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VALHALLA LAUNCHES AS FULL SERVICE PRIVATE CAPITAL GROUP

August 16, 2017

Valhalla Private CapitalNew private capital organization emerges from angel network with $65M under management

(16 August 2017: Calgary, AB) Valhalla Private Capital – a full service corporate finance firm – officially opened its doors to investors and early stage entrepreneurs on August 15 in Edmonton and August 16 in Calgary.

Valhalla is a local success story with global reach. Founded in 2003 as a single city angel investor group by 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the Year R. Stewart Thompson, building investor and startup ecosystems at home and abroad is hard-coded in Valhalla Private Equity’s DNA. Valhalla brings a team together that expands the VA Angels investor and entrepreneur facing enterprises together under one umbrella. At launch, Valhalla Private Capital has $12.5M CDN under management, but is on track to have that at $65M by November.

“Valhalla Private Capital is the realization of a vision,” said Mr. Thompson, Chairman and CEO of Valhalla Private Capital. “For too long venture capital has been the domain of large institutional investors. I have a much more democratic view. Valhalla is all about inviting all people who care about their local business climate into the VC realm, giving them the tools and opportunities to participate successfully in both investing or building some great companies.”

Valhalla Private Capital will focus on a five-pillar business model:

  • – Angel investing – ongoing operation of the 100+ member, five-chapter VA Angels network that has invested $44M plus in more than 150 deals since inception
  • – Global entrepreneurship – continued outreach, advocacy, training and investor and startup ecosystem building in emerging economies around the world through its highly successful and well respected international arm, The Seed Global
  • – Investor/Entrepreneur Educational Programs – including the renowned BaseCamp offering, an exclusive investment seminar for startups where Mr. Thompson and other experienced investors provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to understand how capital works.
  • – Investment Funds – The Old Kent Road fund and VA Angels Fund are targeting growth of $5M a month and will have $65M under active management by November 2017.
  • – M&A and Advisory Services – expanding on the foundations of Vario Ventures, a boutique mergers and acquisition firm focusing on entrepreneurs and specializing in identifying the right next step for small and medium companies and their investors

“We have very deliberately not used “equity” in our name as we believe investors and early stage entrepreneurs alike need tailored solutions and ownership is just one option, “said Valhalla executive Jan Lederman.

 

“The angel world can sometimes feel like placing large Vegas-style bets” said VA Angels President and Valhalla executive Kristina Milke,” but, at Valhalla, we believe a more sophisticated approach exists through our full suite of capital options coupled with education, training and advisory services.”

Visit www.valhallaprivatecap.com for details.

 

For more information contact:

Valhalla Media:

1-888-406-9005

media@valhallaprivatecap.com


The Seed Global Returns to MEKONG / SOUTHEAST ASIA to continue startup collaboration in MYANMAR, CAMBODIA and LAOS

July 18, 2017

VA Angels international arm partnering with JE Austin,US State Department and Micro Empires

(18 July 2017: Yangon, Myanmar) The Seed Global, the international face of VA Angels, has returned to Southeast Asia to continue efforts to spur growth of a healthy angel investment in-frastructure and lay a foundation for a successful startup culture in the region.

“We have had great success over the past decade in helping to build startup and entrepreneur ecosystems both at home in Canada and around the world,” said R. Stewart Thompson, CEO and founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the Year. “Our team at The Seed Global has earned a strong reputation in Mekong and Southeast Asia and we are proud to return to the region to further this important work.”

In partnership with Virgina-based JE Austin Associates – a strategy and management consul-tancy focused on developing and emerging economies, and The US State Department’s Tig-ers@Mekong program – an entrepreneurial ecosystem accelerator in the region, The Seed Global is currently in the middle of a ten-day trip to Yangon (Myanmar), Phnom Penh (Cambo-dia) and Vientiane (Laos) leading angel investor training, offering local entrepreneurs its re-nowned Base Camp program and meeting with leading local angels to seek out potential co-investment opportunities.

“One of the most satisfying parts of this return tour is the chance to continue to work with the Micro Empires accelerator and its second graduating cohort,” said Luke Krueger, President and co-founder of The Seed Global. “It’s exciting for us to have seen progress in the past year to the point where we are moving several local companies to the due diligence stage and we anticipate making our first formal investments in the region in the very near future.”

Micro Empires is an accelerator that has been supporting micro businesses development in Myanmar since 2012 with a mandate of leveraging cultural value into economic freedom for lo-cal entrepreneurs.

The former Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar, Ron Hoffmann, is taking notice of the efforts of VA Angels in the region.

“I am very impressed by the capacity building that Calgary-based VA Angels is undertaking in Myanmar’s innovation space. Budding Myanmar entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in con-tributing to the country’s economic and social development, and to create much needed jobs,” said Mr. Hoffmann. “I am delighted to see Canadian investors helping start-ups in this Southeast Asian nation that has so much promise. Both Canada and Myanmar will benefit by these exciting and forward looking partnerships.”

