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Leap Ahead Europe!!
Dear Global Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investor Community,
When than on 29 February can we all urge Europe to leap ahead and join the global ranks of entrepreneurial and innovative economies and societies !

Europe took its rightful place this last week as a leader on the global stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, playing host to the world's largest and most impactful companies, entrepreneurs and innovators.  It was EBAN's particular pleasure to cooperate with the European Commission, Telefonica, Wayra, and 4YFN as well as our wonderful Spanish members, BANC, IESE, and ESADE on a Horizon 2020 Investment Forum bringing young wtart-ups from around Europe in contact with high-level investors during the MWC.

Elsewhere in Istanbul, the World Business Angel Investment Forum was in full swing with important agreements being signed between all sectors of the global economy and society to bring about venture finance for our global entrepreneurs and innovators.  Get the full report below!

One of the highlights of the World Business Angel Investment Forum was ringing the bell at Turkey's Stock Exchange, Borsa Istanbul.  This last week's announcement about the revived attempts of a cooperation between the London Stock Exchange and the Deutsche Börse is exciting indeed and bodes well for the Capital Market's Union.

We at EBAN were particularly pleased to sign our cooperation agreement with Start Up Europe and Mind the Bridge to do away with "The Missing Link" between corporations and start-ups.  This has been an important part of our platform and it was thrilling to announce this cooperation at the Mobile World Congress with our partners, 4YFN.  Now, we have to make this cooperation bear fruit with transformational deals.

We are already scaling up our efforts for our EBAN Annual Congress in Porto 25 - 27 May when "Scale Up for Europe" will bring corporations, investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world.

I wish all of you greatest luck and fortune as you leap ahead in your personal and professional endeavors !  May 2016 be the great Leap Year!
With kindest regards,
Candace Johnson
Featured News

Exciting New Partnerships Signed at WBAF 2016, Istanbul

The World Business Angel Forum 2016 (WBAF 2016), celebrated this 21-23 February in Istanbul, Turkey, marked the beginning of a new era for EBAN, MBAN (MENA Business Angel Network) and ABAN (African Business Angel Network) thanks to the partnerships signed with our eco-system colleagues at the Chambers of Commerce, Stock Exchanges and JAIN Global Investing Network.

The WBAF 2016, masterfully organized by TBAA - the Turkish Business Angel Association chaired by EBAN Vice President Baybars Altuntas, was a meeting place for more than 300 attendees coming from 48 different countries. During the event, EBAN, MBAN and ABAN were proud to announce and sign 3 MoUs that will support and empower business angels around the world.

Working with the International Chambers of Commerce – World Chambers Federation (ICC-WCF) to promote angel investing and entrepreneurship: EBAN, MBAN and ABAN will be cooperating closely with Chambers of Commerce around the world to pursue common and complementary objectives that will benefit business everywhere. The signing parties will be mutually supporting their awareness raising, capacity building and educational activities as well as working together to connect more entrepreneurs to angels and more informal investors to their local business angel networks. The agreement was signed by ICC-WCF Director Mr. Anthony Parkes, EBAN’s Vice President Ari Korhonen, ABAN’s President Tomi Davies and MBAN’s President Dr. Abdulmalek Al-Jaber.

Accrediting Global Business Angels with Borsa Istanbul: EBAN – TBAA and Borsa Istanbul have signed a partnership that will allow angels affiliated with EBAN and TBAA to receive official Global Angel Accreditation and to be listed as a member on the Borsa Istanbul Private Market. With the common goal to great a more efficient exit market, Borsa Istanbul and EBAN-TBAA will be working together to transfer knowledge from experienced to less experiences angels via the Accredited Global Investor Programme. As a Global Accredited Angel, you will be receiving the same tax residency rights as Turkish angel investors when making investments in Turkey and become a member at the Private Market of Borsa Istanbul on a complimentary basis. This agreement was signed by EBAN’s Vice President Ari Korhonen, TBAA ‘s President and EBAN’s Vice President Baybars Altuntas, Turkey’s Undersecretariat of Treasury Director General Ali Arslan and Borsa Istanbul’s CEO Tuncay Dinc. EBAN is happy to announce that amongst its members of the board and partner networks, the following people have already received Global Angel Accreditation: Vice President Ari Korhonen, President Emeritus Paulo Andrez, Selma Prodanovic, Michael Culligan, Peter Braun, Dimitris Tsigos, Michal Cieminski, Ricardo Luz, Ivar Siimar and ABAN President Tomi Davies and Scaale Group President Kaushal Chokshi. In order to request your Global Business Angel Accreditation, please send an email to

