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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:

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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


New Chapter President

March 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VA ANGELS NAMES GRANT LAWRENCE KELOWNA CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Most active angel network in Canada adds leadership strength to Okanagan network

(27 March 2017 – Kelowna, BC) Effective 24 March 2017 local software executive and veteran investor
Grant Lawrence takes the reins of the Kelowna chapter of VA Angels, bringing angel investors
together with prescreened early-stage business proponents along the length of the Okanagan Valley.

A successful real estate investor Mr. Lawrence is also 20+ year veteran in the enterprise B2B
software space who has worked internationally with some of the world’s largest organizations.
Pertinently he has participated in software acquisitions, spin-offs, start-ups, an IPO and made
investments in hi-tech and other sectors.

R. Stewart (Randy) Thompson, CEO and Founder of VA Angels and 2014 Startup Canada Investor of the
Year is the outgoing Kelowna chapter president. “We are privileged to have such an experienced
investor leading the charge in the Okanagan,” said Mr. Thompson. “His subject matter expertise,
sharp insight and honest feedback will be invaluable to the regional startup community.”

The VA Angels network has 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.

The Kelowna chapter has a great track record having provided 17 capital injections to seven
companies since 2013. Two of the success stories emerging from Kelowna VA Angels are WTFast – a
private network that optimizes internet connections for online gamers and Forbidden Spirits –
distillers of vodka hand crafted from the finest BC apples.

“I’m excited to work closely with the Okanagan angel and entrepreneur community to build upon
recent success in marrying experienced local investors with entrepreneurs looking to bring their
commercial and social pursuits to market,” said Mr. Lawrence. “What I relish most about VA Angels
is that it’s as much about experienced business people helping guide these entrepreneurs and giving
the benefit of their experience as it is about funding and creating new employment and wealth
generating opportunities in our community.”

The Kelowna chapter is very active with regular participation from a cadre of notable
Okanagan-based angels like Alex Miller (CEO Visland Media), Sheila Livingstone and Peter White
(experienced investors with deep background in business and health administration), and Mark
Ameerali CFA (author of
personal finance books Common Cents and Perfect Cents).

“Grant is a great choice to lead the Kelowna chapter,” said Mr. Ameerali. “I have no doubt his
experience and energy will rub off on the angels and entrepreneurs alike.”

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

Grant Lawrence
Kelowna Chapter President, VA Angels
250-766-5250 grant.lawrence@vaangels.com


Guayacan Demo Days

December 13, 2016

VA Angels, Vario Ventures, and the Angel Resource Institute (ARI) joined 40 other location and international
investors at the largest investor event ever held for tech companies in Puerto Rico. As partners in Demo Day, the three groups were asked to look at investing beside the $50,000 cash prize that was awarded by local organizer Grupo Guayacán (Guayacán).

“For Guayacán, Demo Day is always a special occasion that allows us to connect the graduated companies of our business development programs with a diverse group of investors and other capital providers,” said Grupo Guayacán Executive Director Laura Cantero. Early stage companies were showcased from the SPRINGBOARD program, which focuses on provided knowledge, tools and resources to build investable ventures. Growth stage companies were showcased from the Guayacán Venture Accelerator (GVA) program, which focuses on established companies, evaluating their business models, and developing strategies for accelerating their growth.

Through entrepreneurship, important innovations find their way to market, leading to new products, services and processes. Randy Thompson, President of VA Angels, says “Groupo Guayacán has been instrumental when it comes to supporting its entrepreneurs in respect to business formation, expansion, and growth which has a net positive effect, stabilizing and growing economic activity.”

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OKR Financial

September 24, 2016

Old Kent Road Financial provides investors and start-ups with opportunities through a new Canadian fund

Building on the past success of an investment by the VA Angels, Old Kent Road Financial (OKR) is a new technology and digital fund providing opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs. OKR Financial lends capital to companies that need growth capital long before their public sector commitments will be available to them.

In its first few months of operation, Old Kent Road Financial has raised $6 million in a first close of a targeted $20 million fund. The technology and media debt fund is a lending vehicle for Canadian startups that have access to federal government programs such as Scientific Research and Experimental Development Credits, the Digital Media Tax Credit, and others.

“We saw a need and we are happy how the fund has created a win for both investors who are getting quarterly yield, and the companies who get early access to capital they can’t get anywhere else,” said one of OKR’s Managing Partners,R. Stewart Thompson, who also runs one of the largest formal Angel Groups in Canada. “For our portfolio companies in VA Angels as well as other early stage ventures, we have been successful by adding a debt product so these entrepreneurs have the option of giving up equity or taking on high interest debt.”

The fund is set up as an RRSP/TFSA eligible investor vehicle, and will be seeking additional capital between now and December 31, 2016 to get to the targeted
$20 million of capital under management.

Former EY Entrepreneur of the Year, and Managing Partner of OKR Financial, Jason Neale explains, “Old Kent Road is a mature version of what was initially a smaller fund, specifically Acheson Mobile Investments, where we did 26 loans like this with 100 percent debt return and an audited 41 percent IRR. We firmly believe we can get close to this with the OKR fund structure.”

Old Kent Road Financial has already provided capital to six companies since July 2016, with an additional 32 companies currently being reviewed.

“What makes us unique is that the fund is run by former entrepreneurs who understand the balance between risk for the investor and achievable milestones by the entrepreneur,” said Mr. Neale. “Our track record to date over nearly 40 investments proves we have the expertise for another successful venture.”

For more information on Old Kent Road Financial visit the website at http://www.okrfinancial.com/

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For an interview contact:

R. Stewart Thompson

Chairman and CEO

VA Angels

SMS 403 383 0106

thompson@vaangels.com

The founders of OKR Financial believe that investors deserve low risk, high return opportunities. OKR is focused on financing companies that are applying for, or have been approved by the Canadian Government’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development Credits tax credit and/or grant program.

VA Angels is an investor only membership group committed to building Western Canadian industry through early stage angel investing.