WAIS 2019 - What You Need to Know!

Posted by Johanna McFarland on April 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The World Angel Investment Summit 2019 is happening this June in Calgary! Lots of exciting things are planned for this years World Summit including great speakers, fun networking events, exciting announcements, workshops, and more. Before you click "Register" here's what you need to know about WAIS 2019. 

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The first important thing to note: this year for the World Summit, we are so excited to partner with Alberta Innovates and the Inventure$ Conference. So our attendees get access to both WAIS 2019 and Inventure$! After attendees register for WAIS, they'll receive instructions on how to claim their ticket for Inventure$. 

The World Angel Investment Summit attracts investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community. From June 5th to the 7th, attendees can expect great talks and networking opportunities with views of the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. This year, we are bringing experts for our workshops instead of panels as a way to encourage more dialogue on much pressing issues for Angels.

The last World Angel Investment Summit was held in Toronto, in partnership with Elevate Tech Fest. It was three days of great Keynotes, impressive panels, and memorable networking events. Consequently, the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit was the culmination of years’ worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and catalyzed a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem – and we’re excited to build on that in Calgary this year. For a full recap of our 2018 World Summit, click here


Welcome Reception at Casa Loma during WAIS 2018
Photo by 2018 NACO Summit Photographer Cedric Swaneck

Here's a list of the TOP five reason for why you can't miss WAIS 2019! 

  1. Get ahead of the trends that will shape Angel investment next year. This years theme is - Investing for Success: Your Return on Innovation. 
  2. Network with experienced investors, incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists and other industry leaders.
  3. Create greater connectivity in the early-stage capital community.
  4. Develop a higher level of knowledge and skill from the NACO Academy investor education programs.
  5. Access to Inventure$ Content and Events – Day 1 of the NACO Summit will take part within this conference allowing broader access to content and networking.


Photo by 2018 NACO Summit Photographer Cedric Swaneck

Here's some highlights from the Agenda this year! 

Tuesday June 4th, 2019 

The day before our World Summit begins, attendees can attend The Angel Capital Association for their Northwest Regional Meeting in Calgary Tuesday, June 4 & Wednesday, June 5. ACA members, accredited investors, and invited community guests from throughout the Pacific Northwest (US and Canada) are invited. You can register to attend their events through your NACO Summit registration.

Wednesday June 5th, 2019 

NACO Content within Inventure$ - we'll cover:

  • The Journey from Founder to Funder (Positive Circle of Entrepreneurship)
  • As the World Gets Smaller, How do we Collaborate with other Ecosystems
  • How to Build a Culture of Collaboration in our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Angels + Funds + Accelerators
  • Supporting Founders with More Than Just Capital (Investment Readiness, Growing Pains, Exits)
  • Measuring Success: The Key Indicators to Follow as an Investor & Entrepreneur

We'll also be hosting a NACO Academy session and Investor/Entrepreneur Matchmaking. More information is to come! 

Attendees can wrap the day with a fun Pub Crawl in Calgary’s vibrant Stephen Avenue district. The pub crawl will consist of a number of stops, including NACO hosted location for Summit attendees.

Thursday June 6th, 2019 

NACO's Concurrent Breakout Sessions - some of the sessions include: 

  • INNOVATIVE FINANCING: What Structures & Models Are Working? Not?
  • BUILDING RETURNS FOR THE NEXT DECADE: The Investment Lifecycle - Understanding the Journey from Introduction to Exit
  • BUILDING RETURNS FOR THE NEXT DECADE: Changing Investment Landscapes & How Investors Keep Up

Thursday night we'll host the annual NACO Awards Dinner celebrating the Startup of the Year, Exit of the Year, and Angel Investor of the Year. For more information on our Awards this year and how to nominate, click here

Friday June 7th, 2019

NACO's Concurrent Breakout Session - some of the sessions include: 

  • ANGEL FUNDS: Assessing Various Funds - Where Do I Invest?; Using Angel Funds to Build Networks; Best Practices; NACO Feedback & Engagement
  • SUPER ANGELS: Selecting/Managing Portfolios - Varying Thesis'; Engineering Exits; Building High Value Networks of Peers; NACO Feedback & Engagement
  • ACCELERATORS & INCUBATORS: Supporting Investor Readiness vs Pitching; Valuations & Other Metrics; Best Practices; NACO Feedback & Engagement

Additional NACO Academy sessions will also take place on Friday! More information is to come. 


To view the full agenda and see more updates! Be sure to check out the WAIS webpage


Photo by 2018 NACO Summit Photographer Cedric Swaneck

The team at NACO is really looking forward to this years Summit in Calgary. Lots of exciting changes are happening within the organization and we can't wait to share more details with our members and community. We'll see you in Calgary!  




Header Image Credit: Photo by Kyler Nixon on Unsplash

Join us June 5th - June 7th for the NACO World Angel Investment Summit in Calgary, AB. 

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