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December 2014
Newsletter #1

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Sets New Horizons!

More than 350 key players and makers in the early-stage investment innovation and entrepreneurial eco-system came from more than 40 countries around the world to promote, celebrate, discuss, explore and expand horizons.

Against the background of SLUSH, EBAN's Winter University was the platform for top keynote speakers from Finland's Ministers of Defense (Carl Haglund) and Economy (Jan Vapaavuori), the Chairman of Nokia (Risto Siilasmaa), the Business Angel of the Year 2013 (Jari Ovaskainen), and countless leaders and makers and doers. EBAN Helsinki 2014 saw the inauguration of ABAN, the African Business Angel Network and the first-ever 10 country cross-border angel investment in the winner of SLUSH (Enbrite.ly) from Hungary.

We kicked off the Business Angels Week and the Global Business Angels Day on center stage on the first day of the event and have surpassed all previous records with almost double the participation
mightily helped by our colleagues in the Middle East and Africa who joined us for the first time in the BAW organization.

Stock Exchanges and Crowd Funding Platforms were most welcome partners at our EBAN Helsinki Winter University where we also welcomed EBAN's co-founder and BAND (D) Founding President Peter Jungen. 

It was with great emotion that we recognized GUST Founder David Rose for his commitment to the proliferation and development of Angel Network around the world at the Awards Gala as well as EBAN's Vice President Ari Korhonen as Finnish Business Angel of the Year.

To see all of the presentations and relive the excitement of the entire event, please click here.

Finally, EBAN would like to thank all our colleagues at FiBAN who have put on this amazing EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University combined with SLUSH and which let all of us look to new horizons from Helsinki, the daughter of the Baltic Sea.


Business Angels Week Breaks Global Records 

Featuring 244 events from 55 countries, EBAN has successfully inaugurated the 2014 edition of Business Angels Week, the world’s largest cross-border angel investment awareness initiative. In cooperation with MBAN (Middle East Business Angel Network) and ABAN (African Business Angel Network), EBAN has nearly doubled last year's success by crossing borders within Europe and outside of Europe in the Middle East and Africa. 

The focus of this year's Business Angel Week in particular involved celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”.During the first days of BAW at the EBAN Helsinki Winter University/Slush, EBAN announced the first -ever 10 country cross-border investment in the Slush winner, Enbrite.ly, hoping to give wings to a new "European Success Story” 

“This year’s outcome of Business Angels Week shows that unification of the angel investment efforts on a global level is an important objective to foster, for mutual benefit of both investors and entrepreneurs. – Jari Ovaskainen, Business Angel of the Year 2014.

EBAN also joined forces with Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate the highlight of BAW, the Global Business Angels Day.

3rd AEBAN Congress Celebrates Global Business Angels with EBAN's President

AEBAN - the Spanish Federation of Business Angels - hosted the 3rd Annual Congress in Barcelona, Spain on November 20th. Candace Johnson, EBAN President, openeded the Congress with the keynote speech.

During the congress 2014, AEBAN awarded the following prizes:

▪ Best Project: Goldemar
▪ Best Exit: Luis Martín Cabiedes with Trovit
▪ Best Business Angels Network: BIG BAN Angels & ESADE BAN
▪ Best Business Angel Individual: Carlos Blanco

Financial Times Features Selma Prodanovic 
Selma Prodanovic, EBAN Board Member, has been recently featured in the Financial Times for her noteworthy work with
Brainswork on Angel Investment in Austria.

EBAN Vice-President Ari Korhonen Makes 3rd Exit
Ari was 5-year investor and Chairman of the Board of Paytrail, a Finnish based e-commerce payment service provider (PSP). 

Press release available at this link.

Strong EBAN's Representation at Nova Gorica

EBAN Vice-President Baybars Altuntas and EBAN Senior Counselor Jean-Noel Durvy took part at the The Balkan Venture Forum.

The event is the largest venture capital, private equity and investment forum in the region, created to facilitate access to finance, to improve investor readiness, to catalyze innovation into global business and to foster development of entrepreneurship capability.

EBAN welcomes 5 new members!

Kazan IT Park, Russia [Goid Network] is one of the second biggest and the Best technopark in Russia during the last three years (according to Ministry of ICT of Russia ratings). And we are strongly specialized in IT. Number of our tenants 140 (big companies, SMB and startups) and we also have a biggest business-incubator in Russia (about 70 startups) from all over the Russian Federation.
HBAA, Hungary [Network] dynamizes financial culture in Hungary in order to gather innovative startups, VC firms and private investors, helping to the growth of Hungarian businesses by propagating a corporate culture which connects entrepreneurship with investment culture.

Innovo Center, Chile [Business Accelerator] provides a dynamic location for high tech companies to innovate, supporting young innovative startups to set up their R&D teams in a perfect ecosystem during their early-stage development. 

Bümed Business Angels BUBA, Turkey [Network] is a micro ecosytem, which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and early-stage companies. BUBA helps potential investors to get started, creating a framework for the exchange of experiences.
 Polytech Ventures, Switzerland [Early Stage Fund] is an early stage VC firm with a strong international focus. Polytech believes that the quality of Euopean research and innovation centers and the growing entrepreneurial spirit among young graduates create significant investment opportunities.

EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates

London Stock Exchange Group launches Pan-European ELITE Programme, offering
companies introductions to all financing 
options, including Private Equity and Venture Capital, debt products as well as stock market listings. EBAN's President participated in their official kick-off, held in Brussels on Dec 3rd.

International Business Angel Syndicate to Offer 500.000€ Investment Award to Slush Winner   
EBAN Winter University 2014 fosters cross-border investment: Angel syndicate (FIN-US-POR-ES-NOR) leaded by FiBAN rewarded Slush winner Enbrite.ly (HG).

Mayor Launches Fund to Help Budding London Tech Start-Ups
London Business Angels selected as one of 6 partners

Angels Tempted by German Recipe and Ingredients Retailer in November
Zephyr's Business Angels deal feature: Latest Edition.

Indonesian Startup eFishery Captures Olympics for Star-ups
eFishery won the International Final of Get in the Ring, the "Olympics for Startups", in a tough battle to the finish in Rotterdam.



Visit.Brussels Awards
Each year, visit.brussels reward the best touristic initiatives and projects that contributed to the reputation of Brussels within our borders and beyond.

3rd European APPCUP 
Use your imagination and technological skill to create an application in one of the following categories: B2B, B2C and Microsoft CityNext.

Startup Mentor Turkey
Matching start-ups in Turkey with the right mentors having expertise both at the national & international level depending on their requirements.
Africa's first Green Pioneer Accelerator
A ten week on-site program in Nairobi, Kenya, designed for business in the environmental goods and services sector.
Lean Startup Machine 
Three-day workshop on building a successful business. Learn how to discover which products will succeed in the marketplace and which won't. 

Capital on Stage
Witness 20 well-known venture capitalists as they present themselves to the top startup founders of London.

EU-ASEAN Business Update
The AEC market offers many opportunities to EU businesses.

Booster-e - RedEmprendia
2-Month immersion program in SMEs for young entrepreneurs. The program will cover travel and accomodation expenses.


Idox Funding Survey 2014: Key Fundings
Europe's leading publisher of grants and policy information, Idox has published its findings of the 2014 survey.

The Angel Investor Market in Q1Q2 2014: Market Growth but Deal Size Decreases
The Center for Venture Research is dedicated to providing reliable and timely information on the angel market to entrepreneur, private investors and public policymakers.

Quodeo Private Equity & Venture Capital Market Snapshot
London VCs are seeing three times more investment opportunities than PE firms, but despite this, PE firms are twice as likely to invest as VCs.

Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises in the Euro Area
This report provides an overview of developments in SMEs access to finance across euro area countries.

A Practical Guide to Planning and Executing an Impactful Exit
This guide explores the issues and decisions that VP/SI practitioners and SPOs need to consider and decide on when planning and executing an exit.


Dear Innovation and Entrepreneurial Community members,

Today we are launching our first edition of the EBAN Newsletter which will be monthly and will be 
complemented by timely EBAN Flashes.

We hope to develop this format more in the coming weeks and thank you in advance for all your suggestions to make this bulletin more valuable and relevant to you.

With kindest regards,

Candace Johnson
EBAN President

EBAN, TBAA, Forbes l Para Conferences and Borsa Istanbul Congregate 200 Angel Investors and Early Stage Market Players to Celebrate the Investing Year End

Turkey, a recognised hub for entrepreneurial success and advantageous supporting policies (up to 75% of tax breaks for BAs) will celebrate a global gathering for early-stage market players, investors and entrepreneurs from Europe, Middle-East and Africa this coming 14 - 16 December.

42 speakers and over 200 business angels from 36 countries anticipate a unique world-class event you should not miss.

Pursue your registration through the following link. EBAN & TBAA members will benefit from discounted rates

Further information available at www.ebaf2014.org.

EBAN's President Emeritus Paulo Andrez Encourages Business Angel Investment in Lithuania

During the INVEGA’s Annual Congress 2014, Paulo explained how business angels facilitate the development of companies and contribute to the budgets of Governments. 

Press release and further information available at this link.

Last Events featuring EBAN

11th December
ECN Crowdfunding Convention 2014
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Paris, France

25th November
5th Annual NBAA Congress
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Moscow, Russia

25th November
II International Congress of Business Incubators
With the participation of EBAN's Head of Office Pablo Garrido
Cartagena, Spain

21st November
Sirket Ortagim Angels Investor Gathering
With the participation of EBAN's Vice-President Baybars Altuntas
Istanbul, Turkey

20th November
3rd AEBAN Annual Congress
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson and Pablo Garrido, Head of Office
Barcelona, Spain 

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

17-18th November
EBAN Winter University 2014
With the participation of EBAN's community
Helsinki, Finland

EBAN Publication: Compendium of Co-Investment Funds with Business Angels
EBAN is proud to present the 2014 edition of its annual review of co-investment funds operating with business angels in Europe. 
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.








15 December
Workshop ¿Cuánto Vale Mi Startup?
Vigo, Spain

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

16th December
SuperFounders Investment Forum
Istanbul, Turkey

19th December
1st Investment Forum Business Angels Zamora
Zamora, Spain

19-21st December
Greek Innovation Forum
Athens, Greece

13th January
Pocket Gamer Connects: London 2015
London, UK

27-28th January
UKBAA Winter Investment Forum 2015
London, UK

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