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Moving East, Cooperating with Corporations, and Women Business Angels
Dear Global Entrepreneurial, Innovation, and Early-Stage Market Community!
We at EBAN are very pleased to inaugurate a more frequent edition of our newsletter with this issue to keep our global community abreast of all the trends, information activity, investments, and events happening in our eco-system around the world.  

As the spirit of entrepreneurship continues to spread across diverse parts of the world and diverse sectors, we are particularly pleased to highlight below the activities taking place in Eastern Europe with the gathering of several of our EBAN Businesss Angel groups at the invitation of Hungarian Business Angels and then in Romania with the European Commission as well as the election of EBAN’s/Rising Tide deal leader Cindy Naegel, Business Angel of the Year in Belgium.  EBAN was thrilled that our continuing efforts to bring together meaningful cooperation between corporations and start-ups achieved a huge success with Viva Technology.  We also opened up a new sector with InsurTech in Cologne.

In our member news, we are highlighting the news from Cork Bic as they launch the Global Start-Up Gathering and EBAN Impact's first Webinar as well as Hellenic Business Angels' Start-Up Celebration on 14 July.

Finally, do not forget to sign up for the special EBAN-MTB Silicon Valley Angel Trip.  It promises to be unforgettable and we are also cooperating with a number of Angel groups from the ACA in the USA.

With kindest regards as always,
Candace Johnson

Featured News

Hungarian BAN DEMO Day
Hungarian BAN just had their first DEMO day event where 40 attendees, including partner BANs in Croatia and Slovenia, listened to the pitches of 7 companies from a variety of industries. Read more about the event from the Hungarian BAN press release and look at the photos here.
Building The Business Angel Community In Romania With The ESIL Project
The ESIL (Early Stage Investing Launchpad) project consortium where EBAN is a partner together with Business Angels Europe (BAE), META Group, GoBeyond and LINC Scotland, is proud to announce the successful launch of the first capacity building for business angels event that took place in Bucharest Romania last 8 – 9 June 2016. The event consisted of 50 attendees, 2 days of intensive training, networking and roundtable meetings with EBAN Board Member Selma Prodanovic, Romanian Eco-System members, early stage investment and entrepreneurial community of Romania.
To read more and see the photos, click here.
Viva Technology /EBAN Partnership - Huge Success

EBAN was very proud to partner with Viva Technology  (30 June - 02 Juy 2016) Paris to put on the first global digital event dedicated to the collaboration between corporations and startups.  One of the pillars of EBAN’s platform is to put together corporations with start-ups.  The event was a huge success and brought together the world’s major players in digital transformation.  5,000 start-ups had the opportunity to compete in various corporate challenges and link up with leading investors, 30,000 senior executives, academics and opinion leaders from all over the world.

EBAN was particularly proud that two of our investee companies won awards. Faveeo, a startup  invested in by a number of EBAN members including the Sophia Business Angels (France) and Galata Business Angels (Turkey) won the The PREDICTIVE INNOVATION MACHINE Challenge by IRIS Capital.  Another one of EBAN’s members investments, “One Pulse” - invested in by Sophia Business Angels (France) - was one of the Publicis 90 winners out of more than 3500 applicants around the world.

You can find more photos of the event here.

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EBAN Impact Has Launched Its First Community Webinar
EBAN Impact has launched its first community webinar on June 28 open to all EBAN, ABAN and MBAN members as well as the EBAN Impact community. The webinar was not only fun and interactive but also very informative with a presentation focusing on impact measurement metrics, delivered by Natascha Wahlberg, who is the responsible person of expansion of the Business Angels Network of Social Innovation, INNOBAS. You can also find the presentation here. There was also a case study with a social entrepreneur from Vollpension. In addition to enhancing knowledge there was also an exchange of ideas and feedback on to how to further develop and empower impact community.

Our webinars will happen on a quarterly basis and the next webinar will be in Autumn. Stay tuned for more news, events for social investment and relevant content; follow us on Eban Impact Website and Twitter.
The Partners of Cork Innovates Would Like To Invite You To The Launch of The Global Startup Gathering 2016
The GEN Startup Nations Summit will take place in Cork as part of the Global Startup Gathering 2016. The Global Startup Gathering 2016, which will run from 18-20 November 2016, will feature events, mentoring and incubation labs as well as competitions all with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship and showcasing Ireland’s startup sector to a global audience. We hope you can join us for the launch of the Global Startup Gathering in Cork.
RSVP for the launch of the Global Startup Gathering Cork 2016
Angel Visit to Silicon Valley Investor Program
10-14 October 2016, San Francisco, U.S.A.

