EBAN CEE

The CEE Community is a subnetwork within EBAN that groups Business Angel Networks, Accelerators and Incubators in the following countries: Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Poland, Ukraine and Bulgaria; with the goal to strengthen cooperation amongst the participating members.

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Committee

  • Branko Drobnak

    CEE Community President and President of Business Angels of Slovenia

    Branko Drobnak is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, with a lifetime of experience setting up and managing companies. With a degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics in Maribor and a post-graduate course in Macroeconomic Development from the International Institute of Social Studies in Haag, he began his career working for the Slovenian government. After, he joined one of the largest Slovenian trading companies, in 1992 he went into the financial world on his own and created a brokerage and asset management company, Poteza. As such, he was very involved in privatization process and investment banking in Central Eastern Europe. He is currently the president of Business Angels of Slovenia and is investing in his own portfolio of startups, all while being an active supporter of the startup eco system and a member of EBAN (European Business Angel Network). He invests primarily into new technology, biotech, fintech, green energy, and lately in blockchain startups, together with taking a more visible role within the Slovenian blockchain community as such.

  • Davorin Stetner

    CEE Community President Emeritus and President of CRANE

    Davorin Stetner is an entrepreneur, investor and an adventurer. He is the President & CEO at his KREATOR GROUP which consists of companies, brands, projects and investments. Among these accomplishments he is President of the Croatian Business Angels Network – CRANE and member of the Economic Council of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović.

    Born on the 10th of November 1981 in Zagreb, Croatia, Stetner launched his first company when he was 20. He is the owner of various businesses in the media & entertainment industry (Kreator TV, Kreator Film New York, Zimo digital), hospitality industry and others. Stetner is an active angel investor with a wide portfolio of investments in startup companies around the world, mainly in Croatia and USA.

    He made a world breakthrough with acquisition of Formula 1TM media rights for Croatia in 2011 when he alone negotiated and signed a contract with Bernie Ecclestone beating huge multinational companies. At 29 years old then, he thus became world’s youngest private F1TM rights holder. As he later said – Formula 1TM and the contacts and friendships he made there were his true breakthrough and lifetime value. Stetner has huge premium sports and television production experience. He worked, and he is working with the biggest names in the industry like Formula 1TM, Volvo Ocean RaceTM, MotoGPTM, Eurosport and others. He leads multiple media projects for more than 15 years. He built a numerous media projects and TV stations from the scratch. Motorsports is his big love. He founded Kreator Racing Team in 2012 to help young drivers to compete at the World stage. Kreator Racing made great results in Formula Renault, Karting and Motocross. This team now holds more than 11 national and international Championships titles and is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Croatia.

    Stetner was appointed to Croatian President Kolinda Grabar – Kitarović’s Council for Economic Affairs. He has been active in the National Car & Carting Federation (member of FIA) first as a Board member and from 2017, as a Deputy President. His other passions include traveling and long expeditions. Stetner is an adventurer who has traveled throughout many countries of the world such as: the Ivory Coast, Liberia, DR Congo, Panama, Bhutan. So far he has visited more than 70 countries. He also has a Pilot License (PPL) and he is a skipper.

  • Panayiotis Ketikidis

    EBAN Board Member, CEE Community Vice President and Co-founder of HeBAN

    Professor Ketikidis is the Vice Principal for Research, Innovation & External Relations of CITY College – An International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, and the Chairman of the Management Committee & Academic Director of the Doctoral Programme at the South East European Research Centre (SEERC). He has over 25 years of experience in management, education, research, and competitive research funding with various networks established as a result of this experience.

    Professor Ketikidis has been listed in the Marquis´s Who´s Who, Publications Board in Science and Engineering, Eleventh Edition 2011-2012. He is a member of the International Faculty Administration Board of CITY College, which provides steer and leadership on the academic and development strategy of the College (1993-present).

    He was the Head of the Computer Science department of CITY College (1993-2001); Head of Continuing Education (1991-1993) at CITY College; He was also, a Project Leader at Sterling Drug Inc., responsible for all the phases of the Software Development Life Cycle to support Discovery Research at Sterling Drug Incorporation, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. (1989-1991); Database Administrator and Systems Analyst at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (1986-1989), and Research Assistant – Graduate Assistant at West Chester University, U.S.A. (1984-1986).

    Professor Ketikidis is the President of the Greek Computer Society (EPY) – Macedonia-Thrace chapter (elected 2008-2010); He has been elected as President of the International Society of Logistics – Chapter Thessaloniki (1999-2005) and from 2006 he is an Emeritus President of the International Society of Logistics; Scientific Advisor of the Management Board for the Association of Information Technology Companies of Northern Greece (SEPVE: 1998-present); Honorable Member of the Exporters’ Association of Northern Greece Management Board (SEVE : 2006present); Member of the Administration Board – Centre for the support of female employment and entrepreneurship ERGANI (2006-present); Member of the Prefecture Board for Enterprise and Vocational Training, Prefecture of Thessaloniki (2007-present); He was for many years an Expert (reviewer) of DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Industries and Innovation) of the European Commission, and has also been involved in many European Information Technology projects funded by the European Commission (1992 -current).

