Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Insights From Some Of The Pacific Northwest's Top Angel Funds, October 22nd

  • 22 Oct 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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Want to know what some of the Pacific NorthWest's Top Angel Funds are up to? Hear from panelists:

Paul Antoniadis, Co-Founder & CEO at Scenario
Richard Osborn, Managing Partner at Recap Health Ventures
Bernd Petak, Managing Director at LX Ventures
Mike Volker at Powerhaus
Gordon Walter, Corporate Secretary & Director at E-Fund
Andrew Wright at Wright Ventures (Seattle)

Discussions may centre around:
- How Angel Funds invest and why Angels work together
- Current types of investments
- Trends in the marketplace
- Recent success stories from Angel funded companies

Moderating our panel will be Andrew Lugsdin, Partner at BDC Venture Capital, who is also on VEF's Operations Committee.

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Paul is co-founder and CEO of Scenario, a firm that invests its expertise, time and capital to bring sustainability and innovation to the retail channel.  Paul is a dynamic entrepreneur with over 20 years international experience building and scaling large multi-channel business start-ups, joint ventures and acquisitions. Paul takes active board positions in Scenario’s key investments and is currently Executive Chair of Solegear Bioplastics.

Paul is a former CEO of Best Buy Europe, a joint venture between U.S.-based Best Buy and FTSE 100 The Carphone Warehouse. Prior to his CEO role, Paul led Best Buy’s international expansion as President of China and SVP of International Operations in China, Mexico and Turkey. He has extensive consumer technology and multi-channel retail achievements across North America, Asia and Europe, and has held a variety of operational roles at Best Buy and Wal-mart.

A networker extraordinaire and self-proclaimed technology addict, Paul uses whatever spare time that remains to indulge his love of fine wine, the outdoors and sharing fishing stories with unsuspecting business partners.

Bernd Petak is a Vancouver BC, based entrepreneur, mentor, technology executive and investment professional. 

Bernd is a former strategy and operations consulting partner at Deloitte, former founding entrepreneur in the computer game space, CEO, CFO, M&A professional and active advisor to several early-stage technology ventures. Bernd is a Managing Director at LX Ventures (TSXV: LXV), a publicly-traded active acquirer and accelerator of technology companies.

Richard acts as Managing Partner of RecapHealthVentures, an investment fund focused on health, wellness and other positive social impact businesses. RecapHealth makes direct equity investments in both arms length as well as internally incubated opportunities. Portfolio companies include CML Healthcare, YYoga, QHR (TSX:QHR), Thoughtwire, Tyze Personal Networks and InnovationSolutions Group.

Additionally, a sister fund, Recap Partners is focused on special situations and shareholder succession investment opportunities across retail, manufacturing and business services. Both funds were formed and are supported by a number of Canadian executives and entrepreneurs.

Previously Richard was a partner in a mid market private equity firm and a co-founder and partner with a technology focused venture capital firm operating in Canada and Silicon Valley. Richard is also a co-founder and a founding board member of one of Canada's most innovative social impact funds, BC Social Venture Partners.

Michael Volker is an Entrepreneur active in the development of new high technology ventures. A University of Waterloo Engineering grad, Mike started his own company (Volker-Craig Ltd) in 1973. He sold this company in 1981 and then decided to work with entrepreneurs in building new companies. 

He is presently the Director of Simon Fraser Unversity's Innovation Office. Check out his latest two projects: Greenangel Energy Corp, [GAE.V] a public company that invests in green technologies and WUTIF - the Western Universities Technology Innovation Fund - an "angel" fund for start-ups. To further encourage tech entrepreneurship, Mike runs the Vancouver Angel Network, VANTEC and the Vancouver Chapter of the Keiretsu Forum. He's  on the Board of New Ventures BC - an annual business competition. Mike was chairman of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum for several years.

In 2009, Mike was named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year by the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) as well as B.C. Angel of the Year by the B.C. Angel Forum. He is a director of NACO and chairs its Policy Committee.

Gordon Walter was Director of the “HiTech Management Masters” Program at UBC in the mid 90’s. Simultaneously, he became an active Angel Investor in local companies and began to particularly focus many efforts on Early HiTech Company Development. 

He is one of 3 Directors of a local registered VCC (E-Fund), which reviews hundreds of capital candidate companies each year and has invested in a wide variety of local companies. He serves on multiple Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors.

Andrew’s passion is starting and building high volume consumer internet businesses. He loves defining the vision, assembling the team and executing on the mission. There is nothing more exciting to me in business than creating something from scratch and gradually molding it for the audience.

Andrew is currently the Managing Director at Wright Ventures, a seed stage investment fund. Wright Ventures partner (advise and invest) with founders to help them build their businesses from the seed investment stage through venture funding or acquisition. Their focus is on consumer internet with an emphasis around content and media businesses that are supported by advertising, transaction and subscription business models. 

Prior to Wright Ventures, Andrew was the founder and CEO at Smilebox, founder and VP at RealNetworks.

Andrew Lugsdin is a partner in the IT Fund. He joined BDC Venture Capital in 2001 and is based out of Vancouver, BC. He has over 20 years experience in the IT and telecom sectors.

Prior to joining BDC Venture Capital, Andrew was the founder and president of a consulting firm for early-stage high-tech companies, providing business planning and development services. Previously, as Vice President of Sales and Client Strategy, he helped transform a Vancouver-based professional Web services firm into a Canadian leader. Andrew also worked for a number of years as a software engineer at Nortel and as a consultant for the DMR Group.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and in Computer Science from McGill University.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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