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15 February - 15 March 2015
Newsletter #3

Impact Investing - Unlocking Social and Environmental Challenges while Generating Financial Profit

Recognizing the importance of impact investments in today's economy, EBAN embraces the role its community will play in capturing the enormous potential for true value creation. For this reason, the EIIC (EBAN Impact Investing Committee) will be an ambassador of impact investing within EBAN, developing bridges with other European and global Impact Investing communities and establishing a constant dialogue with policy makers relevant to the impact investing industry. The future driving force of the social impact space will come from us, the private investors, who make seed capital available to the change-makers of today and tomorrow. Hedda Pahlson Moller, EBAN Board Member, Vice President of the European Venture Philanthropic Association and President of the EBAN Impact Investing Committee writes more.

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EBAN Annual Congress 2015

Dear Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Early Stage Investment Community 

After the success of last year’s edition in Dublin, we are proud to announce our 15th Annual Congress in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, the Start-Up Delta of Europe!  

Our Annual Congress this year will take place in the amazing High Tech Campus and Evoluon venues from the 7 - 8th of May.

Do not miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with the world's best angel investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers, all the while seeing and judging leading-edge companies.

Log on to our event website for more news and updates regarding the Annual Congress and make sure to save-the-date on your calendar! 

With kindest regards,
The EBAN Team

Handover Responsibility in FNABA

Francisco Banha, former EBAN board member and founding father of FNABA, Portugal's leading Business Angel Network, and the WBAA (World business Angel Association), handed over his role as Board Chairman and President of FNABA during its last General Assembly. 

In the following article taken directly from Francisco Banha's internet blog, the former FNABA President sums up his 8 year experience in the organization and makes important reflections on the future of   
the Portuguese network.

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Entrepreneurship Eco-System in Macedonia is Booming!

EBAN's Vice President and TBAA's President Baybars Altunas attended the second Business Innovation Forum 2015 in Skopje, Macedonia. Invited to the event organised by Ilija Vuckov, member of EBAN, President of Emkice and one of the founders of the COSSME Regional Network, Mr. Altunas documented the highlights of his trip in the Balkans and his findings regarding the Macedonian entrepreneurial and startup scene. [Continue Reading...] 

EBAN Board Member Ricardo Luz, Elected National Responsible for Financial Instruments

Ricardo Luz, founder of FNABA and Invicta Angels, was just appointed Responsible for Financial Instruments in the newly founded public financial institution: Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento (IFD).

The constitution of the IFD has been decided by the Portuguese Government in order to address market failures concerning SME access to financing and particularly Equity/Quasi-Equity instruments, assuming not only a counter-cyclical role but also the mission of helping Portuguese SMEs to better capitalize their balance sheets and investments.
Acting as a wholesale entity under the operational control of the Ministry of Economy and in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development, IFD will always operate in partnership with the commercial banks, private investors and other private financial entities, such as private equities, VC and Business Angels, as well as the already existing public sponsored financial institutions, namely those dealing with guarantees and VC.

Another objective to be pursued by IFD is the development of Business-Angels networks. To achieve this goal co-investment programs will be developed, namely through funds or collective investment vehicles with a sector specialization, where appropriate, to support innovative projects and companies in the early stages of its activity. The development of these networks will be supported by financing facilities conveyed to entities held by Business-Angels with the sole purpose of providing Equity funds to innovative start-up projects, in conjunction with private funding from Business-Angels.

EU/Investment Plan: EIB approves EUR 4,8 Billion loans supporting investment by SMEs

In the first week of February 2015, the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved new loans, which aimed at supporting investment by European SMEs and mid-cap companies. These loans will amount to EUR 4.8 billion while the total of loans approved by the Board of Directors for investment in Europe equals EUR 5.8 billion. On 17 February 2015, the EIB's Board of Governors and Europe's finance ministers will discuss the EIB's role in managing the European Fund for Strategic Investments to be implemented under the Investment plan for Europe.
To learn more about the Investment Plan, please click here


Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) in the local press

Our members and friends from LBAN received two articles in the local Luxembourg press: Luxemburger Wort and Tageblatt.

