EBAN Congress was a total success!
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May 2013
Flash #89
Winners of the 8th EBAN Awards

EBAN celebrated its 13th Annual Congress in Vienna 

13th EBAN Congress & 8th Awards Ceremony
13-14 May 2013  |  Vienna, Austria

Picture above: 2013 EBAN award winners from left to right: Paulo Andrez (EBAN), Juan Roure (IESE), Stefanie Pingitzer and Selma Prodanovic (AAIA), Jukka Suokas (Vera E.S. Fund), Dusan Stojanovic (business angel) and Michael Culligan (HBAN).

This May the EBAN community had the opportunity of meeting in an extraordinary atmosphere in Vienna to celebrate its 13th Annual Congress, organised in collaboration with Austrian Angel Investors Association. Over 300 participants gathered together at one of Europe's most historical capitals to discuss in a two-days meeting the role of business angels and early stage actors in Europe's prosperity. Speakers ranging from leading super-angels to national and European policy makers, provided a unique learning experience aimed to bring the European early stage investment sector to a new level of excellency. Debates, trainings and workshops accompanied high level networking sessions and the 8th edition of EBAN Annual Awards ceremony at Vienna's Grand Hotel. 

This year's EBAN awards went to: 
Dusan Stojanovic, Business Angel of the Year
IESE BAN (Spain) Business Angel Network of the Year
HBAN (Ireland) Federation of the Year
Vera Early Stage Fund (Finland) Best Early Stage Fund of the Year
AAIA Austrian Angels Investors Association (Austria) Best Performing New Member

EBAN also recognised the potential of MoodMe (Luxembourg) a 3D web and phone app as winner of the six start-ups competition.

Enjoy now our Congress' best pictures ...


and the  summary video below with interviews to some of the Congress participants and speakers.
Video of the 13th EBAN Congress, Vienna 2013
Video recorded and edited by Investo.tv (VZMD, Slovenia)


Meeting with the European Investment Bank Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer

EBAN Executive Committee meets with EIB Vice-President Wilhelm Molterer
From left to right: Baybars Altuntas, Paulo Andrez, Wilhelm Molterer, Ari Korhonen and Albert Colomer.

EBAN's Executive Committee met with Wilhelm Molterer, Vice-President Cohesion of the European Investment Bank in Vienna. During the meeting, EBAN explored potential paths of collaboration with the EIB aiming at increasing the amount of funds available specially targeted to high-growth SMEs and early stage investors. The meeting took place at EBAN's annual Congress in Vienna in which Molterer participated as keynote speaker.


EBAN partners with NCET2

EBAN entered into an agreement with the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer to provide European early stage investors and entrepreneurs better conditions to join their next event to be held in San Francisco next September. The Exits:Startups Showcase and Conference 2013 will provide virtual pitches from 1000 IP-focused  start-ups proposed by business angels and will select the best to be presented live to angels, VCs and corporations from all over the world.

EBAN welcomes 2 new members

Novinex Ltd, Budapest, Hungary (SME Associated)
Novinex has joined EBAN lookìng for a new network of investor partners to share the risk and the investment fund. Novinex is specialized in providing all necessary innovation management services that are needed to bring research results to the level where further development, marketing and sales investments can be estimated with the required certainty, so that an investor will be able to make a grounded decision on an investment.

Impact Economy, Lausanne, Switzerland (Associated)
EBAN welcomes an impact investing and strategy firm with headquarters in Lausanne and overseas operations in North and South America. Its team on two continents provides research, knowledge and executive education, strategy advisory, governance and financial services to enable individuals, institutions and companies to participate fully and meaningfully in the current transition to the new paradigm of sustainable capitalism.

EBAN Partners' Updates

Gust European users to get insiders’ preview of the new Gust platform
Kristi Brecht, Senior Product Manager of Gust was in Vienna for the EBAN Congress to give all participants a preview of the new Gust platform. We bring you her presentation which further to showing you some of the new features, invites you to schedule a demo to go even further in the new capacities of the platform. To schedule a one-on-one session email Jerome@gust.com

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AWS: European Angel Fund Austria
EAF Austria will amount to EUR 22.5 million and will be funded by the EIF and AWS on behalf of both the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Federal Ministry of Finance of Austria.

Catalonia leads angel investing in Spain
ACC1Ó’s 7 Business Angel Network closed 66 deals in 2012 for 10,7M€. That’s 14 deals more than in 2011 and 2,6M€ less in investment. All networks received around 2000 projects, from which they have presented 759 to their 365 investors. ACC1Ó reports a decrease in the amount invested per deal due to an increasing number of “Lean” start-ups combined with more investment options for angels. All in all, Catalonia seems to be the leading region in Spain in Business Angel activity and the trends are positive as angel investing is not only growing but also getting more professional.


