Welcome to Vantec


The VANTEC network consists of angel investors and other early-stage investors who meet monthly to hear a selected number of short business presentations by nascent technology entrepreneurs. This is not an open forum style of event - it is private, informal and organized by volunteers. Between 30 and 40 angel investors typically attend each meeting.  Attendance is restricted to VANTEC members and their guests by invitation only. Non-members who are accredited investors are also welcome to attend for a $50 drop-in fee.

The objective is to make initial introductions with a view to having interested parties subsequently meet in private. There are no agents, brokers, or institutional representatives.

Many companies have received funding from this network and some have already provided financial returns to angel investors [Click here for report].


VANTEC is a member of the Canadian-based National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) and the US-based Angel Capital Organization (ACA).  Individual VANTEC members are automatically NACO and ACA members and can benefit from the services of these two professional angel investor organizations. 


[Click here for the latest Report on Angel Activity in Canada published by NACO]

[Click here for the latest quarterly Halo Report on angel activity published by Angel Resource Institute]

[Click here for links to other community resources]


The seeds for a local network were planted in mid'98 when tech industry advocates Mike Volker (SFU Industry Liaison and active angel investor) and the late Al Fowler (UBC Industry Liaison) thought it would be useful to have such a resource for University startups. They decided to broaden its scope by having the Vancouver Enterprise Forum act as the initial sponsoring organization.

Steve Hnatiuk, Richard McMahon, Ullrich Schade, and Mike - all VEF Board members - then got the concept launched. The first meeting was held in April, 1999. In late 2002, Joyce Groote and Rick Walter expanded the network by adding some Life Sciences Angels and companies. In 2006, Thealzel Lee took over for Joyce and Rick on the Life Sciences portfolio. In March, 2009 Elmer Sum, Masha Tkatchouk and Carla Culos launched the Vancouver Greentech Exchange.

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