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:
, Business Angel of the Year
(Spain) Business Angel Network of the Year
(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 recorded and edited by Investo.tv (VZMD, Slovenia)
Meeting with the European Investment Bank 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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EBAN Gold Members
EBAN membership categories
- 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
- Business angels/private individuals
- Other non-investing market players)
For additional details and to apply for EBAN membership please follow this link.