Vancouver Startup Week presents Angel Investing Demystified

29 Sep 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm PDT

Tickets are sold out



Learn about investing and investment opportunities in local start-ups.  Hear from independent angel investors, angel groups and the funds who invest in our local entrepreneurs.  Find out how they invest, what they invest in and their returns.  Hear pitches from some of our most promising local startups who are currently raising capital. Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and snacks.

Attendees must be accredited investors to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to visit the SFU Venture Labs Demo Day in the lobby downstairs from 1pm -5pm before joining the Angel Investing event. The Demo Day entrepreneurs will join the reception at the end of the event.



VANTEC Angel Network members can sign up online and register their guest(s).

Other Angel Investors and prospective Angel Investors can request a ticket via email via

Tickets are limited due to available space and will sell out quickly so don’t wait to apply.



 Welcome & Introductions 2.00pm

Thealzel Lee, VP Operations at VANTEC Angel Network and President of E-Fund Angel Investment Fund.

Michelle Sklar, VP Marketing & Communications at Wavefront, MC.


What is Angel Investing

Learn about the fundamentals of angel investing, best practices and tips gleaned from over 30 years of developing and investing in new high technology ventures.

Mike Volker, Founder of VANTEC Angel Network, WUTIF and TIMIA Capital.


Panel Discussion: How to Choose Different Sector Investment Opportunities

Industry sectors differ in opportunities, capital required, investment risk, timelines and ways to exit.

Life Sciences - George Aliphtiras,  co-Chair of Cascadia Venture Forum, EiR Life Sciences at e@UBC, Director at E-Fund

Virtual and Augmented Reality - Dan Burgar, President and Founder VR/AR Association

Mobile Technology - Jim Maynard, President at Wavefront

Food & AgTech - Milan Roy, CFO at Lyra Growth Partners


Panel Discussion: How to Leverage Investor Groups

Investor Groups often share deal screening and due-diligence with the premise of increasing expertise, saving time and making better investment decisions.

Mike Volker, Founder of VANTEC Angel Network Inc.

Bob Chaworth-Musters, Founder of Angel Forum

Thealzel Lee, Co-President of Keiretsu Forum Vancouver

 Panel Discussion: How to Diversify and Reduce Risk by Investing with Funds

Funds provide an easy, fast and affordable way to get into angel investing and to diversify your investment portfolio from the start. They are also great way to meet other like minded investors.

E-Fund - Thealzel Lee, President at E-Fund (VCC) Inc.

Mike Volker, CEO at WUTIF Capital (VCC) Inc.

Mike Walkinshaw, CEO at TIMIA Capital Corporation.

Vincent Farah, Managing Director at Aria Capital Inc.

Bonnie Foley-Wong, Chief Investment Innovator at Pique Venture Management Inc.

Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer at FrontFundr


Angel to Angel Pitches

Hear pitches from the portfolio companies in the different funds and different sectors.


Entrepreneur and Investor Follow-up Conversations 4.30pm

Meet the entrepreneurs and investors for follow-on conversations over drinks and canapés.


Reception 5.00pm

Drinks and snacks for Demo Day Companies and Angel Investing participants


Wrap-Up 6.00pm

Time to join the Vancouver Startup Week After-Party.


Participating Angel Groups

VANTEC Angel Network's mission to help grow the community of angel investors and investments made in BC. We host monthly angel investment meetings where startups pitch their venture and have a chance to connect with local angel investors. We host various other events including Investor Lunch & Learn, Workshops and industry specific investor events like the annual Cascadia Venture Forum for Life/Health Innovations. Accredited investors are invited to Email to receive a complimentary invitation to one of our monthly events. Please mention VSW17.


Keiretsu Forum - Vancouver Chapter  Our members possess and share diverse industry expertise, from software, telecommunications and life sciences to retail and information technology.  Our goal is to fund great companies.


Angel Forum introduces emerging companies to private equity Angel Investors in a bi-annual forum. Our private meetings are exclusive for only pre-registered Investors, selected Companies and Sponsors.


Participating Angel Funds

WUTIF Capital VCC is an angel fund that co-invests with angel investors in promising new technology ventures in British Columbia.


E-Fund was founded by entrepreneurs and angel investors to achieve consistently higher returns and more exits from angel investments. By investing via teams, we are able to do better due diligence, leverage the domain expertise of our investors and provide post investment advice to our portfolio companies.  Accredited investors are invited to Email to receive an invitation to one of our investor events and learn more about investing with E-Fund. Please mention VSW17.


Aria Capital, born from a consulting firm, is a venture capital partner for the iconic founders of tomorrow! Our team at Aria Capital has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. We believe in adding value and partnering with founders from day one of our investment. From product development support, sales, marketing, talent to business development our mission is to help our partners grow.


Pique Ventures  enables a diverse community of investors to pursue integrated investing. Whether as an investor in Pique Fund, through Pique Ventures' services, or through the practice of Integrated Investing, we help people invest to help create a better world.


TIMIA Capital is a specialty finance company that provides revenue financing to technology companies in exchange for a royalty stream on revenue. The alternative financing option complements both debt and equity financing, while allowing entrepreneurs to retain control of their business. TIMIA’s target market is the fast-growing growing business-to-business software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment.


FrontFundr is a fintech company that enables entrepreneurs to raise capital from all Canadians. Investing in private companies has previously been limited to angel investors and venture capitalists, but after recent rule changes, private investing is now open to a wider spectrum of investors. Canadians can now invest online through equity crowdfunding platform FrontFundr alongside seasoned investors, while directly contributing to innovation and sharing in the growth of companies they believe in.



Gold Sponsor

Miller Thomson LLP


Organizing Host

VANTEC Angel Network


Organizing Partners

Aria Capital

SFU Venture Labs

Vancouver Startup Week



With support from

National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)

Western Economic Diversification Canada

29 Sep 2017
2:00pm - 6:00pm PDT

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