Past Events

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

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



Join us for the next Western Regional Angel Summit in Victoria, BC - February 21 - 22, 2018





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



Join us for the next Atlantic Regional Angel Summit in Halifax, NS - May 2018




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 2018 World Angel Summit in Toronto, ON - September 25 - 27, 2018





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