REPOST itbusiness blog: The Follow-On Investment Forum and its importance

REPOST Published: July 2nd, 2013: itbusiness.ca

By: A. Traviss Corry @atravisscorry

“The Follow-on Investment Forum, presented by the Network Angel Organizations Ontario, was an event showcasing eight early-phase companies who pitched to a representative cross-section of leaders and influencers in Ontario’s investment community…” READ MORE.

 

What participants had to say about FOIF 2013!

“The Minister spoke to everyone there personally. It was a quality networking event with a packed crowd and many insights. I saw more than one company receive a commitment for investment that day.” Dave Wright, president at David Wright and Associates

“The event should continue to be in TORONTO, the place where capital meets opportunity in large scale. The event had all the professional flair of an organization that helps Ontario create jobs.” Carl Furtado, Golden Triangle Angelnet

“Great event and fantastic overview; initiatives like these are critical in developing our province’s competitive advantage and helping the great level of talent and expertise rise to the challenge and excel.” Edge to Epic

“Thank you for the valuable information and program.” Michael M. Sax, Sax Law Office

“These were startup companies with high growth potential. They had seed financing and prior angel financing. I see companies like Shiny Ads as shining examples of how Angels are able to add value, not only with their money, but with their mentorship, and engagement with the company.” Gerard Buckley, founder and president of Jaguar Capital and chairperson of the board of directors at Maple Leaf Angels.

“Angels and VCs need each other and should be co-investing more. Historically, angels are weary that VCs will ‘cram down’ the value. VCs should be mindful of certain actions they take that may impair a continuous investment ecosystem. Angels ‘de-risk opportunities’ and make more companies available for VC investments.” John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures

“Thank you again for inviting me to speak at and participate in your FOIF earlier this month.  I greatly enjoyed it and have had good interaction with five or six attendees since the conclusion of the event!” Parker MacDonell, founding member, Ohio TechAngel Fund & Board Member-Elect, ACA

“Great location, extremely well–organized, and a good networking experience. The event was well received by the investors.” Terry Kadwell, Niagara Angel Network.

“Great event. We should do more of those!” Fred Davies, Niagara Angel Network

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Click here to learn more about FOIF 2013

Posted by NAO-Ontario on July 4, 2013