GTAN | WIT Part 2 Recap


Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) hosted their second GTAN|WIT – Women Invest Today event on February 13th at the Walper Hotel. Both women and men gathered to hear from female investors and entrepreneurs, engage in an important conversation surrounding female representation, and network with community members. GTAN|WIT is intended to engage women in the world of angel investing.

GTAN’s Michelle McCorkell kicked off the evening by turning guests’ attention to the male-dominated nature of angel investing. GTAN seeks to diversify this space, bringing more female funders to the table. Rob Douglas, President of GTAN, followed by sharing the company’s story and roots here in the Waterloo Region.

Sarah Marsh, Kitchener City Councillor, reiterated the value that women can bring to investing, business, technology and all fields. Gender parity is both necessary and expected today. Marsh wishes to support local organizations that spread this message and take action to diversify their own companies.

Ruth Casselman, COO and Co-Founder of Alert Labs, shared her company’s investment journey with attendees. “If it wasn’t for the investors that believed in us early on, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” she said. Ruth explained that there were two women who invested in Alert Labs. One of them, in particular, took an extra interest in not only how the company was doing, but how Ruth was managing while developing their startup. “It was nice to have people actually care about your well-being, as well as your numbers,” Ruth noted.

GTAN Angel Investor Diane Wolfenden spoke next, giving attendees a glimpse at the investor side. “I am an angel investor with GTAN, not only because of the outstanding return on my investments, but because of everything it has to offer,” Diane explained. “I enjoy spending time with experts and learning from so many new companies.”

Following Diane and Ruth’s presentations, President of Durrell Communications Melissa Durrell opened up the floor to audience questions. This portion of the evening enabled attendees to ask questions and hear from both a female funder and a female founder; which sparked some interesting discussions.

To end off the evening, Manager at Communitech Kelly McGregor had the pleasure of introducing ten of the participating companies in Communitech’s Fierce Founders Bootcamp. Each founder had the opportunity to deliver a one-minute pitch. The presenters included, Chinova Bioworks, House of Anesi, ORA, Ratio.City, Pfera, My Green Space, Peachy, Jauntin and Fleeky.

The Fierce Founders Bootcamp is a six month program designed to give early-stage companies the tools and mentoring they need to be successful. The companies accepted into this program must have at least one female founder. Each of these women went on to to participate in the program’s pitch competition the following Thursday. Congratulations to Monika Jaroszonek of Ratio.City on winning $100,000 in funding!

GTAN|WIT  – Women Invest Today Part 3 will take place on Tuesday, March 27.  For more details email The next GTAN | RAW event will be held on March 6th at the Accelerator Centre, followed by an Investor Meeting on March 20th at Bingemans.

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