Strengthening Global partnerships with JAIN Investing Network: EBAN, MBAN and ABAN also signed a MoU with JAIN Global Investing Network to mutually enhance cooperation, cross promote initiatives and share best practices amongst network members. This agreement was signed by JAIN’s Global President Ismail Haznedar, EBAN’s Vice President Baybars Altuntas, MBAN’s President Dr. Abdulmalek Al Jaber and ABAN’s President Tomi Davies.  
At WBAF in Istanbul, CRANE Announced as Host of EBAN's 2016 Winter University in Zagreb, Croatia!
Zagreb, February 21 – At the World Business Angels Investment Forum, held from February 21 - 23 in Istanbul, Croatian Business Angels Network was officially named the host of the biggest European business angels conference – EBAN Winter University 2016. The conference is held once a year and the expected number of participants is at over 1,500, more than 400 investors and 100 start-ups from around the world. Read the full Press Release here
The EBAN 2016 Congress in Porto: Meet the Speakers!
Check out the confirmed speakers at our Porto 2016 Annual Congress!
Join us at the European Angel & P2P Summit in Prague in March!
The 2nd annual Angel and Peer to Peer Investing Summit will be held March 9 and 10 in Prague at the City Conference Center.  The event brings together Europe’s leading angel investors, peer to peer platforms and innovative early stage companies. Topics on the agenda include how peer to peer platforms select borrowers, how platforms deal with defaults, how investors can diversify their portfolios and how peer to peer platforms help ensure the safety of money invested. Read more about it here!
Check out the Seed Investor Forum for fintech companies on 12 April!

Seed Forum Brussels Investor forum is a match-making event for financial investors (private investors and venture capital funds) and perspective growth companies from Europe. The companies have participated in Seed Forum Process, have been educated, trained and selected by the Seed Forum Selection Panel and now – are looking for financial investors to develop further their business concepts. This Seed Forum will be specialized on fintech companies from Belgium, Estonia and CEE countries with aim to grow their business in Benelux countries and Europe. Learn more about it here!

The EntrepreneurCountry Forum Offers Special Discount to EBAN Community for 19                                                    April Event! 
The EntrepreneurCountry Forum is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. It allows entrepreneurs to network with 500 key decision makers from leading high-growth SMEs, corporates and investors to connect, share intelligence, trade, discuss the future and to listen to the great entrepreneurs of today. Guest speakers will include EntrepreneurCountry Global Founder & CEO Julie Meyer, Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Tobin, Evrythng Co-founder & Chief Marketing Office Andy Hobsbawm, Crowdcube Co-Founder Luke Lang, and Intel CTO Simon Hunt. Take a look at the overview of the event here! Taking place on 19 April in London, EntrepreneurCountry Global offers a 50% discount to the EBAN community and an opportunity to win free passes for your entrepreneurs.
Please click here to purchase your discount ticket.
News From Space
Disrupt Space Summit

7-8 April 2016 Bremen, Germany

The Disrupt Space summit will connect top entrepreneurs with decision makers to collaboratively solve today's industry and sustainability problems using space. For more info visit the official website:

In the Press

EBAN partners with Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) to provide the “Missing Link” for startups to corporates
Barcelona, February 23rd - EBAN announces today, at the Mobile World Congress’ 4YFN event, a partnership with Mind the Bridge, the leader of the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP). Both SEP and EBAN are devoted to supporting the growth of Europe’s most promising companies, recognising the deficit of scale-ups across the continent. In an effort to build a more unified start-up ecosystem in Europe to help new companies transition from start-ups to scale-ups, new corporate members of Startup Europe Partnership will now automatically gain inclusion to EBAN’s e-Xcelerator and vice versa. Read the full press release here 
EBAN Member LBA's and Angel Capital Group CEO Anthony Clarke on the Future of Angel Investing with Thrive 
Anthony donned the role of an angel investor in 1995 and is now the co-founder and CEO of Angel Capital Group and leads the London Business Angels as the Managing Director. Having been a part of the angel investment scene since its early days, Anthony has closely observed the industry survive its ups and downs; and while he takes us through his journey we can see how angel investment has evolved over the years. He speaks in depth about this evolution to Thrive...[more]
EBAN Joins European Angel and P2P Summit
8 February, Prague - The European Business Angels Network (EBAN) announced its media partnership with Symfonie Capital and the European Association of Peer to Peer Lenders to produce the second annual European P2P and Angel Summit. EBAN joins a growing list of organizations getting involved in this event, such as Roklen Finance, iCrowdNewsWire, Bankovnictvi Online and Investicni Web. The event brings together Europe’s leading angel investors, peer to peer platforms and innovative early stage companies...[more]
How to Get Started with Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment:                                            From Set-Up to Exit 
1 February, Brussels - EVPA, the European association for social (impact) investors and venture philanthropists, is releasing today its latest report capturing the learnings and findings of ten years of practice: A Practical Guide to Venture Philanthropy and Social Impact Investment. Building on the collected lessons, failures and successes from practitioners and several years of EVPA research, the guide is a reference for venture philanthropy funders, social impact investors and players in the corporate, foundation, banking or financial institution space wanting to understand the “what, why and how” of the Venture Philanthropy (VP) approach...[more]
Members News
EBAN Member LBAN hosts "Demystifying Business Angel Investing" with Int'l Bank of Luxembourg

