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Friday, September 29 • 14:00 - 18:00
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Learn more about investing and investment opportunities in local start-ups.  Hear from independent angel investors, angel groups and the funds who invest in our local entrepreneurs.  Find out how they invest, what they invest in and their returns.  Hear pitches from some our the most promising local startups who are currently raising. Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and snacks. Attendees must be accredited investors to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the SFU Venture Labs Demo Day in the lobby downstairs from 1 pm -5 pm before joining the Angel Investing event. The Demo Day entrepreneurs will join the reception at the end of the event.


Welcome & Introductions 2.00pm:
  • Thealzel Lee, VP Operations at VANTEC Angel Network and President of E-Fund Angel Investment Fund.
  • Michelle Sklar, VP Marketing & Communications at Wavefront, MC.

What is Angel Investing:
Learn about the fundamentals of angel investing, best practices and tips gleaned from over 30 years of developing and investing in new high technology ventures.Mike Volker, Founder of VANTEC Angel Network, WUTIF and TIMIA Capital.

Panel Discussion - How to Choose Different Sector Investment Opportunities:
Industry sectors differ in opportunities, capital required, investment risk, timelines and ways to exit.
  • Life Sciences: George Aliphtiras,  Co-Chair of Cascadia Venture Forum, EiR Life Sciences at e@UBC, Director at E-Fund
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality: Dan Burgar, President and Founder VR/AR Association
  • Mobile Technology -To be announced
  • Food & AgTech -To be announced

Panel Discussion - How to Leverage Investor Groups:

Investor Groups often share deal screening and due-diligence with the premise of increasing expertise, saving time and making better investment decisions.

Panel Discussion - How to Diversify and Reduce Risk by Investing with Funds: 
Funds provide an easy, fast and affordable way to get into angel investing and to diversify your investment portfolio from the start. They are also a great way to meet other like minded investors.

Angel to Angel Pitches:
Watch 10+ portfolio companies from the different funds pitch.

Entrepreneur and Investor Follow-up Conversations 4.30pm:
Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and canapés.

Reception 5.00pm:
Drinks and snacks for Demo Day and Angel Investing participants

Wrap-Up 6.00pm:
Time to join the Closing Reception.


  • VANTEC Angel Network's mission to help grow the community of angel investors and investments made in BC. We host monthly angel investment meetings where startups pitch their venture and have a chance to connect with local angel investors. We host various other events including Investor Lunch & Learn, Workshops and industry specific investor events like the annual Cascadia Venture Forum for Life/Health Innovations. Accredited investors are invited to Email info@vantec.ca to receive a complimentary invitation to one of our monthly events. Please mention VSW17.
  • Keiretsu Forum - Vancouver Chapter  Our members possess and share diverse industry expertise, from software, telecommunications and life sciences to retail and information technology.  Our goal is to fund great companies.
  • Angel Forum™ introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors in a bi-annual forum. Our private meetings are exclusive for only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.
  • Participating Angel FundsWUTIF Capital VCC is an angel fund that co-invests with angel investors in promising new technology ventures in British Columbia.
  • E-Fund was founded by entrepreneurs and angel investors to achieve consistently higher returns and more exits from angel investments. By investing via teams, we are able to do better due diligence, leverage the domain expertise of our investors and provide post investment advice to our portfolio companies.  Accredited investors are invited to Email info@e-fund.ca to receive an invitation to one of our investor events and learn more about investing with E-Fund. Please mention VSW17.
  • Aria Capital, born from a consulting firm, is a venture capital partner for the iconic founders of tomorrow! Our team at Aria Capital has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe in adding value and partnering with founders from day one of our investment. From product development support, sales, marketing, talent to business development our mission is to help our partners grow.
  • Pique Ventures  enables a diverse community of investors to pursue integrated investing. Whether as an investor in Pique Fund, through Pique Ventures' services, or through the practice of Integrated Investing, we help people invest to help create a better world.
  • TIMIA Capital is a speciality finance company that provides revenue financing to technology companies in exchange for a royalty stream on revenue. The alternative financing option complements both debt and equity financing while allowing entrepreneurs to retain control of their business. TIMIA’s target market is the fast-growing growing business-to-business software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment.
  • FrontFundr is a fintech company that enables entrepreneurs to raise capital from all Canadians. Investing in private companies has previously been limited to angel investors and venture capitalists, but after recent rule changes, private investing is now open to a wider spectrum of investors. Canadians can now invest online through equity crowdfunding platform FrontFundr alongside seasoned investors, while directly contributing to innovation and sharing in the growth of companies they believe in.
Capacity: 10

Attendees (30)

Waitlist (132)