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Whether you are an investor or venture-grade entrepreneur, innovation is shaping our lives and this podcast series will equip you with the knowledge you need to fund, fuel and emerge as a leader in the digital economy. For over 20 years National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) members have pioneered the movement of access to capital. We represent 44 angel networks, 45 incubators and accelerators, and over 4000 angel investors that have invested more than $1 billion into over 1500 companies. Stay tuned, subscribe, and join us on this exciting journey as we transform ordinary listeners into extraordinary angel investors.

Whether you are an investor or venture-grade entrepreneur, innovation is shaping our lives and this podcast series will equip you with the knowledge you need to fund, fuel and emerge as a leader in the digital economy. For over 20 years National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) members have pioneered the movement of access to capital. We represent 44 angel networks, 45 incubators and accelerators, and over 4000 angel investors that have invested more than $1 billion into over 1500 companies. Stay tuned, subscribe, and join us on this exciting journey as we transform ordinary listeners into extraordinary angel investors.

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Canada

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Whether you are an investor or venture-grade entrepreneur, innovation is shaping our lives and this podcast series will equip you with the knowledge you need to fund, fuel and emerge as a leader in the digital economy. For over 20 years National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) members have pioneered the movement of access to capital. We represent 44 angel networks, 45 incubators and accelerators, and over 4000 angel investors that have invested more than $1 billion into over 1500 companies. Stay tuned, subscribe, and join us on this exciting journey as we transform ordinary listeners into extraordinary angel investors.

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@nacocanada

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English


Episodes

Government Should Leverage Angel Investors: Michael King, Finance Professor at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

5/26/2020
“To get to the punchline, the government should set up a co-investment fund that matches angel investments dollar for dollar. It should adopt a national tax incentive scheme that already exists in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. And it should consider replacing the loans that are being made available through its support packages with convertible notes. The Canadian government should leverage angel investments to ensure that early-stage, high-growth companies are going to...

Duration:00:08:17

Small Business is 98% of Our Economy: Frances McRae, Assistant Deputy Minister of Small Business and Marketplace Services Innovation, Science and Economic Development

5/26/2020
“You’ve heard the government say they are not afraid of adjusting the measures that have rolled out. Getting money out there as quickly as possible was important, but there would be adjustments. I think that’s what you’ve seen the government do the last number of weeks — they’re not afraid of saying they need to tweak, add more programs, expand eligibility and change program parameters.” — Frances McRae

Duration:00:26:06

Absolutely Critical to Preserve Diversity of Tech Sector: Laura McGee, CEO and Founder of Diversio

5/26/2020
“We crunched data a few weeks ago and the risk that the pandemic poses — in terms of erasing the gains that Canada has made on supporting diverse entrepreneurs — is significant and undeniable. The proportion of women-led business in a ‘do-nothing scenario’ will drop from 17% to 12%. Businesses everywhere are struggling and failing. According to our statistics, the diverse ones are going down quicker and more frequently. We all know diversity leads to better results so, in my view, it’s...

Duration:00:12:29

Government Funding to Survive the Crisis: Opening Remarks by Claudio Rojas, CEO at NACO

5/26/2020
The combined impact of the health pandemic and economic crisis hit hard and fast. This resulted in initial government relief taking what was described as a “people first” approach, with an emphasis on employees at risk of layoffs, and trying to minimize the impact on individuals. –– All of this was focused on helping to flatten the curve. And the curve is flattening. As provinces begin to slowly open up, the longer-term economic realities are starting to take hold. In a recent survey...

Duration:00:06:32

Innovating at the Speed of the Crisis: Opening remarks by Claudio Rojas

5/8/2020
Innovating at the speed of the crisis is a concept that speaks to the importance of angel investing in early-stage start-ups and scale-ups, as well as the government’s decisive response to supporting the ecosystem. “We’ve already seen our government lead the way innovating at the speed of the crisis with unprecedented collaboration to catalyze and harness the power of the private sector. This level of speed and a willingness to take bold steps to support the economy can and will usher in a...

Duration:00:10:09

Massive Tech Companies Grow From a Robust Pipeline of Start-ups: Janet Bannister, Managing Partner at Real Ventures

5/8/2020
“I use the analogy that you can’t grow a tree without planting a seed. And similarly, there’s no way you can build massive tech companies in Canada without supporting a robust pipeline of young, promising start-ups. Fostering of these early-stage tech companies must be done in Canada by Canadians.” “We need to keep investing in seed and pre-seed ecosystems. I sometimes get concerned when I hear a narrative that says that we should shift our priority from early-stage to later-stage...

Duration:00:11:33

Canada's Moment to Shine: Dr. Kamran Khan, CEO and Founder at BlueDot

5/8/2020
“History is unfolding right before our eyes. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that this pandemic is maybe one of the most important and significant events in human history. We’ve never had a moment where the entire planet has been crippled by a tiny little virus in the way that COVID-19 has impacted us,” said Dr. Kamran Khan, the founder and CEO of Toronto-based BlueDot, on the National Angel Capital Organization’s (NACO) collaborative roundtable on Thursday May 7. “But I think this is a...

Duration:00:13:35

Canadian Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors Must Lead the Way: Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

5/8/2020
“Over the past few months, we’ve been working hand in hand with companies as they retool and rapidly scale up to produce critical equipment such as masks, face shields, ventilators, medical gowns and test kits. This is an excellent opportunity for Canadian innovators. As many of you may have heard, Minister Bains likes to say this often and loudly—our approach to personal protective equipment has been buy, buy, buy, build, build, build.” “We will need Canadian entrepreneurs to lead the way...

