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.
The 2018 NACO Awards were presented at the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit in Toronto. For more information on the Summit and the award winners, please view our Summit Recap blog post!
Canadian Angel of the Year Award
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 2018 Canadian Angel of the Year award was presented to Randy Stewart Thompson.
NACO's Exit of the Year Award
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 2018 Exit of the Year Award was presented to Genesis Robotics, Michael Gibney, and Dr. Basil Peters.
NACO's Startup of the Year Award
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 Startup of the Year.
NACO's 2018 Startup of the Year was presented to Zoom.ai. Panache Ventures sponsored the 2018 Startup of the Year award and invested $150,000 in the winner.
- 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:
Criteria for 2019 Awards is coming soon!