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When Venture Building and Angel Investing Meet – Scaling Up European Startups in the US

Ian Sosso, EBAN Board Member and Founder and Managing Partner at Monte Carlo Capital (MCC), discusses the challenges of scaling in the US for European startups and solutions to facilitate this process. Being an established startup in one European country is not necessarily an indicator of success in the rest of Europe. This is of

Call for External Evaluator for the AgTech7 Project – Apply by July 30th!

  Call for External Evaluator for the AgTech7 Project – Apply by July 30th! EBAN is pleased to invite its members to participate in AgTech7, an EU-funded educational project on agri-business innovation – as an External Evaluator. The project aims to design a learning curriculum covering 7 key topics for the breakthrough of the agricultural sector –

Call for space-tech companies for the Space Academy in Rome!

The next Space Academy - an intensive two-day event designed to help space-tech companies scale up - will be held on 9th-11th December 2020 in Rome, Italy, in collaboration with the "Primavera dell'innovazione" organised by Consorzio Hypatia, Fondazione E. Amaldi with the endorsement of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Space Academy

EIB Board approves €25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund in response to COVID-19 crisis

The Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) has on 26 May agreed on the structure and business model of the new Pan-European Guarantee Fund to tackle the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fund was endorsed by the European Council on 23 April as part of the overall EU Covid-19 response

European business and innovation organisations and investors call for a pivotal role of innovative startups, SMEs and their contributors in EU recovery

On 27 May 2020, the coherent ‘’Recovery Plan for Europe’’ of the European Commission proposed, together with the next Multiannual Financial Framework, the ambitious answer Europe needs to recover from COVID-19. An answer which builds on necessity yet is designed for the future. As part of the business and investment ecosystem, the European Business and

Re-Inventing the Future with the International Venture Academy 2020

International Venture Academy 2020 is a journey between EBAN members, Sophia Business Angels Network, Business Jyväskylä and Finnish Business Angels Network, who are targeting cross-border investments in innovative scale ups in preventive healthcare and global wellbeing. There is no need to explain why investments in this sector are now needed more than ever before.   As the world was suddenly faced with

Establishing the Community of Greek Business Angels

by Maria Hala, May 26th, 2020 After two and a half months of social distancing and an almost complete shutdown of the local economy, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Greece has been proudly rated among the safest countries in the world. The main concern now is focusing on a healthy economic recovery. Responding to the

Space Live Talks 2020

COVID-19 is demonstrating how dependent the world has become on remote connectivity, communication and other space applications. The current crisis is accelerating transformation of the world economy to a new technical and social paradigm, in which space will continually play a bigger and more prominent role. In the series of 6 webinars Space Live Talks,

EBAN Partners with MtB, ICC and WCF for the 2020 Global Corporate Startup Stars Awards

    EBAN Partners with MtB, ICC and WCF for the 2020 Global Corporate Startup Stars Awards EBAN is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Mind the Bridge (MtB),  the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Chambers Federation (WCF) for the global edition of the Corporate Startup Stars 2020 Awards (CSS Awards). Corporate Startup Stars Awards is the annual

Inviting Startups & Scale-ups to pitch at the Changing Worlds Webinar – June 11th at 14:00 CEST

  EBAN, CorkBIC and the European Investment Project Portal and key partners Cork City Council, Cork County Council and EY are pleased to invite you to the Changing Worlds Online Webinar, an afternoon event on Thursday June 11th at 14:00 CEST including: Deep Tech Dive Panel Discussion on Disruption Across Sectors due to COVID19 with a focus on Data & AI and Medtech Fireside Interviews with

MedAngels sets off to boost startups in North Africa

Alexandria. Med-Angels, the first Mediterranean-wide network of angel networks, has just announced a new partnership with Hivos that will facilitate the injection of up to €500,000 into North African startups across countries in the region. The new partnership will allow for investors within MedAngels’ network to co-invest, while Hivos, through its Green Works Program, will offer co-matching grants

Join Mondays for Innovation – EBAN and EBN Team up to Showcase COVID-19 Solutions

EBAN is pleased to announce that we are launching a new e-pitching collaboration with EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network), titled "Mondays for Innovation". This initiative will serve to bring together EBAN's network of investors with EBN's network of startups in order to showcase innovative solutions to the current COVID-19 crisis. Join us for two different

