EBAN 2015 Angel Summit | 25 Days to Go!
April 2015
Newsletter 4

EBAN 2015 Angel Summit
Creating, Financing and Building
Global Success Stories Made in the EMEA

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. 

If you are not already registered to the event, click here and take advantage of your Early Bird Discount!

Carpe Diem!

Candace Johnson


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 (NESTA),
Suzanne Biegel (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.

Visit www.eban2015.com 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]

EBAN welcomes 3 new members!

Business Angels of Slovenia [Network], Slovenia Connecting Angel investors with Slovenian start ups and providing assistance with the investment process, consulting for start-ups on investment readiness, raising industry standards in Slovenia. 

Magdalena Cholakova, Ass. Prof. at Rotterdam School of Management [Affiliate], the Netherlands | 

INNOBAS - INNOVES Fundación Innovación de la Economía Social, [Network], Spain  
Innobas promotes and manages innovative projects boosting inter-cooperation and internalization of Enterprises of Social Economy.

EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates
Galata Business Angels Mentor Clinic | Galata Business Angels will hold  their 3rd Mentor Clinic on the 29th of April in Istanbul. The main purpose of “Mentor Clinic” is supporting angel investing, improving entrepreneurship activities and developing Turkish entrepreneurial ecosystem. The organization includes keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring, and lots of opportunities for networking. 

Turkey becomes the First Country-Member of the United Nations of Business Angels
The Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA) became the first national member of Global Business Angels Network (GBAN), it was announced at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan.  

SWIFT Jury Selects Go Beyond Investing in their Innotribe Startup Challenge |Go Beyond Investing has been selected to compete as a Growth-stage company in Innotribe’s competition for companies transforming the financial services industry.

French Electronics Firm Among March’s Angel Investments | So far in 2015 there have been a series of peaks and troughs in terms of European angel investment, according to Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk.
Registration for the 5th annual Impact Days is Now Open | With carefully curated content in a welcoming space, Impact Days welcomes family investors, business angels, and philanthropists to interact with global entrepreneurs and impact activists. Join Impact Days starting on April 20 & 21 in Utrecht. 

Sentisis and Buyfresco Receive Capital Injections
After participating in the Madri+d Investor Forums, two young startups find access to capital. Read the full articles in English on Sentisis and Buyfresco.
Announcing the Accelerator 2015 for Game-Changing Startups | Metavallon announces the new cycle of The Accelerator, its supercharged programme, aiming to energize ‪startups geared up for scale – and investment. 

Working Emirati Women to Get Gender Balance Council | Elissa Freiha, Chairman of WOMENA, interviewed by the BBC 

Symbid Announces the Funding Network Combining Traditional & New Forms of Finance
Symbid has launched “The Funding Network” designed to combine both traditional and alternative forms of finance for startups and small businesses. The new platform seeks to challenge traditional financial industry structures becoming the future of finance.


Crowdfunding Nearly Tripled Last Year, Becoming a $16 Billion Industry (Source: Entrepreneur)

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

Ethics in Finance-Robin Cosgrove Prize 2014-2015 | The competition for the Prize of USD 20,000 will be open from 01 October 2014 to 15 April 2015.

The Finance Innovation Lab Receives Funding Award | We are pleased to announce that Friends Provident Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) have made grants to The Finance Innovation Lab for a total of over £250,000.

Startup BIT Awards 2015 – Apply Now! | Cash awards and incubator services for the six best business projects in the field of tourism.
 Grants4Apps® Accelerator | 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€.


Landscape Report on the Impact Investing Industry in South Asia | The first regional market landscape report developed by the Global Impact Investing Network, this report provides a deep overview of the impact investing industry in South Asia, focusing on the countries of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
“Who Do You know?” Developing and Analysing Entrepreneur Networks: Data Collection in the Tech Entrepreneurial Environment of Six African Cities 
This paper describes and summarizes the data collection efforts for this pilot project. 

The European Investment Plan - A New Marshall Plan for the EU | Dods Information sheds some light on the European Investment Plan ordered by President Juncker and how it will contribute to the economic relaunch of the EU.

A Nation of Angels (2015) - The Main Findings
This report, commissioned by the UKBAA in association with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) and with the support of the BVCA, Deloitte, Barclays and the ESRC, presents the results of the largest study of the investment behaviour and impact of business angels in the UK to date. 
Market for Buying and Selling Belgian Businesses is on the Rise | The investment climate both for buying and selling Belgian SMEs improved further in 2014, a year that also saw an increase in the number of businesses for sale and the number of interested buyers. 


Dear Innovation and Entrepreneurial Community members,

The world has caught Entrepreneurial Fever !  Everywhere you look, angels, VC's private individuals, crowd-funding platforms, accelerators and governments are investing in and celebrating entrepreneurs.

What are the Best Practices?  What are the Secrets of Success for Entrepreneurs and for Investors?  What are the Future Trends in Technology and where should we all invest ? What are the pitfalls? How is the entire EMEA region coming together under the Entrepreneurial and Innovation Umbrella? How can we in Europe really create the E-Zone? How can we together create Global Success Stories?

Come and join with us at EBAN 2015 as we delve into all of these topics and find the answers together.  We look forward to welcoming you there!

With kindest regards,

Candace Johnson
EBAN President


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Last Events featuring EBAN

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17-19th March
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With the participation of EBAN's Vice President Baybars Altuntas
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9th March
European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing
Brussels, Belgium

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. 








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14-16th April
Wolves Summit 2015
Gdynia, Poland

14-16th April
2015 ACA Summit
$200 Discount for EBAN's Community (CODE DRPS2)
San Diego, U.S

20-21st April
Impact Days
Amerongen, The Netherlands

21st April,
Networking & Business Pitching
London, UK

22nd April
Franco-German Video Game Meetings
Berlin, Germany

23rd April
WeHubs Workshop – Access to Finance for Women Entrepreneurs
Berlin, Germany

23rd April
Invest Horizon Policy Conference
Brussels, Belgium

23-24th April
4th Danube Financing Dialogue
Zagreb, Croatia

29th April
Galata Business Angels Mentor Clinic
Istanbul, Turkey

29-30th April
TBLI Conference Asia 
Singapore, Singapore

7-8th May
EBAN Annual Congress
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

29th May 
UK Private Equity Conference
London, UK

29th May
PrimaverPro Startups
Barcelona, Spain

2-3rd June
Startup Village
Moscow, Russia

15-16th June
TBLI Conference Nordic
Copenhagen, Denmark

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