It’s been a busy start to the fall here at SeedUps and we thought we’d share a few updates and news.

In October, Montreal was host to the NACO World Angel Investment Summit, where over 500 investors, partners and industry leaders from around the world gathered together to learn about emerging trends shaping Angel investment. The event marked my official appointment as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Angel Capital Organization and I am honoured to work alongside a strong and capable board and growing staff at NACO. We’ve broadened our mandate to welcome Canada’s Incubators and Accelerators into our organization as we expand our support for angels and early stage companies seeking growth capital. Victoria will host the Western Regional Summit February 21 – 23, so be sure to put it in your calendar now.

Earlier this month, I made a quick trip to Milano to attend an Italian government sponsored start-up event with 21 investors from around the globe. Upon returning from there, Yuri Navarro, NACO’s CEO and I headed to Ottawa to meet with key ministries to share our members’ concerns over the proposed tax reforms, particularly as they relate to the use of private corporations when investing in start-ups. Our meetings were a follow-up to our written response submitted on October 2nd. We believe our voices are being heard and await further clarification from Ottawa on how they intend to ensure these reforms do not adversely impact angel investment. Download a copy here.

Featured Company News

RallyEngine

Steve Hardy, RallyEngine’s President & VP Marketing shared recent developments with us last week, stating that the Company has signed a prominent diplomatic client, pitched one of the largest resort groups in the world and is now nearly confirmed as a 100 Resilient Cities official partner. RallyEngine is in market now for a Seed Round. Learn more.

RateSeer Technologies

Donna Tilden, RateSeer’s Founder & CEO has just returned from FinovateFall 2017 in NYC where she and Head of Business Development Brian Smith presented their Denoti financial services platform to an engaged audience. Watch presentation here.

New VCC to invest in Alberta start-ups

Crowd Capital has been approved as a Venture Capital Corporation by the Alberta Investor Tax Credit Program. Our micro-venture fund will invest in Alberta’s innovative early-stage companies led by extraordinary talent with big ideas and big markets. Learn more.

Save the Date

NACO’s efforts to increase collaboration between early-stage community members will be in full swing at our 2018 Western Regional Angel Summit in Victoria BC.

So, save the date – February 21 – 23, and join us for a packed agenda to highlight Victoria’s thriving tech scene. Registration will open soon.