Workshop participant Tuan Anh Phan, a sophisticated investor and founder of the Ho Chi Minh-based Angels 4 Us network said, “This is by far the best Mekong Business Initiative workshop regarding angel investment that I’ve had the chance to attend.The VA Angels group from Cana-da provide practical knowledge and know how regarding building and managing angel invest-ment groups within the context of Mekong Area.”

The Seed Global is part of the VA Angels umbrella organization with a robust Canadian Angel investment network at its core. The network boasts more than 130 members in five chapters (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Medicine Hat) and has invested over $44 million in 150+ deals since 2003. A core VA Angels offering, BaseCamp, is an exclusive investment seminar for startups where Mr. Thompson and other experienced investors provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to successfully raise the right type of capital at the right value.

For more information contact:

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Luke Krueger
President / co-founder, The Seed Global
lkrueger@vaangels.com
1-403-630-1352

Note for editors: Members of the VA Angels contingent at the famous Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon. (L to R: Luke Krueger – president / co-founder The Seed Global, Sue Fawcett – Fawcett Financial, Paul Schofield – Director at Lignadus, Jan Lederman – President of Innovate Manitoba, Sandra Spencer – Executive Director of VA Angels BaseCamp, R. Stewart Thompson – CEO and founder of VA Angels).


VA ANGELS FORMALIZES KRISTINA MILKE AS PRESIDENT

July 13, 2017

Western Canada’s most active Angel network solidifies executive leadership

(10 July 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta) VA Angels is pleased to announce that Kristina Milke, a CA/CPA, veteran angel investor and experienced executive, has completed taking operational control of VA Angels and its employees. As President, Kristina assumes the day-to-day oversight and operational control of all aspects of VA Angels.

VA Angels is an umbrella organization with a robust Angel investment network at its core. The network boasts more than 100 members in five chapters (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ke-lowna and Medicine Hat) and has invested over $47 million in 160+ deals since 2003.

“I have been privileged to work along side Kristina for a number of years and I know how much our organization and the communities we serve will benefit greatly from her expertise, leadership and drive,” said R. Stewart Thompson, CEO and Founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the Year. “She inspires confidence in investors and entrepreneurs alike and this will be critical to our ongoing success as VA Angels continues to grow. Further, as she has already been effectively acting in the role for several months, any further transition will be seam-less.”

Kristina, also president of her own Edmonton-based CFO and business advisory consultancy K-Gar, is a Chartered Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta. She spent four years as Senior Vice President and operational GM of Investopedia during which she played a key role in marketing the company on behalf of its parent Forbes leading to it’s eventual sale to ValueClick. Other previous leadership roles include Corporate Divisional Controller for Intuit Canada as well as Divisional Controller and Ethics Officer for Spar Aerospace.

“I am passionate about the mandate. Helping educate and prepare start-up entrepreneurs to successfully pitch to our network of experienced angels is rewarding work and I’m proud to lead the high-quality team we’ve assembled at VA Angels,” said Kristina. “

For more information contact:

R. Stewart (Randy) Thompson
CEO / Founder, VA Angels
780-218-2310
media@vaangels.com

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President, VA Angels
780-717-4966
kmilke@vaangels.com

Kristina Milke


NACO Western Regional Angel Summit Partner Marketing

May 26, 2017

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The National Angel Capital Organization is hosting its 2nd annual Western Regional Summit to
engage local Angels as well as Angel Investors from other parts of Canada and the U.S. This is
a unique opportunity to network and learn from your Angel colleagues, right in your backyard.

Why you should attend the Western Regional Angel Summit:

  • Create greater connectivity in the Angel Investor community
  • Build new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Enjoy networking opportunities and share best practices
  • Hear from four out of the top five Canadian Angel Networks
  • Showcase the Winnipeg innovation community

Featured sessions include:

  • Keynote from Patrick Lor, Managing Partner at 500 Startups
  • Common Docs: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets with Pieter Dorsman, President &
    CEO at Redpeaks Management Inc.
  • 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 &
    Founder at New Avenue Capital

Register


NACO Western Regional Summit

May 18, 2017

Event Title: NACO Western Regional Summit

Event Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 from 8:00am – 7:30pm

Event Location: Delta Winnipeg Hotel, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Tickets: $150/each

The National Angel Capital Organization is hosting its 2nd annual Western Regional Summit to engage local Angels as well as Angel Investors from other parts of Canada and the U.S. This is a unique opportunity to network and learn from your Angel colleagues, right in your backyard.

