Angel Forum™ - Vancouver for investors & entrepreneurs
Welcome. Founded 17 years ago in 1997, it is the only Angel Forum ™ in Canada that introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors. Presenting companies have raised over $35 million directly through the Forum. Read this third party blog comment and video overview. We have offered Investor Ready™ workshops to entrepreneurs & investors since 1998. For alerts, please sign up in blue box>>>
As the oldest angel network in Canada with 50+ investors (from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Victoria, Bellingham and Seattle), it is supported by leading BC organizations and belongs to Canada's National Angel Capital Org and US's Angel Capital Assoc. Our private meetings are exclusive to only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors. Regretfully no observers except volunteers.
Greg Peet is the BC Angel Investor of the Year - well deserved for one of BC’s largest company exits, for multiple angel investments and numerous public roles.
10th Investor Ready™ workshop - October 7, 2014 - Victoria
For newer Entrepreneurs and Investors (or those looking for a refresher) interested in high growth companies and want to learn about raising or investing early stage capital. Includes panels, case study, elevator pitch and workbook. Next 7 seats at $105, then $125. Agenda and Info and Direct Registration
9th Exit Strategies workshop - Sept 16, 2014 - Vancouver
For Founders, Owners & Investors to learn about developing an exit strategy, preparing for and selling growth technology firms. This interactive full day workshop is led by Basil Peters, M&A advisor and author of "Early Exits". Includes panels and workbook. $325 regular registration, then $375. Agenda and info and Direct
36th Angel Forum™ coming - Oct 28, 2014 - Vancouver
For Companies wanting to present,
please review info below, then Selection
Application / Registration and then submit your
Company info 10 companies have already applied. Aug 23 next screening deadline.
For Investors wanting to see 18 pre-screened growth companies in 1 day: see Selection Criteria, more Info and
Registration, then Agenda Early registration ends soon.
14+ companies got direct funding through the Angel Forum in 2013.
Data Tech – already sold
Survey of 40 of the 60 investors who registered for May 2013 Angel Forum:
· 58% are interested in all industry sectors.
· 32% are specifically interested in IT.
· 42% are interested in all company stages of development.
· 42% are specifically interested in companies with sales of less than $500K.
GrowSafe Systems receives Canada’s highest ICT Innovation award: 2013 Ingenious Award. The early funding we found at the Angel Forum was instrumental in our growth Alison Sunstrum CEO, Alberta.
ANGEL FORUM PROCESS
Instead of entrepreneurs trying to find and meet with investors they don't know, we present the entrepreneur in one meeting to ~ 50 investors, saving everyone time (the cost equals two coffees per investor attending). Are you Investor Ready?
1. A company wanting to present, submits their Profile on-line which if
selected, is available privately on-line to 50+ pre-registered Investors,
~ 1 week before presentation andafterwards.
2. Company also uploads / updates
their Exec Summary, Video (short webcam get 70% more views) and Investor
Presentation, for private access only by Investors who
3. After the company has
registered (average cost of
$495 – if not selected, all but $100 refunded), their information is reviewed
and companies with the best chance of being funded, are selected. Advisors /
consultants cannot attend the Forum.
4. An existing company Investor is invited to
attend (no fee) to act as the company Deal Lead at the Forum and very
importantly lead the Post Presentation Follow-up meetings.
5. Critical that the CEO and Deal Lead investor, pre-sets before the Angel Forum, a PostPresentation Follow-up meeting within 2 days after the Forum, to invite
interested investors to.
6. Applying companies and investors are
invited to a complimentary legal and tax workshop by PricewaterhouseCoopers and
Fasken Martineau, the afternoon before the Angel Forum.
7. Companies demo their products (table
included) to investors in exhibition room during the day of networking
breaks & closing wine reception). A short info session will also be held.
8. In the presentation room, 18+ companies
have 20 minutes each to deliver to 50+ investors, a 10 minute presentation plus
5 minutes for Q&A, then a 5 minute Investor-Only debrief.