FIBAN INTEGRATES THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS INTO THE STARTUP DEAL FLOW PROCESS

Agile startups, together with investors, can play a major role in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s shared “to-do-list” adopted by the UN. Therefore, more visible yet simple indicators of startups’ impact on sustainable development were needed in the FiBAN deal flow process. Now startups can indicate their impact in a simple

DLT4ALL journey into exploring and explaining Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology keeps going

  DLT4ALL journey into exploring and explaining Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology keeps going. Started in January 2018, DLT4ALL wishes to address the gaps of European entrepreneurs, students, angel-investors and incubator managers in understanding and exploiting Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. In fact, despite significant interest in the field several actors manifested troubles in approaching

1ST ANNUAL EUROPEAN IMPACT INVESTING SURVEY 2020

     1ST ANNUAL EUROPEAN IMPACT INVESTING SURVEY 2020 #EIIS2020   EBAN (The European Business Angels Network), through the EBAN Impact Investing Committee, is now inviting Investors to participate in the 1st Annual European Impact Investing Survey 2020 #EIIS2020. The report generated by this survey will provide critical insights to European impact investing activity, investment opportunities, impact

EBAN Cork 2020 Annual Congress POSTPONED to 2021

   EBAN Cork 2020 Annual Congress POSTPONED to 2021   Due to the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and its unprecedented challenges, EBAN, CorkBIC and European Investment Project Portal regret to announce that the EBAN Cork 2020 Congress has been POSTPONED to 2021. We appreciate how much work has been done already, but protecting your health as members and

ACCESS.SPACE Alliance

ACCESS.SPACE Alliance calls for extraordinary measures to support the small satellite sector and counteract Covid-19 crisis London, UK, 24 March 2020 – In view of these difficult times when the Coronavirus ‘Covid-19’ is threatening lives and the economic future of many, the ACCESS.SPACE Alliance, which represents the small satellite sector and its stakeholders, expresses its worries and concerns

Join Our Living Room Talks on Angel Investing – Take Advantage of EBAN’s Online Activities

We are working hard to offer you more and more online webinars on angel investing and entrepreneurship, in a series we're calling "Living Room Talks" - as all of us are staying connected from our living rooms. Take a look at the agenda and register or rewatch past sessions below! Watch Previous Living Room Talk

EBAN President and Board on How to Manage the COVID-19 Crisis

  EBAN President and Board on How to Manage the COVID-19 Crisis This newsletter is difficult to write, as the situation in EBAN member countries is so different, from the dreadful experiences in Italy and Spain to the countries where there are few COVID-19 cases and no deaths. And there is simply too much data

Women at the Helm of Angel Investing

As we celebrate women all over the world in the month of March, we at EBAN would like to highlight the amazing women business angel network managers that lead the European early stage investment ecosystem and enable angel investments to take place. Congratulations to each and every one of them for their great contributions and

Call for Startups for the EBAN Cork 2020 Congress is Now Open – Apply to Pitch on June 10th-12th

Call for Startups for the EBAN Cork 2020 Congress is Now Open – Apply to Pitch on June 10th-12th EBAN is pleased to invite all eligible startups to join hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and corporates attending the EBAN Annual Congress on June 10th-12th in Cork to make connections, learn from experts and pitch in front of the world’s most successful

Notice regarding the COVID-19 Virus

Given the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, EBAN is working to align with the recommended health and safety measures, while still continuing to connect, represent, serve and inform the European early stage investment community. As such our EBAN team, based in Brussels, will be working remotely from home for the time being. There will be no physical

Call to the EU and Member States to Provide Liquidity in Support of Startups and Innovators

EBAN, the trade association representing business angels, seed funds and early stage market players in Europe, expresses its worries and concerns on the effects that the current COVID-19 virus crisis is already having on the European startup and innovation ecosystem. Our association urges the EU and its Member States to take immediate extraordinary measures to

Leverage Your Startup Investment with the European Innovation Council (EIC)

The European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator is the EU’s largest ever initiative to help scale startups, with up to €3 billion of funding to be deployed until the end of 2020, and a €10 billion budget for the 2021-2027 period. The EIC Accelerator provides grants of up to €2.5 million, as well an optional equity investment in addition to the grant of up

Eleven Capital Officially Announces Upcoming IPO and Publishes Prospectus. Here’s What We Learn From It