To read the full articles click here and here http://www.cc.lu/uploads/tx_userccpress/Tageblatt_13.pdf


FIWARE Investment Forum Invitation

Dear Investors,

FIWARE, the leading European accelerator programme for technology startups in the sectors of the future internet invites you kindly to its Investment Forum on May 3rd 2015 in Berlin, Germany. 

The 16 FIWARE accelerators selected their 20 best startups to present their investment opportunity to a panel of international and local investors. 

Selected investors will enjoy the following benefits: 

• Accommodation and Travel will be covered from 2-3 May 
• Free access to pitching of the 20 best startups of the 16 FIWARE accelerators 
• Invitation to a networking dinner with all startups on 2 May 
• Access to Open Entrepreneurship and Tech Forum 

Please state your interest in participating until 27 February 2015 to the following email address: fi-business-investment@fi-ppp.eu 

Your participation will be confirmed by Mid-March. 

For more information on FIWARE programme of the European Union, please visit www.fiware.org. All presenting startups are active in one the following sectors: 


EBAN welcomes 3 new members!

Arietti & Partners S.r.l.  -  M&A International, Italy [Associate] Arietti & Partners is the Italian team of M&A International Inc., the most successful worldwide group of Mergers and Acquisitions firms active in the mid-market since 1985. Their mission, to drive Start-ups and Investors to exits.  
(NFBAN) Nordic Female Business Angel Network, Finland [Network] Established in 2015 and with core focus in Impact Investing, the Nordic Female Business Angel Network (NFBAN) provides a platform for both new and experienced angel investors to network, learn, train and participate in various insightful events.

 Sirket Ortagim BAN, Turkey [Network] Founded in 2014, Sirket Ortagim BAN operates in Turkey and focuses on early stage investments and on developing the local entrepreneurial ecosystem through knowledge sharing. 
EBAN Members & Partners' News & Updates
The Korea Innovation Day - Korea Safe & Smart Living Technologies -
Organised and hosted by KIC-Europe (Korea Research & Innovation Centre – Europe) the first edition of Korea Innovation Day will take place on February 26 in Brussels

Interview with Roger Perrin, Managing Director of the Latest Growing Community: Regus Kora.
Regus Kora helps businesses and individuals to thrive and grow.  

Investment in Five Further Startups with a Focus on FinTech.

Members Of The Go Beyond Investing Community Are Early Investors In Otosense.
The innovative American start-up with a unique patented technology capable of identifying and naming the source of any sound. 

Registration for Impact Days 2015 opens on March 20th 

 LBA’s Angels in the City Backed Hopster Raises Multi-Million Pound Growth Capital Round.
Angels in the City backed company Hopster has recently received a multi-million pound investment from Sandbox Partners Private Limited, a strategic  international investor in the learning and media space.
Call for Diaspora to Support the Somali AgriFood Program
Investment opportunities in the food and agriculture sector in Somaliland, Puntland or South and Central Somalia. Find out more about our Somali AgriFood program.

 IESE Launched a New Video on Entrepreneurs. Watch it!


The Business Angels Association of Turkey held its General Assembly meeting at its
annual Congress in Istanbul and elected a new board.

European Tech Exits 2014
Don't look now, but there appears to be a major upswing in tech M&A activity in Europe.
Dutch Battery Maker Targeted by Angels in February
2015 appears to be gradually winding up after a slow month in January in terms of European angel investment activity, according to data from Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk. 

 IAPMEI distinguishes best national SMEs
 IAPMEI acknowledges SMEs as drivers of the national economy


Inversores y Emprendedores se Darán la Mano en el Business Angels Innobas (Source: Europapress.es)

Entrepreneurial Spark® and NatWest launch first business accelerator hub in Birmingham (Source: Entrepreneurial-Spark)

Investment Plan: Green light for SME financing before the summer (Source: EU Commission)

Using "Big Data" from Space to Solve Environmental Problems on Earth: Rezatec and the ESA (Source: esa.int)

The Federation of European Securities Exchanges announces the creation of an IPO Database (Source: fese.eu)

Italy Updates & Improves Equity Crowdfunding Rules (Source: Crowdfund Insider)

