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RIC  partners with Maple Leaf Angels

Ric www.riccentre.com has partnered with Maple Leaf Angels www.mapleleafangels.com to create new funding and investment opportunities throughout Peel Region and west to Oakville and Burlington.

Maple Leaf Angels is Ontario’s largest and most active angel investor group having invested close to $6 million in financings since its launch in 2007. The membership base is largely in Toronto and the partnership with the RIC Centre allows the group to expand its chapter to the western part of the GTA.

Maple leaf angels“In order to ensure we have a large pool of investors who are looking to make deals, we needed to find a way to effectively tap into the Mississauga, Burlington and Oakville areas” says Rob Koturbash, managing director of Maple Leaf Angels. “The RIC Centre is an ideal partner because it allows Maple Leaf Angels to integrate with the start-up ecosystem they have fostered through their early stage company mentoring and advisory services.”

RIC Centre, based in Mississauga,  is one of the Ontario government’s 12 regional innovation networks. RIC offers advisory, mentoring, networking and industry outreach programs to help companies commercialize ideas in the aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and emerging technology fields. RIC is currently active with more than 60 companies.

“We are excited to team up with the Maple Leaf Angels” says Pam Banks, commercialization director of the RIC Centre. “We feel this offers an excellent opportunity for some of our promising clients, who are looking for funding, to have access to Maple Leaf Angels. We are also looking forward to being able to leverage the experience and networks of angels that want to get actively involved with helping and supporting their investee companies.”

The first Maple Leaf Angels – West chapter meeting will be held on Nov. 19 at 8 a.m.at the Ric Centre, 701 – 77 City Centre Drive in Mississauga, and is open to all current or potential angel investors. Interested investors can call Pam Banks at 905 273 3530 or email pam.banks@riccentre.com

The RIC Centre and will provide a convenient location for west GTA based angel investors to access Maple Leaf Angels’ deal flow and leverage the due diligence expertise of the existing 40+ members to help evaluate deals.

Maple Leaf Angels has provided access to its members to get early round investments in some of Canada’s leading start-up companies such as Well.ca www.well.ca, Homestars http://www.homestars.com, Regen www.regenenergy.com and Streamlogics www.streamlogics.com (acquired by Thomson Reuters).

About RIC Centre

The Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RIC Centre) is a non-profit organization that provides business and technical services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to commercialize their innovation. RIC’s primary focus is in the aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and emerging technologies sectors.

Please visit http://www.riccentre.com for more information.

About the Maple Leaf Angels

The Maple Leaf Angels is a group of private investors who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and careers. The group has invested nearly $6 million into 14 high growth companies and is based in Toronto.

Maple Leaf Angels possess deep expertise in the information technology, cleantech, advanced manufacturing and medical device spaces.  Visit their website at http://www.mapleleafangels.com

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