Canadian Startup of the Year:
For a detailed overview of the current eligibility criteria and rules please download the 2018 Awards Process and Criteria below.