Duration:00:26:33

Ecosystem in Crisis: InterGen CEO Sandi Gilbert, The OMX Founder Nicole Verkindt, and The DMZ Executive Director Abdullah Snobar

5/1/2020
Sandi Gilbert, CEO at InterGen and Board Chair at NACO moderated a discussion with Abdullah Snobar, Executive Director at The DMZ and Nicole Verkindt, Founder at The OMX on their leadership journeys and insights on sustaining a business in crisis mode. Originally Recorded on April 30, 2020. Click here to join future roundtables.

Duration:00:14:18

Unleashing the Full Potential of Our Ecosystem with Cathy Bennett and Shelley Kuipers

5/1/2020
“About 51 percent of our population are women, and we get four percent of venture-capital funding. Quite frankly, that’s an awful lot of capital to leave, and a lot of people out of the competitive ecosystem underutilized.” “We really need also to remember that when you think about women as a whole, there’s significant underrepresentation of women of color, Aboriginal women, LGBTQ women. These are sisters who I want to include in our fund because by teaching and training and deploying...

Duration:00:15:35

Activating Capital for All Entrepreneurs: Claudio Rojas, CEO and Amanda Filipe Director at NACO

5/1/2020
NACO’s fifth weekly collaborative roundtable on Thursday April 30th focused on activating capital for the next wave of great founders. In partnership with The51 and Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund, NACO welcomed an impressive panel of industry insiders and experts well-versed in the intense need to support enterprises led by women and to remove barriers standing in their way. In the wake of COVID-19, there’s an urgent need for high-potential entrepreneurs — both male and female, from urban...

Duration:00:05:39

TV Host and Author Amber Mac on the State of the Ecosystem at NACO Roundtable

5/1/2020
I would argue that over the past couple of decades, there has been an overemphasis in the startup world on growth for the sake of growth. Employees hired, companies acquired. There have been startups that I’ve interviewed that can barely explain what they do, and leaders who have been praised for a lack of a moral compass. Today, I believe that we are looking in the rearview mirror at these realities. The old ways of doing business are fading away.” “While many businesses, mine included,...

Duration:00:02:19

In Conversation with Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and Internatio

5/1/2020
Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, in a conversation with leading entrepreneurs, Bobbie Racette, Founder & CEO at Virtual Gurus; Dr Franziska Broell, CEO at Motryx; Stephany Lapierre, CEO at tealbook; and Jennifer Wagner, President at CarbonCure Technologies. "I think we're going to get through this, and we'll get through it by government and the private sector working together and doing whatever it takes in...

Duration:00:35:54

Activating Diversity: Nicole LeBlanc on Atlantic Women's Venture Fund

5/1/2020
“A lot of people understand diversity is important, but they actually don’t know how to translate that into action and really don’t understand how to bring more diverse perspectives, whether it’s female board members or female executives or female staff,” said Nicole Leblanc, the Toronto-based Director of Investments at Sidewalk Labs. Originally Recorded in September 2019. Sign-up to our newsletter for an invitation to future events.

Duration:00:02:24

Founding a Movement: Rhiannon Davies, Co-Founder of the Atlantic Women's Venture Fund

5/1/2020
Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, we had the opportunity to speak with three founders of the Atlantic Women's Venture Fund at the NACO Summit in Halifax. Their words still ring true in the current environment. More so, perhaps. Originally Recorded in September 2019. Sign-up to our newsletter for an invitation to future events.

Duration:00:03:19

Cathy Bennett on Unleashing a New Wave of Wealth

5/1/2020
This untapped segment of the population signifies incredible opportunity for investors and innovators. Increasing access to capital remains a persistent impediment to growing world-class companies. “This generation of women is going to inherit or have earned the most amount of wealth that women in Canada have ever had before,” says Cathy Bennett, entrepreneur and cofounder at Atlantic Women’s Venture Fund. “And we need to ensure that that’s deployed in the communities, not only in creating...

Duration:00:02:25

COVID-19 Has Changed Health Care and There Is No Going Back: Dr. Benjamin Fine, Physician and Co-Founder at HaloHealth

4/26/2020
“Everyone knows that post-COVID-19 — the next two years — are not going to look like a month ago. It’s not a switch you can just turn back on. We have glimmers of what that’s going to look like for anyone who’s been to Loblaws or any grocery store, and the question is healthcare providers need help from startups to think about what does the ‘X’ service look like in the post-COVID-19 world? What does the Loblaws for endoscopy look like? Or medical imaging, or the operation room, or the...

Duration:00:08:43

Introductory Remarks at Roundtable on Innovations in Health Care

4/26/2020
We all know the idiom credited to philosopher Plato: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It means, of course, that new ways of doing things are often created or discovered when there’s a real, intense need for them. And as we navigate this COVID-19 pandemic together, it’s fair to say this adage rings true louder today than in recent history — especially when it comes to the rising number of brilliant innovations materializing and flourishing in the health-tech sector. The National Angel...

Duration:00:02:13

State of the Innovation Economy by Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief at BetaKit

4/26/2020
“The main takeaways… are the difficulties people are having in projecting a way out of this and building a plan, and the difficulties in taking care of teams right now, as we are locked in self-isolation in trying circumstances.” — Douglas Soltys, Editor-in-Chief at BetaKit Originally Recorded on April 23, 2020. Click here to join future roundtables.

Duration:00:05:00

Working Together Will Make Our Ecosystem Stronger: Victoria Lennox, Founder at Startup Canada

4/26/2020
“Cultivating that strong grassroots ecosystem from the ground up is so important right now… there are a lot of opportunities here to make a stronger ecosystem and it will take us all working together.” — Victoria Lennox, Founder of Startup Canada Originally Recorded on April 23, 2020. Click here to join future roundtables.

Duration:00:07:02