EBAN and EBAN CEE at infoShare 2018

On 22-23 May, infoShare tech & startup festival took place in Gdansk, Poland, in partnership with the City of Gdansk. EBAN had a strong presence at infoShare, partnering with the event to organize an EBAN CEE Panel; featuring the article “A Cross Border View on Angel Investment in the CEE Region” in their Grow With Tech magazine; and finally, having several EBAN members participate in the conference as speakers.

Drawing more than 7000 attendees, infoShare provided a great venue for networking and celebrating entrepreneurship as well as the early stage ecosystem as a whole, with many distinguished speakers taking the stage to discuss the latest trends and developments in tech and entrepreneurship.

EBAN has long been a supporter of developing angel investing and entrepreneurship in the Central Eastern European region, having launched its EBAN CEE Community in 2016 and the CEE Released project just this year. As part of its efforts in the region, EBAN collaborated with infoShare on a panel on “Cross-Border Investing in the CEE Region – Leveraging Networks to Make Better Investments”, moderated by EBAN member Peter Cowley, Chair of the Cambridge Angels and featuring the EBAN CEE Committee President Davorin Štetner, who leads CRANE – the Croatian Business Angels Network, and Vice Presidents Branko Drobnak, President of Business Angels of Slovenia, and Panagiotis Ketikidis, Co-Founder of the Hellenic Business Angel Network.

The panel underlined the importance of cross-border investing for the development of the early stage ecosystem in the CEE region, as well as the importance of establishing trust among angel investors who co-invest together, and trust towards entrepreneurs they invest in. This is especially crucial with cross-border investments, where angels don’t have the ability to check up on the investment as frequently as when it is located in the same country.

This year’s infoShare conference also prominently featured EBAN Member Peter Cowley as a speaker and jury member, leading 2 sessions for entrepreneurs. These included an interactive workshop on “Preparing to Raise Capital – Decks, Plans and Pitches” run with Alan Cowley from Invested Investor; as well as a talk on “How to Charm and How to Irritate Angel Investors”, where Peter shared his extensive experience on the dos and don’ts for entrepreneurs wishing to connect with investors. Peter also discussed his knowledge and expertise at the infoShare investors meetup with his keynote speech titled “What I wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago” which provided advice regarding common mistakes that business angels should aim to avoid.

EBAN Vice President Riku Asikainen also gave a keynote at infoShare 2018 on “Getting Ready for a Million Dollars – How to Improve your Success in Fundraising and Be Ready for Massive Growth” with insights on investment readiness, typical mistakes from entrepreneurs and more; while EBAN Member Starter Inkubator supported the infoShare Startup Contest.

With startup competition running throughout the 2 days of the conference, 5 strong contenders made it to the final showdown on 23 May where they presented in front of an expert panel of jury members. The first prize was ultimately snagged by ThinAir Water, a startup working to provide a sustainable water source source by having developed a surface which condenses water at a significant rate. Runners-up included MedTech companies Biolumo and Magentiq Eye; finishing in second and third place, respectively.

EBAN was pleased to have been strongly represented at infoShare and looks forward to more collaborations with leading events in the CEE region and beyond.

To see CRANE’s perspective on infoShare 2018, click here.