The Time to "Start Scaling Up" to Create Global Succcess Stories from the EMEA.

Dear Innovation and Investment Community and Colleagues,

As we all return from holidays around the world, a plethora of invitations to conferences, workshops,
summits, etc. is greeting us, offering start-ups the possibility to pitch before investors, to learn how to pitch, etc.

We would like to urge everyone to keep their eye on the ball going forward and to remember that our combined goal has to be Creating Global Success Stories from the EMEA.

The only way we will be able to do this is to make certain that we "Start Scaling Up" those companies which have the ability to truly become global success stories.

During the last year, EBAN and its colleagues from the Innovation and Investment Community around the world have been working on a number of initiatives which we believe will help speed up the process of "Scaling Up".

These initiatives include:

1)  The E-Zone: Creating the framework for entrepreneurs and investors to have a large single market in Europe.
We are working with the e-Residency Program in Estonia, which we believe offers the next best opportunity to quickly establish the E-Zone.

2)  Expanding the EMEA Business Angel market to include ABAN (African Business Angels Network and MBAN (Middle East Business Angels Network) and to incorporate our work into the work that the GBAN (Global Business Angel Network) is doing and where EBAN is Co-Chair.

3)  e-Xcelerator: Engaging the Corporate Community to not just have "accelerators", but to go beyond that by doing transformational deals with "start-ups" which will help them "scale-up".

4)  Innovation Europe Fund and Co-Investment Funds:  Professionalizing the entire early-stage investment communty and cycle so that it can inspire citizens from around the world to invest in and grow "the next generation" of success stories.  As a result, EBAN and its colleagues are working together to create an "Innovation Europe Fund" as well as to inspire the creation of Angel-backed and managed funds, such as the Rising Tide Europe program we have initatied together with our US colleagues,  which can build co-investments with other members of the Venture Capital, Private Equity, Family Office, Pension and Banking Eco-Systems.

We look forward to working together with all of you this coming year to achieve our goals and to "Start Scaling Up" our entrepreneurial companies to become Global Success Stories from the EMEA.

With kindest regards,

Candace Johnson

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Lessons Learned From the Angel Investor Masterclass Cape Town

The African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and Silicon Cape hosted the third in the series of Angel Investor Bootcamps on August 27th, at the FNB Portside building in Cape Town. These events are organised in partnership with VC4Africa, Intercontinental Trust and the LIONS Africa Partnership. Alexandra Fraser, past-Chairperson of Silicon Cape, director and partner at Batstone tech strategists and angel investor, welcomed an audience of angels, entrepreneurs and potential investors who were there to learn more, share experiences and to network with each other. [Read Full Press Release]
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September 24
InvestHorizon Dublin Coaching Academy
Dublin, Ireland

October 1 
2nd FIWARE Bootcamp
Athens, Greece

November 5
Nordic Venture Forum 2015 - Eureka HTIP
Copenhagen, Danemark

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Save the date

16-18th October
Copenhagen Winter University
Copenhagen, Denmark

 6-8th May 2016
EBAN 2016 Annual Congress
Porto, Portugal

Events of the Month

September 9-12
IGEM 2015
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

September 15
Cannes investment Forum

September 16 - 18 
3 Day Silicon Valley Investor Program and European Innovation Day
Mountain View, United States

September 18
Brezova, Croatia

September 21
Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley
Mountain View, United States

September 21 - 22 
Startup USA 2015
Chicago, United States

September 23
1st Photonic Integration Conference in Eindhoven
Eindhoven, Netherlands

September 24
HandsOn TV Startup Europe Tour
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

September 25
Platinum Investors Forum
Warsaw, Poland

September 29
Telecoms Marketing Summit
London , United Kingdom

Past Events Featuring EBAN 

31 July
Angel Investor Bootcamp Lagos
Candace Johnson, President EBAN

13 August
Angel Investor Bootcamp Nairobi
Brigitte Baumann, President Emeritus EBAN

26 August
Angel Investor Bootcamp Cape Town
Selma Prodanovic, Board Member EBAN

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