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February 2014
Flash #97

Registrations Open for the EBAN Annual Congress & Awards 

19-20 May 2014 
Dublin Castle, Ireland

www.ebancongress2014.org

Registration to the 14th Annual EBAN Congress is now available from the Congress website. This is the flagship event of the early stage investment community in which a wide top-class speakers - ranging from super angels and seasoned entrepreneurs to international and European policy makers - will provide a unique scenario aiming to bring the European early stage investment sector to a new level of excellency.

Enjoy the early-bird registration period before March 21st and take advantage of discounted fees made available to EBAN and HBAN members. Register from today!

 

New Template "Articles of Association" and "Code of Conduct" for BANs


EBAN is pleased to present to its members a new template of articles of association for business angel networks and a new guiding code of conduct for business angel networks. These legal documents are essential for the running of a business angel network and will henceforth be of great help to our members. These documents are proposed by EBAN's Law Committee and are the first of a series of legal & IP resources produced by the Committee. The new documents are available to EBAN members only and can be accessed through the Members exclusive area on Resources for Business Angel Networks.

 

EBAN Webinar: Angels in ...Your City 


Awakening a new angel community in your region. The London City case study

EBAN and London Business Angels will host a new webinar this time dedicated to Angels in the City, an initiative aimed at promoting enterprise and small businesses both in the City of London and neighbouring boroughs. During 2013 alone, Angels in the City reported a £2.5m of investment into 9 digital tech start up/ early stage SMEs, making it one of the most successful location and sector based angel initiatives worldwide.

With this webinar you will learn how to: explore your city's high net worth individuals' potential; bring investors closer to your local and regional deal sources; raise the number of investors and increase the activity of your business angel network and design a programme to successfully work with your city's stakeholders.

4.03.2014  |  12:00 CET  |  60 minutes  
Cost: free  |  Registration


 

Interview with Michael Culligan, Head of Ireland’s Federation of Business Angel Networks HBAN


«The business angel industry in Ireland has developed very significantly in recent years. We have a real hands on partnership with the Seed Venture Capital community. Many of the Seed Venture capital community regularly co-invest with business angels from our networks.» Read the full article

An interview with Michael Culligan with an outlook on Ireland's early stage investment scene was also recently published by Silicon Republic and is available in the following link.

 

President of EBAN Visits Turkey

Paulo Andrez, hosted by EBAN Board Member Baybars Altuntas, in the context of the Turkey Entrepreneurship Summit and per invitation of the Black Sea adjacent region Giresun, visited the Turkish entrepreneurship ecosystem. The trip, which took place from the 6th to the 10th of January and passed by Giresun, Ordu, Trabzon, Rize and Artvin, emphasised the achievements already in place in Turkey, namely a fast-growing angel investment market and a 75% tax break deduction considered by many as the most attractive angel investment incentive in Europe. A slideshow with pictures and media coverage of this visit is available in the following link.
 

EBAN Members & Partners'
News & Updates

 
LBA Reports a Record £15m of Investment Year in 2013
London Business Angels (LBA) scored a record year in 2013 with £3.5m invested into 22 SMEs by its members alongside a further £11.5m of co-investment, making it one of the most active angel communities in the U.K and indeed Europe for the period. According to a recent report by UKfunders, LBA was the most prolific angel investor network of the year in the first half of 2013 and in September 2013, LBA was awarded the investor all stars private investor network of the year award.

German Startups Group: Seven Additional Investments
The German Startups Group Berlin AG, provider of venture capital for the booming startups scene in Germany with its head office in Berlin, has invested in seven additional companies within the last few months. Just one a half years after its launch, the German Startups Group has created a portfolio of 24 investments. At the same time it has extended the previous investment focus on early stage companies with established German startups (”growth stage”).
 
ESADE BAN Participates in a Funding Round of €1.6M
Wallapop, a mobile flea market, has closed a funding round of €1.6 million in which Caixa Capital Risc, Venture Bonsai capital, Antai Business Angels and ESADE Ban, amongst others, have participated. ESADE was also featured recently in an article about "Crowdfunding and the Individual Value Creation", available in Spanish only.


Sofia Based Seed Fund LAUNCHub is Accepting Applications from innovative business in the digital tech sector. The fund is looking to invest in companies that target financing of up 200.000 euros, which is why applicants need to have a ready product and some initial traction. Apply here!

