Welcome to VANTEC


This network consists of VANTEC members, angel investors and other early-stage investors who meet monthly to hear a selected number of short business presentations by nascent technology entrepreneurs. This is not an open forum style of event - it is private and informal. Between 30 and 40 angels typically attend each meeting.

Attendance is restricted primarily to bona fide angel investors (VANTEC members and their guests). Attendance is by invitation only. Non-members who are accredited investors are also welcome to attend for a $50 drop-in fee.

The objective is to make initial introductions with a view to having interested parties subsequently meet in private. There are no agents, brokers, or institutional representatives.

The organizers of VANTEC are independent volunteers. VANTEC is not part of any other organization. See for links to other community resources.

Many companies have received funding from this network and some have already provided financial returns to angel investors [Click here for report].


The seeds for a local network were planted in mid'98 when tech industry advocates Mike Volker (SFU Industry Liaison and active angel investor) and the late Al Fowler (UBC Industry Liaison) thought it would be useful to have such a resource for University startups. They decided to broaden its scope by having the Vancouver Enterprise Forum act as the initial sponsoring organization.

Steve Hnatiuk, Richard McMahon, Ullrich Schade, and Mike - all VEF Board members - then got the concept launched. The first meeting was held in April, 1999. In late 2002, Joyce Groote and Rick Walter expanded the network by adding some Life Sciences Angels and companies. In 2006, Thealzel Lee took over for Joyce and Rick on the Life Sciences portfolio. In March, 2009 Elmer Sum, Masha Tkatchouk and Carla Culos launched the Vancouver Greentech Exchange.


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