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The EBAN 2016 Congress: Scaleup for Europe

Learn all about what Europe needs to do to transform our great startups into amazing scale-ups and unicorns.

Come join us 25-27 May in Porto!

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Featured News
Lifetime Achievement Award of Women in Aerospace (Europe) 2016 for EBAN President Candace Johnson

In the presence of the top representatives of European space industry and institutions, among them ESA Director General Jan Wörner, Chairwomen of DLR Pascale Ehrenfreund and President of CNES, Jean-Yves le Gall, the "Women in Aerospace Europe" (WIA-Europe) has awarded its lifetime achievement award 2016 to Candace Johnson in recognition of her achievements as a global serial entrepreneur, a telecom networks and infrasticture expert, an investor and business angel.  Candace is co-initiator of SES ASTRA and the architect of SES Global, one of the world’s  leading satellite networks...[full press release here]
The EBAN Impact Investment Committee Welcomes You to the Impact Investor Meeting 11 April!
On the behalf of BiD NetworkDroomzaken, and the Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship, the EBAN Impact Investment Committee (EIIC) welcomes you to join the Impact Investor Meeting on 11 April during the Social Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF). Attendees can expect an interactive programme at the event, which will focus on increasing interest for Social Enterprise and Social Business.  Register here and join us at this important event!
The EntrepreneurCountry Forum Offers Special Discount to EBAN Community for 19                                                    April Event! 
The EntrepreneurCountry Forum is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. It allows entrepreneurs to network with 500 key decision makers from leading high-growth SMEs, corporates and investors to connect, share intelligence, trade, discuss the future and to listen to the great entrepreneurs of today. Guest speakers will include EntrepreneurCountry Global Founder & CEO Julie Meyer, Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Tobin, Evrythng Co-founder & Chief Marketing Office Andy Hobsbawm, Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang, and Intel CTO Simon Hunt. Take a look at the overview of the event here! Taking place on 19 April in London, EntrepreneurCountry Global offers a 50% discount to the EBAN community and an opportunity to win free passes for your entrepreneurs.
Please click here to purchase your discount ticket.
News From Space
Disrupt Space Summit

7-8 April 2016 Bremen, Germany

The Disrupt Space summit will connect top entrepreneurs with decision makers to collaboratively solve today's industry and sustainability problems using space. For more info visit the official website:

In the Press

EBAN Unites with Curaçao to Establish First Caribbean Business Angel Network!
Medellin, Colombia 16 March 2016 – In an exciting new development, EBAN will be facilitating the creation of a formal business angel network in Curaçao. EBAN President Candace Johnson and Board Member Albert Colomer met with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) for the Dutch Caribbean Islands President Elgenia Pieternella and colleague Amilea Merchant at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin, where they discussed establishing a Caribbean Business Angels Network. Curaçao emerged as the best-suited location for leading such an endeavor considering its eagerness to grow as an entrepreneur haven, an effort aided by the Dutch Government...[Full Press Release here]
CRANE and the City of Zagreb, Croatia Officially Announce Hosting of EBAN Winter University 2016!
Zagreb, 8th of March 2016 – City of Zagreb and the Croatian business angels network (CRANE) are set to host the largest European business angels and investors conference – EBAN Winter University 2016, which will be held on 29th and 30th of November, 2016, in Zagreb, in the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall. The conference has been presented today by Davorin Štetner, the president of Croatian business angels network (CRANE), and Milan Bandić, the mayor of the City of Zagreb. EBAN Winter University is held once a year, and the hosts expect 1.500 participants, including 400 investors, with 100 startups from all around the world, which makes it the largest business conference ever held in Zagreb. Read the full press release here.

This month’s section of entrepreneurs of the month features 3 startups that are participating to ePlus Ecosystem, one of the European Projects of which EBAN is an active partner. Click on their logo to watch here their video pitch!

LEAPIN Digital Keys makes locks smart. Using our SDK, HDK, and API's, any company can build smartlocks and deliver digital keys, smart phone check-in and web- check-in for accommodation or other properties.

BlindShell is a smartphone providing access to the Android system for visually impaired users. 

Europe Language Jobs is an exciting job board that specializes in bilingual and multilingual vacancies!
Members News
Sophie Business Angels' Jérôme Chifflet Gives a Strategy for Growth for European Startups in New Research Paper

This exciting new paper addresses different growth models already found in startup literature, such as the Monopoly scheme strategy by Peter Thiel, and how to achieve such strategies, such as through the digital Highway model by Julie Meyer. Chifflet proposes a growth model for start-ups which guarantees sustainable growth in a fragmented market in a reasonable time scale: the molecular start-up model. Read the paper here!

EBAN Member CRANE Announces 1.5 Million Kuna of Investments and many New                                                                Members!

