Past Events

See how NACO events provide opportunities for networking, education, and syndication.

 

2019 World Angel Investment Summit

Investing for Success: Your Return on Innovation


Telus Convention Centre

Calgary, AB

June 5 - 7, 2019

 

NACO’s World Angel Investment Summit attracts investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community. This year, the team at NACO partnered with the Inventure$ Conference to host three days of premium content in Calgary, Alberta. From June 5th to the 7th, attendees experienced great talks and networking opportunities with views of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Special thanks to our Elite Sponsor, Alberta Innovates.

The last World Angel Investment Summit was held in Toronto, in partnership with Elevate Tech Fest. It was three days of great Keynotes, impressive panels, and memorable networking events. Consequently, the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit was the culmination of years’ worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and catalyzed a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem – and we were excited to build on that in Calgary this year.

 

Check out our Blog post: 2019 World Angel Investment Summit Calgary - A Total Recap

 

 
 
 

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2018 Atlantic Regional Angel Summit

Connecting the Innovation Ecosystem in Atlantic Canada


Pier 21

Halifax, NS

May 28 - 29, 2018

 

About the Atlantic Regional Angel Summit

The 2nd annual Atlantic Regional Angel Summit engaged local Angels as well as Angel investors from other parts of Canada and the US that share similar experiences. This was a unique opportunity to connect and build collaboration in the early-stage capital ecosystem in the Atlantic Provinces. The Regional Summit was a chance to be part of these connections and to get ahead of the emerging trends that are shaping Angel investment in Atlantic Canada.

  • Network with experienced investors, incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists and other industry leaders
  • Create greater connectivity in the early-stage capital community
  • Build new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Develop a higher level of knowledge and skill from the NACO Academy investor education programs
  • Showcase the Halifax innovation community - in person tours and hands on experiences

 

*A special thank you to our Atlantic Summit organizing committee members for their efforts and support: Alex MacBeath, Bob Williamson, Gerry Pond, Jeff White, and Stefanie Corbett.

 

 
 

2018 Western Regional Angel Summit


Victoria, BC

February 21 - 23, 2018

 

The 3rd annual Western Regional Angel Summit attracted over 150 registrants, 10 industry partners, and attendees from all across Canada. It was a unique opportunity to connect and build collaboration in the early-stage capital ecosystem in the Western Provinces.

  • Network with experienced investors, incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists and other industry leaders
  • Create greater connectivity in the early-stage capital community
  • Build new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Develop a higher level of knowledge and skill from the NACO Academy investor education programs
  • Showcase the Victoria innovation community and gain exclusive early access to Discover Tectoria

 

Some Of Our Favourite Moments


* Special thanks to our Summit photographer Jack Adamson.

 

 

 

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2017 World Angel Investment Summit

At the heart of the innovation ecosystem


Montreal, QC

October 2 - 5, 2017

 

Over 500 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world were at the flagship event for the Global Angel investor community. The NACO Summit is your once-a-year opportunity to get ahead of the emerging trends that will shape Angel investment next year.

  • Network with international investors, venture capitalists, and other industry leaders
  • Develop lasting relationships that can lead to syndication and improved access to deal flow
  • Sharpen your investment skills with our professional development workshops
  • Gain insights on the most pressing issues affecting Angels today
  • Discover international best practices that lead to investor success
  • Participate in program streams specific to Angel investors and Angel Group Managers

At the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal from October 2-5.

Some Of Our Favourite Moments

 

 

 

NACO hosted its 2nd annual Western Regional Angel Summit to engage local Angels as well as Angel investors from other parts of Canada and the US. This was a unique opportunity to network and learn from Angel colleagues, in our own backyard. Through the Western Regional Angel Summit, we:

  • Created greater connectivity in the Angel investor community
  • Built new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Enjoyed networking opportunities and shared best practices
  • Heard from four out of the top five Canadian Angel Networks
  • Showcased the Winnipeg innovation community

Highlights included:

  • Keynote from Patrick Lor, Managing Partner at 500 Startups
  • Common Docs: Structuring Deals & Term Sheets with Pieter Dorsman, President & CEO at Redpeaks Management
  • Best Practices for Angel Group Management with Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director at Northern Ontario Angels
  • Best Practices for Angel Investors with Manny Padda, 2016 Angel of the Year and Founder at New Avenue Capital

 

 

 

 


 

 

NACO hosted its inaugural Atlantic Regional Angel Summit is an invitation-only event, targeted at local Angels and investors, with the goal of connecting and building collaboration in the Angel ecosystem in the Atlantic Provinces. The Regional Summit is your opportunity to be part of these connections and to get ahead of the emerging trends that will shape Angel investment in Atlantic Canada.

  • Networked with experienced investors, venture capitalists and other industry leaders
  • Developed lasting relationships that lead to syndication and improved access to deal flow
  • Gained insights on the most pressing issues affecting Angels today

Highlights included:

  • Keynote from Marcel Lebrun, Co-founder and Former CEO, Radian6
  • NACO Academy: The Key to Professionalizing Angel Investing: Term Sheets with Pieter Dorsman, President & CEO at Redpeaks Management
  • Panel Discussion on local success stories featuring Alex MacBeath, CEO of Island Capital Partners; Paul Lypaczewski, Co-Manager of Island Capital Partners; Dan Martell, Serial Entrepreneur; George Palikaras, Founder and CEO of Metamaterial Technologies
  • Panel Discussion on emerging technology companies in Atlantic Canada featuring Gerry Pond, Co-founder and Chair of Mariner Partners; David Baxter, CEO and Co-founder of Fiddlehead Technologies; Julia Rivard, COO & Co-founder of Squiggle Park; Fred Bullock, CEO and Co-founder of Cirrus9

 

 

 


 

 

NACO hosted the 2016 National Angel Summit in Vancouver, BC. The theme, "Scaling Up Angel Capital to Drive Canadian Innovation" highlighted the importance of developing the knowledge and infrastructure that supports Angel investors, who provide critical mentoring and funding to our nation's entrepreneurs. The Summit brought together more than 300 of the world's leading investors, accelerators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and other ecosystem supports to:

  • Network with global early-stage ecosystem stakeholders
  • Share ideas and insights that affect Angel investing
  • Compare best practices
  • Build lasting partnerships that support the growth and professionalization of the Canadian Angel investing community

Highlights included:

  • Keynote Addresses from Jeff Booth (DirectBuild), Alec Saunders (Microsoft Accelerators), Colin Mason (University of Glasgow), Randy Smerik (Tarai, Inc.), and Lane Merrifield (Club Penguin, FreshGrade)
  • NACO Academy: Powerful Mentoring with Frank Erschen; NACO Academy: Exit Execution with Basil Peters; and, NACO Academy: Product Metrics for Digital Companies with Boris Mann
  • A Fireside Chat on What it Takes to Scale-Up in Canada featuring Jeff Booth and Peter McCullaugh
  • Industry Sector Tours focused on Life Sciences, ICT/IoT, and CleanTech
  • Panel Discussion on Global Angel Investing Trends and Insights with Mike Volker, featuring Colin Mason, Jordan Green, Marianne Hudson, Jenny Tooth, and Chris Padfield

 

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 NACO Awards:

  • Angel of the Year: Manny Padda
  • International Most Promising Startup of the Year: Tecno Explora
  • Canadian Most Promising Startup of the Year: Localize

 

 

Join us for the 2019 World Angel Summit in Calgary, AB - June 5 - 7, 2019

 

 

 

 

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