Eleven Capital Team. From left to right, Vassil Terziev (board member), Ivaylo Simov (manager, deputy Chair of board), Daniel Tomov (executive director), Valeri Petrov (Chair of the board) © Eleven Capital Eleven Capital, the successor of the first Bulgarian acceleration fund Eleven, officially announced IPO in April hoping to raise 4M BGN (a bit under

Incentivizing Deal Leading – Lead Investor Compensation

Leading an investor syndicate requires a lot of work and expertise. And quite often the syndicates are struggling to find a volunteer to take the lead. One of the ways to address these issues is to compensate for the deal lead. In this article, we take a look at different lead investor compensation models. Activities

African Angel Academy

Introducing the African Angel Academy – Applications now open for Pilot Program! Angel Investors are increasingly making a difference to the global start-up scene by helping promising entrepreneurs start and grow companies. The African Angel Academy (AAA) has now been established to help accelerate angel investing in Africa. Through the creation of an angel investing

CBO Consulting has supported Terabee’s €5m funding in EU Grant and Debt

CBO Consulting supports digital ventures in their strategy and funding, helping them find the right funding sources at the right time. The company covers digital technologies: IoT, VR/AR, Satellite, AI, Software, Big Data, Telecoms, Blockchain and many others. Thanks to a unique multi-funding approach and innovation expertise, the Brussels-based consulting boutique has already supported more

EBAN Space Turns 3 with More than €30 Million Mobilized in New Space Investment

EBAN is pleased to celebrate 3 years of one of its oldest Communities – EBAN Space – launched in December 2016 to promote and advance Europe’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship, innovation, and investing in space technologies. Over these 3 years, the Community has achieved great success, with EBAN Space Members, UK Space Tech Angels, Luxembourg Space Tech Angels, or

State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, written by (GIIN)

The second edition of the State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice, written by Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), reflects the increased sophistication and maturation of impact measurement and management (IMM) practices since the release of the survey’s first edition in 2017. The GIIN’s second global survey of the state of impact measurement and management practice in the

Nordic Angel Program syndicates – a Significant impact to the New Nordic ecosystem

Nordic Angel Program syndicates create significant impact to the New Nordic ecosystem by investing 3 million euros in 21 startups In the past 24 months, Nordic Angel Program has accelerated the number of investments in the New Nordic area. As a result, 560 angel investors, including 115 cross-border angels, participated in the trainings and invested approximately 3

Fabrice Testa Succeeds Anthony Clarke as New EBAN Space Chairman

  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

Business Angels Malta Launch – a Great Step for the Mediterranean Country

From left: Johan Zammit, BAM Vice President, Jacopo Losso, EBAN Director of Secretariat, Angelo Dalli, BAM President Malta has one of the EU’s fastest growing economies, with an increasing number of local startups and established companies with local and foreign investment. Up until now, the vast majority of early stage investment in Malta was undertaken

EAIS Brings the Entrepreneurial Mindset to the Heart of the EU

On 25-26 November, 300 business angels, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers came together in Brussels for the first edition of the European Angel Investment Summit, an event that emphasized the potential in collaboration for solving major challenges like tech transfer, climate change, gender inequality, and scaling up of startups. The Summit was the beginning of a new dialogue

Cork to host prestigious European Business Angels Network Annual Congress

Global event will attract local, national and international business leaders, VCs, entrepreneurs and start-ups to Cork in June 2020 Brussels 26 Nov 2019 – Cork has been selected as the destination for the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), 21st Annual Congress. Launched today in Brussels, the EBAN Cork 2020 Congress will take place between the 10th and

Years of intense collaboration between BAN Vlaanderen’s Harry De Smedt and Ad Ultima result in successful outcome

Experienced Business Angel completes his task and leaves behind a company that is now ready to look for new horizons Entrepreneur Harry De Smedt has fulfilled his role as a Business Angel with the technology company Ad Ultima. The company has signed an agreement with the large investment company, Waterland, and is seeking new horizons

Join us at the European Angel Investment Summit

Announcing EAIS Agenda, Confirmed Speakers, Startups Pitching and More! We are happy to announce that the agenda for the European Angel Investment Summit has been released! Join us on November 25th-26th in Brussels and help us put business angels in the spotlight! Listen to inspiring keynotes and panel discussions on how angels bring economic dynamism by financing innovation, help

