MLA48 Fund II Joins Inovia Capital and Cyber Security Insiders in Cybeats Seed Round of Investment

Toronto, Canada – January 15th, 2018 – Within a month of the inaugural MLA48 Fund II investment in Suncayr, we are excited to announce the Fund’s second investment: Cybeats, a cybersecurity company focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). The Cybeats’ half a million seed round of investment includes cybersecurity industry insider and MLA founding member, Dr. Richard Reiner,  iNovia Capital, and other Angels. With an estimated 50 billion connected devices by the year 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming an integral part of our world. But, with the increased opportunity that IoT brings, so too comes …

MLA48 II Announces Its Inaugural Investment In Waterloo-Based Skin Cancer Detecting Startup Suncayr

From left to right: C.O.O. Derek Jouppi, C.E.O. Andrew Martinko, C.T.O. Chad Sweeting, & Dr. Juri Mobus, Head of R&D. Toronto, Canada – December 5, 2017 – As the only angel fund committed to providing investment decisions in 48 hours, MLA48 II is proud to announce its first investment into the smart UV indicating sticker, developed by Suncayr. The initial investment from MLA48 II spurred interest from several MLA members, who oversubscribed the half a Million Dollar seed round, along with other participating local and international Angels. Beginning as a nanotechnology engineering project for school, Andrew Martinko and his two co-founders, …

Highlights from the 2017 NACO World Angel Summit

Toronto, October 10, 2017 MLA was pleased to attend the World Angel Summit at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal from Oct 2-5. Our 7 delegates joined over 500 international investors, partners and industry leaders at this four day event to explore the emerging trends that will shape angel investing over the next year. MLA hosted a cocktail reception on Day 1 for its members and organized tours with 3 of our Montreal based investee companies – Bus.com, Sportlogiq and Fluent.ai on Day 4 of the Summit. A big thank you to NACO for their great event, as well as …

Maple Leaf Angels Corporation Announces New Managing Director

Toronto, ON (Sep 27, 2017) – I am very pleased to announce that Prathna Ramesh joins the Maple Leaf Angels’ team today as our new Managing Director. Prathna joins us from About Communications, a Telecommunications & Information Technology firm where she was responsible for a range of functions from sales & account management to client operations & project management. She holds a B.Com degree from the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto. Many of you may already be familiar with Prathna as she has been volunteering at MLA over the past year and more recently has been “On-Loan” …

Notice of Departure

Toronto, August 10, 2017 We regret to inform you that Annie Pinet is leaving Maple Leaf Angels to pursue other interests. Her last day will be July 21, 2017. Effective immediately, Brandon Corman will be returning to the role of Maple Leaf Angels Managing Director as we search for a replacement. Brandon can be reached at Brandon@Mapleleafangels.com . The board would like to thank Annie for her service and wish her well in her new endeavors. Probal Lala Chair – Maple Leaf Angels Corporation

Maple Leaf Angels Invests In Artificial Intelligence Start Up Fluent.Ai

Toronto, Canada – June 5, 2017 – Maple Leaf Angels (MLA) is proud to announce their members’ investment in Canadian start-up Fluent.ai Inc. MLA members participated in a $2.0 million seed funding round involving several other high profile groups including BDC Capital, California’s Danhua Capital, 500 Startups Canada and angels from Toronto’s Creative Destruction Lab. Graduating from the Montreal incubator TandemLaunch, Fluent.ai is focused on developing highly accurate and flexible voice interfaces for the Internet-of-Things and beyond. “The investors at Maple Leaf Angels quickly recognized the disruptive potential of Fluent.ai’s voice interface technology,” said Niraj Bhargava, CEO of Fluent.ai. “We …

Maple Leaf Angels Announces New Managing Director

Toronto, ON (Dec 19, 2016) – We are delighted to announce Annie Pinet will be joining the Maple Leaf Angel’s team as our new Managing Director. Annie will be joining us from one of our Platinum sponsors, BDO Canada, a firm known for the strong relationships they build with their clients and communities.  Annie joins us from the BDO Technology practice where she was focused on creating industry and entrepreneurial community relationships and where she was mandated with connecting early stage companies with relevant investors. Annie will be joining the organization effective February 6, 2017 and will be working with …

Maple Leaf Angels Announces MLA48 Fund II

Toronto, ON (Oct 5, 2016) – Maple Leaf Angels (MLA) and Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation (MLACC) are pleased to announce the launch of their second Angel Investment Fund, MLA48 Fund II. The new partnership will be restricted to 48 limited partners and will build on the success of Fund I with expanded size and scope. Representatives from Maple Leaf Angels Capital Corporation and Sponsors stand with the first limited partner of MLA48 Fund II “MLA48 Fund I was a phenomenal first step in changing the way investors and entrepreneurs think about raising money in Canada,” said Gerard Buckley, Chair …

UTEST & MLA Partner to Assist Start-Ups

Maple Leaf Angels – April 26, 2016 From April 15 to May 27, 2016, the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (“UTEST”) Program, in partnership with angel investor group Maple Leaf Angels (“MLA”), is accepting applications from companies seeking startup funding, strategic mentoring and office space. The UTEST Program assists emerging startups with seed funding, 12 months of incubation space at the Banting Institute in downtown Toronto, exposure to entrepreneurial education provided at MaRS and business strategy support from experienced mentors. The application and relevant timelines can be found here. This will be UTEST’s fifth call for companies and is the …

New Partnership with JONES DesLauriers Blevins

Maple Leaf Angels – March 24, 2016 Maple Leaf Angels is pleased to announce a new partnership with JONES DesLauriers Blevins (JDB)! JDB’s Startups Team, led by Robert Jones and Frank Shahrokhi, specializes in working with startups of every size and understands the current and future challenges faced by tech entrepreneurs.   Please see the full press release here.