Profitable Networking in Action: EBAN Helsinki Annual Congress Boosts Matchmaking and Cross-Border Connections between Angel Investors from around the World

On 3-4 June, more than 530 investors, entrepreneurs, VCs, corporates and innovators gathered in Helsinki to experience 2 days filled with networking, inspiring keynotes, productive workshops and insightful panel discussions at the 20th edition of the EBAN Annual Congress. EBAN Helsinki focused on creating a #ProfitableNetworking environment for all of its attendees, while also discussing all things angel investing and weighing in on innovation ecosystem trends. On top of the content-rich agenda, the Congress underlined the importance of matchmaking between investors, especially on a cross-border level, and the crucial role such connections serve in developing the angel investing and entrepreneurial ecosystem.
EBAN would like to thank our co-organisers for the Congress – FiBANArctic15, and the European Investment Project Portal – as well as our sponsors and partners: KAAPELIKPMGBusiness FinlandNewCo HelsinkiClarion HotelBusinessOuluSpringvestGrannenfelt FinancePrivanetABANSpaceUpEBAN SpaceTerkko Health HubInnoEnergyESAMBANIris CapitalELITEGustWe+ KaapeliICEX – Invest in SpainAalto UniversityBusiness JyväskyläNordic Business Angel Network, and  TAIGA COLORS, whose contributions were invaluable in making the event a resounding success.

In addition, we would like to thank the 98 speakers and mentors who shared their expertise and insights at the Congress, with special thanks to our world-class keynote speakers: Zach Coelius, Managing partner at Coelius CapitalAdam Kostyal, Senior Vice President at NASDAQLars Fløe Nielsen, Co-founder at Nordic MakersFilipa Ramalho, Policy Officer for the European Investment Project PortalPia Santavirta, Managing Director at FVCARisto Siilasmaa, Chairman of NokiaPeter Vesterbacka, former Executive at RovioAdeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute, and Rudy Aernoudt, Senior Economist at the European Commission.
Want to recap what was discussed? You can request the keynote presentations from the FiBAN office. Please note that not all speakers have agreed to share their presentation slides, nor shared them with the organizers.

As part of the Helsinki Congress, EBAN held its annual Gala Awards Ceremony on 3 June to celebrate individuals and organisations that have made a successful and significant contribution to the early stage investment market.
We would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the EBAN Helsinki 2019 Gala Awards winners:
 – Best European Early Stage Investor: – Ian Sosso, Founder and Managing Partner at Monte Carlo Capital.
 – Best Performing EBAN MemberSwiss ICT Investor Club (SICTIC).
 – Best Performing New EBAN MemberLithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN).
 – Best Individual/Organisation Globally Engaging the Early Stage Investment and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem – Nordic Angel Program (NAP) run by DanBANEstBANFiBANBAN NorwayNordicBANCivitta, and StartupIncluder.
 – Successful Business Financed by Early Stage InvestorsPhorest, with investment from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN).
EBAN would like to thank all Congress attendees for joining us at the event and we hope to see everyone at our next event – the 2019 EBAN Winter University, taking place in Brussels, Belgium on November 25th-26th.