Interview with Philippe Gluntz - Business Angel of The Year 2012
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June 2012
Flash #79

Flash Interview

Philippe Gluntz
Philippe Gluntz
Interview with Philippe Gluntz
EBAN's Business Angel of the Year 2012

Did the award flood you with new investment proposals?
Not more than before, i.e. too many proposals to handle.

What is your preferred sector as an angel investor and why?
ICT because of my professional background.

Do you prefer to invest alone or together with other angels in a syndicate? 
Always together with fellow angels that I trust.

Are you a hands-on investor? 
Yes, most of the time. But I cannot be hands-on in all my 20 investments.

What drives start-ups to success or failure? 
Mostly the entrepreneur's profile and start-up governance.

Which would you say are the most significant advantages to be associated to an angel group? 
Bigger and more diverse dealflow, joint due diligence with experienced and market savvy angels, joint closing process (negociation power…) and more professional follow-up process.


Trinnov Audio completes 1.2M€ investment round in high performance audio

Trinnov Audio SA announced it has raised 1.2M€ to fund the commercial rollout of its high-performance audio products and innovations across several market segments including studios, movie theatres, high-end hi-fi and home-theater and consumer electronics. This round has been financed by 5 business angel networks including Investessor/Trianon, Go Beyond, Paris Business Angels, SIRS, XMP along with the innovation fund Calao Finance. 

Trinnov Audio, a company which research has been funded under European Framework Programmes was first introduced to GoBeyond investors in an event co-organised between ICT Finance MarketPlace/ ACCESS ICT and GoBeyond Paris on December 1st 2011 in Paris.

ACCESS ICT is a EU funded DG INFSO initiative lead by EBAN with the support of ACI.

EBAN Sponsors' Updates

Narec Capital sign Renewable Energy Fund Management Agreement with Frontier IP
Narec Capital, the provider of consultancy and finance services to companies in the renewable energy sector is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Frontier IP, which specialises in the commercialisation of IP. The agreement confirms Narec Capital’s intention to appoint Frontier IP as its provider of fund management and administration services to a portfolio of renewable energy funds which it intends to launch later this year. The focus of this funding initiative will be on providing early-stage capital in order to accelerate the deployment and reduce the cost per megawatt hour of renewable energy technologies and projects.

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Paris Business Angels' Invested Companies
PBA compiled all investments done within its network from 2004 to 2011 in the occasion of a special event held on June 26th.

Mountain Partners Group and Flag Holding Abu Dhabi form alliance, set towards greater expansion
Mountain Partners Group is pleased to welcome Flag Holding LLC as a strategic partner. The two partners will form a joint venture, Mountain Partners Middle East Investment LLC aimed at supporting the expansion of Mountain Partners in the MENA region, but also across the globe.

European Angel Funding and Corporate Venturing in Italy
IBAN organised its 13th Congress, a forum aimed at tackling the current financial challenges Italy is facing. Several EBAN board members participated in the event, namely Ute Günther (Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland), Philippe Glunz (France Angels) and Luigi Amati (Meta Group).

GoBeyond and Italian Angels for Growth interviewed (available in Italian only)
Class/ CNBC tv interview about the Italian angel market with the participation of Dario Caleffi (GoBeyond) and Lorenzo Franchini (IAG). 

Gesventure hosts 12th Venture Capital IT
Portugal's leading Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship Congress was held in Lisbon with the participation of EBAN's President Paulo Andrez, the Board Members Peter Braun (Mountain Club) and Francisco Banha (Gesventure) and EBAN's Research Sponsor BDO represented by Pedro Aleixo Dias.


Exploring Entrepreneur Investor Relationship : [“I told you so” moments] (source:

Index Ventures launches new €350m fund to invest in early stage innovation

Invest Northern Ireland: Assistance for High Growth/ Technology Early Stage Companies

Where to go if the bank says no (UK)
 (source: RealBusiness)

Innovation in VC will come from outside of Silicon Valley
(source: Capital Disruptivo)


Potential of Venture Capital in the European Union by Directorate-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament.

Angel Investing: Catalyst for Innovation by the Angel Resource Institute (paper and presentation) by three leaders of the Angel Resource Institute (ACA) on "Super Angels".


European Parliament: Ease access to venture capital and social entrepreneurship funds to spur growth

SMEs: Better access to finance and boosting entrepreneurship

The Commission launched a European wide training campaign for the Enterprise Europe Network to help SMEs get access to finance.

Contracts & Grants: Euromed - innovative entrepreneurs for change: support to cluster cooperation, start-ups, investors and management of intellectual property
Deadline 27/07/2012

Contracts & Grants: Study on “SME taxation in Europe – An empirical study of applied corporate income taxation for SMEs compared to large enterprises”
Deadline 27/07/2012

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TechTour - MedTech Summit

European Tech Tour - Cloud & ICT Summit

Europen TechTour - Call for Selection Committee

The European Tech Tour invites you to join the selection committees of its two upcoming events: Medtech Summit (Oct 16-17, Lausanne) and the Cloud & ICT Summit (Nov 21-22, Lausanne), targeted to companies and investors in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel.

Would you be willing to apply for the selection committees please send your cv to by July 5th (MedTech) and July 15th (Cloud & ICT).

You are also welcome to suggest your portfolio companies to apply as presenting company. To participate they should register for the MedTech Summit until July 15th and for Cloud & ICT until September 15th.

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EBAN Publications

EBAN Directory of Networks 2011
The Directory of Networks published by EBAN provides an annual overview of the operational characteristics of business angel networks across Europe. It includes information about EBAN members and other business angel networks identified across Europe. EBAN has been collecting data on the angel market since its creation in 1999.

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BBAA 2012 National Investment Summit and National Awards Dinner
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Presence of EBAN at events across Europe

Alicia Gomez Campos attended the European Crowdfunding Network Pre-launch event in Brussels, Belgium.

Paulo Andrez participated as speaker in the European Association of Mutual Guarantee Societies's (AECM) Annual General Assembly in Bucharest, Romania.

Luis Galveias participated as a panel reviewer in the LT Innovate - Language Technology Innovation Summit 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

Chiara de Caro participated as a speaker in the event Invest in Innovation Macedonia held in Brussels, Belgium.

Luis Galveias attended ICT Spring in Luxembourg.

Luis Galveias attended the 2nd Digital Agenda Assembly, namely the Workshop on Innovation and Entrepreneurs and the Plenary session in Brussels, Belgium.

Chiara de Caro participated as speaker in the EIT conference "Good practices and learnings" in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Paulo Andrez participated as a speaker in the AAL Summit 2012 in Bilbao, Spain.

Paulo Andrez will speak at the workshop "Fiscalidad y Experiencias Legislativas de Apoyo a Business Angels" organised by Orkestra in Bilbao, Spain.

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