CRANE celebrates 11 years of investing

Croatian Business Angels Network (CRANE) commemorated its first eleven years of investing in start-ups with a celebration dinner at Westin Hotel, Zagreb. CRANE members have invested more than 40 million kunas in Croatian start-ups so far. The dinner was held under the patronage of Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the President of the Republic of Croatia. The president

Press release: 19 Start-ups and 6 BSOs at the TNS Investment Academy in Barcelona

As the lack of access to finance remains the main obstacle for innovative companies in the MENA region, THE NEXT SOCIETY, through EBAN and BANC, introduced the 1st Investment Academy, a special 16-hour coaching event on “Preparing for due Diligence” on October 3rd-4th 2019 in Barcelona. The event took place on the premises of Foment

Invitation to Sophia Antipolis 50th Anniversary Reception

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Sophia Antipolis and the Sophia BEARTHDAYS and in cooperation with the Fondation Sophia Antipolis and Sophia Metropole Mag EBAN, the European Business Angels Network and Sophia Business Angels have the pleasure to invite you to a Reception in honour of Senator Pierre Laffitte Founder of Sophia Antipolis

Last Day to Apply to pitch and for Early Bird Prices at EAIS 2019

Today, 30th September, is the last day to apply to become one of the companies selected to pitch at EBAN's 2019 European Angel Investment Summit on November 25th-26th in Brussels. Join hundreds of investors and corporates attending EAIS2019 – make connections, learn from experts and pitch in front of the world’s best angel investors under the same roof! Who can apply?

Call for Startups at EAIS 2019 – Deadline 30th September

After 17 editions, we are proud to announce that the EBAN Winter University is giving way to a much larger, more international and high-level event called the European Angel Investment Summit. The Summit will take place in Brussels on November 25th-26th, putting business angels in the spotlight and highlighting how they bring economic dynamism by financing innovation and taking

VOX ANGELIS Summit: Early Stage Investors are the Foundation of the New World Economy

Venture capital industry is one of the fastest growing in the world. In 2018 more than 185 billion were invested worldwide. 17% of the 15,000,000 venture capital transactions are in the European region, including Russia, 38% in the North America and 45% in the Asia Pacific region. These investments allow technology entrepreneurs to grow companies,

Favorable Investment Environment makes Georgia attractive

Georgia, ranked in top 6 in Ease of Doing Business worldwide, has transformed into a leading business friendly location through successful reforms. Boasting a strategic location, free trade agreements with 2.3 Billion markets, and low business costs, Georgia offers free industrial and free virtual trade zones for additional tax exemption. Through liberal visa terms and

Bluedrop Medical raises €3.7M investment

  Pictured are Colin Henehan (HBAN), Simon Kiersey and Chris Murphy from Bluedrop Medical. Pic. Michael Dillon Dublin, 19th September 2019 – HBAN announces that Bluedrop Medical, a Galway based Medical device start up, has secured €3.7M in funding to help manage one of the most devastating complications of diabetes – the diabetic foot. An

The Next Society – 3rd Call For Applications

THE NEXT SOCIETY launches its 3rd call for applications to join the Start-up Booster Track, the tailor-made support programme for entrepreneurs in the MENA region THE NEXT SOCIETY is calling entrepreneurs and innovators in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia to join the 3rd promotion of the Start-up Booster Track. Talented entrepreneurs and

Join InnoEnergy's E-Observatory 2019!

Are you a start-up working in the cleantech sector? Join InnoEnergy's E-Observatory 2019 and win a trip to Paris to visit TBB, the event for sustainable energy innovations! InnoEnergy - together with powerful partners around Europe - has launched the E-Observatory 2019 campaign with the aim to annually measure the start-up ecosystem and, by analysing reliable data, learn about the actual situation

VC4A and ABAN Announce 6th Edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit

  13-15 November in Cape Town, South Africa Partnership with R1.4 billion start-up funding unit, Naspers Foundry Cape Town, 16 July 2019 – VC4A and ABAN are pleased to announce the 6th edition of the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit (#AESIS2019). The Summit will take place from 13-15 November at Workshop17 at the V&A Waterfront

Greece – a Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  It has been less than a decade since the startup entrepreneurship community started flourishing in Greece. During that period, the local entrepreneurial ecosystem has seen a lot of activity, ranging from: the establishment of more than 300 startups, with respectable investments from both VCs and angel investors, a couple of exits, a €500ml Equifund

