The recent announcement by the Central European Bank of Quantitative Easing coupled with the European Union Investment Plan announced by President Juncker in December have resulted in a situation in which public and private sector investors in Europe have “no excuses”to invest in innovative early stage and growth companies in 2015. Co-investment venture finance for Business Angels and Seed Funds from European Structural Funds has never been so abundant. Money as such has never been so available to stimulate the economy and to provide impulses for innovation and growth.
What is important is that we all, the public and private sector investors in Europe, be we Business Angels, be we Crowd Funders, be we Venture Capitalists, be we Private Equity, be we Stock Exchanges, Banks and/or private citizens transform this money and liquidity into smart money, smart investment, and innovation to create European and Global Success Stories!
Europe, home of the World Wide Web, the Global Mobile System (GSM) and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) standards has wonderful pillars on which to build global companies. In a time of concern about global data privacy and cyber security, Europe has been at the forefront of protecting private citizens data with the world’s first and only “Bill of Citizen’s Rights” guaranteeing data privacy.
What has held us back — if anything — is the lack of a Single Market.
EBAN together with our fellow venture finance eco-system members,
EBN, ECN, YES, EVCA, BAE, and the Elite Group of the London Stock Exchange have written the paper to call for an E-Zone to President Juncker.
In order for us to unleash the power of public and private sector-led investment coupled with public co-investment, the establishment of an E-Zone where entrepreneurs, researchers, and investors are free to reach their visions, unencumbered with legacy bureaucracy is vital.
This is why all members of the European Venture Finance eco-system have come together to establish the E-Zone.
Together in an E-Zone, we can create European Success Stories. What are European Success Stories? They are Skype; they are SAP; they are SES; they are Nokia - yes, coming back from the brink but coming back; they are Vodafone; they are Telefonica; they are Novartis; they are Angry Birds; they are Raspberry Pi; etc. They are also the family owned companies which are our heritage — Siemens, Bertelsmann, L’Oreal, ABB, LEGO, the list goes on. All of these companies are testaments to individual will and power to create world-changing companies and organizations.
We are also calling on large corporations with our new e-Xcellerator
Programme - - to work closely with our start-ups and our scale-ups to help bring their amazing innovations to the world stage with the help of their corporate resources, market, scale, and networks.
That is why, we at EBAN are calling 2015 - The “No Excuses” Year!
We look forward to creating the European and Global Success Stories within an E-Zone with you. We know that together we can do it!
EBAN & GUST Webinars for Angels Groups
For years, Gust has been helping angel investor groups and venture capital funds collaborate with promising startups. Over the last 12 months, 1800+ startups have been funded through Gust’s SaaS funding platform.
As a direct advantage of EBAN's Membership, Gust offers free usage of their platform to accredited EBAN's Members.
Gust offers the tools accredited angel investors, venture funds and startup programs need to get the job done, and within this framework will be holding a series of webinars targeting both new angel groups and experienced users who want to deepen the features of the platform.
To register for the webinar please choose from the times below:
Angel Groups new to Gust
Current Gust users
For further information, please contact EBAN's Secretariat
EBAN and EBN come together in Skopje to create Western Balkan Hub of Innovation and Venture Financing
EBAN’s President and Vice President, Candace Johnson and Baybars Altuntas came together with EBN’s President Emeritus and Director of Business Development Joe Greaney and David Tee for a three-day seminar 22-25 January on Business Innovation in Skopje, to help create a new Western Balkan Hub of Innovation and Venture Financing.
In an exemplary model of regional and public/private cooperation,
Macedonia Business Angels Network’s Ilija Emice brought together Vladimir Pesevski, the Vice Prime Minister of Macedonia; Teuta Arifi the Mayor of Tevolo; and other dignitaries and business people from around the Western Balkan Region to launch the COSSME Network.
EBAN and Entrepreneur Country Invite You to the Entrepreneur Country Global Forum 3rd February
Join the world's top entrepreneurs, investors, and doers at the Entrepreneur Global Forum taking place 3rd of February at at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
***All members of the EBAN Community will receive a special rate of £100 instead of £250***
EBAN is proud to be a founding partner of Entrepreneur Country Global.
EU Angels Investing in High Technology
Following the EBAN Helsinki 2014 European Business Angels Conference
, angel investments in Europe are increasing and into diverse sectors; ICT, with a 32%, is clearly leading the market, followed by biotech & life sciences and mobiles with 10% each. Manufacturing (9%), health care (8%) and energy (6%) are in the top-tier of the sectors.
In the latest survey made by EBAN, a total of 7.5 billion EUR were invested in the early stage market in 2013. Of this amount, 5.5 billion was made by angels, 2.0 billion by early stage VCs and 80 million by equity crowdfunding. The top 3 countries in terms of angel investments (in EUR) were: United Kingdom, with 84.4 million; Spain, 57.6 million, and Russia, 41.8 million.
To find out more about startup investing best practices and success stories, please visit the following link (Huffingtonpost).