International Startup Investors Confererence | EBAN Helsinki 2014
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October 2014
Flash #105

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University and Slush Celebrate and Pave the Way to European Success Stories

Over 400 active business angels working towards creating European Success Stories, will join together in Helsinki with EBAN and its local host FiBAN to converge in a world-class conference experience with two intense days, combined with the amazing SLUSH, the world's pre-eminent meeting point for innovation and entrepreneurship.  Members from EBAN and our newly incubated MBAN and ABAN will join a total of 350 delegates and 50 speakers from around the world on November 17th and 18th for the EBAN Helsinki Winter University/SLUSH joint event.


Amongst the speakers and panelists you will find David Rose, serial entrepreneur and super angel investor who will interview Peter Jungen, EBAN's President Emeritus and founder Business Angels Network Deutschland, now Angel Investor in New York, Asia, and the Middle East, Peter Vesterbacka, the guru behind the Angry Birds games and seasoned angel investor, Jari Ovaskainen, private investor with Supercell background ($1.5bn exit) and Jaakko Salminen, CEO of the Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association and esteemed business angel.  Jenny Tooth, the CEO of UK's Business Angels Association will also join us to give her insights on Angel Investing as well asOliver Gajda, the President of the European Crowd Funding Network, giving us the latest update on this exciting funding possibility for both entrepreneurs and angels alike.


The Conference spotlights on entrepreneurial success with the intervention of Anne Berner, owner of Valilla Interior, and Paula Fitzsimons, founder of Going for Growth, an initiative on women entrepreneurship funded by the European Social Fund.


We look forward to seeing you in EBAN Helsinki 2014, the unique opportunity for our community to network, learn and contribute to the lively debate. Organisations affiliated to EBAN, MBAN, ABAN and FiBAN will get discounted rates.

EBAN Helsinki Passes
EBAN Helsinki 2014 & Gala Dinner €590 (Members €390)
EBAN+Slush 2in1 Event Pass €830 (Members €680)
Other ticket options:

EBAN Represents the Voice of Early-Stage Investors at the SME Assembly | Naples

From the 1st to the 3rd of October, Ari Korhonen, EBAN's Vice-President, and Pablo Garrido, Head of Office, attended and actively participated in the event.

Ari was a keynote speaker during the session "Meeting SME Finance Needs", presenting the different funding options available for startups and SMEs, combined with an European overview of the early-stage investment market and the economic impact of angel investment. The role of the BA's was also outlined as a powerful enabler of job creation.

Complementarily, Ari was invited as a jury member during "The Pitch", a session in which entrepreneurs pitched for investment in their companies. Highlights and conclusions of the SME Assembly 2014 available here.

Ari Korhonen and Baybars Altuntas Praise Success at Skolkovo Business Angels [SCBA]

EBAN Vice-Presidents Ari Korhonen and Baybars Altuntas represented EBAN at the event of the Skolkovo Business Angels Club in Moscow, Russia. Created in 2010,Skolkovo Foundation is the principal agency responsible for the Russian Skolkovo Innovation Centre, a scientific and technological centre for the development and commercialisation< of advanced technologies. Skolkovo Foundation is supporting the development of the Skolkovo Business Angels Club who we are welcoming this month as an EBAN Gold Network Member.


Baybars gave a clear picture of the European angel market and recent trends during his presentation “Best Practices in the European Angel Investment Ecosystem”, followed by Ari's informative and encouraging speech under the topic "How to Create High Value Exits".


EBAN would also like to congratulate Panorics, the winning startup of this event, awarded with $50,000 in financing.

1st African Angel Investors Summit in Lagos, Nigeria

VC4Africa and DEMO Africa gathered over 300 start-ups during the 1st African Angel Investors Summit in Lagos, Nigeria. Hosted on the 25th and 26th of September, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity were the elements celebrated. Baybars Altuntas, EBAN Vice-President, attended the event as panel speaker in the session “Investing in Startups in Africa” and also gave a presentation with VC4Africa and our new African colleagues from ABAN on the importance of Angel Investing.


Baybars exposed the fact that Africa needs more local angel investors, as long as these people are covering 75% of startups financial needs. In addition, Baybars mentioned that investors’ approach to startups does not change from continent to continent. 


Finally, a last takeaway from EBAN Vice-President is that angel investors invest in entrepreneurs first, then the business idea. If both happen at the same time, that is a plus for the angel investor.

EBAN welcomes 5 new members!

Seed Equity Ventures LLC, U.S.A [Early Stage Fund] was founded to provide growth equity to entrepreneurs and their startups in exciting industries throughout the world.

Neulogy Ventures, Slovakia [Early Stage Fund] is helping young companies facilitating access to venture capital financing and enabling transfer of the latest technology.

DSM, Switzerland [Early Stage Fund] is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM Venturing, the outside-in arm of their open innovation, has invested in more than fifty emerging innovative companies in the US, Europe and Israel.

max-Q GmbH, Switzerland [Early Stage Fund] focuses on impact investing and also assists startups and entrepreneurs on the market with new ideas, being open to green and sustainable projects from all regions of Europe with a core interest in cross-border projects.

