EBAN Winter University 2012 - Save the Date
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September 2012
Flash #81
11th EBAN Winter University

EBAN Winter University 2012: Save the Date

Next 2nd to 4th of December EBAN will host its 11th Winter University in Paris!
Together with France Angels, the upcoming edition of the well-known WU will focus on the hot topic of Exits. This annual meeting will take place in the ESCP Europe campus located in Paris city centre. Organised by Compinnov, the Winter University will consist of a Networking Dinner (2/12), a diverse set of conferences and breakout sessions (3/12) and multiple training opportunities proposed by the EBAN Institute (4/12).

The Winter University is the right setting to:
- network with peers
- debate Europe's trends (eg. angel syndicates, BAN business models, co-investment funds, crowdfunding and much more)
- discover "Shared Deals" from our members
- learn how to improve your network and investment decisions

Join us moving forward the early stage investment market against all existing economic constraints.  You will soon receive further details about the WU2012. Meanwhile, save the date in your agenda for a great time in Paris!

Infographic EBAN Winter University

Infographic: Record of attendance in previous Winter Universities
Considering the upcoming 11th edition of the EBAN Winter University, we decided to refresh your memory with some statistics and observations from the past two editions of the Winter University.

Flash interviews

Preliminary evaluation of the Portuguese co-investment fund in a flash interview with FNABA's President Francisco Banha. How does the Portuguese co-investment fund works?
The co-investment fund combines resources from COMPETE (ERDF and state budget; €28M) with business angels (€12,5M) and public VC Caixa Capital (€1,5M) in a total amount of €42M. The investment decision is taken by the business angels to whom the main advantages are investment leveraging and exiting in preferential terms.
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Interview with Frédérique Gueth, manager of the Seed4Start initiative, an inter-regional action set up by EBAN members LBAN (LU) and BeAngels (BE) together with other regional partners from France and Germany. What is the main purpose of Seed4Start?
Seed4Start is the only capital risk forum in the Greater Region dedicated to link innovative entrepreneurs from the Greater Region (Wallonie, Luxembourg, Lorraine, Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate) with private investors (Business Angels). Seed4Start mission is to facilitate the matching of supply and demand for capital projects on creation, recovery and development of innovative enterprises (start-ups that have been in existence for less than 5 years) in the Greater Region.
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New Member of EBAN

Crecer +
Joining as a business angel network, Crecer + is an initiative of Orkestra Institute of Competitiveness, aiming to increase financial returns for entrepreneurs and business angels. Crecer + gives leading agents of the local economy of the Basque Country in Spain the opportunity to increase their entrepreneurial capacity and regional prosperity.


ICT Finance MarketPlace: Access to Finance Portal
ACCESS ICT has recently re-launched the ICT Finance Marketplace website, a platform intended to become a portal for start-ups, investors and stakeholders interested in the ICT sector. This online resource hosts the documentation and reports produced during the project period and invites all sector stakeholders to share their own resources for increased investment readiness and access to finance, especially for research focused businesses involved in European Research. 

Access to Finance in the ICT sector: Policy Recommendations
These recommendations are a result of the ACCESS ICT initiative (ICT Finance MarketPlace) and summarise the learnings and the challenges EBAN came across during the past 2,5 years.

ACCESS ICT is a EU funded DG INFSO initiative lead by EBAN with the support of ACI.

EBAN Sponsors' Updates

7th ESA Investment Forum

The 7th edition of the European Space Agency Investment Forum, will take place on 16 October 2012 in Toulouse (France). The Forum will showcase start-up companies using space-related technology, applications or services in a non-space environment, bringing them together with finance and investment communities to create investment and partnership opportunities.
30 Start-up companies are selected by a selection committee to present at this forum. Investors, VCs and Business Angels can register for this event by sending an email to Adeline Kloostermans (Europe Unlimited; +32 2 6433691; adeline@e-unlimited.com)

Gold Sponsor

EBAN Renewable
Energy sponsor

Research Sponsor



EFMD Entrepreneurship Conference: call for papers
EFMD invites you to book your calendar for their annual conference to take place on March 4-5th 2013 in Madrid, Spain and to submit papers and workshops in a diverse set of topcis, including "Venture capital & funding for entrepreneurs", "New models of start-up", "Social entrepreneurship", amongst others. Deadline for submissions is 5th November 2012.

Angel Capital Association: 1H 2012 Halo Report
HALO reports 8% increase in early stage pre-funding valuations and decrease in investment rounds to $550K.