    He is Chief Editor of the International Journal of Innovation & Regional Development (IJIRD), Associate Editor of the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation (IJLEG), Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Operational Research (IJOR), European Editor of the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management (IJENM), and a member of organizing and scientific committees in various national /international conferences and workshops.

  • Antal Karolyi

    CEE Community Vice President and President of the Hungarian Business Angel Network

    President of the Hungarian Business Angel Network. Traction Tribe co-founder. Works on unlocking the untapped potential in Central Eastern European startups.

  • Lisa Fassl

    Managing Director of Austrian Angel Investors Association and CEE Program Coordinator

    Active for several years in the Austrian startup community, Lisa has been able to contribute to several initiatives and get to know the ecosystem from different angles. Starting her startup career in a project similar to Pokemon Go, she soon realized that she’s passionate about supporting and developing young companies. After spending some years in research – focusing on entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer – she became the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association, Austria’s leading network for angel investors with more than 200 members.

    In addition to her current role at the AAIA, she is a co-founder of Female Founders, an initiative that supports entrepreneurial women and has an active seat in the advisory board of IdeenTriebwerk Graz. The passionate hobby photographer is particularly interested in projects with digital components and supports startups hands-on in their further development.

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EBAN CEE News

  • European Business Angels Network and Cornerstone Communications Announce the Regional Winners in the 2018 Edition of CEE-Released Project

    European Business Angels Network and Cornerstone Communications Announce the Regional Winners in the 2018 Edition of CEE-Released Project       Finalists of the CEE-Released project were officially announced during EBAN Annual Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria, which took place between 25-27 June 2018. The winner of the 2018 edition was Photon, Polish start-up that produces world’s

    July 6, 2018
  • EBAN CEE Community to launch Made in the CEE with Stock Exchanges and Business Angels

    Davorin Stetner, President of the EBAN CEE Community, President of CRANE (Croatian Business Angels Network) and organiser of Zagreb Connect announced a major initiative today which brings together stock exchanges and business angel networks to find and support the best start-ups and scale-ups in the Central Eastern European Region. Starting as of 1 January 2018, each EBAN CEE Community

    December 6, 2017
  • BVB and Nomination Committee for Made in Romania select 50 companies to enter the last stage of the project invites the public to vote for their favorite

    Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) announces that the process of shortlisting 50 companies that will enter the last stage of Made in Romania project has ended. 25 companies were selected through the votes casted by the Nomination Committee Members while the additional 25 were chosen by the Bucharest Stock Exchange representatives. “The competition was fierce and the selection of

    March 15, 2017
  • Angels and Entrepreneurs Come Together in Warsaw

      On 14 December, representatives from the European Business Angels associations, Polish Business Angels Networks, local stakeholders and polish Business Angels held a meeting for the Early Stage Investing Launchpad Pilot in Warsaw, Poland. The meeting took place in the former headquarters of the Central Committee of the Polish Communist Party, bringing a heightened sense of historical

    December 22, 2016
  • EBAN Strengthens Presence and Activity in CEE Countries with Launch of EBAN CEE Community

    Taking into account the increased importance and presence of Business Angels and the growth in the entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the entire CEE region, EBAN is delighted to announce the launch of the EBAN CEE Community. The EBAN CEE Community groups Business Angel Networks, Business Angels, Accelerators and Incubators in the following countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and

    October 22, 2016
  • iEurope Investment Forum

    iEurope had a great Investment Forum in Budapest on 23 September. iEurope is one of the pioneering VC’s in the CEE Countries with great backers including Howard Morgan, Esther Dyson, Karen Gordon Mills, Gil Penchina and Thomas Lehrman. iEurope’s Co-Founding Partners, Kristina Perkin Davison, and Laszlo Czirjak along with partner Miklos Kovacs are focused on investing in the region’s early stage technology companies and assisting

    September 30, 2016
  • DeLab and EUROMED Grand Opening

    On 14-16 September 2016, The University of Warsaw Library hosted one of the greatest and most prestigious conferences presenting scientific research on innovative business processes: the 9th Annual EuroMed Conference on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital ecosystems. The Conference Inauguration was chaired by Prof. Katarzyna Śledziewska – Executive Director of DELab UW. Representatives of the conference

    September 23, 2016
  • EBAN participates in Dubrovnik Forum – Three Seas Conference – Strengthening Europe: Connecting North and South

    On 25-26 August, EBAN and a number of its members were invited by the President of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović to participate in and speak at the Three Seas — Adriatic, Baltic, and Black — Conference – Strengthening Europe: Connecting North and South. Six Presidents from Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and more than 20 ministers from Austria,

    August 26, 2016