In less than one month from now the EBAN 2015 Angel Summit will take place and we hope you will agree we have a superb line up for you. We will be celebrating this three day event at the High Tech Campus of Eindhoven, the Innovation Hub of Europe, together with our fellow sister networks MBAN and ABAN from the Middle East and Africa respectively.
Why The Netherlands and Why Eindhoven?
We chose the Netherlands to have our EBAN 2015 Angel Summit because its “Start-Up Delta” initiative embodies exactly what we are trying to have each country in Europe and indeed the European Single Market implement as a framework for entrepreneurs and investors. We chose Eindhoven because of its high-tech nature driven by the presence of Philips. The beautiful and functional High Tech Campus and Evoluon venues will host our EBAN 2015 Angel Summit.
Local, National, European: Global
EBAN 2015 marks the first time that EBAN will be hosting its sister Business Angel Groups from Africa and the Middle East, ABAN and MBAN and we are very excited about it. We have also just recently co-founded the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN) with the Global Entrepreneurship Network of the Kaufmann Foundation, the Angel Capital Association of America, Business Angels Europe, MBAN, ABAN, and Asia BAN and we will be having a meeting during EBAN 2015 as well. We are thrilled also to be working with the local Business Angel Group in Eindhoven as well as Start-Up Eindhoven and of course our Dutch partners at BAN Nederland.
During the Angel Summit we will be hosting both: the Open Forum on the 6th of May, with training courses for investors and entrepreneurs and pitching sessions for startups; and the EBAN Annual Congress on the 7-8th with discussion panels, Gala Awards dinner, networking opportunities and much more. Visit our Programme Agenda for more information about the event.
These are very exciting times for the early stage financing community in the EMEA region as we will all come together for the first time in Eindhoven to focus on creating global success stories. There is an increasing recognition in both the public & private arenas of the critical importance of business angels and early stage financing in growing internationally recognized start-up companies.
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Learn and Share Your Impact Stories with the European Early Stage Investment Community
Europe's leading early stage investors will soon be gathering in Eindhoven for the EBAN 2015 Angel Summit
, the major European gathering for the European early stage investment community.
Hedda Pahlson-Moller, Chairman of the EBAN's Impact Investing Committee
, will host the session «Impact Investing: Take the Lead into Double Bottom Line Investment» with the participation of some of the greatest minds in this field, namely Joe Ludlow
(ClearlySo), Martijn Blom
(De Investeerdersclub), Julia Chapman
(PYMWYMIC) amongst other committed members from EBAN and ABAN.
Knowing the exciting social minded community present in The Netherlands, I would like you to consider joining us for the 15th EBAN Congress
, to share with us your views for an unique and enriching learning session.
for further information about the event and secure your early-bird ticket.
We look forward to meeting you in Eindhoven!
Finnish Business Angel Activity 2014 | "Finnish Angel Investments Record High"
Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) and Finnish Venture Capital Association (FVCA) have released their statistics on private investments and private equity investments in Finnish companies in 2014.
The total amount invested in Finnish early stage companies in 2014 was 206 million euros. The statistics include Finnish venture capital investments (73 M€), direct foreign investments (89 M€), business angel investments (33 M€) and other sources of finance including crowdfunding (11 M€). The all time high investment record (279 M€) year 2013 was partly due to Supercell’s 100M€ funding round.
Finnish business angels invested a record amount - 21 M€ (11M€ 2013) - in 238 individual potential high-growth companies (164 companies 2013). In addition to the FiBAN statistics, 12 M€ was invested by business angels together with the Finnish public investment institute Finnvera, leading to a total of at least 33 M€ invested by Finnish business angels 2014. The investment activity survey was submitted by 200 business angels, the answer rate being 40%. The amount of early-stage investments are one of the highest in Europe. The median angel investment was 25.000 € - as previous year - and the average was 68.000 €. In average FiBAN angels made 1,6 new investments during 2014.
The role and position of business angels as an important early-stage investment source in Finland continues to grow. The investments during year 2014 created over 1.200 new jobs. Angel investments are an effective and relevant model to create new jobs.
Watch the interview with Jaakko Salminen, FiBAN Board Chairman, on Finnish Business Angel Activity 2014.
(Source: FiBAN website)
1st FIWARE Startup Investment Forum in London
FI Business is a pillar for the FIWARE Acceleration Programme with 16 EU accelerators empowering European entrepreneurs to build valuable high-growth businesses in an effort to make the FIWARE ecosystem as successful as possible. This effort translates into a series of impactful actions and initiatives such as bootcamps, webinars, targeted events, workshops, one-to-one consulting, investment forums, and e-pitches. The inaugural function took place during The Great British Private Investor Summit 2015 on March 18th in London as the 1st FIWARE Startup Investment Forum. What a unique opportunity for promising young companies to meet with experienced investors in Great Britain it was!
Read the full report on the FIWARE Startup Investment Forum by clicking here.
EBAN helps Launch the Global Business Angel Network at Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015 Milan
EBAN's President Candace Johnson and Vice President Baybars Altuntas were in Milan to launch The Global Business Angels Network (GBAN), a new initiative started by the Kauffmann Foundation's Global Entrepreneurship Network. GBAN is a global community of business angel networks and organizations coordinated by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Inc. to bring greater public awareness and engagement to the role that business angels play in helping new firms start and scale.
The five co-chairs of the new Global Business Angels Network are Jonathan Ortmans (Kauffmann Foundation and Global Entrepreneurship Network), Candace Johnson (EBAN President), Jonathan May (Angel Capital Association), Doug Abrams (BANSEA President) and Claire Munck (BAE/Be-Angels).
GBAN will interface with entrepreneurs, policymakers, other early-stage finance actors and leading entrepreneurial support programs to strengthen the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether helping local entrepreneurial ecosystems recruit more investors, expanding geographic investment arenas beyond local markets or amplifying the angel “voice” to regulatory issue discussions, GBAN seeks to provide an inclusive, supportive community of early-stage investors around the world.Another great output of GBAN is that there is now a working platform where all business angels in more than 150 countries will be able to develop together co-investment funds for start-ups.
StartTech Ventures, Greek seed fund, business incubator and angel network, announced its first exit as NOVOMATIC subsidiary Greentube acquired a 100% shareholding in the US based mobile social casino gaming company AbZorba Games LLC for an undisclosed sum. The company with Greek roots is specialized in social casino gaming apps for mobile devices and will ideally complement the Group’s integrated NOVOMATIC Interactive gaming portfolio. [Read full article]
Jan Rosenbom, Partner of Business Angels Copenhagen and Chairman of KEYSTONES Shares His "Findings on Silicon Valley Business Angels" with EBAN's Community in a Special Report
Congratulations to the World's Mobile Association for the Launch of Marketplace
In a huge democratization of what has often been described as an obtuse, barrier-laden process, the GSMA's first marketplace for buyers and sellers should open up the opportunity for small, innovative companies around the world to better sell their services, products, and apps to mobile companies, this in turn helping the latter to keep up with the fast paced innovations in the 1.8 Trillion Euro market.
[Discover the GSMA Marketplace]