MTB (Mind the Bridge) announced a partnership with EBAN to further drive the advancement of ‪Europe‬’s ‪InvestorsCommunity‬.

Participants in the Investor Program acquire insights on the latest investment technicalities (tools and terms) and market trends. In addition they get access to co-investment opportunities in  Silicon Valley‬.

Warning: ‪Limited‬ number of seats!


  • Prospective and current ‪VCs‬ & ‪Angel Investors‬
  • High-net-worth Individuals
  • Family Offices
  • ‪Innovation‬ and corporate development managers at corporations
  • ‪Accelerators‬ & ‪Incubator‬ Leaders‬ and Staff

Click here for more:


Congratulations To Cindy Naegel For Being Awarded Business Angel of The Year In Belgium!
Cindy Naegel, one of the Leading Angels of the Rising Tide Europe, has won the “Business Angel of the Year” title awarded by the Belgian Be Angels network where she is an active member.

Cindy Naegel is a Belgian who lived in Argentina, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. She has her own consultancy firm; inbound consultancy related to immigration services for executives transferred to Belgium and has  joined the Business Angel community in 2008. Human capital is central to her investments but she has a particular interest in businesses that grow on a model of recurring revenues: a way to recognize clients’ loyalty in your product. She believes that entrepreneurs and investors have a common social responsibility to create, innovate and lead by example for the future generations.
The Future of InsurTech
EXECinsurtech brought together startups, investors and corporate executives in insurtech on July 5 in Cologne, Germany. Some of the topics covered were:
  • Insurance on the blockchain
  • IoT & insurtech
  • Health insurtech & the rise of wearables
  • Cooperation vs. Disruption
  • Telematics 
  • Claim management reinvented
  • Artificial intelligence applied to insurance
  • The international landscape of insurtech
  • Becoming an insurer in 2016.
About InsurTech
The insurance-specific branch of FinTech, InsurTech, is emerging as a game-changing opportunity for insurers to innovate, improve the relevance of their offerings, and grow. InsurTech, has seen funding in line with FinTech investment overall, and the investments are expected to grow. Annual investments in InsurTech startups have increased fivefold over the past three years, with cumulative funding reaching $3.4 billion since 2010. If you would like to learn more about InsurTech you can read a report by PwC here.

As EBAN we are proud to be launching our second E-xcelerator event in Cologne on InsurTech on the second week of September. The event will feature E-Xcelerator Accelerator Members, Angel Investors from EBAN network, Corporate members of the E-Xcelerator as hosts, 6 - 12 selected Start-ups from E-Xcelerator Network, 6-9 high level industry expert speakers with total expected guest number of 100 - 150 attendees. Follow our website, newsletters and social media accounts for new information. 
Business Angels & Startups Opportunities: Incentives For Investors
The Hellenic Network of Business Angels (HeBAN), Alexander Innovation Zone and the Municipality of Thessaloniki organize the event “Business Angels & Startups Opportunities: Incentives for investors” in Thessaloniki on July 14, 2016.
Click here for more details.
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Save the date

29-30 November 2016

EBAN Winter University
Zagreb, Croatia

Events of the Month

July 04 - 15
European Summer Academy on Technology & Entrepreneurship
Thessaloniki, Greece

July 12
The Global Startup Gathering 2016
Cork, Republic of Ireland

July 14
Business Angels & Startups Opportunities: Incentives For Investors
Thessaloniki, Greece

July 17-22
World Investment Forum 2016: Investing in Sustainable Development
Nairobi, Kenya

Past Events Featuring EBAN

June 30 - July 2
Viva Technology
Paris, France
Candace Johnson, President of EBAN

From the Blog


Until 31st of July 2016 the European Commission will collect entrepreneurs, start-uppers and stakeholders' opinions on how to improve the start-up ecosystem in Europe through a public consultation. The ‘Start-ups in Europe' questionnaire includes queries related to the three phases of the life cycle of a company:
  1. The stand-up phase
  2. The start-up phase
  3. The scale up phase.

New Members

  Patrick Meisch

HighTech Startbahn GMBH


Important Early Stage Market News

London Startup Scene Weighs Threat of British 'Techxit'

EBAN 2015 Statistics Compendium

GUST and Fundacity 2015 Accelerator Report

European Small Business Finance Outlook, June 2016




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