April 24, 2019
EBAN and Seedstars Team up to Build Bridges for Angel Investors Between Europe and Emerging Markets
On April 3rd, EBAN, in collaboration with Seedstars and ABAN, organised a Business Angel Workshop on investing in emerging markets together with the Seedstars Investors Forum and the Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The workshop featured 3 expert speakers with direct experience investing in Africa, Latin America, and Asia sharing their lessons learned with an audience of already active business angels interested in exploring emerging market opportunities. The speakers also presented case studies from their own investments:
Khaled Ismail, Managing Partner at HIMangel and Board Member of ABAN with a portfolio of startups based throughout the entire African continent, spoke about the geopolitical and macroeconomic environment in Africa, his decision-making process and criteria, how he deals with entrepreneurs and more. Kim Neel Wyon, Senior Partner at Optiteam, presented his experience investing in India, giving examples of social businesses based there and discussed how angels can understand their own risk profile. Last but not least, Martin Johnson, Board Member of Sophia Business Angels, spoke about his experience investing in Carcool, a car-sharing platform based in Peru and the challenges and opportunities for a European investor investing in a Latin American company.
The workshop in Lausanne was the first in a series of collaborations between EBAN and Seedstars, with more editions planned across Africa, Latin America and Asia in the coming months. The goal of the collaboration is to provide local investors with all of the knowledge needed to make early stage investments professionally, equipping them with template documents and other necessary tools in order to bridge the gap between the early stage markets in Europe and other continents mentioned above. By organising business angel workshops led by experienced coaches in different emerging markets, EBAN and Seedstars hope to promote angel investing and develop local angel ecosystems across the world, as well as help enable European investors to co-invest with local business angels.
EBAN would like to thank Seedstars and ABAN as well as all workshop guest speakers and attendees for working to create a great session.