13th EBAN Winter University | 17-18 November 2014
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November 2014
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Soaring to Helsinki 
Over 350 Angels Commute to Helsinki, Finland.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University starts today Monday 17th November bringing the world's top early stage investors together with Slush, Finland's signature entrepreneurial event, lasting for three great days until Wednesday 19th November.

Mobile gaming, impact investing, creative industries, crowdfunding trends and cross-border investments will be amongst the most prominent sessions. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the live debates and news.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 is around the corner and EBAN anticipates an exciting event at starting this Monday 17th November running together with Slush, lasting until Wednesday 19th November.
Mobile gaming, impact investing, creative industries, crowdfunding trends and cross-border investments will be amongst the most prominent sessions. 

Winter University Sponsors
Sitra        Finnvera

   Rastor    Veho

Business Angels Week & Global Angels Day
17-23 November 2014


Business Angels Week, the world’s largest cross-border angel investment awareness initiative including Business Angels and Entrepreneurs from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, featuring 200 events in 55 countries, will be launched on center stage this morning at EBAN Helsinki!

In cooperation with MBAN (Middle East Business Angel Network) and ABAN (African Business Angel Network), this second edition of Business Angels Week (BAW) will cross the borders of Europe by fostering events in the Middle East and Africa. In particular, this year’s Business Angel Week will focus on celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”.

There is still time to organise an event and join Business Angels from around the world for the BAW and the GBAD.  Please contact Ana Barjasic at ana@eban.org for more information.


The highlight of the BAW will be the celebration of the Global Business Angels Day in cooperation with the Global Entrepreneurship Week on 20th of November.
We are particularly pleased that all of these Angel events are taking place concurrently with the Global Entrepreneurship Week and salute our entrepreneurs from around the world!

Baybars Altuntas Speaks for the ICT Community
in Pristhina, Kosovo

On the 30th of October, Baybars Altuntas, EBAN's Vice-President gave a keynote speech on entrepreneurship and open innovation for the ICT community in Pristhina, Kosovo.

The ICT community, start-ups, angel investors, policymakers and academicians all came together for KosICT, one of the top ICT event in SSE- South-East Europe. This 3-day event was attended by more than 250 members of the start-up ecosystem of the SSE.

The most important output of KosICT for the European entrepreneurship ecosystem was the official announcement of the launch of KOSBAN: the Kosovo Business Angels Network.

COSME and Horizon 2020 unlocking massive budget for SMEs in Europe

As we observed during these last years, SMEs were creating and supporting jobs across Europe. Creating new policies to foster their activities could only be a great benefit for the European Economy.

COSME, the programme of the EU for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, will run from 2014 until 2020 with a budget of EUR 2.3 billion. Its purpose is to help SMEs to get better access to finance and markets, support entrepreneurs and supply favourable conditions for business creation and growth.

In addition to that, The European Commission already announced the first SMEs that will benefit from the SME instrument of the Horizon 2020 programme. This programme is still the biggest one launched by the European Commission, with a total budget of EUR 80 billion, which its only goal is to fund research and innovation across Europe. Nevertheless, globally, Europe has to do more and better to stimulate investment.

EBAN welcomes 4 new members!

Business Angels Romania [Business Angels Network] raises awareness and promote business angels investments as a great choice for start-ups.

Maria Hala, Greece [Affiliate Member] is an angel investor who partook in the Greek Angels Investors Community during her MBA Entrepreneurship at Imperial Business School, London, UK.

Metavallon, Greece [Business Accelerator] empowers and accelerates startup at the very early stages. Through its three-stage program (The Lab, The Accelerator, and The Hub), Metavallon provide talented individuals with resources to start their own high impact businesses.
 SIM Belgium, Belgium [Business Accelerator] stands for Service Innovation Management and works together with different BANs around the globe. It has developed a range of supporting services which can be customized according to the needs of growing businesses.

Early Stage Market News

Where Would I Go to Invest in Startups or Emerging Companies?
There are two main questions you need to ask yourself. Read more.

Startup IroFit Finds Investment Via VC4Africa and closes USD 600K seed round
IroFit is one of the 40 startups that was selected to pitch their product at DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Next Silicon Valley: 4 Fastest Growing Startup Cities in the World are in Asia (Source: TechinAsia)

Though Quarter for European Startups Needing Early-Stage Capital (Source: Digits)

Who Invests in Private Companies and How Do you Reach Them? (Source: Entrepreneur.com)

U.S. Venture Capitalists Grab a Bigger Share in Europe (Source: Digits)


Global Social Venture Competition
Looking to startup a business presenting a social impact? Apply to the GSVC - Global Social Venture Competition and explore social entrepreneurship. 

