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August 2014
Flash #103

Digital Venice Stands for the Startup Investors Manifesto

EBAN's President Candace Johnson participated at the event that launched the Italian Presidency of the European Union. Digital Venice was a clear sign from Italian Prime Minister that the digital sector must be a priority for Europe. 
Within the debate, Candace led a workshop targeted to discuss "Startup Europe", an initiative which aims to strengthen and promote the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs.
The outcomes of the session can be found via this link.

The UKBAA Investment Summit in the Spotlight



Over 400 investors, entrepreneurs and early stage market players gathered at the UKBAA Investment Summit
sharing their expertise and views on trends and developments in the international angel marketplace. Under the main topic "Creating a long-term investment pathway", the summit emphasized how to create a connected investment and supported environment towards the creation of a sustainable growing economy.

EBAN Directory of Business Angels Networks

 

EBAN started collecting information on angel networks in 1999 by which time 66 networks were identified. This figure has steadily grown and reaches now 468 operating networks, as per data gathered by EBAN 2014 Statistics. 
Considered by many as a grey market, EBAN contributes with this publication to gain greater visibility and drive investment into high-growth early-stage companies within the angel investment landscape.

COSME & Horizon Financial Instruments
 

European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry

In pursuit of boosting entrepreneurial culture and the stimulation a favourable environment for companies to be created and expanded, the EC has launched the calls for expression of interest for the COSME & Horizon financial instruments:

COSME Loan Guarantee Facility
COSME Equity Facility for Growth
Horizon - InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility


To fully benefit from these opportunities, please visit the following link.
 
Dimitris Tsigos Organises First Ever Young Entrepreneurs Conference in Athens


The 1st European Young Entrepreneurs's Summit was a Tour de Force, bringing together Europe's and the world's best entrepreneurs and Angel Investors. It was exciting to feel the energy emerging from these young people around the world. There is nothing stopping them!"
Dimitris Tsigos, Serial Entrepreneur and EBAN Member.

EBAN welcomes 2 new members!

Aqal Capital, Germany [Early Stage Fund] is an Integral Investing consulting company that de-risks investments by building sustainable and responsible companies from the beginning.

crowdFONcrowdFON, Turkey [Electronic Funding Platform] is Turkey's first crowdfunding platform dedicated to nurture creative and innovative entrepreneurial projects.


EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates

ANIMA Selects Startups and Investors to Participate in European Workshops 
In the framework of Euromed@Change, a series of investment workshops will be celebrated in Brussels, Athens and Barcelona. 

Turkey Sets to Become a Global Hub Center for Angel Investing
With a 75% tax incentive for accredited angel investors and government incentives, Turkey aims to become an international hub for local and foreign angel investors and startups.

Lessons from & for the Angels
Insights from the Expert Panel from the EBAN 14th Annual Congress are now available, sharing priceless angels' advice to stay tuned. 

German Startups Group Invests in 11 Berlin Startups
With the aim of representing the most promising German startups across a broad range of sectors, the firm has made 17 investments in the last eight months.

SuperFounders Reunites the Most Promising Startups Across the Balkans
Startups from Skopje, Podgorica and Banja Luka competed for the title of Most promising startup and best pitch, in front of a jury composed of investors and mentors.

Redalpine LogoRedalpine Leads Seven-Figure Funding Round for Online Art Platform Juniqe
The co-investments by High-Tech Gründerfonds, German Startups Group and individual business angels will help the company strengthen its international position and accelerate their impressive growth.

Volume and Value of European Angel Investment Slipping in July
16 transactions worth an aggregate of €27 M, representing a decline on the 37 deals worth €51 M in June.
 
What Is Actually Required to Start or Close a Funding Round?
With many more entrepreneurs seeking capital than investors seeking to fund them, starting a round with a lead investor is the real challenge to raise the odds.

EARLY STAGE MARKET
7 Tips for Investing in Your First Company (source: Entrepreneur.com)

OPPORTUNITIES

LogoSpain Startup - The South Summit
The South Summit is looking for the 100 most promising startups from Spain, the Mediterranean and Latin America, aiming to bring together the best talent from early to growth stage.

HomeLeWeb Startup Competition
LeWeb Competition Winner Waze was acquired by Google for $1.3 billion. Interested in becoming the next European success story? Join here.
 
RESOURCES 
 
Crowd Valley Publishes New Global Crowdfunding Market Report 
Since the start of 2014, the international crowdfunding market kept developing fast, with new actors moving into the arena. Find how these advances impacted the international crowdfunding market.

Establishing a Venture Philanthropy Organisation in Europe
This publication has the goal is to assist start-ups or early-stage VP organisations (VPOs) in Europe by providing an insight into ‘what works’ in an European context, drawing attention to the emergence of new VPOs and new financing instruments.

It's happening out there.
You'll find it here.

EBAN's communications are a vital medium to convey and connect the early stage investment market. We strive to disseminate an open exchange of information gathering all relevant market players, fostering cross-border transfers of knowledge and cooperation between startups.
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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.
 

 


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Upcoming Events from EBAN Community

7-9th September
Nordic Life Science Days 2014 in Stockholm | Redefining Early Stage Investments
Stockholm, Sweden

11-12th September
EVPA Workshop on Exit Strategies
Brussels, Belgium

15-16th September
European Business Angels Forum
In coordination with Istanbul Stock Exchange
Istanbul, Turkey

29th September
ANIMA Investment Workshop
Brussels, Belgium

30th September
Euromed@Change Conference and Business Forum
With the participation of EBAN's Member Dr. Al Jaber

13th November
Berlin Startup Tour
Special Rates for EBAN's Members
Berlin, Germany

13-14th November
VI Mediterranean Women Entrepreneurs Forum
Thessaloniki, Greece

17-18th November
EBAN Winter University
Helsinki, Finland

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

17-23rd November
European Business Angels Week

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

10-12th December
Academic Entrepreneurship Conference
Enschede, Netherlands
 
Presence of EBAN Team Across Europe

Ari Korhonen, Baybars Altuntas and Paulo Andrez participated in the Mena Angel Conference on June 1-2nd in Manama, Bahrain. 

Baybars Altuntas and Paulo Andrez participated in the Early Stage Investment Conference on June 5th in Erzurum, Turkey.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the ICTHE 2014 International Conference on June 7th in Istanbul, Turkey.

Baybars Altuntas and Paulo Andrez participated in the Aktif Bank Conference, for the official launch of the booklet "Angel Investment for Entrepreneurs" on June 10th in Istanbul, Turkey.

Candace Johnson, Dimitris Tsigos and Paulo Andrez participated in the Greek Presidency Conference: Growth Enhancing EU Financial Instruments for RDI on June 13th in Athens, Greece.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in ESTBAN Workshop Mitigating the Risks of Angel Investments on June 16th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the Finance Estonia event on June 17th in Tallinn, Estonia.

Ivar Siimar and Paulo Andrez participated as speakers in the FinanceEstonia International Forum 2014 on June 16-17th in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Paulo Andrez participated in the European Commission Expert Group "SME Innovation" on June 19th in Brussels, Belgium.

Ivar Siimar and Paulo Andrez participated in the launch of the first Ukrainian Business Angels Network on June 20th in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the EBN Annual Congress on June 27th in Lleida, Spain.
 
Candace Johnson participated in the UKBAA Summit on July 1st in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Candace Johnson participated in Digital Venice in the context of the Italian Presidency of the European Union on July 8th in Venice, Italy. 

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