Will These 5 Models of Crowdfunding Replace Angel and VC Investors? (Source: Entrepreneur.com)

For Tech Start-Ups in Europe, an Oceanic Divide in Funding (Source: New York Times)

PwC Seeks Experienced Consultant in Tech Companies Acceleration - Luxembourg    (Source: www.pwcaccelerator.com)

A Year in Crowdfunding: 2014  (Source: Crowdfund Insider)

Top 10 Corporate Venture Firms That Could Invest in Your Startup (Source: Venturebeat)

KITE Invest and the TBAA Examine the Growing Strengths of Turkish Entrepreneurism (Source:Kite invest)

EIB Group supports microfinance in Spain (Source: eif.org)
Last call for entries - Catalonia Ecodesign Award 2015
The Award aims to promote the entrepreneurial spirit on eco-design and eco-innovation among Mediterranean countries. The winner will receive 5,000 €. Send Submissions by February 28th.

3rd Edition of Let's Game Asturias
Aceleración de proyectos empresariales de videojuegos y ocio interactivo. Inscripciones abiertas hasta el 16 marzo 2015.

Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2015 
Cash prizes of up to 100,000 Euros and an all expense paid trip to Paris, France. Deadline 28th February, apply now!

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.

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. 

 Digital Investing Market Report
 The fourth report of 2014 on the most recent developments of the global digital investing market.

Europe Investor Insights Survey 2014 - Competition and Demand for Deals Continues to Rise
Investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms tell us where they plan to invest next.

The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia
report provides a “state of the market” landscape analysis of the impact investing industry in South Asia.

Work Programme 2015: Advancing with ESIF Financial Instruments and EaSI Microfinance
ESIF work together to support economic development across all EU countries, in line with the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.


Dear Innovation and Entrepreneurial Community members,

We have exciting times ahead of us, not only in Europe but also in the Middle East and Africa.
All around us, governments and the private sector have realized the importance that
the entrepreneurial, innovative, and early stage investment community plays in developing
economies and societies in the Digital Era.

With this newsletter, we at EBAN are very pleased to highlight Impact Investing and the incredible
work that our EBAN Impact Investment Committee is doing under the presidency of Hedda Pahlson-Moller.

We would also like to draw your attention to our EBAN Annual Congress taking place in the Netherlands 07-08 May 2015.  Our Annual Congress will focus on unlocking the secrets to success of financing entrepreneurial ventures.  We will also feature successful entrepreneurs from Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the event and look forward to welcoming you there.

Finally, it is with great emotion that we pay hommage to Francisco Banha, the long-time president of the Portugese Federation of Business Angels (FNABA) who is today passing the baton to Miguel Rangel Henriques and who has done so much  to encourage Angel Investing in Portugal, Europe and the world.

With kindest regards,

Candace Johnson
EBAN President


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Last Events featuring EBAN

21st January
Nasdaq OMX Capital Markets panel
With the participation of EBAN's Vice President Ari Korhonen
Helsinki, Finland

29th January
AppCampus AppCademy
With the participation of EBAN's Vice President Ari Korhonen
Espoo, Finland

5th February
ESA Lift to Space 
With the participation of EBAN's President Candace Johnson
Geneva, Switzerland

19th February
EstBAN "Exits from Ari Korhonen"
With the participation of EBAN's Vice President Ari Korhonen
Tallinn, Estonia

26th February
Korea Innovation Day 2015
With the participation of EBAN's Head of Office Pablo Garrido
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. 









2-3rd March
2nd Entrepreneurship in Economic Development Forum
Doha, Qatar

2-5th March
4 Years From Now (4YFN)
Barcelona, Spain

3rd March
Metavallon’s Impact Day
Athens, Greece

5th March
1ª Ronda de Financiación INNOBAS
Malaga, Spain

16-19th March
Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Milan, Italy

18th March
The Great British Private Investor Summit 2015
London, UK

25-27th March
European Water Week
Malta, Malta

26th March
BiD Network Investor Cocktail
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

10th April
Swiss Private Equity Conference
Zurich, Switzerland

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

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

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