NACO partnered with the Elevate Tech Fest to produce Elevate and the World Angel Investment Summit 2018 concurrently during September 21 to 27, 2018. NACO collaborated with Elevate to run their Financing track and co-host keynote speakers.
The 2018 World Angel Investment Summit:
The 2018 World Angel Investment Summit is the “culmination of years worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and will catalyze a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem.” According to organizers this Summit had over 700 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and World Angel Investment Summit is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community.
Elevate is a tech and innovation festival which took place from September 21 to 27, 2018 in 250 venues across Toronto. According to organizers, this event attracted over 10,000 guests who experienced 300 inspiring speakers, networking events, 12 public and private content tracks, had the opportunity to explore 200 of Toronto’s most innovative companies and enable talent to explore over 1,000 opportunities.
Al Gore, Chairman, Generation Investment Management gave a passionate and optimistic speech about the need for action on climate change and tied how technology can assist us in combating the problem.
Amanda Lang interviewed Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor and Board Member of Google about the dangers of tech giants taking engineers from startups and small Canadian companies. His answer was not persuasive
NACO Welcome Reception at Casa Loma
The WAIS opening on September 25, 2018 with an elegant reception at the Casa Loma for the official launch of the World Angel Investment Summit.
The Privacy and Big Data session
This session was moderator by Zane Schwartz (The Logic) and the panelists were: Guillame Bouchard (CONTXTFUL), Sean Kidd (CAMH), Ann Cavoukian (Ryerson). It was an interesting session on privacy especially in the medical area.
Gala Awards Dinner & Keynote Address (Hilton Toronto Ballroom)
The Awards were presented to: NACO’s Canadian Angel of the Year, NACO’s Most Promising Start-Up of the Year and NACO’s Exit of the Year.
Canadian Angel of the Year Award, presented by BDC Capital:
NACO’s 2018 Canadian Angel of the Year award was presented to Randy Stewart Thompson.
NACO’s Exit of the Year Award 2018, presented by RBC:
NACO’s 2018 Exit of the Year Award was presented to Genesis Robotics, Michael Gibney and Dr. Basil Peters.
NACO’s Most Promising Startup of the Year, presented by Panache Ventures:
NACO’s 2018 Most Promising International Startup of the Year was presented to Zoom.ai
“The National Angel Capital Organization supports Angels, incubators, and accelerators as they help entrepreneurs turn good ideas into great businesses. As the only national industry association for Angel investors in Canada, NACO represents over 40 networks comprised of over 3000 Angel investors across Canada. Members assist Canadian startups in every region and industry to execute their vision and compete on the global stage by providing them with patient risk capital, expert advice, and professional networks when traditional financial and other institutions cannot.
“By connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing, NACO accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem. NACO provides intelligence, tools, and resources for its members, facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries, and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.”
About Elevate Toronto:
“Elevate Toronto is a collaboration between 17 technology organizations which came together to create a three day festival. It aims to be a world-class innovation festival where the globe comes to Toronto to discover, connect, and be inspired by the individuals shaping what’s next. Elevate Toronto is a non-profit organization led by TechToronto, MaRS, #movethedial, OneEleven, Cossette Communications and the Spotlight Awards, in partnership with the City of Toronto”
SOURCE Elevate Toronto
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