EBAN Member Luxembourg Business Angels Network (LBAN) hosted a conference at the International Bank of Luxembourg (BIL) to explain angel investors and their unique relationships with entrepreneurs, and to talk about interesting areas of development at the moment. Hedda Moller, LBAN Board Member, stated that due to the high level of risk involved in investing in a startup, it is important to understand the people who do...[more]

EBAN Member CEED Implements Hub Skopje with USAID and the Swiss Government

USAID’s Micro and Small Enterprises Project (MSEP), co-funded by the Swiss Government and implemented by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) Macedonia,on 17th of February 2016, opened a co-working space and accelerator, Hub Skopje. The Hub Skopje is an innovative and inspirational working environment for early phase entrepreneurs and companies, free-lancers, and individuals who would like to start their own businesses...[more]

EBAN European Projects

Next Events

March 11

Marketing and Sales Day - Coaching Academy
Stuttgart, Germany

March 25
InvestHorizon Coaching Academy
Toulon, France

June 21

HealthTech Summit Lausanne
Lausanne, Switzerland

EU Project Announcements

Read the Latest Blog Article on the InvestHorizon Early Stage Camp in Barcelona

Apply for a ePlus Micro Grant here and go to one of the following events:

Fablab Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal

February – June 2016
Arena 42 – IoT Accelerator

March 23
BA06 Event
April 4-7

Benelux Venture Forum

June 16-17
Innovative City Convention

June 21-22
Heidelberg Innovation Forum 2016 “IT meets mobility“


Save the date

25-27th May 2016
Scale Up for Europe: EBAN 2016 Congress Porto
Porto, Portugal

29-30 November 2016
EBAN Winter University
Zagreb, Croatia

Events of the Month

March 2
FIWARE Roadshow - Open Data for European Entrepreneurs
Pamplona, Spain

March 3
Seedstars Summit
Lausanne, Switzerland

March 7
EntrepreneurCountry Forum
London, UK

March 9 - 10
SymVest 2016: P2P & Angel Investing in Europe
Prague, Czech Republic

March 14 - 17
Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Medellin, Colombia

March 15 - 16
WCA Executive Investment Summit 2016
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

March 17
iSport Forum 2016
Barcelona, Spain

March 17
Arietti & Partners Presentation
Brussels, Belgium

March 24
Laval Virtual 2016: 2nd Investment Forum
Laval, France

Past Events Featuring EBAN 

11 February
Launch of Hungarian Business Angel Network
Budapest, Hungary
Candace Johnson, EBAN President
Ivar Siimar, EBAN Board Member

16 February
Digital transformation of European Industry & Enterprises
Brussels, Belgium
Candace Johnson, EBAN President

21-23 February
WBAF 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
2 Presidents Emeritus, 2 Vice Presidents, 8 Board Members

22-25 February
4YFN and Mobile World Congress 
Barcelona, Spain
Candace Johnson, EBAN President
Peter Jungen, President Emeritus
Albert Colomer, Juan Roure, Aleksander Cabrilo, EBAN Board Members


New Members

Bogota Chamber of Commerce

European Regional Framework for Cooperation


European Association of Peer-to-Peer Lenders

 Ionut Tata

From the Blog

Important Early Stage Market News


European VC Creandum Closes New €180M Early-Stage Fund     

Seedrs Celebrates £100M Invested in Early-Stage and Growth Businesses

2015 Co-Investment with Business Angels Compendium


"Fostering business angels activities in support of SME growth" Guidebook

Business Angel Feature - February 2016

One of our Belgian members, Korea Research & Innovation Centre (KIC-Europe) is recruiting industry experts interested in a long-term mentorship with Korean early stage ventures looking for expansion to Europe. We are mostly interested in the profile of early-stage investors and accelerator managers, as more importantly we expect these mentors to introduce our companies to investors, potential customers and strategic partners. The mentor role will be remunerated on a flat-fee basis (i.e. 6 h commitment per month) in return for providing help mostly via online session. See here for more information!
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