Spain wants more Angels
Spain keeps searching for more angels to launch new businesses. Business angels investments are to be better highlighted in Spain.

EIF signs Risk Sharing Instruments (RSI) for innovative start-ups in Poland (80M€) and Portugal (60M€)... and launches a social impact investing fund of funds (60M€).

Angels with fewer than twelve investments are bad angels (source: Founders Club)

Swedish venture faces critical funding gap  (source: unquote.com)

European Business Angel Institute launched in Austria (source: WhiteBoard)

Swisscom opens €8m fund for local startups (source: ZDNet)

Egypt: Innovators value presence of angel investors (source: FT)


Exploring the impact of private equity on economic growth in Europe
Report commissioned by EVCA to Frontier Economics

EBAN Gold Members

Aktif Bank - EBAN Gold Member HERDEM&Co. - EBAN Gold Member  

EBAN membership categories

Full members
- Business angel networks, federations of networks set up to promote the angel market, business angel groups, angel funds or angel syndicates;
- Early stage venture capital and seed funds

Affiliate members 
- Business angels/private individuals

Associate members 
- Other non-investing market players)

For additional details and to apply for EBAN membership please follow this link.

Restricted to EBAN Members

Some of the opportunities below may be restricted to EBAN Members.

Raising Business Angel Investment - European Booklet for Entrepreneurs by EBAN and HBAN

Raising Business Angel Investment - European Booklet for Entrepreneurs

Request your copy and share it with your community to increase the quality of your deal flow. Would you be willing to have this guide translated into your local language please ask the Secretariat for contract procedures.

Upcoming events from the EBAN community

3 June
Seed Capital Conference
Oslo, Norway

3 June
Angel Investment in Spain: Building on 10 years of Experience
Madrid, Spain

EstBAN Angels Day
Tallin, Estonia

3-4 June
ENTER - Training Financiers for the Film Industry
Paris, France (1st workshop)

4 June
Go Beyond Awareness Seminar
Go Beyond Investment Event & Group Meeting
Technopark, Zurich

4 June
Nordic Business Angel Training & Dinner
Helsinki, Finland

5 June
Go Beyond ICT Awareness Seminar 
Go Beyond ICT Investment Event & Group Meeting
Technopark, Zurich

7 June
Talents et Entrepreneuriat en Méditerranée
Paris, France

7-8 June
Berlin, Germany

10 June
Go Beyond Exit Investments Webinar - Part 1

12 June
3rd Cleantech Investment Forum
Barcelona, Spain

Go Beyond Exit Investments Webinar - Part 2

Go Beyond Virtual Awareness Session 
More Go Beyond events for June here.

13 June
FiBAN: Investor Pitch & “Juridical terms to consider as a business angel”
Helsinki, Finland

18 June
30th ESADE BAN Investment Forum
Barcelona, Spain

26 June
Healthtech Summit
London, UK

3 July
SECA Private Equity & Corporate Finance Conference
Zurich, Switzerland

17-18 September
Exits: Startups
San Francisco, USA
Special conditions for EBAN Members

2-3 October
12th EBAN Winter University
Moscow, Russia

European Early Stage Investors Atlas

Presence of EBAN at events across Europe

Paulo Andrez participated as speaker on behalf of EBAN in the European Business Summit in Brussels, Belgium.

Alicia Gomez Campos attended the XVIII Inter-Parliamentary Conference (IPC) of the EUREKA Network in Brussels, Belgium.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in Expo Franchising in Estoril.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the EXANTE Awards 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Luis Galveias presented EBAN to a delegation from Oulu (Finland) visiting Brussels, Belgium.

Baybars Altuntas will be presenting how can Angel Investors and Universities Collaborate at the International Congress on Trends in Higher Education in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Ari Korhonen will represent EBAN at EstBAN Angels’ Day in Talin, Estonia.
Paulo Andrez will participate as a speaker in the Seed Capital Conference in Oslo, Norway.
Luis Galveias will participate as a speaker at the European Crowdfunding Network workshop, Brussels, Belgium.

Alicia Gómez Campos will attend the presentation of VoteMyLink.com at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium.

Michael Culligan (HBAN) will participate in representation of EBAN in the Digital Agenda Assembly to be held in Dublin, Ireland.

Paulo Andrez will present at "I love Europe, Why? The Single Market' on the occasion of Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Highlighted Video

Interview with Baybars Altuntas to Albanian TV SCAN on May 2nd (doubled to Albanian).

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