Skolkovo Business Angels Club, Russia [Gold Network) brings together entrepreneurs and investors who are seeking new business opportunities. Skolkovo members benefit from a number of schemes, designed to spread risk attracting cross-border investment from state, private investment funds and foreign associations.

EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates

Is Making Equity Crowdfunding Available to All a Good Thing?
Part of the challenge is the enormous amount of ignorance surrounding this suddenly hot topic.

Successful exit for the German Startups Group with Fyber
With the sale of Fyber to RTNS Media, the German Startups Group reports its first major exit for an investment 

Silicon Gardens Fund Announces First 5 Investments
Launched last May, the fund is backed by local and foreign investors to accelerate early-stage startups from Slovenia and the CEE to the international stage.

MIND HUNTER Acquires Investment Opportunities in several sectors and geographical regions, boosting   cross-border and cross-network investments. 

French Clothing Maker Targeted by Angels
September has had a total of 21 European angel investment deals with an aggregate value of €23M, according to the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk.

Start UP Academy Macedonia Opens Application Window, through a year-long academy aiming to improve your entrepreneurial skills in business modeling, trade law, finance and SMEs management.
Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup 2014/2015 is the worldwide leading innovation competition in the area of wearable technologies, in which thousands of contestants took part since it was first launched in 2009.
Innovative Ideas Competition 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.

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah International Prize for Entrepreneurs is a programme to encourage innovative startups in Saudi Arabia through coaching and rewards. 

Venture Weekends Brussels is a two-day adventure to launch or build a business. During 50 hours of workshops, 10 coaches will help entrepreneurs to launch their project.

Guide to Places and Spaces of Creative Incubation in Central Europe was created with the aim to better understand the dynamics of creative incubators and specific conditions for their development and existence in Central Europe.

European Structural and Investment Funds
This publication targets strategic guiding principles to facilitate the programming process setting: how the ESI Funds are to contribute to Europe 2020 by ensuring coherence with economic governance.

Investment Readiness Day at
SBA Venture Academy
EBAN Members Converge in Sophia Antipolis | France

EBAN Members from France (Sophia Business Angels), Turkey (Galata Business Angels), as well as new MBAN members (Casbah Business Angels and Arabreneur Business Angels) met together with Cambridge Business Angels, and UK Business Angel of the Year, Peter Cowley as well as Gigi
Wang, Chair Emeritus MIT/ Stanford Ventures in Sophia Antipolis to meet,
coach, and judge entrepreneurs from around the world coming from Spain, Israel, UK, Germany, and Palestine.

Right entrepreneurs in the right place get investment. Having value is different to being fundable, thus the advice from business angels is critical towards economic prosperity. The Investment Readiness Day provided talented startups with bespoke advice on how to make their business more attractive to investors, with individual coaching sessions throughout the day.

Build your startup with EBAN's
Investment Readiness Programmes.

Last Events featuring EBAN

25-26th September
1st African Angel Investors Summit
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-President Baybars Altuntas as speaker
Lagos, Nigeria

30th September
With the participation of EBAN's Head of Office Pablo Garrido as a speaker
Brussels, Belgium

30th September - 1st October
Skolkovo Business Angels [SCBA]
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-Presidents Ari Korhonen and Baybars Altuntas as speakers
Moscow, Russia

1-3rd October
EC SME Assembly
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-President Ari Korhonen as a speaker
Naples, Italy

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.






Upcoming Events from EBAN Community

24th October
Galata BAN Investor Meetup
With the participation of MBAN's President Abdul Malek Al Jaber
Istanbul, Turkey

27th October
Manage & Follow-on Rounds |Part 1

28th October
Due Diligence Webinar |Part 1

30th October
European Venture Contest NRW
Cologne, Germany

3-4th November 
Silicon Strol Bootcamp
Dublin, Ireland

7th November 
EU-Startups Conference
Munich, Germany
Discounted rates for EBAN's Members

11-13th November
Coinvest Venture Days 2014
Nova Gorica, Slovenia
With the participation of EBAN's Special Counselor Dr. Jean-Noel Durvy

12-13th November
Balkan Venture Forum - COINVEST Edition
With the participation of MBAN's President Abdul Malek Al Jaber
Nova Gorica, Slovenia

13-14th 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

17-23rd November
Business Angels Week
Europe | MENA | Africa

17-23rd November
8th Portuguese Business Angels Week

19th November
IVC Investor Round Table
With the participation of EBAN's consultant Jean-Noel Durvy
Rotterdam, Netherlands

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

20th November
3rd AEBAN Annual Congress
Barcelone, Spain 

21st November
VIII Congresso da FNABA
Guimarães, Portugal

21st November
Get in the Ring - International Final
Rotterdam, Netherlands

24-25th November
UK Social Investment Conference
London, UK

25th November
NBAA Congress and Awards
Moscow, Russia

26th November
Startup Awards SK
Bratislava, Slovakia

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

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
Discounted Rates for EBAN's Members
Enschede, Netherlands

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

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