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Investors Connecting for the Next Generation of Growth

 

Why Attend?

As the only national industry association for Canada’s early-stage ecosystem, NACO represents over 4000 members from angel, incubator, and accelerator communities across the country. At the NACO Atlantic Regional Summit, these members and more come together to:

  • Network and create greater connectivity in the early-stage capital community

  • Help Canadian startups in every region and industry execute their vision and compete on the global stage

  • Explore Nova Scotia’s innovation community

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Investor Track | Agenda

Day One | September 16, 2019

8:30 am – 9:00 am

LIGHT NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Location: Casino, Schooner Room


9:00am – 12:00pm

NACO ACADEMY FOR ANGELS AND ENTREPRENEURS: THE ART OF VALUATION

Valuation is the key term in a term sheet that determines how much each party owns once an investment is made.
It also sets the stage for the value of future financings and an eventual exit, as well as related issues such a pricing stock options, debt conversion etc.

Speaker: Pieter Dorsman, Redpeaks Management

Location: Casino, Compass Room


12:00pm - 1:00pm

LUNCH

Location: Casino, Schooner Room


1:00pm - 1:15pm

OPENING KEYNOTE

Speaker: Senator Colin Deacon

Location: Casino, Compass Room


1:20pm - 2:00pm

DATA-DRIVEN INSIGHTS: ATLANTIC CANADA & CANADA

Gain an in-depth understanding of the startup ecosystem from Atlantic academics and national experts. Learn what has changed and how we could respond.

Speakers:
Dan Dorian, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Ellen Farrell, St. Mary's University
Chris Diaper, TEC Edmonton
Alex MacBeath, Island Capital Partners

Location: Casino, Compass Room


2:00pm - 2:15pm

COFFEE BREAK


2:15pm - 2:55 pm

THE ANGEL GROUP AND ANGEL FUND MODEL | CANADIAN & REGIONAL EXAMPLES

The Canadian Angel ecosystem has professionalized and with it has come the introduction of new angel group and fund models. In this conversation you will hear from those running successful models from across Canada.

Speakers:
Mary Long-Irwin, Northern Ontario Angels
Genevieve Morin, Anges Quebec Capital
Rhiannon Davies, Atlantic Women's Venture Fund

Location: Casino, Compass Room


3:00pm - 3:40pm

INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE IN INVESTING | ENACTING SYSTEM-LEVEL CHANGES

Some institutions and movements have emerged from the shifting startup ecosystem. What are these responses and do they adequately address the current climate?

Speakers:
Lauren Robinson, Female Funders
Nicole LeBlanc, Sidewalk Labs
Sharon Zohar, The Big Push
Malcolm Fraser, Innovacorp

Location: Casino, Compass Room


3:40pm - 4:00pm

KEYNOTE

Speaker: Cathy Bennett, Director & Consultant

Location: Casino, Compass Room


5:00pm - 7:00pm

EARLY-STAGE INVESTING NETWORKING RECEPTION

Location: Obladee Wine Bar

Day Two | September 17, 2019

8:30am – 9:00am

LIGHT NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B


9:00am - 9:10am

OPENING REMARKS

Speaker: Prathna Ramesh, Maple Leaf Angels

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B


9:10am - 9:30am

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FIRMS: THEIR IMPORTANCE AND ROLE IN ATLANTIC CANADA’S ECONOMY

Cathy will share never heard before findings on the tech industry in Atlantic Canada.

Speaker: Cathy Simpson, NBIF

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B


9:30am - 10:10am

STAKEHOLDER SESSION 1: REGIONAL INTEGRATION

There has been a significant increase in the number of early stage companies seeking capital in Atlantic Canada. There are also new sources of early stage capital at the pre-seed/seed stage. With these dynamic shifts in mind is there benefit in improving the communication/collaboration between sources of capital across the Atlantic region?

Facilitator: Jesse Rodgers, Volta

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B


10:10am - 10:20am

COFFEE BREAK


10:25am - 10:45am

FROM SEED TO SCALE: WORKING WITH ANGELS AND INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS

Eigen Innovation started with a seed-stage round and scaled to Series A. What was the funding equation leading to this success?

Speakers:
Alexander McIsaac, BDC Capital
Kyle Gillis, Eigen Innovations
Bill Barrett, Barrett Xplore


10:45am - 11:15am

STAKEHOLDER SESSION 2: STRATEGIZING FOR LATER STAGE INVESTING

How do early-stage investors better integrate with later stage funders to ensure multiple rounds of financing work in the interest of the founder and company's growth?

Facilitator: Rob Barbara, Build Ventures

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B


11:15am - 12:00pm

STAKEHOLDER SESSION 3: ATLANTIC WOMEN’S VENTURE FUND

The Founding Partners of the Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund will share progress of the fund development, aim to gather stakeholder feedback and discuss how the fund and associated programming will effectively further the successful development and growth of the ecosystem in the region.

Facilitators:
Rhiannon Davies, Atlantic Women's Venture Fund
Cathy Bennett, Director & Consultant
Sarah Young, National

Location: Marriott Harbourfront, Halifax B



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Past Speakers

Meet the speakers from the 2018 Atlantic Regional Angel Summit.

 

 

Syndicate deals have more than doubled since 2015.

Angel capital now plays a critical role in the funding continuum of scaling companies.

  • Total investments from syndicate deals in 2018 was $262.7 million

  • This trend is directly related to the evolution and increased sophistication of the angel investment asset-class in Canada over the past 10 years

  • Larger syndicated deals and follow-on investments serve as the necessary capital for companies looking to scale with amounts ranging between $500,000 to $3 Million in funding

Publication Date: June 2019
$262.7M Invested into Canadian Entrepreneurs in 2018

 

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