Join the SpaceUp Project’s Space Academy in Bremen, Germany

The Space Academy is a two-day event for European space-tech entrepreneurs to accelerate their business. All entrepreneurs are welcome to join the Space Academy workshops(Day1) for coaching in small groups on six selected topics by prominent experts: – Investment readiness and relationships, how to be trusted by investors and get funded; – Kinds of crowdfunding

Invested Investor Thoughts: Timing Is Key

The article was republished with permission from The Invested Investor. —— As an angel looking to invest, what are the timing considerations? We all know that the successful start-up to exit journey is most dependent on the founders but that there are many additional important factors such as sufficient capital, successful technology, competition and an element

THE NEXT SOCIETY Innovators and Partners Gathered in Cairo for a Great Round of Events

  Marseille (France), 27 June 2019 – On June 19 to 20, 2019, Cairo hosted two major events initiated by ANIMA Investment Network in the framework of THE NEXT SOCIETY to support and spread the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Egypt and in the Euro-Mediterranean region.    Organised by ANIMA, TIEC and ITIDA on 19 June

Over Half a Billion Danish Kroner Have Been Invested by DanBAN’s Members into Startups over the Past Three Years

  Every year since 2016, DanBAN has invested a triple digit million kr figure into start-ups and early stage businesses. – and the expectations for great returns are just as high as the investment level. At the Annual Business Angel meeting on June 26th, around 250 Danish and international business angels visited Odense Congress Center

CEE Unlimited: Striving for a True Cross-border Ecosystem

  8 events in 8 different European countries: CEE Unlimited, initiated by the Austrian Angel Investors Association, is more than an event series – it’s the first step towards a powerful ecosystem. With 3 events already organised in Bucharest, Sofia, and Zagreb, the initiative serves to connect angel investors, VC funds, corporate venture capital funds &

HBAN-Backed Phorest Scoops Major European Angel Investment Award

     – Phorest named most successful business financed by early stage investors at the European Business Angels Network Congress  – Eight of the original HBAN investors achieved an average return of more than 10 times their original investment  – The company now employs 200 people in Ireland, the US, and Germany  – Accolade marks

Science and Technology Angels Network Makes its First Investment in Armenian Startup Apaga

The Science and Technology Angels Network (STAN), initiated by the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), has signed their first investment contract with an Armenian startup Apaga, a platform that allows customers and retailers to monetize recycling. Apaga co-founders Mikhail Zamskoy and Cedric Solms commented that they had notable support from FAST when the startup

“Get in the Ring Madrid”, The Competition that helps companies get Global Exposure Crowned Three Winners

The event, held on the 25th of April, was organized by Inspiralia Group and hosted by Wayra, Telefónica’s startup incubator. Start-ups need finance and customers. But are they willing to fight for it in a Boxing Ring? Inspiralia Group put twenty promising start-ups from twelve countries and different sectors to the test by organising a

Its Startups Raised Over €30m. Now StartupYard Invites More Tech Startups to Join its New Programme

StartupYard, the longest running tech startups accelerator in CEE, announced its 11th acceleration round. Startups can submit their applications until September 30. The new round will again focus on high-tech area. Startups will have another chance to succeed in a truly global competition. A group of up to 10 startups will receive an initial investment of

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

EBAN Space, ESA BICs and Thales Alenia Space @Cutting-edge of New Space Innovation

Innovation Showcase featured KLEOS Global (LU-Space Situation Awareness), HIBER (NL-IoT), Sofant Technologies (UK- SatCom and 5 G RF MEMS),  OroraTech (DE-On-Board Cube Sat Processing for InfraRed Big Data Collection),  Infinite Orbits (UK/LU – Docking and Autonomous Control forGEO Satellite Life Extension) and Zubax Robotics (EE – Electric Propulsion) 13 May 2019. Cannes.  EBAN Space, Europe’s

Press Release: THE NEXT SOCIETY – 18 Start-ups and 13 Researchers at the 2nd Innovators Academy in Tunis

  29/04/2019 On 23 and 24 April 2019 in Tunis, EBAN – the European Business Angel Network and APII, the Tunisian Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation, with the support of ANIMA Investment Network, B@Labs and CONECT, organised the 2nd Innovators Academy of the THE NEXT SOCIETY initiative. This event launched the acceleration

GBAN Fosters Cross Border Investment During Annual Meeting

  The 2019 GBAN Annual Meeting in Manama, Bahrain featured angels with cross border investment expertise who led interactive workshops in conjunction with the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Launched in 2015, GBAN is a network of more than 80 angel investor networks active in more than 60 countries on five continents.  As part of the Global