What Are Some Ways You Can Keep Track of Startups You Are Evaluating/Diligencing/Investing In?
Gust is the infrastructure that underlies much of the professional world of early stage finance. It is used by hundreds of thousands of companies in 195 countries to organise all of their investor relations material. But what's the exact purpose behind Gust's platform?

December has been a quiet month for angel investment in Western Europe, according to data from Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk. After an impressive showing in November, when EUR 67 million was invested across 29 deals, both volume and value have plummeted to their lowest levels for some time this month.

 

«At the World Economic Forum in Davos, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes unveiled a new startup ‘accelerator’ and think-tank to support the growing startup community in Europe. The Startup Europe Partnership is an accelerator in the loosest sense of the word, helping fledgling businesses to connect with entrepreneurs, mentors and accelerators through a yet to be unveiled online platform. 
The programme has been set up to help startups expand beyond their national borders and evolve into truly global companies. With that in mind, the Startup Europe Partnership will store resources to help entrepreneurs grow into new markets and pick up new customers.»
RESOURCES
This site will help you to apply for finance supported by the European Union. To access EU finance, click on your country to locate banks or venture capital funds that provide finance supported by the EU. Additionally, we're sharing with you some key documents presented at the recent SME Access to Finance Day in Dublin, Ireland about COSME Programme, SMEs in Horizon 2020 Programme and SME Instrument.

 
cover_crowdfunding for impact in europe and the usaCrowdfunding for Impact in Europe and the USA by Toniic & European Crowdfunding Network
Alternative finance intermediaries have been growing in size and impact in recent years in the UK as they attempt to provide much needed capital to individuals and businesses. The research presents the size and growth of alternative finance activities such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending in terms of amounts raised, ventures funded and individuals contributing funds.






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

Raising Business Angel Investment - European Booklet for Entrepreneurs

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Upcoming events from the EBAN community and partners


To have access to the full list of events taking place in November, some of which in the context of the European Business Angels Week, visit the following link.

10 February
Go Beyond Investment Event & Group Meeting
Paris, France

11 February
Business Angels Conference
Oslo, Norway
EBAN President Paulo Andrez will be a speaker at this event


12 February
Venture Summit West – California
Mountain View, CA, USA
25% Discount for EBAN Members!


12-13 February
Eighth Session of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Integration, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Geneve, Switzerland
EBAN President Paulo Andrez will be a speaker at this event

19 February
FiBAN-Finnvera screening
Kuopio, Finland

19 February
Estonian Startup Leaders Club Monthly Dinner
Riga, Estonia

25 February
Green Growth & Cleantech Summit
Helsinki, Finland
  
26 February
Go Beyond Awareness Seminar
Geneva, Switzerland 

6 March
InnoBAN -How to Pitch Your Company to Investors?
Ourense, Spain

10-11 March
Innovation Convention
Brussels, Belgium
EBAN representatives will attend this event

11 March
Seed Forum Investor Seminar by Aalto Start-up Center
Helsinki, Finland

17 March
First International Congress on Business Incubation
Seville, Spain
Paulo Andrez will be a speaker at this event

17-18 March
Angels Bootcamp
Berlin, Germany
50% Discount for EBAN Members!

26-28 March
2014 ACA Summit
Washington DC, USA
Special Rates for EBAN Members!

4 April
Swiss Private Equity Conference
Zurich, Switzerland
Special Rates for EBAN Members!

7-9 April
PYMWYMIC Impact Days
Amsterdand, The Netherlands

European Early Stage Investors Atlas

 


Presence of EBAN Team across Europe


Picture at the SME Access to Finance Day in Dublin (5th February) with Romualdo Bernucci (EIB), John Perry (Irish Minister for Small Business), Luis Galveias (EBAN) and Michael Culligan (HBAN).

Paulo Andrez and Baybars Altuntas participated in a 5-days trip in Turkey (6-10 January) to promote the local entrepreneurhsop ecosystem.

Paulo Andrez participated in the meeting of the European Commission SME Innovation Expert Group, on 16th January in Brussels, Belgium.

Pablo Garrido participated as a speaker in the SME Financing Infoday at ERRIN, on 24th January in Brussels, Belgium.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the conference Creating Successful Startups, on 29th January in Estoril, Portugal.

Luis Galveias participated in the SME Access to Finance Day on 5th February in Dublin, Ireland.

 
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