May 16, 2013
EBAN celebrated early stage investors in Vienna
Keynote speaker Julie Meyer, Ariadne Capital
EBAN welcomed 300 early stage investors at the 13th Annual EBAN Congress in Vienna earlier this week (13th-14th May). The two-days meeting was the privileged setting to debate the role of early stage investors in Europe as key players to foster growth. Featured speakers, ranging from leading super-angels to national and European policy makers, provided a unique learning experience aimed to bring the European early stage investment sector to a new level of excellency.
Austria, the hosting country of this year’s edition, contributed to the success of the event with a booming early stage ecosystem, plenty of energy and motivation which was made evident both at the investors’ level as well as by revealing the commitment of its public authorities to support the sector’s growth.
Keynote speakers such as Julie Meyer (Ariadne Capital), Wilhelm Molterer (Vice-President of the European Investment Bank) and Veith Sorger (former President of the Austrian Federation of Industry) stressed the importance of business angels and other early stage investors in funding innovation and visionary entrepreneurs in creating Europe’s future jobs and wealth.
According to the President of EBAN, Paulo Andrez, “the Congress was a stimulating opportunity to emphasise to all our members and friends the role each one of us play in increasing the €5,1 billion market either by increasing our networks and the mechanisms which support and leverage investment as well as by increasing the quality of the investment decisions of a sector which is trailing its path for a greater proficiency”.
Dusan Stojanovic is Europe’s Business Angel of the Year
2013 EBAN award winners from left to right: Paulo Andrez (EBAN), Juan Roure (IESE), Stefanie Pingitzer and Selma Prodanovic (AAIA), Jukka Suokas (Vera E.S. Fund), Dusan Stojanovic (business angel) and Michael Culligan (HBAN).
Vienna was also the stage for the 8th EBAN Awards ceremony which distinguished excellency across the EBAN community. Dusan Stojanovic, super-angel based in Sweden, was recognised as the ‘Business Angel of the Year’ to which his three successful exits in a single week played a relevant role in a sector aiming at improving investment exits. The 10 years-old business angel network IESE BAN (Spain) received the award for the category and the Irish HBAN, host of next year’s Congress, was recognised as the best ‘Federation of the Year’. The award for the ‘Best Early Stage Fund’ was given to Vera Early Stage Fund from Finland and the ‘Best Performing New Member’ category was awarded to the seven months old Austrian Angel Investors Association which spectacular growth is patented in the local community engaged with the Congress.
The EBAN Congress was also the stage to present six of the most promising start-ups looking for funding within the EBAN community. MoodMe, a 3D web and mobile application based in Luxembourg, was the winner of this “competition” aiming at attracting the interest of investors for these companies which have already received one or more rounds of early stage funding.