Build a Business Competition by Shopify
Have a great business idea that you have always wanted to explore? Here's your chance! Launch an online store with Shopify to enter the competition.
 Digital Business Innovation Contest - IC tomorrow rewards and encourage digital innovation in data. IC is looking for innovative commercial solutions in five challenge areas.
 CODE_n CONTEST is focusing on a digital hot topic in 2015: the Internet of things is sure to keep businesses in all industries very busy in the coming years.

Measuring Impact: Guidelines for Good Impact Practice Impact measurement is central to effective impact investing as it demonstrates investor intent and legitimizes the industry with data on impact produced.

Survey: Early Stage Decision-Making Processes of Business Angels
A research led by Sanda Franic in collaboration with EBAN to understand the process of Business Angels decision-making.  
The Economist: Economic Forecast Summary, November 2014
The outlook for the global economy has darkened again in the past month. Investors are concerned about the possibility of another recession, as demonstrated by declines in risk assets.

Message from the President

Dear friends,

We are pleased to welcome more than 350 participants in Helsinki for the 13th EBAN Winter University being held in conjunction with Slush and also giving us the occasion to kick off our second edition of Business Angels Week 2014, 17- 23 November with the Global Business Angels Day, 20 November.

It makes perfect sense that all of this is taking place concurrently with the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Where would Business Angels and Entrepreneurs be without each other!

As such, it is absolutely fitting to be kicking off all of the events in Finland, which has one of the most talented and sophisticated entrepreneurial landscapes in the world. EBAN Helsinki and Slush will showcase the exciting opportunities in startup investing to the global early-stage investors community.

The success of this event is only possible due to our sponsors and partners. A special thanks to our hosting partner FiBAN - Finnish Business Angels Network.

Looking forward for 2015, EBAN will continue working with our members and all stakeholders of the innovation and entrepreneurial eco-system to improve the framework for early-stage investment as we expand across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As always, we welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Enjoy all of the events this week, be it in person at EBAN Helsinki 2014 or at one of the events for Business Angel Week, Global Business Angel Day, Global Entrepreneurship Week or virtually via Twitter and LinkedIn!

Last Events featuring EBAN

24th October
Galata Business Angels Investor Meetup
With the participation of MBAN's President Abdul Malek Al-Jaber as speaker
Istanbul, Turkey

30th October
KosICT Conference
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-President Baybars Altuntas as speakers
Pristhina, Kosovo

EBAN Publication: Investing in Private Companies | Insights for Business Angel Investors
This guide has been prepared to demystify investing in private companies for private investors. 
Request your copy and share it with your community.

Please note this is restricted to EBAN members. Would you like to benefit of this area please apply for membership.






Upcoming Events from EBAN Community

17-18th November
EBAN Winter University
Helsinki, Finland

17-23rd November
Business Angels Week
Europe | MENA | Africa

17-23rd November
8th Portuguese Business Angels Week

18th November
CSE Investor Day
Copenhagen, Denmark

19th November
IVC Investor Round Table
With the participation of EBAN's consultant Jean-Noel Durvy
Rotterdam, Netherlands

20th November
Global Business Angels Day
In cooperation with Global Entrepreneurship Week USA

20th November
VC4Africa GEW Meetup

20th November
3rd AEBAN Annual Congress
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Barcelona, Spain 

21st November
VIII Congresso da FNABA
Guimaraes, Portugal

21st November
Get in the Ring - International Final
Rotterdam, Netherlands

22nd November
London, UK

23rd November
Pitch event with entrepreneurs and KOSBAN Angels
Prishtina, Kosovo

24-25th November
UK Social Investment Conference
London, UK

25th November
NBAA Congress and Awards
Moscow, Russia

26th November
Startup Awards SK
Bratislava, Slovakia

26th November
VCT & EIS Investor Forum 2014
Complementary Passes for EBAN's Members & 15% Discount for our Community
London, United Kingdom

26th November
European Small and Mid-Cap Awards 2014
Brussels, Belgium

26-27th November
WaterVent Ras Al Khaimah
Dubai, UAE

8-9th December 
The 7th Middle East Office & Investment Conference 
Dubai, UAE

8-10th December 
Family Business forum
Dubai, UAE
10-12th December
Academic Entrepreneurship Conference
Discounted Rates for EBAN's Members
Enschede, Netherlands

15-16th December
European Business Angels Investment Forum 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

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