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Founded in 2009, the Capital Angel Network (CAN) has been investing in startups in the National Capital Region for almost a decade. Since it's inception CAN members haveinvested over $20M into over 60 early stagecompanies. This funding has also leveragedover $100M in additional investment throughgovernment grants, syndication with otherangels groups and venture. The portfolio hasnow seen 8 exits that provided a positivereturn for investors. In 2017 our membership base grew to over 50angels. Our group made 14 new and 6 follow-on investments totaling $3M in investment.

THE CAN PROCESS

CAN actively engages with the Ottawa startup ecosystem by integrating directly with local incubators and accelerators. We also host a bi-annual Mashup to showcase the best of what our community has to offer.From there, companies apply to pitch on a monthly basis. Once screened, they are presented to the membership for investment.This process ensures that only high-quality investment opportunities with strong potential for returns are presented to our membership.

OUR FOCUS

As an entrepreneur when approaching CAN your startup should’ve already receivedfunding from government grants and family & friends. Although this is not mandatory, your product is ideally in the market with a growing customer base. Your startup is now prepared for an injection of capital that will accelerate your growth. Most companies that approach CAN are raising between $500K & $1M.CAN has invested in a diverse portfolio ofcompanies ranging from a food waste recycler to a spectrum analyzer to a platform for bus rentals. However, given the background of CAN’s 50+ members our portfolio primarily consists of the following verticals:

  • B2B/Enterprise SaaS
  • Internet of Things‍‍‍
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health & Wellness Technology
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