On Friday, February 26, in the hall of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, CRANE’s annual meeting was held, summarizing all of last year’s activities and unanimously confirming the plans for 2016. CRANE’s biggest success last year refers to the increased number of members and investments, as well as significant progress in the area of international cooperation, while in 2016 we are expecting EBAN Winter University and the arrival of over 400 business angels and investors from around the world...[more]

US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner Celebrates Austrian Angel Investors' Association's Selma Prodanovic!

On 8 March, US Ambassador Alexa Wesner released a youtube video to celebrate International Women's Day and promote women in tech. She specifically mentioned EBAN Member Austrian Angel Investors' Association's Co-Founder Selma Prodanovic, stating "… and the amazing business angel Selma Prodanovic who has inspired thousands of women founders to launch startups in Austria & around the world…” Watch the full youtube video here!

KIC-Europe Hosts a Successful Mentor Day with Europe's top early-stage actors!

Brussels, Belgium (March 3-4, 2016) KIC-Europe played host to some of the European’s most renowned early stage investors, business coaches and innovators. A great atmosphere presaged a flood of talent for the two-day event. Masterfully organised with the support of Korean’s CCEIs (Centres for Creative Economy & Innovation), the event attracted Koreans’ most impactful young tech companies, exposing their business plans to KIC-Europe’s mentors...[more]

German Startups Group Invests in Promising PropTech and Online Auction                                                        Startups!

Berlin, 16 & 23 March 2016 – German Startups Group, the second most active venture capital investor in Germany in the period since 2012 (CB Insights, 2015), provides the PropTech startup realbest with venture capital. realbest is the first online transaction platform for real estate that digitalises the significant steps within the purchase and sales process. They have also signed a binding preliminary contract for the indirect acquisition of a stake in Auctionata, which is only subject to approval by respective bodies. Auctionata is, according to the company, the largest auction house for art and luxury collectibles worldwide and one of the most successful German startups...[Proptech Press Release] [Auctionata Press Release]


Read the Latest Blog Article on the InvestHorizon Early Stage Camp in Barcelona

Upcoming Events:

April 19
EntrepreneurCountry Forum
London, UK

May 25
InvestHorizon Early Stage Camp & Investment Forum at EBAN Annual Congress
Porto, Portugal

Eureka Innovest Programme

5 April
Venture Academy
Berlin, Germany

12 April
Venture Academy
Helsinki, Finland

21 April
Venture Academy
Madrid, Spain


Upcoming Events:

May 25
10th FI Investment Forum at EBAN Annual Congress
Porto, Portugal


Fablab Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal

February – June 2016
Arena 42 – IoT Accelerator

April 4-7

Benelux Venture Forum

June 16-17
Innovative City Convention

June 21-22
Heidelberg Innovation Forum 2016 “IT meets mobility“


Save the date

25-27th May 2016
Scale Up for Europe: EBAN 2016 Congress Porto
Porto, Portugal

29-30 November 2016
EBAN Winter University
Zagreb, Croatia

Events of the Month

March 31
Lagos Startup DealDay
Lagos, Nigeria

April 7
Swiss Private Equity Conference
Zurich, Switzerland

April 7 - 8
Disrupt Space Summit
Bremen, Germany

April 7 - 13
Social Entrepreneurship Festival
Utrecht, Netherlands

April 11
Venture Academy: Space Technologies for Daily Activities
Brussels, Belgium

April 11
GoBeyond Awareness Seminar
Paris, France

April 12
European Social Business Forum 2016
Utrecht, Netherlands

April 12
Seed Investor Forum
Brussels, Belgium

April 14
CEED Global Conference
Sofia, Bulgaria

April 15 - 16
The Entrepreneur Experience
Cork, Ireland

April 19
EntrepreneurCountry Forum
London, UK

April 28
GoBeyond Awareness Seminar
Madrid, Spain

April 28 - 29
Free Celtic-Plus Event
Stockholm, Sweden

Past Events Featuring EBAN 

9 - 10 March
Symvest 2016: P2P & Angel Investing in Europe
Prague, Czech Republic
Ari Korhonen, EBAN Board Member
Ivar Siimar, EBAN Board Member

14 - 17 March
Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Medellin, Colombia
Candace Johnson, EBAN President
Baybars Altuntas, EBAN Vice-President
Albert Colomer, EBAN Board Member

New Members

Space Angels Network

Nikolaos Floratos

Seed & Click

From the Blog

Important Early Stage Market News


European VC Creandum Closes New €180M Early-Stage Fund     

Seedrs Celebrates £100M Invested in Early-Stage and Growth Businesses

2015 Co-Investment with Business Angels Compendium


"Fostering business angels activities in support of SME growth" Guidebook

Business Angel Feature - March 2016

Angel Capital Association Offers EBAN Investors Special Discount for 2016 ACA Summit!


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