July 24, 2023
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The Top Angel Investors in Canada

Raising capital to support a startup idea can be an uphill task for most entrepreneurs. But it could be a lot easier when you know the right angel investor to approach.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the top angel investors in Canada that you should watch out for if you’re an upcoming entrepreneur or startup looking to raise your next round from angel investments.

These angel investors have made significant impacts in various industries, and they can be the key to your startup success. Get the list here.

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Read on to get a better understanding of what Canada's top angel investors are interested in when it comes to angel investing and find the right angel investors for your business.

Find it difficult to keep track of who you've approached as you try and find angel investors? Use folk to make sure that you do not approach the same investor twice.

folk is a CRM tool that is easy to use and can help you save time on your search. Simply create an account and kick start your search by using our readily made list of Angel investors in Canada.

We can help you save time and get organised as you prepare to raise your next round. All you have to do is duplicate the list and add the investors you intend to approach so that you can have all your contacts in one handy place. You can also choose to share it with your team to make sure that no one approaches the same person twice.  

In this post, we will highlight seven angel investors and provide you with everything you need to know to reach out and pitch them for investment. Keep reading to learn more.

Michele Romanow

Michele Romanow

Based in Toronto, Michele Romanow is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Clearco, the world's largest e-commerce investor formerly known as Clearblanc. Their portfolio includes direct to consumer businesses such as Menolabs, Moksha, and Tkees. Known as Canada's tech titan, Romanov became the youngest Dragon on Dragons' Den in 2015 and is often referred to as one of Canada's most powerful women, as well as their Angel Investor of the Year and dubbed 'Young Global Leader' by the World Economic Forum.

John Stokes

John Stokes

Based in Montreal, John Stokes is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Real Ventures. One of Canada's leading early-stage venture capitalists dedicated to supporting early-stage Canadian technology leaders on a mission to build the future for the next generation. Established in 2007, Real Ventures has an active portfolio of over 100+ companies and is currently valued at $10 billion including businesses such as Mejuri, Clearco, and Eli Health.

Kevin Talbot

Kevin Talbot

Based in Toronto, Kevin Talbot is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures. He is a former entrepreneur turned early-stage software investor interested in fintech and the future of mobility startups. Relay Ventures actively invest in Founders across growth stages primarily in the North America regions. Their portfolio includes businesses such as Playmaker, Occupier and PubNub. They recently announced the launch of Realize Capital Partners (one of the three fund-of-fund managers selected by the Government of Canada for its Social Finance Fund) a joint venture in collaboration with Rally Assets.

Mohammed Ghalayni

Mohammed Ghalavni

Based in Toronto, Mohammed Ghalayni is the Chair of the Board at Maple Leaf Angels and a member of their investment review committee. Maple Leaf Angels is a not-for-profit membership organization. Their members are high net worth private individuals who look at investment opportunity in seed and early stage technology companies. Collectively, their members invest between $250,000 and $1million in each opportunity. Their board of directors has a vast individual portfolio which includes businesses such as Yellow Door Energy and Venture Lab.

Angela Tran

Angela Tran

Based in San Francisco and Vancouver, Angela Tran is the General Partner at Version One, a venture capitalist that specializes in early stage fund investing for mission-driven founders across North America founded in 2012. Their angel investors are led by core beliefs which guide their investments which tend to focus on businesses in SaaS and marketplaces, as well as emerging technologies and industries. Their portfolio includes businesses such as Helpful, which was acquired by Shopify in 2019, Memo, which was acquired by Coinbase in 2018 and Opyn.

Anthony Wang

Anthony Wang

Based in Vancouver, Anthony Wang is the Founding Partner of Serafund. An early stage venture capital fund founded in 2021 with a strong focus on Blockchain, Web3 and general technology. They provide their portfolio companies with capital, and a wide range of resources and support including mentorship, networking opportunities and access to an ecosystem of partners and advisors. Their portfolio includes businesses such as IQ Protocol, DeepWaters and Flipside Crypto.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Andrew Wilkinson is the Co-Founder of Tiny Capital. A company famously known for buying companies within a thirty day time frame then giving them the space to do spearhead their mission. Tiny Capital describe themselves as a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in diverse businesses, whose investments are primarily internet and technology focused, although they do own businesses in other industries. Their portfolio includes businesses such as Dribbble, MetaLab, and Creative Market.

Conclusion

Finding investors for your startup can seem daunting, but when you know who to watch for, it becomes a lot less stressful.

The angel investors we highlighted in this blog post are some of the top names in Canada’s startup industry. They have proven records of investment success and have helped many startups achieve their goals.

Remember, it's critical to research each investor's investment interests and goals thoroughly before you take that shot and approach them for investment. This gives them the best business experience and first impression of you as a Founder, and your company so it's important to keep track of who you talk to throughout the entire process.

A CRM like folk is simple to use and easy to set up so there's no excuse for you to not stay organised.

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