Canadian angel investors to gather in Halifax next week

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By Francis Moran

The National Angel Capital Organization’s Angel Summit, an annual gathering of those critical early-stage backers of new ventures, will wing its way to my former home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, next week for three days of professional development workshops, company pitches and networking. As has been the case for the past few years, I will be there to report on the latest news and trends out of this important investment community.

For those unfamiliar with this investment class, angels generally invest their own money in early-stage companies and often assume a fairly hands-on role in advising and mentoring the CEO and the balance of the management team. Increasingly, angels flock together to share the onerous burden of due diligence on new investment opportunities and to syndicate investment rounds. There are scores of angel networks across North America, some far more organized and professionally operated than others, as well as thousands of individual angels who continue to invest on their own.

More than 100 participants are expected at this year’s summit, where they will share experience on topics such as angel investor and angel group best practices, cross-border investment, crowd funding,¬†incubators¬†and accelerators, trends in angel investing, commercialization of intellectual property and government support for capital markets.

In addition, five companies will pitch at the summit. They are:

  • KarmaHire, Vancouver, a technical testing and video interview platform that lets companies and job candidates interact remotely.
  • HitSend, a company out of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone that has a couple of web tools in early market stage.
  • Xiplinx Technologies, a Moncton, NB, company whose bare-bones website promises the private beta release later this quarter of “production risk management tools for dynamic operations.”
  • P&P Optica, a Waterloo company I’ve visited a couple of times that uses difraction gratings to greatly increase the sensitivity of spectrometers.
  • HealthAware, a Toronto company I got to know when it was part of a recent FounderFuel cohort and that lets patients find health practitioners online and book appointments with them.

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