Chapter President: Anita Wortzman
General Manager: John Murray

Chapter President’s Letter

The Winnipeg Chapter of VA Angels was founded in 2012 and has been a long time supporter of both Canada-wide startups and the flourishing start-up scene taking place in downtown Winnipeg.

We’ve been building strong relationships with Startup Winnipeg (aka Ramp Up Manitoba), Innovate Manitoba and Futureprenuer to support local entrepreneurs beyond just funding opportunities.

Here in the Prairies we historically have seen less of the action that major cities see however, our local investors are eager to get into good deals. In addition to providing access to national dealflow, we have built dealflow partnerships with over seven other regional and international angel groups to expand our reach.

While we have roughly 80 accredited investors, usually 10 – 30 investors show at each of the ten events we host each year.

At our events, entrepreneurs are given 10 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Presenters are then asked to leave the room so an anonymous strengths and weaknesses conversation can be facilitated and these notes passed along to the entrepreneur.

Occasionally, we also host investor and entrepreneur education talks on topics such as deal structuring, valuation and current investment trends.

Anita Wortzman

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