The 2018 NACO World Summit is right around the corner! As the chance to receive early-bird pricing ends this week (Friday August 24th) … We wanted you to get an overview on what you can expect at the summit this year. Keep reading to see what the key benefits of attending are. In addition, we’re happy to share testimonials from some of our previous attendees.
"The NACO Summit has been an annual event on my schedule for about 7 years now. It is the Angel Investor event of the year and for entrepreneurs, it's a great place to meet investors, gain valuable feedback, and build relationships early."
Parm Gill, Gill Group
The Summit will attract over 700 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world and is the flagship event for the Canadian Angel Investor community.
We are building on the international focus introduced at the 2017 Summit, which was held in Montreal, making this the largest and most international gathering of Angel investors in Canadian history. This will also be the first time that NACO has collaborated with a broader event, to ensure our community adds direct and immediate value to the local startup ecosystem.
We have partnered with the Elevate Tech Fest, offering both premium content for our attendees, as well as collaborating with Elevate to run their Financing track and cohost keynote speakers. Consequently, the 2018 World Angel Investment Summit is the culmination of years’ worth of NACO’s efforts to build Angel communities across the country, and will catalyze a more dynamic early stage capital ecosystem.
Highlights from the agenda include:
Tuesday, September 25th:
NACO AGM and keynote on Economic Impact of Angel Investing in Canada
Investor Zone meetings with curated Start-Ups
NACO Academy educational seminars
Exclusive Welcome Reception at Casa Loma
Wednesday, September 26th: “The Era of Dynamic Disruption”
Panel Sessions on Blockchain, ML &AI, Future of Transportation, International Investment, etc
Fireside Chats- Disruptive Impact of Tech, Unlocking Intergenerational Wealth, Disrupting the Social Contract,
Keynote Address on How Technology is Changing the Face of Private Risk Capital
Gala Awards Dinner featuring Wesley Chan & presentations of Angel, Start Up, & Exit of the Year Awards
Thursday, September 27th: “Building an Innovation Ecosystem”
Presentations on the Why this is the best time for exits, & Building a coordinated Ecosystem
Deep Dives on –Growing Angel Networks, Funding Innovation through Angel Funds, Best Practices for Incubators and Accelerators, Investing like a Super Angel
Hilton Hotel, Sony Centre, Casa Loma, King West
’This is an exciting time for accelerators and incubators as we are now part of NACO’s membership. I’m delighted to part of the yearly summit to brainstorm and discuss the current challenges and successes of our ecosystem.’’
Emilie Boutros, TandemLaunch
Meet us in the Investor Zone during Elevate! On Tuesday September 25th at the Sony Centre, we co-created a program with the DMZ to bring together Canada’s top startup companies together with top tier investors from Boston, Silicon Valley, New York and across Canada. These sessions match investors with pre-selected entrepreneurs, grouped by industry. Participate in quick 15-minute one-on-one meetings, giving both investors and entrepreneurs the opportunity for mentoring and information sharing.
“It’s all about the investor community and the people within it! I get to meet so many interesting people, investment opportunities and companies from around the world-; “the talks, the great content, the speakers and the spirit of sharing and education is what I liked very much in attending past NACO conferences and the energy, vibe, education and the people is what keeps me coming back.”
Frank Auddino, Angel Investor
Along with an exclusive line-up of impressive speaker’s, attendees will have access to private parties with their World Summit passes. First, attendees will get to experience Casa Loma, one of Toronto’s most popular historic venues for the Welcome Reception. Summit attendees will experience this one of a kind networking opportunity including tours of the castle and live music.
In addition, we’ll be hosting our annual Gala Awards dinner on the second night of the Summit. This evening will feature a keynote speaker and the presentation of three awards recognizing the success of our Angel community in 2018.
The Awards will be presented to: NACO's Canadian Angel of the Year presented by BDC Capital, NACO's Most Promising Startup of the Year presented by Panache Ventures, and NACO's Exit of the Year presented by RBC.
“One of my favourite parts of the Summit is the amazing events. These are always phenomenal networking opportunities in fabulous and unique locations. The chance to develop strong partnerships with angels from across Canada and around the world, makes collaboration seamless, and personally, it is bonus to make interesting, new friends!
Each Year there is an Awards Gala Dinner, which is an opportunity to celebrate the successes in the angelsphere. The awards recognize Angel, Start-Up and Exit of the year and I always find the acceptance speeches inspiring.”
Jess Joss, York Angel Investor Inc.
As the Summit approaches, the NACO team is hard at work building an amazing agenda for attendees to experience. The agenda is packed with an impressive line-up of speakers, that’s growing by the day. Attendees will get to hear from keynotes such as; Howard Lindzon, Adeo Ressi, Peter Cowley, Wesley Chan, and more!
As we are partnered with Elevate for the World Summit, attendees won’t miss a thing! We’re building out our agenda to accommodate Elevates’ Main Stage speakers such as Al Gore, Wyclef Jean, Shauna Levy, Julie Rice, and more! Keep an eye on our website and upcoming communications for information as we update it.
“As a past participant at several NACO Summits, I highly recommend the 2018 NACO World Angel Summit to all active and potential investors, as well as to members of Canada’s supporting investor and startup ecosystems. NACO’s national summits bring together our country’s best and brightest minds: our most experienced investors, promising entrepreneurs, exciting startups and thoughtful innovators in a setting that is highly conducive to learning, sharing and collaborating. This is, without doubt, a highlight of the annual event calendar for our community. A “must attend” event for sure – for investors, entrepreneurs, all who support the startup community across Canada, and all who wish to see Canada’s job creators of tomorrow succeed.”
Martin J. Yuill, Emergence Bioscience Business Incubator
Special thanks to NACO Board of Directors member, Jess Joss for helping us put this blog post together!
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