Why you should attend the Western Regional Summit:

  • Create greater connectivity in the Angel Investor community
  • Build new relationships while strengthening existing ones
  • Enjoy networking opportunities and share best practices
  • Develop a higher level of knowledge and skill from the NACO Academy investor education program
  • Showcase the Winnipeg innovation community

Featured sessions include:

  • Keynote from Patrick Lor, Managing Partner at 500 Startups
  • Common Docs: Structuring Deals and Term Sheets with Pieter Dorsman, President & CEO at Redpeaks Management Inc.
  • 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 & Founder at New Avenue Capital

Tickets are $150 each.  Buy Tickets Now! < http://bit.ly/NACOWRS>


THE SEED GLOBAL TO ACCELERATE STARTUP CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA

May 9, 2017

Global Connector Program set to launch – local investors / startup entrepreneurs invited to join

The Seed Global, the international face of VA Angels, has been selected by TEC Edmonton to bring Canadian angels and companies together with investors and startup entrepreneurs in several major centres across Latin America over the next two years through the Global Connector Program.

“This is about two highly experienced, world-class companies, VA Angels and TEC Edmonton, joining forces to help build robust startup and entrepreneur ecosystems in Latin America,” said R. Stewart Thompson, CEO and founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the Year. “Our team at The Seed Global has great relationships in both the investing and startup communities in Latin America and is on the ground in the region with an office in Lima.”

TEC Edmonton, renowned as one of the most effective growth accelerators for emerging technology-based companies in Canada, selected The Seed Global to deliver it’s Global Connector Program after an in-depth RFP process. The Global Connector Program aims to foster an ecosystem where local entrepreneurs are better trained and better prepared to raise capital.

“We are calling on the best startups and most active angels in Latin American to participate in Global Connector,” said Luke Krueger, president and co-founder of The Seed Global. “This is aunique opportunity to engage with experienced angels and entrepreneurs to learn first hand about the process of placing value on investment opportunities, to build technical competence in deal structure, and to get a soft launch into the world of angel investing.”

The Seed Global is part of the VA Angels umbrella organization with a robust Canadian Angel investment network at its core. The network boasts more than 130 members in five chapters (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Medicine Hat) and has invested over $44 million in 150+ deals since 2003. A core VA Angels offering, BaseCamp, will be a critical component of the Latin American program. VA Angels BaseCamp is an exclusive investment seminar for startups where Mr. Thompson and other experienced investors provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to successfully raise the right type of capital at the right value.

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For more information or to participate, contact:
Viviana Angula (Lima office)
vangulo@vaangels.com
Twitter: @theseedglobal
Instagram: theseed.global
Web: theseedglobal.com
+51 964 067 978


VA ANGELS BASECAMP NAMES SANDRA SPENCER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

April 24, 2017

Canada’s most active Angel network continues leadership talent expansion

(25 April 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta) VA Angels is proud to announce that effective today Sandra Spencer, well-known for shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), becomes the Executive Director of VA Angels BaseCamp Inc.

“We’re excited to have Ms. Spencer join our leadership team to drive further success in our renowned BaseCamp offering,” said R. Stewart Thompson, CEO and Founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the Year. “She has demonstrated her passion for entrepreneurial initiatives and commitment to helping entrepreneurs become successful throughout her career and we look forward to leveraging her expertise and drive at BaseCamp.”

VA Angels BaseCamp Inc is an exclusive investment seminar for startups where Mr. Thompson and other experienced investors provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to successfully raise the right type of capital at the right value. In 2016 alone more than 78 companies and an additional 175 entrepreneurs attended BaseCamp seminars in Canada and a further 150 companies and 75 additional participants joined sessions in Puerto Rico, Nepal, Burma, Santiago and Argentina. BaseCamp is part of the VA Angels umbrella organization with a robust Angel investment network at its core. The network boasts more than 130 members in five chapters (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Kelowna and Medicine Hat) and has invested over $44 million in 150+ deals since 2003.

Ms. Spencer, CEO of her own company Nimble Strategizing Inc., was named a 2016 Top Entrepreneurship Professor by 3 Day Startup, an international, student-driven organization with the mission of activating entrepreneurial potential in students of all kinds through experiential education and a global entrepreneurship ecosystem. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting (with distinction) degree from the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT.

“I have long admired the work Mr. Thompson and VA Angels have done in supporting the development of entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems at home and around the world,” said Ms. Spencer. “I welcome the opportunity to work along side the VA Angels team in helping even more entrepreneurs develop the skills and networks required to build enduring success.”

For more information contact:

– 30 – Executive Director, VA Angels BaseCamp Inc 780-722-6663
sspencer@vaangels.com

R.Stewart (Randy) Thompson CEO / Founder, VA Angels
780-218-231
media@vaangels.com

Sandra Spencer
Executive Director, VA Angels BaseCamp
(780) 722-6663
sspencer@vaangels.com