Western Canadian Angel Network Program

With funding and support from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) has undertaken an initiative aimed at growing and supporting best practices adoption in Angel investor communities in Western Canada.

The Western Canadian Angel Network (WCAN) program, administered by NACO, is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Angel Network projects from prospective Angel Networks in regions of Western Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Project Funding Available:

The WCAN program will provide $15,000 to $50,000 per year in funding to Angel Networks located across Western Canada, to support eligible projects that are selected by
the program’s Expert Review Committee (ERC).

All applications will be evaluated against specific criteria available on our website and should include a minimum of three initiatives and/or projects that impact at least 25-60 investors per year.

Each “project” can be a standalone initiative, or may include several smaller and related “initiatives” over a longer period of time (up to 12 months). Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to: investor focused events, education workshops, membership recruitment and activation initiatives, local or regional marketing initiatives, and the development of tools and resources used to support the specific goals of the program. Innovative ideas and approaches for achieving the goals of the program are welcomed and encouraged.

Goals and Objectives of the WCAN Program:

By March 31st, 2018, the WCAN program seeks to accomplish the following goals:

  • To triple the size of the visible Western Canadian Angel investor community;
  • To double the amount of verifiable investment data captured by NACO from investors in Western Canada;
  • To improve the connectivity and reputation of the Angel community in Western Canada as measured by deal syndication, cross border investment, average round size and other measures;
  • To support the delivery of high-quality, locally relevant programming in Western Canada;
  • To increase the number and quality of educational resources available to Angels in Western Canada;
  • To increase the number and quality of educational and networking events (workshops, Summits etc.) held in Western Canada;
  • To collect better and more detailed data about Angel investments taking place in Western Canada; and,
  • To improve the awareness and connectivity of NACO’s national membership, to Angel investors and networks in Western Canada.

Western Canadian Angel Network (WCAN) Program Will Provide:

  • Reimbursement for up to 75% of project costs incurred by Angel Networks in Western Canada, including: contractors, consultants, marketing, travel, venue rental, meetings and events;
  • Connections with a supportive network designed to generate and support sustainable Angel Networks in Western Canada;
  • Educational materials, workshops and resources to boost the investment activity and outcomes of Angel Networks;
  • Established and proven regional marketing and communication support;
  • Follow-on investment facilitation activities in Western Canada that attract and connect investors nationally and internationally; and
  • Referral activities to bring new investors and opportunities to Angel Networks in Western Canada.

Project Funding Process:

Project funding follows a 4 stage process to review applicants and select projects for funding. The process is simplified to focus mostly on project and initiative outcomes. Projects not selected for the following stage can request feedback and are encouraged re-submit updated applications for further consideration by the ERC.

View Process Diagram Here

Call for Expressions of Interest for Project Based Funding in Western Canada

The call for EOIs is open year round and forms will be reviewed and scored by our Expert Review Committee on a monthly basis. The full application and reporting process will be managed on the Hockystick.co platform.

  • For detailed eligibility criteria for applicants and projects, click here.
  • For detailed information about the project application and review process click here.
  • To apply for WCAN project funding, click here.

Questions regarding the program and completed EOI forms may be sent to: WCAN@nacocanada.com.

Applications are due the first Friday of every month at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST. The next deadline for applications is Oct 7th at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST.