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A World of Opportunities - Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Innovators Unite at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley and Viva Technology in Paris!

Dear Global Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Early Stage Investment Community,
The news of the UK's vote to exit the European Union greeted us this morning as we awoke here in Europe and yet, if anything, it makes the need and resolve for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Innovators around the world to unite even more closely together and to collaborate with our wonderful UK Colleagues on building and investing in global companies to bring about sustainable solutions with barrierless thinking for our world and its universe and generations to come.

We at EBAN, MBAN, and ABAN have been privileged to accept US President Obama's invitation to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit taking place in Silicon Valley this week.  I wish that everyone could have this opportunity to experience the positive,  "Can Do"  atmosphere that our  young entrepreneurs and future leaders of the world create amongst themselves.  We will be following this Global Entrepreneurship Summit  with a special "Mind the Bridge/EBAN" Angel Visit to Silicon Valley in October described below.

But in the meantime we are also particularly pleased that EBAN has been able to partner with Viva Technology who will be holding their first-ever Global Start-Up Connect in Paris, the City of Light, 30 June - 02 July, bringing together 5000 entrepreneurs, investors, and corporations to grow businesses and celebrate, imagine, and shape the future.  We were thrilled to welcome Maxime Baffert, the CEO of Viva Technology at our EBAN Annual Congress this last May in Porto where he inspired all of our entrepreneurs present to come and (literally) take up the Challenges that Viva Technology has gathered from corporates around the world !  We are also particularly proud that two of EBAN-supported women entrepreneurs, Sandra Rey of Glowee and Raodath Aminou of Optimia will be speaking and featured at the Congress, and EBAN, MBAN, and ABAN entrepreneurs and Angel investors will be there in full force to support our partners as they launch this seminal event!

Going forward, we are excited about building on the success of our first FinTech/e-Xcelerator event in Luxembourg (see below), with an InsuranceTech event soon to be announced and some other great initiatives undertaken by our wonderful members. 

With kindest regards as always,

Candace Johnson
EBAN and Lux Future Lab partner for EBAN E-Xcelerator FinTech Investor Day at BGL BNP Paribas headquerters on 09 June 2016
EBAN is proud to announce the successful launch of the E-Xcelerator Investor Days with the first Fintech Investor Day event that took place last 9 June at BGL BNP Paribas' headquarters in Luxembourg. The event was organized in partnership with Lux Future Lab, the leading FinTech incubator in the region founded by BGL BNP Paribas and we would like to thank both Lux Future Lab and BLG BNP Paribas for having hosted this great event.

The Fintech Investor Day featured the pitches of 12 promising FinTech entrepreneurs who presented their startups according to their sub sector of interest in three separate rounds on: BIG DATA, Payments and Investments. Each round started with keynote speeches from the expert panelists followed by 4 startups pitching and Q&A with the experts and audience at the end of each pitch. Throughout the entire day there were also many occasions for networking and one to one meetings with the founders presenting.

The event saw the participation of high level speakers including Jean-Louis Schiltz, Julian Costley, Nadia Manzari, Frédéric Becker, Marco Houvens and Chris Marcilla.

A special thank you also to Gust's Will Brown for the great moderation of the sessions throughout the day. 

Here are some photos from the event.

Angel Visit to Silicon Valley Investor Program

10-14 October 2016, San Francisco, U.S.A.

MTB (Mind the Bridge) announced a partnership with EBAN to further drive the advancement of ‪Europe‬’s ‪InvestorsCommunity‬.

Participants in the Investor Program acquire insights on the latest investment technicalities (tools and terms) and market trends. In addition they get access to co-investment opportunities in  Silicon Valley‬.

Warning: ‪Limited‬ number of seats!


  • Prospective and current ‪VCs‬ & ‪AngelInvestors‬
  • High-net-worth Individuals
  • Family Offices
  • ‪Innovation‬ and corporate development managers at corporations
  • ‪Accelerators‬ & ‪Incubator‬ Leaders‬ and Staff

Click here for more:


Featured News

Greetings from the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Silicon Valley from EBAN, MBAN, and ABAN

EBAN is happy to announce the participation of our EBAN Board Member Albert Colomer and our Director of European Commission Projects and Business Angels Week Coordinator Ana Barjasic at the GES2016. Our colleagues from ABAN and MBAN are also attending this important event and are represented by their respective Presidents Tomi Davies and Dr. Al Jaber. On Thursday 23rd June evening EBAN, ABAN and MBAN hosted a cocktail reception at the GES2016 which was a great opportunity for networking. Look at some pictures from the cocktail reception here.

Here are the 8 Highlights for GES 2016 in Silicon Valley.
Find out more about the GES 2016 by clicking here.

Attend Viva Technology in Paris

From June 30 to July 2, 2016 in Paris, Viva Technology, the first global digital event dedicated to the collaboration between corporations and startups will bring together the world’s major players in digital transformation. 5,000 start-ups will have the opportunity to link up with leading investors, 30,000 senior executives, academics and opinion leaders from all over the world. We are looking forward to this event which many EBAN members will be attending.
Register now by clicking here.

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In the Press

Supercell Values at 8.97 Billion € After Acquisition by Tencent Led Consortium

Supercell, originally backed by a FiBAN and EBAN member angel investor from Finland, has just been acquired by Tencent, the world's biggest games company. The acquisition was up to 84%, valuing the company at an equity value of approximately 8.97 billion Euros. This amazing news shows the importance of angels supporting scaling up of companies. Supercell will now be owned by the consortium and by Supercell’s employees. It will retain its independent operations and its existing team will continue to run all operations of the company.
Members News
CorkBIC Startup Clients Create Over 600 NEW Jobs, 16th June 2016

Today CorkBIC announced that their Startup clients have created 670+ NEW jobs during 2014 and 2015. Launching their 2015 Review in the Port of Cork, CorkBIC CEO Michael O’Connor said that “2015 was an exciting year for Cork with many great initiatives including landing the first subsea fibre in 12 years from London to New York, a project that CorkBIC was delighted to develop alongside many partners”.
In 2015 CorkBIC worked with 88% of all HPSUs in the South West region. The event at the Port of Cork, celebrating HPSUs, is part of the Growth Pathway Programme which is focussing on building the next generation of high performance companies and is supported by Bank of Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council.

Click here to view a full copy of the 2016 Review.

StartupYard Has A New Open-call for Accelerators Program

Due to the rapidly growing the demand from Central & Eastern startups, StartupYard is announcing a round 2 on their program.

The program has some of the best startups that are coming via recommendations.These recommendations are usually from Angels or VCs who are interested in some startups but they are usually too early for them so they refer them to StartupYard.

In the past 6 months, approximately 3 Million € has been invested in StartupYard companies regionally, the number is yet to grow.

For more information:
Until 31st of July 2016 the European Commission will collect entrepreneurs, start-uppers and stakeholders' opinions on how to improve the start-up ecosystem in Europe through a public consultation. The ‘Start-ups in Europe' questionnaire includes queries related to the three phases of the life cycle of a company:
  1. The stand-up phase
  2. The start-up phase
  3. The scale up phase.








Past Events:

June 23
Healthtech Summit Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

June 23
Cleantech Summit Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands


Hurry up and apply before 26 June for a Micro Grant of up to 1000€ here to attend outstanding events in Europe, including the EBAN Winter University in November! List of events in the link!

Apply for:
Startup Europe IoT accelerator
Arena 42 – IoT Accelerator


Save the date
29-30 November 2016

EBAN Winter University
Zagreb, Croatia

Events of the Month

June 21-24
Munich, Germany

June 29 - July 1
4YFN at Mobile World Congress
Shanghai, China

June 30 - July 2
Viva Technology
Paris, France

July 04 - 15
European Summer Academy on Technology & Entrepreneurship
Thessaloniki, Greece

July 17-22
World Investment Forum 2016: Investing in Sustainable Development
Nairobi, Kenya

Past Events Featuring EBAN

June 8-9
Angel Summit Europe
Dublin, Ireland

Michael O’Connor & Michael Culligan, EBAN Board Members

June 9
FinTech Investor Day
Jacopo Losso, Director of Secretariat

June 22-24
Global Entrepreneur Summit
Palo Alto, USA
Albert Colomer, EBAN Board Member
Ana Barjasic, EBAN EU Project Director

From the Blog

New Members

  Patrick Meisch

HighTech Startbahn GMBH


Important Early Stage Market News

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GUST and Fundacity 2015 Accelerator Report

AEBAN Releases New Data on Spanish Business Angels

Do you have a novel idea related to GNSS? Submit it until 30 June!




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