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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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Presentation Basics

January 25, 2018

A natural output of our Angel group’s screening process is coaching entrepreneurs on their presentation content. Last year, we moved them from a recommended 20-minute presentation to 15 minutes and will be moving forward with another reduction to 10 minutes as part of a revamped process coming online in the next couple of months.

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Investor Meeting Highlights - January

January 19, 2018

Yesterday morning, we had an amazing turnout for our January Investor meeting. In addition to 20 investor members and several sponsors and community partners, three guests were also present to experience first hand our core activity in action as they considered membership.

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connectin the Dots: The IoT Revolution

January 18, 2018

Everyone knows about the Internet. It connects us and provides one of the best methods to proliferate information and opinions. But, what is the Internet of Things (“IoT”)? Enabled by sensors and electronics, this is the connection of devices and their processes to the Internet.

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