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Equation Schedule 2021
March Schedule powered by Equation:
March 3rd, Peer-to-Peer: Fiix Growth Story & Exit to Rockwell
March 9th, Alternative Investing: Search Fund Forum
March 16th, 3:30 -5:30pm: Early-Stage Investment Meeting
March 17th, Later Stage Investment
March 23rd, First Look: Co-hosted with Haltech
March 24th, Selection Committee Meeting
Generally: Virtual Investment Meetings are scheduled for every third Tuesday of the Month.
Once in-person meetings resume: Meetings are scheduled for every third Thursday of the month.
Please note an archive of past events can be found at the bottom of this page.
WECAN Investors Powered by Equation
‘WECAN powered by Equation’ community outreach drive has resulted in seven new angel investors coming onboard with the local WECAN Angel Investors network in the past three months.
Deborah Livneh, interim executive director of the Windsor-Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN), said the partnership, dubbed Equation Angels, will create more opportunities for investment.
“This collaboration is a game-changer and it has rejuvenated our organization,” said Livneh. “We’ve added more investors in the past three months than we would normally attract in a year.”
The new partnership, which is the second-largest angel investment network in Canada, saw the Southwestern Ontario Angel Network, which includes WECAN, join forces with similar organizations in London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Oakville-Burlington bringing together angel investors with more resources and experience in helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into commercial reality.
And while expanding the network across the majority of Southwestern Ontario will create more competition for investment, it will also mean there are more than 200 potential investors in the pipeline.
“We’re anticipating an increase in high-quality pitches to our investors because of the competition across the board,” said Livneh. “Start-ups get 12 minutes for their pitch and then another 12 minutes for questions from potential investors. It’s a pretty intense process because a company’s future can rest on the results.”
Once the pitch session is over, potential investors then take on a due diligence process with the help of fellow Equation Angels who add their considerable expertise to the process.
“This expanded network allows our investors, company executives and entrepreneurs to tap into more exposure,” explained Livneh.
At the moment, meetings during which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to as many as 80 potential investors can only take place through one of the many virtual meeting apps such as Zoom.
In January, WECAN held a virtual members wine-and-cheese party so that new investors could ‘mingle’ with existing angels and compare stories, opportunities and investments.
“Face-to-face can be better but technology has reached the point now where it’s easy to reach out to people and meet virtually,” explained Jim Marsh, a WECAN board member and Dean of the Zekelman School of Business and Information technology at St. Clair College.
“When existing investors reach out and offer testimonials and explain how the process works and what it can mean to entrepreneurs and investors, it’s made the whole investment ecosystem much stronger,” said Livneh.
But when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, many of these sessions will take place face-to-face.
Under normal circumstances, WECAN investors would meet on a monthly basis to listen to pitches from entrepreneurs seeking supporting capital with final decisions regarding funding being made by investors after a lengthy due diligence and vetting process.
For more information, visit www.weANGELnetwork.com.
WECAN Investors welcomes accredited investors across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent to join the local angel investment network! www.weangelnetwork.com
Interested investors, please contact Deborah Livneh Eng. MBA at Email: [email protected]
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Past Featured Event
WECAN Investors Members Networking Event
Monday January 18th, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Virtual Wine and Cheese Evening by ‘Invitation Only’!
**RSVP by January 12th, 2021 to be included in delivery**
2021 Investors Meetings Archive
January Schedule: powered by Equation:
January 12th, 9 – 11am: Education: Deal Structures and Negotiations
January 19th 3 – 5:30pm: Investment meeting – early-stage companies
January 20th 9 – 11:30am: Investment meeting – late-stage companies
February Schedule powered by Equation:
February 10th, 1 – 5pm: Education Session: Lead Investor
February 16th, 3 – 5:30pm: Early-Stage Investment Meeting
February 18th, 12 – 1:30pm: New Member Orientation Session
February 22nd, 7 – 8:30pm: Member Meetup
February 23rd, 3:30 – 5:30pm: First Look: Wetech and Tech Alliance – Co-host Carmen and Deborah
February 24th, Selection Committee Meeting
2020 Investors Meetings Archive
January 23, 2020
February 20, 2020
March 19, 2020
April 16, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 18, 2020
July 16, 2020
August 20, 2020
September 17, 2020
October 20, 2020 – Virtual
November 17, 2020 – Virtual
December 15, 2020 – Virtual