Brampton investors, leaders and mentors gathered recently to launch a new angel investor group for the city. The group, CBA Catalysts of Brampton, aims to energize both community and economic development.

The program combines individuals with varied professional backgrounds to create an amalgamation of skill sets that can effectively assess local businesses and start-ups for possible mentorship and/or investments. CBA Catalysts is supported by an international angel network, Cross Border Angels and Experts (CBA). The Brampton group will have access to the global network, online portal and events. Partnerships with local business leaders and Brampton’s Economic Development and Culture office, will compliment the group’s efforts.

The recent launch event included networking opportunities, a panel discussion and a session that allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to the group with hopes of securing investment or mentorship.

Local entrepreneurs who presented to the group were Amit Chauhan (CEO, JobAdX), Mallory McKewen (CEO, BridesMade), Connor Tidd (co-founder, Just Vertical), Tracy and Adrian Pepe (founder and director, Nose Knows Design/The Scented L’Air), Richard  Burton-Williams (team member, Justwealth), and Adnan and Azmat Zuberi (founders, NoteTonic).

“I’m proud that Brampton has passionate and dedicated business leaders as part of our large innovative entrepreneurial community,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Bringing these people together through networking and collaboration adds another catalyst for new opportunities and growth in our city.”

The panel discussion highlighted the Canadian Start-Up Visa Program, which provides permanent residence and funding to entrepreneurs who have the potential to build innovative start-up companies. New job creation, economic growth and the ability to compete on a global scale are criteria that must be met for an entrepreneur to receive support through the program.

Panel member and entrepreneur Amit Chauhan of JobAdX shared his experience with the program. Other members of the panel included Kaushal Chokshi, CBA President and Yuri Navarro, CEO of the National Angel Capital Organization.

Brampton’s Ashwin Sanzgiri, Scaale Group and Cross Border Angels vice-president, has been leading efforts to form the group and will head the local chapter.

“I would like to see Brampton on the global innovation map,” he said. “We already have an eclectic mix of catalysts that actively participated during the launch in giving feedback to some high quality start-ups and local businesses from across the GTA, including Brampton.”

Visit cbacatalyst.com for information.

Photo, from the left, Kaushal Chokshi, CBA president; Devin Ramphal, City of Brampton sector manager; Yuri Navarro, National Angel Capital Organization CEO; Ashwin Sanzgiri, Scaale Group and Cross Border vice-president; Suraj K. Gupta, Rogue Insight Capital Ltd. president and CEO;  and Amit Chauhan, JobAdX CEO.