Angel Capital Association Names New Chair And Elects New Board Directors
ACA has named David Verrill, co-founder and managing director of Hub Angels Investment Group (Cambridge, MA), as Board Chair.


Ireland: 15 entrepreneurs and start-ups set to benefit from €750k Enterprise Ireland's Fund

Demeter Partners announces the closing of its Seed Fund Demeter 3 Amorçage

Seeding a Silicon Valley: How Poland is creating a startup ecosystem from scratch (source: QUARTZ)

Why Angel Investors Don’t Make Money … And Advice For People Who Are Going To Become Angels Anyway (source: TechCrunch)

Startup and Venture Capital – 2012 – A Year in Review (source: SBR)

USA: The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail (source: The Wall Street Journal)


Consultation on the revision of the Guidelines on State aid to support SME access to risk capital
Deadline 5/10/2012

Public Consultation Paper: Problems that arise in the direct tax field when venture capital is invested across borders
Deadline 5/11/2012

Call for Proposals: FP7-ICT-2013-10 on cross border services, investment readiness and legal advice for ICT SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs (Objective ICT 2013.11.5)
Deadline 15/01/2013


Report of the Chairman of the expert group on the cross border matching of innovative firms with suitable investors
European Commission's Expert Group, led and chaired by Anthony Clarke, President Emeritus of EBAN, publishes report for Europe on the cross border matching of innovative firms with suitable investors. The Expert Group contained 13 key representatives from European organisations such as EBAN (represented by EBAN's former President Brigitte Baumann), EVCA. EIF, EEN  and  EBN was convened by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission. The Expert Group’s recommendations include a) provision of a new EC funded 250m EUR angel co investment fund for Europe, b) more public funding support for early stage VC funds, c) more proof of concept funding and d) more public intervention to assist SME investment readiness.

Free access to World Scientific Journals
To commemorate the launch of their new website, World Scientific is opening access to its journals from 3rd September to 30th November 2012. All registered members will be able to freely download full text articles published from 2002 onwards.

Restart Italia
Italian start-up ecosystem, the ultimate report by the Start-up Task Force set up by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development.

Restricted to EBAN Members

To access the following advantages you need to log into the EBAN website member area or contact info@eban.org.

Shared Deals
Visit the EBAN website member area to upload and review deals. Selected deals will be invited to participate in the Shared Deals session at the upcoming Winter University.

EBAN Publications

EBAN Directory of Networks 2011
The Directory of Networks published by EBAN provides an annual overview of the operational characteristics of business angel networks across Europe. It includes information about EBAN members and other business angel networks identified across Europe. EBAN has been collecting data on the angel market since its creation in 1999.

Previous publications

Upcoming Events

4 October
Go Beyond Impact Awareness Seminar
Go Beyond Impact Investment Event & Group Meeting
Geneva, Switzerland

9 October
Social Business Conference 2012
London, UK

10 October
Investment Readiness: Workshop "Cómo presento mi proyecto a inversores"
Vigo, Spain
30% discount for EBAN Members

Go Beyond Virtual Awareness Session
Go Beyond Investment Event
Online webinar

16 October
7th ESA Investment Forum
Toulouse, France

16-17 October
TechTour MedTech Summit - Bridge to Asia
Lausanne, Switzerland

France Angels: Université d'Automne
Paris, France

18 October
Go Beyond Investment Event & Group Meeting
Milan, Italy

20-21 October
The FSE Group - Ready for Equity Angel Bootcamp
Camberley, United Kingdom

25 October
Investment Forum: "Foro de Inversión InnoBAN octubre 2012"
Vigo, Spain
30% discount for EBAN Members

31 October
ClearlySo: Legal issues: Investing in Social Enterprise
London, United Kingdom

21-22 November
TechTour Clound and Big Data Summit
Lausanne, Switzerland
Submit your portfolio companies until September 15th

2-4 December
EBAN Winter University
Paris, France

Presence of EBAN at events across Europe

EBAN President Paulo Andrez will speak at the HBAN All-Island Business Angel Conference 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

EBAN membership categories

Full members:
- Business angel networks, federations of networks set up to promote the angel market, business angel groups, angel funds or angel syndicates;
- Early stage venture capital and seed funds

Affiliate members (business angels/private individuals)

Associate members (other organisations)

For additional details and to apply for EBAN membership please follow this link.

EBAN - The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players

Rue Vautier 54 | 1050 Brussels | Belgium

T: +32 2 626 20 61
F: +32 2 626 20 69


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