Communitech News: The Funder’s Side: Tips for founders on choosing an advisory board

June 30, 2017 10:16 am

Choosing and managing an advisory board can be one of the most rewarding activities for a founder when growing their company – but it requires careful handling to do it right. As an angel for GTAN, I’ve been asked to serve on advisory boards for many different types of founders and companies, and I’ve learned […]

GTAN Announces 6th Annual Pauli Award Winners

June 22, 2017 3:32 pm

On Tuesday, June 20th, GTAN celebrated seven years of unprecedented success for its members and our community when presenting the three winners of the 6th annual Pauli Awards at Bingemans in Kitchener.  The Pauli Awards is a celebration of GTAN’s many successes, including its Angels committing more than $35 million in capital, resulting in over […]

The Funder’s Side: An angel’s perspective on valuation and exit strategies

January 27, 2017 12:38 pm

Founders often ask me what angels look for when they’re choosing where to invest, and the truth is, not all angels have the same priorities when it comes to investment choices. However, here are some general principles for founders to consider when they’re preparing their pitches. No matter how early-stage you are, it’s important to […]

GTAN Investees Ranked in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Winners

November 16, 2016 4:16 pm

Five GTAN Investees are on Deloitte’s 2016 Canadian Technology Fast 50 list. Congratulations to iotum, Aeryon Labs, Clearpath Robotics, Top Hat, and Dejero Labs. Aeryon Labs also won the 2016 Technology Fast 50 Leadership award. The Technology Fast 50 rankings celebrate world-class achievements and the evolution of the Canadian technology sector. It recognizes leaders in […]

GTAN: Celebrating 5 years of funding the startup ecosystem

September 12, 2014 1:40 pm

The past 5 years for GTAN has been eventful, as it has been bringing together this region’s most innovative entrepreneurs, with knowledgeable and able angel investors; something Rob Douglas and Carl Furtado know a lot about. “GTAN was built on a community model to be part of the local economic development of early-stage businesses. It […]

GTAN|START And the winners are…

May 5, 2014 9:27 pm

The day was electric! The 8 companies were pitch perfect the final decision was very difficult. More than 200 people attended GTAN|START, watching 8 early startup companies pitch. The top 3 winners received $5000 each, were paired with highly respected mentors, and the opportunity to pitch in front of more than 100 investors in the […]


April 24, 2014 8:19 pm

The GTAN|START judges have deliberated and made the tough decision of choosing the Final 8. It was an intense afternoon of pre-pitches, quality presenters and great ideas! In the end the judges came to a decision and the competition has been narrowed down to 8 outstanding finalists.   Companies range from the use of nanotechnology […]

GTAN|START – 16 Semi-Finalists Announced

April 16, 2014 9:26 pm

The First Annual GTAN|START has been narrowed down to 16 semi-finalists. Thank you to every company that submitted an application. We are delighted with the positive response we’ve received. We are pleased to announce that the top 16 semifinalists are: Apartmint Inc. Bajillion Appliances Incorporated Edusight eyeAlert Geneyouin HealthBuddy Magnusmode Ltd. Marmanbee Meersocial Meetmehalal.com Neverfrost […]

The 1st Annual GTAN|START

April 2, 2014 3:23 pm

GTAN|START will see 8 innovative startups go head to head for a spot pitching in front of GTAN. The top 3 will walk away winners! Over the past two weeks dozens of startups from across Waterloo Region have been applying. On Wednesday, April 16th, the Top 16 will be announced. After lots of practice and a […]

GTAN Angel Mike Stork Donates $1 Million to Velocity

March 26, 2014 2:47 pm

  Thank you Mike Stork for investing in our Waterloo eco-system! Mike Stork has generously donated $1 million to the University of Waterloo Velocity program. Velocity brings the brightest students together and gives them access to community mentors, the latest equipment, and the resources to turn business ideas into successful startups. The program has produced […]