Media Advisory - Economic Confidence Being Rebuilt at the Spring 2009 Co-Investment Summit

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO)
and the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University will bring
together more than 300 Angel investors and stakeholders from across Canada at
the Ted Rogers School of Management, Canada's largest undergraduate business
school, to co-invest in 15 of Canada's highest-potential early-stage companies
seeking top-up financing rounds. Speakers at the Summit will include:

    -   The Honourable Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development
    -   Sheldon Levy, President & Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University

    "The finest expression of economic confidence around is the decision of
Angel investors to entrust their capital and their attention to entrepreneurs
with bold ideas," said W. Daniel Mothersill, president of NACO and
Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management. "This
Summit shows that Angels are going further to fill the gap left by venture
capital, even in these tough times, by co-investing at later stages in larger
    Angels are the economic engine of commercialization, investing almost
three times as much as venture capital in early-stage Canadian companies ($2.2
billion versus $871 million), and becoming a distinct asset class in their own
right, increasingly organized, formalized and professional.

    Where:    Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
              575 Bay Street (entrance at 55 Dundas Street West), Toronto,

    When:     May 22nd, 2009

    Why:      Access to Canada's leading investors for innovative start-up

    Note: When covering the Summit, credentialed media and photographers must
check in at the registration desk before attending any sessions. To register,
please visit and select Media
    For more information, and to access the full agenda, visit

    About the National Angel Capital Organization

    The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO - is
the industry association representing Angel capital in all of its forms
throughout Canada. NACO promotes a vibrant Angel community and culture through
the development of formal Angel investor groups, best practices education and
mentoring programs, and the formation of collaboration and co-investment
mechanisms. Our mission is to increase the quantity, quality, and success of
Angel investments in Canada, thus creating a greater pool of capital for
innovative start-up companies.

    About Ryerson University

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative career-focused
education, offering close to 90 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in
the Faculty of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of
Community Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and
the Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and
undergraduate enrolment of 26,500 students. With more than 64,000
registrations annually, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is
Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: W. Daniel Mothersill,
President, NACO, T: (416) 581-0009, E:; Bryan Watson,
Executive Director, NACO, T: (416) 581-0009, E:;
Sarah Hayward, Public Relations Coordinator, Ted Rogers School of Management,
Ryerson University, T: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7709, E:

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