Ian Sosso – Facilitating Transfer of Technology in Order to Build Deep Tech Businesses

Ian Sosso, EBAN Board Member and Founder and Managing Partner at Monte Carlo Capital (MCC), shares his insights on the challenges universities face in promoting tech transfer, his process for investing in the “valley of death”, and the risks business angels face. Difficulties in turning intellectual property developed by universities into commercial application is one

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

Calling it Quits, from an Entrepreneur and Investor Perspective

The article was republished with permission from The Invested Investor. —— From experience, even on a successful exit, founders find it tough – not just the stress of the process but what to do afterwards – having a boss for the first time in years or leaving immediately or soon into unemployment (albeit with some cash). 

The Latest SBA International Venture Academy – April 2019

This article was originally published by the Sophia Business Angels FIRST CLASS INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS, COACHES AND ENTREPRENEURS ILLUMINATE THE SBA INTERNATIONAL VENTURE ACADEMY WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND VAST EXPERIENCE On Friday 12th of April 2019, the Sophia Business Angels (SBA) presented its Spring International Venture Academy at the Skema Business School in Sophia Antipolis on the

COBIN Angels Announce 2019 Polish Business Angel of the Year Award

There are almost 350,000 angel investors in Europe, yet only a few hundred in Poland. That is why, EBAN member COBIN Angels, a Polish networking organization decided to once again award the best business angels in Poland with the “Business Angel of the Year” prize. The Award Ceremony will take place on the 28th of May, at

2019 GoBeyond Investor Report

PRESS RELEASE – 12th April 9 Successful Exits Have Returned More Than €19m In Cash To The Investors In The GoBeyond Community GoBeyond has published The 2019 GoBeyond Investor Report: “Angel Investing Strategies and Portfolio Returns”. The Report is based on data from 2008 to 2018 covering investments made by 800+ investors who invest through

Crecer+: We Have Been Creating a Window of Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Investment Projects

This article was originally published by Crecer+ “The investment culture has improved; there is greater sensitivity, but there is still a long way to go”, says Nagore Ardanza, manager of the Crecer+ platform which, since Orkestra – The Basque Institute of Competitiveness created it in 2010, has evolved and adapted its network model to become an

European Based Investors Meet BiD Network's Investment Ready Entrepreneurs in Rwanda & Uganda

  BiD Network hosted a group of impact investors from the Netherlands and Belgium for a week-long Impact Investment Trip in March, in Rwanda and Uganda. During the trip, investors interacted with 15 investment ready small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working across various sectors; Food and Agriculture, Fintech, Transport, Water and Environment. The investors expressed

Angels Band on the Entrepreneurship and Investor Community in Belarus

Belarus has a strong engineering school, the country is traditionally considered to be as a Eastern Europe IT hub. More than 45,000 IT-specialists of various expertise enjoy their lives in Belarus. It is not surprising that Belarusian startups always demonstrate a strong technological component. Despite the young age of the startup ecosystem, Belarus boasts bright

Business Region Gothenburg: Why Interest in Gothenburg is Rocketing

Why is interest in Gothenburg rocketing Chinese carmaker Geely is currently building a new 120,000 square metre innovation centre in Gothenburg, with space for more than 3,500 people. Meanwhile, a new health innovation cluster with space for 350 companies and 7,000 people is also being developed and is due to break ground later this year. These

Larissa Best: We Will Always Need Business Angels

LBAN President and EBAN Board Member, Larissa Best, paints a portrait of today’s angel investor, in which areas she likes to invest, and the challenges she will face in the coming years. This article was originally published by the Luxemburger Wort and translated from French by EBAN. How is the activity of business angels in Luxembourg? It

Irish MedTech Company CroíValve Raises €3.2M in Oversubscribed Funding Round Including €1.5M from 48 HBAN Angel Investors

Dublin, 28th March 2019 – CroíValve, an Irish medtech start-up providing a safe and effective treatment for tricuspid regurgitation, today announces that it has secured €3.2 million in an oversubscribed seed financing round. The round was led by the HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) MedTech and Irrus Syndicates, alongside Atlantic Bridge University Fund, Enterprise Ireland,

CEED Macedonia Receives an Award and Recognition for their Contribution to the Development of Entrepreneurship in Central and Southeast Europe

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) CEED Macedonia has received an award and recognition for contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Central and Southeastern Europe from the International Economic Forum Perspectives. The award ceremony and the awards for contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Central and Southeastern Europe, Creators of the Century

Entrepreneurialism, is it Nature or Nurture?

