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September 2014
Flash #104

EBAN Helsinki Winter University and SLUSH Team Up for a "Must Be There" Event
Special 2in1 tickets available for EBAN WU and Slush!

The EBAN 13th Winter University, 17-18th November anticipates a top-class startup investors gathering in Finland, expecting over 400 international investors networking to discuss the latest startup investing practices. In addition, EBAN offers a unique 2in1 ticket offer covering both Winter University and Slush, Europe's leading startup event. The SLUSH event will be held on November 18-19th, combining various EBAN and Slush events on 18th November and expects an impressive audience of 10,000 participants. Purchase your Early Bird Tickets now!

Early Bird Tickets
EBAN Helsinki 2014 & Gala Dinner €490 (Members €320)
EBAN+Slush 2in1 Event Pass €730 (Members €580)
Other ticket options: www.ebanhelsinki2014.com


View the official programme and prepare yourself to discover all the current market hot-topics and who are leading the debates.


Message from EBAN President

Dear Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Early Stage Investment Community,

It is with great joy that I write this first EBAN Flash Message as EBAN President.

Over the summer, the Members of the Board of EBAN and the EBAN President Emeritus Council, and new colleagues in the Middle East and Africa have worked together with our membership and stakeholders to define the Five Point Plant below to realise our goal of creating one of the most vibrant, dynamic, impactful and integral eco-systems in the world for value and job creation and long-term sustainability:

1. Create and Celebrate European Success Stories.
2. Create an 'E-Zone' or EU 29th Country for Entrepreneurs, Innovation and Early Stage Investment.
3. Inspire and enable Corporations in Europe to reach out and buy more services and products from Europe’s start-ups and scale-ups.
4. Professionalize Investment and Entrepreneurial Activity.
5. Gather original source Data and Perform Research to inform Public Sector Policies.

To read the full article please visit this link.



EBAN Kicks-Off the FI Business Project

Future Internet Business is a support programme of FI-WARE Accelerator, an initiative launched by European Commission for the purpose of dramatically increasing Europe’s Information and Communication Technology competitiveness. The aim of the FI-Business project is to support FI-WARE startups and companies with services such as bootcamps, webinars, e-pitches and similar to complement the existing accelerators’ programmes.
EBAN will play an important role in implementing certain services in the FI-Business project together with our partners (Bwcon, Eurescom, Media Deals, Metavallon and New Factory).

EBAN welcomes 6 new members!

LATBAN, Latvia [Business Angel Network]
is a newly formed network organising and expanding the activity of business angels in Latvia, supporting and funding promising new ventures.

Angels Den DACH, Germany [Business Angel Network] is set to become the major agent for change in startup early stage financing in Germany, offering pitching to Angels on a one-to-one basis through its unique and exciting SpeedFunding events.

Zagreb Entrepreneurship Incubator, Croatia [Business Accelerator] is the first start-up incubator in its country, aiming to support the entrepreneurs of Southeastern Europe to build their companies.

UAngel, Ukraine [Business Angel Network] is a newly launched Ukrainian Business Angels Network that aims at developing the local ecosystem and becoming the bridge between seed and round A investments in the Ukrainian Market.

Crane, Croatia [Business Angel Network] brings together business angels from Croatia and abroad interested in investing in innovative projects, with a track record of 13 projects and over 1M€ funded in the last year.

Europe4Startups, Luxembourg [Business Accelerator] is created to help promising eBusiness and multimedia companies to start up or boost their ventures in Europe, by providing 12 months of premium services for free. They are also partnering Luxembourg's first Founders in a Castle on 17th October.


EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates

Malaysia, an Attractive Investment Destination
Get the facts as to why Malaysia should be on the list of every investor, ever since the Government announced the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Go Beyond Investors Realise a 4X Return in Two Years From Sensima Exit
Go Beyond Investors realised a 100% annualized return with the sale of Sensima Technology SA to Silicon Valley based Monolithic Power Systems. 

EstBAN and LatBAN Signed a Cooperation Agreement at the Joint Angel Camp
The event was successful with more than 90 participants from Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Poland learning the best practices of angel investing, networking and discussing the cross-border investments into startups. 

London based early stage children’s edtech specialist, has closed a further investment of £90k, including an investment of £65k by the LBA Roundtable Syndicate Fund.

Media Deals Leads the Connect Investor Club
The Club aims at fostering a trusted relationship among European early-stage investors who will meet regularly, in order to work together and look at deal flow in the content and digital networks’ sector, developing some syndicated investments at the cross-border level. 

