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Tips and Tricks for Effective Due Diligence

April 5, 2018

When performing due diligence on a business, especially an early stage one, it is imperative you have someone who is at least somewhat familiar with the space. Understanding the risks, the position of the company, the business plan and the next steps for the business, are all best tackled by someone with experience in that field. 

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A Night at the Business Achievement Awards

March 26, 2018

Having migrated to the City of London less than 3 years ago, I am still learning which events of the year are the must attend events. Last Wednesday night, the London Chamber of Commerce hosted the Business Achievement Awards Gala at the London Convention Centre.

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Investor Meeting Highlights - March

March 22, 2018

Our monthly SWO Angels Investor Meeting was held in our regular meeting space at the MVP Lab in the Convergence Centre on Western University’s Discovery Park.

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Moving Canada Forward: What Canada's Budget Means for Investors and Business

March 6, 2018

On February 27, 2018, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau presented the 2018-2019 federal budget in the House of Commons.

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Improving Syndication for Angel Investing

February 28, 2018

At SWO Angels, we reviewed our strategic plan late in 2017. We identified two key drivers for 2018:

  1. How do we better serve our investor members?
  2. How do we better serve entrepreneurs seeking investment?
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Character Matters Lunch 'n Learn Highlights

February 23, 2018

Yesterday, we had a very compelling presentation from Dr. Crossan summarizing her and her colleagues’ research “Character matters: Character dimensions’ impact on leader performance and outcomes”.

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Common Legal Pitfalls in Angel Investing

February 21, 2018

Angel Investors are often experienced businesspeople with a great eye for good ideas and talented founders. However, they are usually not lawyers with experience in some common legal pitfalls facing young companies. The following is a brief overview of some of the major legal issues that are encountered by angel investors in start-up companies.

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Investor Meeting Highlights - February

February 15, 2018

Today, we held our monthly SWO Angels’ Investor Meeting, hosted by the Canadian Centre for Product Validation in their beautiful facility.

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Investing Outside Conventional Markets: Angel Investing vs. Venture Fund Investing

February 14, 2018

Often, high net worth individuals looking to make their first foray into investing outside of conventional markets (the stock market or real estate), may have a financial advisor unfamiliar with angel and venture capital investments. This article is meant to help guide where these investment opportunities fit into a portfolio, what kinds of people would be interested in each, and how these sources are essential to fostering innovation in the Canadian economy.

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Motivation and Mentoring in Angel Investing

February 6, 2018

In preparing to write about this topic, I found that much has been written and is available online, with varying conclusions:

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