- January 23, 2020
- Posted by: EBAN Team
- Category: News
Fabrice Testa Succeeds Anthony Clarke as New EBAN Space Chairman
Premier Angel Group has invested more than 30 million Euros into Space-Tech Start-Ups since its launch in December 2016
EBAN is pleased to announce that Fabrice Testa, Space-Tech Entrepreneur and Investor, Co-Chairman of Luxembourg Space Tech Angels (LSTA), and Senator for Luxembourg at the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), has been elected to succeed Anthony Clarke as Chairman of EBAN Space, the organisation’s vertical focusing on space and space-tech related investments. EBAN Space aims to be the destination for investments, mentoring, best practices sharing and networking for Europe’s space-tech entrepreneurs and early stage investors.
Under the leadership of Anthony Clarke, EBAN President Emeritus, Co-founder of UK Space Tech Angels and Seraphim Space Fund, EBAN Space Business Angel members have invested more than 30 million Euros in the last three years into such European start-ups as D-Orbit, Hummingbird, Rezatech, Sofant Technologies, etc.
Many of these companies have been incubated by the ESA BICS (European Space Agency Business Incubation Centres) with whom EBAN Space had had a long partnership. Outside of Europe, EBAN Space Members have also invested in New Space companies in Singapore and USA.
EBAN Space Members also provide invaluable mentoring and networking, as they are amongst the few private investors who have experience in creating and leading their own successful space and space-tech companies through the entire Angel Investor, Venture Capital and Exit process. The EBAN Space Board include top level representatives from SES ASTRA and SES Global, Seraphim Space Fund, SpaceTec Partners, Aerospace Valley, Angelus Funding, FunderNation, Cobin Angels, Romivo, etc.
In addition and most pertinently, EBAN Space includes three national Space-Tech chapters from the UK, Luxembourg and Estonia with new national chapters being formed.
About Fabrice Testa: Fabrice Testa is a serial innovator, entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor. Among other companies he is co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Maana Electric which aims to be the utility company of the solar system. He is the Head Coach for the space cohort of the edition 9 of the Luxembourg acceleration programme Fit4Start. Fabrice was the SpaceTech coordinator of the Luxembourg CES2020 delegation led by Luxfactory where he is acting as Chief Commercial Officer.
About EBAN and EBAN Space: EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community gathering over 150 member organizations in more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 11.4 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs. EBAN launched EBAN Space in December 2016 to promote and advance Europe’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship, innovation, and investing in space.
About ESA BICS: ESA Technology Transfer and Business Incubation Office initiated its ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) in 2003 to inspire and work with entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial start-ups companies. This has proven to be a very successful initiative. Over 700 start-ups have been fostered throughout Europe with thousands of new high tech jobs created thanks to the applications of space systems, the valorization of ESA intellectual properties and the space technologies transfers – and more than 180 new start-ups are taken in yearly at the ESA BICs.