The article was republished with permission from The Invested Investor. —— This month’s Invested Investor thoughts focuses on whether you are born an entrepreneur or you develop into one. Peter Cowley explores his thoughts around the topic, delving into his own experiences to understand whether it was nature or nurture that led to the launch of

The Rising Tide Europe Movement is Making Waves

Four years ago EBAN, GoBeyond, and Next Wave Impact joined forces on a mission to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class, with EBAN President Emeriti Brigitte Baumann and Candace Johnson as co-founders. This was the very beginning of the Rising Tide Europe movement which now shows no signs of slowing down.

EBAN Board Member Larissa Best on Achieving Gender Balance at Women in Digital Round Table

On February 20th, Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society gathered CEOs of tech companies who signed the Declaration on an inclusive business environment, to take stock of their progress and share good practices. EBAN Board member and Luxembourg Business Angel Network President Larissa Best represented EBAN at the roundtable and contributed from EBAN’s perspective

Angel Investing in Europe Turns 20: EBAN's Milestone Anniversary Brings Together Its Members, Partners and Community in Brussels

On March 6th, EBAN – the European Business Angels Network – celebrated its 20th anniversary, honouring a long history of supporting business angels, entrepreneurs and the European early stage ecosystem at large. The celebration took place at the European Economic and Social Committee, in the same room where, more than 20 years ago, information on business

International Women's Day

On this International Women‘s Day, we are indeed proud to say that every day at EBAN is Women‘s Day! We would like to congratulate all women entrepreneurs, investors, and business angels on this special day, taking note of all the success our women members have had and are pushing to achieve in the future. EBAN has historically supported growth in women entrepreneurship and will

AAL Forum 2019 – Call for Workshops Is Out

Smarter practical implementation of digital technology to enhance active and healthy living Launch: 4 March 2019   Deadline: 25 March 2019 5 PM  Deadline for approval: 25 April 2019 We invite you to submit your workshop proposal as a way to engage your audience and key stakeholders you wish to involve. Workshops should be interactive and motivational sessions

HBAN aim to raise €10M from 50 female angels

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has announced that it plans to recruit 50 new female business angel investors over the next three years. HBAN will run a series of events to encourage more

Press Release: iStart 7th Multiplier Event – "Shaping Entrepreneurship Education"

On 12th February 2019 in Brussels, partners of the iStart project as well as many outside guests, university students and other stakeholders got together for the 7th and final iStart Multiplier Event at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) premises to look back on the 30 months of the project, which is coming to a

Launching "Startups Eurolatinas" – Mapping the LATAM & EU scale-ups growing across the pond

IESE Business School is launching “Startups Eurolatinas”, a multi-stakeholder initiative to foster the EU-LATAM entrepreneurial connection by mapping European and Latin American Startups growing their businesses across the pond. The Eurolatinas Community is open to: – Startups funded in Europe growing beyond the frontiers of their community or country with users, clients, business locations etc., in

The Venture Capital Market – a Year in Review and Trends to Anticipate

Alex Sleigh, Investment Director at Newable shares his thoughts on trends from last year, what to expect for 2019 and how the upcoming year will impact businesses at the heart of the economy. EBAN Member Newable Private Investing (NPI), part of Newable, connects innovating, fast growing technology companies to equity finance. NPI arranged 16 deals in

EBAN is partner of SpaceUp, the initiative to help EU startups scaling up

SpaceUp is a project financed by the EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020). The overall objective of SpaceUp is to contribute at a European level to the safeguarding and further development of a competitive and entrepeneurial space industry. Throughout the project lifetime 6 Space Academies will take place in various locations in

EBAN Space at Milan Stock Exchange with its Partners ELITE and ESA

Luca Peyrano, CEO of London Stock Exchange ELITE, Candace Johnson, EBAN President Emeritus, Paola Cuneo, LSEG, Nick Appleyard, Business Applications Director at European Space Agency   This last Friday, 5 October saw the type of network and ecosystem realisation that EBAN has been working so hard to achieve with its partners over the last years.