Science 14 Congregates Start-ups and Entrepreneurs in the Heart of Europe
Science 14 Atrium offers flexible office solutions promoting entrepreneurship, mentoring start-ups and supporting SME’s with the development of business cases and ideas. It is home to a varied community of start-ups, entrepreneurs and EU professionals.
 
Italian Deal Among August’s European Angel Investments
Six European angel investments worth an aggregate €4M in August 2014. July itself represented the second consecutive monthly decline in volume and value (May: 42 deals at €133M; June: 37 deals at €51M).
 
As A New Independent Angel Investor, How Will I Find New Companies to Invest in?
For a new angel investor, the best thing to do is to join a local angel investor group that belongs to EBAN. Most groups focus primarily on early-stage, high-growth companies with scalable business models.

EARLY STAGE MARKET

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COSME Agreement Will Boost Funding Opportunities for SMEs 
Thanks to the €1,3bn allocated in the COSME budget for SME financing, the agreement paves the way for providing equity and debt financing for SMEs under the EU Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs programme by the end of 2014. 
 
The Venture Challenge is an opportunity for aspiring Life Sciences entrepreneurs, to receive coaching and advice on essential elements of setting up a business, thereby paving the way for your future success.

The EuropeanPioneers Accelerator Programme aims to boost the development of digital SMEs and web entrepreneurs in the media and content sector in Europe. 

Support for European Business in South East Asia Markets Malaysia Component (SEBSEAM-M)
The project is aimed at promoting Malaysia as a direct trade market and as an easy, cost-effective gateway to the ASEAN market of 600 million consumers.
 
RESOURCES 
KPMG Study Shows Nearly 60% of Family Owned Businesses Are Struggling to Find External Finance to Fund Investment
While family businesses create more than 70% of global GDP many say they find their fundraising options limited. This global report includes country specific insights from experts from all over the world, available at this link.
 
 
Business growth remains key concern of Middle East family businesses owners. Middle East family businesses struggle to cope up with changes in marketplace. 
 

EBAN New Website
The rising community of Business Angels is radically changing the European investment landscape. Electronic and crowdfunding platforms, together with other online funding options are nowadays playing a decisive role. 
EBAN wants to continue playing its key activity by updating its website, offering a greater range of solutions and tools to its members. EBAN members will be endorsed with a unique toolkit for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments, together with live news and up to date data through its brand new platform, available on September 18th at www.eban.org.


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


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

16th September
Speedfunding/Angel Meeting
Munich, Germany

18th September
Arabreneur 3rd Angel Pitch Event
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Ramallah, Jordan

22-26th September
DEMO Africa & The future of Angel Investing in Africa
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-President Baybars Altuntas
Lagos, Nigeria

29th September
ANIMA Investment Workshop
With the participation of EBAN's Member MIF Advisory
Brussels, Belgium

30th September
Skolkovo Business Angels Club Meeting
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-Presidents Ari Korhonen and Baybars Altuntas

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

30th September
Startup Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

30th September
Investment Forum | NEM Summit
Brussels, Belgium

1st October
Deal Terms: Understand the General Terms and Conditions of Shareholder Agreements and the Impact They May Have
Technopark, Zurich

1st October
Healthcare Investment Event: Meet Start-ups Seeking Investment and Join Investors Wanting to Invest in Early-Stage Companies in Health Care
Technopark, Zurich

1st October
Impact Investment Event & Group Meeting: Collaborate with Like-Minded Investors and Meet Sustainable SMEs Seeking Financing
Technopark, Zurich

2nd October
ACCELMED Investment Workshop
Athens, Greece

2-3th October 2014 
Family Business Roundtable 
Mallorca, Spain

8th October
Global Impact Forum
Zurich, Switzerland

10-12th October
Sophia Business Angels International Venture Academy
Sophia Antipolis, France

13-14 October
EU-ASEAN Forum on Food Safety
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

15th October
Speedfunding/Angel Meeting
Berlin, Germany

15-17th October
25th FBNi Global Summit 
Dubai, UAE

17th October
Founders in a Castle
Luxembourg

3-4th November 
Silicon Strol Bootcamp
Dublin, Ireland

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

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

27-28th November 
Family Business Roundtable 
Mallorca, Spain

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
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Discounted Rates for EBAN's Members
Enschede, Netherlands

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

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