9. Right after each presentation during the
Investor-Only debrief, investors (including your Lead investor) discuss the
company and determine who wishes to team-up to investigate further.
10.During the Investor-Only debrief, very
brief notes are taken on company strengths / challenges and then sent
later to all presenters and investors.
11.Within 24 hours, all investors (who tell
us of their interest) are linked with each company and we encourage 2 - 4
investors to share the due diligence workload.
12.Our private meetings or private online
info are not a solicitation to sell or to buy any securities of the presenting
companies. We are not a broker / dealer / advisor and are not
registered with any regulators.
Direct Funding by Angel Forum investors in 2012:
Allocadia closed on $1 million, including $300,000 directly from Angel Forum investors at the Angel Forum
“The results speak for themselves, Indel Therapeutics has raised almost $800,000 from investors we met at the Angel Forum. If you attend one angel event in the Pacific Northwest, it has to be the Angel Forum.” Malcolm Kendall, CEO, Indel Therapeutics Inc
"I was expecting to only raise $100-200K from the Angel Forum and we are rapidly approaching $1 million with $865k raised to date and more on the way. The only thing that slowed us down was our own paperwork on how much we could raise from this event. I have to go back to our lawyers to draft a larger term sheet." Eric Winsborrow, ZanttZ Inc
“Solegear Bioplastics presented at the Angel Forum and received $354,000 directly. In a challenging financial market, our expectations for the number, quality and capabilities of the investors at the Forum were greatly exceeded with 24 interested investors. The Angel Forum is a MUST for any entrepreneur looking to advance their technology venture.” Toby Reid, CEO Solegear Bioplastics
· Aeos Biomedical closed $400,000+ including 4+ Angel Forum investors
· Gogiro Internet received $250,000 in funding·
· Etuve Food obtained $100,000 funding
· Indel Therapeutics added $200,000 to $210,000 closed in Oct.
· SemiosBIO closed $215,000 including 4 Angel Forum investors.
· Spiral Genetics has 1 interested investor looking to join another investor
· Dark Matter Labs has closed on an undisclosed amount.
· Chatterblock has closed on $100,000
· Metabolomic Technologies has closed on an undisclosed amount.
· PeopleMenders has closed on $100,000
· Hatsize Corp closed $200,000.
· S2G BioChemicals has $200,000 of commitments
"Angel Forum Vancouver is the best Angel meeting I've attended to date. Where most groups spend their time talking about investing, Angel Forum is serious and funds deserving companies. I found excellent investment opportunities, presenting in a well regulated format, with thoughtful review and discussion following each one. The best part - follow through with due diligence and investment. Angel Forum Vancouver is what I'm looking for in an Angel Investment Group!” Gillian Muessig, Investor and Co-founder, President SEOmoz, Seattle.
"Thanks for organizing the Angel forum. I never would have connected with so many angels investors without it" Michael Gilbert, CEO SemiosBIO
"The Angel Forum is about the best organized event I have attended (ranging from across Canada and the Pacific NW). And having the drumbeat going before and after is a real difference from most other events." Christopher Procyshyn, CEO of VanRX Pharmasystems.
"I found that the investors in attendance at the Angel Forum were extraordinary - a well-informed group and asked relevant questions that added value to the overall presentation" Mark Kornak, Angel Investor.
"Over the past year we have attended a number of Investor/Entrepreneur events and I must tell you that the Vancouver Angel Forum is by far the most effective results oriented event in the country. Bruce Davidsen, Chairman, Protean Software
"The Angel Forum was one of the more valuable events we’ve been part of this year. It gave us direct access to active investors and the opportunity to have real and honest discussions with them about our business." Natalie Sisson Co-Founder, ConnectionPoint Systems Inc.
"The Angel Forum is such a valued, professional resource and will refer anyone I know." Melodi Wood, CEO Peoplemenders.com
Investor Choice Awards and the 18 companies that presented March 11,2013 (selected from 46 applications). 61 investors registered - 44 companies reviewed - 18 selected - 0 spaces left