This global forum which brought together scientists, researchers, inventors, policy makers and investors from around the world was the perfect place to learn about the importance of Open Data and Open Science — two of the hot topics of the conference. It was also a place to meet 4 (yes, four) Nobel Laureates. Wow!
EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas gave a stirring speech about the need or private investors to invest in science and technology in Europe.
For the last two years, EBAN has made a conscious effort to engage with science and technology as we feel that business angels in particular can help scientists and researchers turn their inventions into market innovations through mentoring, coaching, networking and (a bit more) patient capital.
As a result, we have been very pleased to enter into partnerships with the European Research Council (ERC), European Space Agency (ESA) and to feature ERC proof of concept grantees and ESA BIC laureats at our flagship events as well as to coach, mentor and invest in them. Our Space Manifesto
, is just another one of the results of our cooperation.
Thanks to our Science Business partnership with Managing Director Richard Hudson, I was asked to speak at ESOF with venture capitalist Hermann Hauser (Amadeus Venture Capital
) and Syngenta Corporate Venture Fund director, Michael Lee
, on "Three Kinds of Money: Business Angel vs Venture Capital vs Corporate Finance". It was a great panel as it really showed scientists and researchers how these three members of the Venture Finance Eco-system can come together at each stage of the innovation chain to help them.
We were also very pleased to see Sherry Coutu
, featured at ESOF to speak about all the wonderful work Scale-Up Institute UK is doing with scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. EBAN has entered into a partnership with Scale-Up Institute
UK and we are particularly thrilled about working with them to solve the "Missing Link" situation in Europe, that of engaging corporations with start-ups and scale-ups through our e-Xcelerator committee.
To see more pictures from ESOF, click here
Elsewhere in the news, we at EBAN were delighted to attend our Ukraine Angels Conference in Kiev this last week. EBAN President Emeritus Paulo Andrez was the guest speaker and he and Ana Barjasic, our EU Projects Director could attest to the growing dynamic of the business angel community in Ukraine (see below).
Please enjoy the rest of the articles in this last EBAN weekly newsletter before our wonderful EBAN Team takes a well deserved vacation during the month of August.
With kindest regards as always,