Who Are We?
The Southeastern Ontario Angel Network (SOAN) has been created to facilitate the mobilization of investments from accredited investors into companies being developed in southeastern Ontario. This Network is closely associated with our regional innovation centre, local economic development agencies, research institutions, the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and other recognized angel networks in Ontario, Canada and the US. The Southeastern Ontario Angel Network is a not-for-profit corporation, recognized by and registered with the Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario.
The network is organized and facilitated by John Molloy.
John has been widely recognized for his contributions both to Queen’s and to the technology transfer landscape across Canada. He pioneered the creation of startup companies as a means of adding value to university discoveries, and he nurtured a generation of high-tech entrepreneurs at a time when support for such activities at universities was nonexistent. In 2009 his vision for Canada’s first national, collaborative, sector-specific commercialization centre was realized when PARTEQ became the first university-based technology transfer office to be awarded a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, namely GreenCentre Canada.
His leadership led to the formation of 48 companies based on Queen’s research, with more than $1.3 billion invested to date in those companies. At the same time, PARTEQ’s activities returned more than $33 million to the university and its inventors.
In 2001 Mr. Molloy received the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award, including Honorary Life Member status on University Council, and also received the Kingston Technology Council’s Champion Award. Earlier this year was presented with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) AUTM Canada Award in recognition of his outstanding service to the technology transfer community. In June he will be inducted into Kingston’s Business Hall of Fame.
SOAN is also facilitated with the assistance of Launch Lab, Southeastern Ontario’s Regional Innovation Centre. As a member of the ONE Network, Launch Lab’s mandate is to help accelerate the growth of tech-based businesses through workshops, market intelligence reports, an extended network of established contacts, and, most importantly, one-on-one guidance and mentorship from a local Entrepreneur in Residence. This is all done at no cost to the client. Please visit the website for more detail or to become a client.