Are you intrigued by the idea of angel investing? Interested in engaging with experienced founders? Would you appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from investment leaders? The Capital Angel Network and
Are you intrigued by the idea of angel investing? Interested in engaging with experienced founders? Would you appreciate the opportunity to hear directly from investment leaders?
The Capital Angel Network and Invest Ottawa in partnership with Syntax Strategic are hosting this event for current and aspiring womxn angel investors, supporters and promoters as part of International Womxn’s Week in Ottawa.
According to Crunchbase’s 2020 Diversity Report, global venture funding to female-founded companies fell significantly in 2020. It was at 2.9% (still extremely low) but, in the last year, only 2.3% of venture capital went to companies led by a woman-identifying founder.
How do we move the dial on this? We need more womxn on the other side of the table making investment decisions. According to All In: Women in the VC Ecosystem 2019 by Pitchbook and All Raise, they are twice as likely to invest in female founders as their male counterparts. Today, only 12% of American VC decision-makers are women. However, 69.2% of the top-performing funds have female General Partners as reported by Forbes.
7:30 am: Welcome from Jennifer Francis, Chair of the Capital Angel Network and Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa
7:33 am – 8:00 am – Inspirational Keynote Talk and Open Q&A with Arlene Dickinson, General Partner at District Ventures Capital, facilitated by Jennifer Stewart, Founder and CEO of Syntax
8:00 am – 8:40 am – Panel Discussion with Angel Investors and Womxn Founders facilitated by Julia Elvidge ICD.D, SheBoot Co-Founder, High Tech Advisor, Director of the Board, Capital Angel Network Board, and Investor.
Audrey Bond, Founder and CEO, Vaultt
Sandra Ng, Vice President, Tesceleration Investments Inc. and Angel Investor
Heather Ward, President and Co-Founder, Hyperion Global Energy
Debbie Weinstein, Co-Founder and Partner, LaBarge Weinstein LLP, and Angel Investor
8:40 am – 9:00 am – Next Steps to Becoming an Informed Investor with open Q&A facilitated by Jennifer Francis, Chair of the Capital Angel Network, Director of the Board, Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, SheBoot Co-Founder, and Investor.
We aim to:
• Consistently increase the number of womxn angel investors in Canada’s Capital and inspire similar action across the country and around the world; and
• Create new and impactful opportunities for experienced female funders and founders to encourage and support aspiring and early-stage womxn entrepreneurs.
Help us achieve these goals, and drive positive change. Join us for breakfast on March 2 to:
• Learn the basics of angel investing
• Hear from existing womxn angels in Ottawa
• Network with fellow like-minded womxn in our community
• Learn about some of the top womxn-founded companies in the city
We look forward to making a special announcement and welcoming an esteemed panel of Ottawa angel investors and founders moderated by Jennifer Francis, Chair of the Capital Angel Network. More details to come!
(Mardi) 7:30 am - 9:00 am EST
Invest OttawaInvest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa. Guided by a vision to help realize Ottawa’s full potential as a globally-recognized, innovative and future-ready city, and the best place to learn, work, live, and play, Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include: small business training; mentorship; acceleration for technology firms; foreign business and investment attraction; local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors; commercialization; and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Since 2012, Invest Ottawa has worked with thousands of startups, scale-ups and SMEs; helped firms to attract more than $565 million in capital; contributed to the creation of more than 7,670 jobs; and attracted more than $446 million in domestic and Foreign Direct Investment.