Angel Investing Takes Center Stage as a Global Asset Class at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015
They came from all over the world - Entrepreneurs, Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, Banks, Corporations, NGO’s and Policy Makers including the Presidents of the United States and Kenya to celebrate and to recognize the enormous contribution Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors have on societies, economies, and the universe.
Started by President Obama 6 years ago as part of his initiative to promote entrepreneurship as a tool for growth,
President Obama and President Kenyatta opened the 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), co-hosted by the United States and the Government of Kenya. During the Summit both Presidents announced new commitments to promote entrepreneurship as a driver for economic growth, social inclusion, and secure communities. Following his historic 2009 Cairo speech, President Obama elevated innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. engagement agenda and hosted the first GES at the White House in 2010. Over the past six years, the United States has been a leader in catalyzing entrepreneurship globally by developing innovative ecosystems; advocating for stronger business climates through rule of law and transparent business conduct; promoting entrepreneurship for women, youth, and marginalized communities; and mobilizing the private sector to expand impact.
EBAN was proudly represented at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit by President Candace Johnson, Vice President Baybars Altuntas, President Emeritus Paulo Andrez and EU Project Manager Ana Barjasic. All EBAN representatives gave speeches and participated in panels.
Juncker Plan Presentation Includes Angel Investing as Pillar
Following on the recognition by President Obama of the importance of Business Angels in Nairobi, the European Commission has put the final building blocks in place to kick-start investment in the real economy. A package of measures agreed and announced last 22 July will ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running by early autumn 2015, keeping the ambitious timetable set by President Jean-Claude Juncker to implement the Investment Plan for Europe.
EBAN and its colleagues in the Eco-System had presented the E-Zone to President Juncker for inclusion in his Investment Plan. We are delighted that our suggestions for a more important role for Business Angels are now foreseen in the plan.
Most particularly, in the context of the Horizon 2020 InnovFin facilities, the Commission, the EIB and the EIF also signed another agreement on a new pilot scheme run under the InnovFin SME Venture Capital facility, which will co-finance investments by business angels (BAs) in innovative SMEs and small midcaps that predominantly aim to commercialize new ICT-related products and services.
The aim of this pilot is to help overcome the deficiencies of the BAs financing environment by providing equity stakes in funds aiming to co-invest with or managed by BAs for the ultimate benefit of innovative SMEs and small midcaps located in the Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020, with a particular focus on Central and Easter Europe. With an initial EU financial contribution of €30 million, this pilot is expected to generate an amount of up to €120 million of investments and in particular, also provide a roadmap for further co-investments with Business Angels.
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Altuntas of EBAN Recognized as the 7th JCI Ambassador
EBAN Vice President Baybars Altuntas has been recognized as the 7th JCI Ambassador at a ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters after his keynote speech on angel investment at the JCI Global Partnership Summit in New York. A sterling example is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose recognition is the latest in the series of JCI ambassador appointments prior to that of Altuntas.
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3 Day Silicon Valley Investor Program and European Innovation Day
EBAN is proudly supporting the SEC2SV Investor Program
, a custom 3 day Angel Investing program in San Francisco, California, designed for prospective and current angel investors, entrepreneurs and other business professionals looking for diversification investment opportunities. The Program is part of the SEC2SV-Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley
initiative and in connection with the European Innovation Day
on September 21st. You will be exposed to a network of professional angel investors to learn the methodologies and technicalities of successful angel investing and generate new co-investment opportunities. Download the Program Brochure
for further details,modules and pricing information.
Your participation in the 3-Day SV Investor Program will be entitle you to partake in the European Innovation Day on September 21st, the opening event (at the Computer History Museum
in Mountain View) of the SEC2SV-Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley initiative.
Growing a pan-African network of Angel Investors
ABAN is proud to announce all dates and speakers for the series of Angel Investor Bootcamps being hosted across the continent. Objective of the series is to mobilize the early stage investing community and to grow a pan-African network of Angel investors.
The Bootcamps will consist of a master-class, expert sessions, the presentation of research and in-depth case studies. [Click here to read more]
InvestHorizon Brainslounge 2015: Hottest Event in Austria
Another outstanding InvestHorizon event was celebrated last July 7th
- in Siegendorf, Austria – where 22 promising startups, 5 coaches and 20 investors participated in Brainslounge 2015, the hottest Early Stage Camp and Investment Forum ever recorded in history. The 37 degrees of heat although were not enough to compromise the success of this event organized and hosted by Austrian Brainswork and DreamAcademia. [Click here to read more]
EBAN welcomes 3 new members!
We are proud to announce that Gianluca Tuillier has joined EBAN as new member. His main interest is investing, especially in small size start-ups.
Bulgarian Angels is one of the most relevant business angels association in Bulgaria, aimed at supporting the development of local early stage companies. Its main goals are promoting a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and providing financial support and training programs to the local entrepreneurs.
Accellerators are recognized a great tool to foster startups' growth for several reasons…[Read more]
Interview with Paulo Andrez
An interesting discussion with the President Emeritus of EBAN during the Game Changers in Brazil. [Watch the full video]
Happy Birthday UANGEL!
Ukraine Business Angel Network celebrated its 1st anniversary.[Read more]
Take a Trip to Rwanda with BiD Network!
BiD Network is organizing an impact investment trip to Rwanda from 8 to 13 November 2015. This trip is intended to close the geographic gap between entrepreneurs and angel investors. Investors will be able to get a first-hand experience in what it’s like to do business in Rwanda and East Africa.
The Social Entrepreneur Competition is the summer contest aimed at recognizing the best social entrepreneurs from the Nordic regions of Europe. The 2 best participants (one male and one female) will be awarded full access entry passes to the EBAN Winter University in Copenhagen!
Register to 7th run of the international accelerator JIC STARCUBE
3 months full of workshops, mentoring and intensive work await 10 technology teams and start-ups from around the world. Applicants have until 31. 7. 2015 to register, and the programme itself begins in September.
ECN is looking for a EC Project Manager
Crowdfunding is a fast growing sector and our team keeps growing. ECN is looking for an experienced, motivated, Bruxelles-based, self-employed professional to include in its team as EC Project Manager.
Opportunity for ABAN coaches in Africa
The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is looking for a volunteer business coach for its Transformation Programs in Africa
| The Grants4Apps® Accelerator is a mentoring program for digital health startups taking place in Berlin. This year’s batch with five startups runs from August 10th until December 4th, 2015. The program offers mentoring by entrepreneurs and Bayer experts, office space for 100 days at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals headquarters, and funding of 50,000€.