• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The first investor workshop of its kind on the island, CIN has partnered with Canada’s NACO. see more

    Capital Investment Network brings nationally recognized investor training to Victoria...

    to help boost investments in local start-up companies

    Victoria, BC (October 26, 2016) - Victoria is seeing a huge increase in startup and related entrepreneurial activity. The Capital Investment Network (CIN) recognizes that far more angel investments are needed to truly support these early-stage companies and move the needle for our region. Growth requires angel investors to buy into good companies but it is easy to lose money in these deals, especially when investors don’t know what they are doing. Angel investing requires an understanding of how deals work and risks are mitigated. CIN wants to educate investors so they can make smarter deals and invest in more solid companies.
    The first investor workshop of its kind on the island, CIN has partnered with Canada’s National Angel Capital Organization (NACO, Toronto), offering a specialized curriculum on Structuring Deals and Term Sheets, created and facilitated by Pieter Dorsman.  Dorsman, President & CEO of Redpeaks Management Inc., will be sharing 15 years of experience in this area and will summarize best practices to mitigate losses and position deals for healthy returns.
    “Upon completion of this session you will have a very solid understanding of how to structure and make angel investments, ensure your investment is protected and get you to a healthy return in what is considered to be a high-risk asset class.” Pieter says.
    This half day workshop, which has been presented all around the world, is essential for anyone making investments in private companies. This is not limited to IT, Biotech, Cleantech or Media. If you want to put money into your cousin's shoe business you need to apply the same deal structuring principles.
    Capital Investment Network (CIN) is a Victoria-based, non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, growing, and strengthening the local angel investor community. CIN’s mission is to offer investor-focused education, resources, and events to increase the level of sophistication and deal flow among local angel investors, explore different investment approaches, facilitate collaboration, and grow the local investment community.
    NACO Academy Workshop: Structured Deals and Term Sheets
    Monday, November 7, 2016.  8:00am-12:00pm
    Fort Tectoria (VIATeC)
    777 Fort Street, Victoria
    Cost: $150.00. Coffee will be available. Seats are limited.
    To register, go to:
    For more information on CIN, including other private investor events, go to or contact Chrystal Phan at

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    MetaLab is bringing world renowned developer trainers to Victoria March 10-11 and 14-18 see more

    MetaLab is bringing world renowned developer trainers to Victoria March 10-11 and 14-18. Big Nerd Ranch (they train Facebook and Apple developers in iOS) will provide an intense iOS + Swift bootcamp to cross train a large group of MetaLab engineering staff in iOS... And MetaLab has 5 spots left for VIATEC Members to purchase! It's incredibly hard to find people with the right iOS skills, so they thought, hey, why don't we just train everyone and invest the time and money to do it properly?

    Course outline:

    MetaLab has 5 spots left in the course, and they want them to go to VIATEC Members.

    Typical cost is $5,200 USD, not including getting to their ranch in California or Atlanta. MetaLab is selling the seats for $5,000 CDN* each, which, if you consider how rare and sought after iOS skills are in Victoria, is an absolute drop in the bucket compared to impact of having iOS skills in-house!

    Interested Parties can contact Elexa Styan (

    *Quick Note about Job Grants BC: You'd be unable to apply for this grant unfortunately due to MetaLab hiring BNR directly.