NACO Membership

Founded by passionate and driven Angels, NACO’s unique community is a place for members to share best practices, syndicate on deals, and collaborate to further support Canada's early-stage ecosystem.

Member Benefits

Online Member Community

The online member portal is a place for our members to connect and share investment opportunities, best practices, job opportunities, and events.

Industry Events

Stay up to date with upcoming industry events that are of interest to investors. Get access to exclusive NACO member-only events happening near you.

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Research

NACO collects and analyzes primary industry data to produce research reports that provide stakeholders with information about the Canadian Angel community. Contribute to the data set and get access to an interactive platform to compare your investments to national data.

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Programs

NACO collaborates with government departments and agencies to administer special programs to support Angel investors across Canada.

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Workshops

NACO has developed a series of workshops under NACO Academy to educate the Angel investor community and share best practices around due diligence and deal structure. These workshops are delivered through NACO or member Angel groups.

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Webinars

NACO's tools, from workshops to online resources, are designed to assist Angel investors to improve their investing skills and drive successful investments.

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Become a member of the only national industry association for Angel investors in Canada.


Admission to membership in NACO will be at the sole discretion of NACO on a case by case assessment of applications from eligible Canadian business incubators, accelerators and Canadian angel investor groups. NACO’s determinations on individual applications will be assisted by recommendations from NACO’s Membership Committee and Accelerator/Incubator Sub-committee which must be satisfied that the applicant is an organization supporting early-stage companies, follows industry best practices for incubators and accelerators, and generally has a positive impact on Canada's early-stage ecosystem.

NACO, at its sole discretion, will make recommendations to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for designation or revocation of an organization under the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Start-Up Visa program on a case by case basis following applications from its member organizations. Membership in NACO is preliminary to and separate from any such recommendation.

 

Individual Angels

The individual membership is suitable for independent accredited investors that are not part of an Angel group.

Member Benefits

  • General NACO and member only-communications
  • Angel Professional Development tools
  • General Angel Community events
  • Best practices for investment and portfolio management
  • Communicate your opinion to NACO's uniting voice on public policy issues
  • Government funding and programs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Industry meetings and events
  • Discounted services and products
  • Discounts to the National Angel Summit and other regional NACO events
  • Co-investment opportunities

 

$250/year Apply Now

Angel Groups

The group membership is designed for formal Angel groups whose members are accredited investors. Once your group's membership is approved, all your members will be able to access the NACO benefits portal.

Member Benefits

  • General NACO and member-only communications
  • Angel Professional Development tools
  • General Angel Community events
  • Best practices for investment and portfolio management
  • Communicate your opinion to NACO's uniting voice on public policy issues
  • Government funding and programs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Industry meetings and events
  • Discounted services and products
  • Discounts to the National Angel Summit and other regional NACO events
  • Co-investment opportunities

 

*For groups of more than 30, there is a $25 fee for each additional member to a maximum of $1,500 plus all applicable taxes.

 

$750/year Apply Now

Group Member Access

If you are already part of a NACO member Angel group, you may gain access to the NACO benefits portal for free.

Member Benefits

  • General NACO and member only-communications
  • Angel Professional Development tools
  • General Angel Community events
  • Best practices for investment and portfolio management
  • Communicate your opinion to NACO's uniting voice on public policy issues
  • Government funding and programs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Industry meetings and events
  • Discounted services and products
  • Discounts to the National Angel Summit and other regional NACO events
  • Co-investment opportunities

 

Free for Angel Group Members Apply Now

Accelerators and Incubators

NACO has expanded its membership to accept applications from accelerators and incubators who help support Canada's early-stage innovation ecosystem. Please note that our current rate includes all of NACO’s relevant benefits as well as participation in the development of upcoming programs and services.    

Membership Guidelines

  • Members must provide office space to their cohort companies or assist them in finding office space at market rates that suit the startup's needs.
  • Members must only charge startups for incubation services or program fees in line with market rates. Fees will be assessed based on ecosystem and industry standards as determined by the committee.
  • Members must have a formal written agreement in place with their startups that defines the services provided, fees charged, and (if applicable) ongoing criteria companies must meet to remain in the program.
  • Members must only take equity in line with ecosystem and industry standards, as determined by the committee.
  • Members must have advisors and mentors who come from the startup ecosystem (e.g. VCs, Angels, past entrepreneurs).
  • The committee retains the discretion to evaluate the member's business model, practices, and policies and to consider whether they are positive for Canada's startup ecosystem and generally add more value to their startups than they receive.

Member Benefits

  • General NACO and member-only communications
  • Professional Development tools for Entrepreneurs
  • Support for Events
  • Promotion of investment opportunities within in your cohort companies
  • Communicate your opinion to NACO's uniting voice on public policy issues
  • Access to NACO's 7 years (and growing) of national data
  • Networking opportunities
  • Industry meetings and events
  • Discounted services and products
  • Discounts to the National Angel Summit and other regional NACO events
  • Connections to Angels and mentors
  • Access to government programs
  • Development and sharing of best practices for accelerators and incubators

 

$1500/year    Apply Now

Industry Partners

NACO welcomes applications from ecosystem supporters that work with entrepreneurs to develop viable high-growth businesses in Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have experience working with early-stage investors
  • Understand investor requirements for funding early-stage companies
  • Support entrepreneurs to commercialize high-growth businesses in knowledge-based industries

 

   Member Benefits

  • Ability to present opportunities to NACO members
  • Profiled as an Industry Partner on the NACO website
  • Ability to participate in specific NACO events
  • Receive entrepreneur referrals from NACO

NACO is currently reevaluating industry partnerships.

More information will be available soon.

Angel Fund / Seed VC

The Angel group / Seed VC membership is for early stage funds that invest in seed-stage companies with patient capital. Once the fund is approved for membership, all general and limited partners of the fund will be able to access the NACO portal.

Member Benefits

  • General NACO and member-only communications
  • Angel Professional Development tools
  • General Angel Community events
  • Best practices for investment and portfolio management
  • Communicate your opinion to NACO's uniting voice on public policy issues
  • Government funding and programs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Industry meetings and events
  • Discounted services and products
  • Discounts to the National Angel Summit and other regional NACO events
  • Co-investment opportunities

 

$750/year Apply Now