Maple Leaf Angels is Ontario’s largest and most active angel investor groups having invested close to $6m in financings since its launch in 2007. Maple Leaf Angel’s membership base is largely in the core of Toronto and the partnership with the RIC Centre allows Maple Leaf Angels to establish a chapter to serve the western part of the GTA.
“In order to ensure that we have a large pool of investors who are looking to make deals, we were looking for a way to effectively tap into the Mississauga/Burlington/Oakville areas” says Rob Koturbash, managing director of Maple Leaf Angels. “The RIC Centre is an ideal partner as it allows Maple Leaf Angels to integrate with the start-up ecosystem they have fostered through their early-stage company mentoring and advisory services”.
The RIC Centre is based in Mississauga and is one of the Ontario government’s 12 regional innovation networks. The RIC Centre offers advisory, mentoring, networking, and industry outreach programs to help companies commercialize ideas in the aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and emerging technology fields. RIC is currently active with more than 60 companies.
“We are excited to team up with the Maple Leaf Angels” says Pam Banks, Commercialization Director of the RIC Centre. “We feel this partnership offers an excellent opportunity for some of our promising clients, who are looking for funding, to have access to Maple Leaf Angels. We are also looking forward to being able to leverage the experience and networks of angels that want to get actively involved with helping and supporting their investee companies”.
The first Maple Leaf Angels – West chapter meeting will be held on November 19th and is open to all current or potential angel investors. The meetings will be held at the RIC Centre and will provide a convenient location for angel investors in the western GTA to access Maple Leaf Angels’ deal flow and leverage the due diligence expertise of the existing 40+ members to help evaluate deals. Maple Leaf Angels has provided its members access to early round investments in some of Canada’s leading start-up companies such as Well.ca, Homestars, Regen Energy and Streamlogics (acquired by Thomson Reuters).
craig at mapleleafangels.com