Recommend a Start-Up for the Copernicus Accelerator 2018

Since 2016, the European Commission has established the Copernicus Accelerator as part of its Copernicus Start-up Programme. Through the Copernicus Accelerator, fifty promising start–ups using Copernicus data and information receive support from experienced mentors and work with them on advancing their business over a period of ten months. For the first time, half of the spots are allocated through an

Highlights of Seraphim Space Camp Investor Day – 10th July

Seraphim Capital wanted to thank all participants for theri interest in our Seraphim Space Camp Investor Day, celebrating the culmination of the first edition of our Space Tech acceleration programme in London. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the though-provoking discussions around the growing opportunities of space tech and managed to connect with the attendees and

2017 EBAN Compendium of Fiscal Incentives

EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players is proud to present the new edition of its much anticipated annual mapping of fiscal incentives available to business angels in Europe. This year, EBAN partnered again with BOFIDI to develop the annual publication. Fiscal incentives have an important role in stimulating the

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

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FireFly won Women in Entrepreneurship Prize by EBAN Space

EBAN offered the reward to two fiery Portuguese ladies who created Firefly, a solution using satellite data and machine learning to better fight forest fires. The prizegiving ceremony for the third ActInSpace competition organized by CNES, ESA and ESA BIC Sud France was held during the Toulouse Space Show 2018. This year’s edition of the

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Seraphim Capital’s launched the new “Space Camp Accelerator”, UK’s first dedicated accelerator programme for startups in the spacetech industry. They have now selected the six companies in this first cohort. They come from from the US, Denmark and the UK. The programme is underway and is 9 weeks in total, ending 9/10 July. The key

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Do you want to change the world? Do you want to know how to start? Nowadays, the world needs responsible leaders to solve problems that matter. It is up to us to come up with sustainable solutions to shape a better world. Become an entrepreneur and be part of the change! This six-week course will lead

Celebrating Success Stories in the Creative Industry: Malao Film’s “Jim Button”

On 25 March, the premiere of “Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver”, a movie adaptation of Germany’s most successful children’s book from the legendary author Michael Ende, who also wrote “The NeverEnding Story”, took place in Munich, Germany. The Jim Button movie was produced by Malao Film in collaboration with Rat Pack Film Production

UK Space Tech Angels in the spotlight again Space tech: where investors can boldly go

“This is completely new. So far, we are the only ones in the UK who are creating an ecosystem for space tech,” says Anthony Clarke, managing director of Newable Ventures, whose UK Space Tech Angels (UKSTA) programme has closed investment rounds for seven UK-based start-ups since the beginning of 2017. Clarke’s team are currently sifting

Industry 4.0 | Tenders on Microgrids and Smart Airport | Events

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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

EBAN Space in Full Force at NewSpace Europe Conference

EBAN Space Executive Committee at NewSpace Europe Conference NewSpace Europe is the first space conference in Europe to focus solely on the new space industry and the economic opportunity of space. Hosted by The Ministry of the Economy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Luxembourg City, NewSpace Europe took place on 16 and 17 November and centered around the

Social Impact Investing – How to get started?

Originally published by Ferd. Is your bank, foundation or trust looking to invest in social impact? Then you should check out Social Business Angel Hedda Pahlson-Moller’s advice on how to get started! Pahlson-Moller is an international Angel Investor and co-founder and CEO of the Social Impact Catalyst organization called TIIME. She invests privately through her

ESA News: A patch for Health!

The European Space Agency is continuously running new experiments and testing innovative technologies when it comes to monitoring the health of its astronauts on mission. During the Proxima mission, ESA evaluated “Everywear“, an experiment that gathers health data from astronauts via a system of wearable sensors and wirelessly transfers the information to a Space Station

Impact Accelerator 2017

Building an Impact-Driven Investment Portfolio CDC Group is the UK’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) and wholly owned by the UK Government. Founded in 1948, it is the world’s oldest DFI. Its mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in

Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law

Originally published by The Register. Luxembourg’s parliament has passed a law that makes it the first European Union country to offer legal certainty that asteroid mining companies get to keep what they find in space. Take Article 1: “Space resources are capable of being appropriated”. “It’s a great law,” Amara Graps, a planetary scientist, asteroid mining advocate, and

London Business Angels (LBA) joins force with ESA Business Applications

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Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources entered into force

riginally published by Arendt & Medernach.O The Luxembourg law on the exploration and use of space resources of 20 July 2017 entered into force on 2 August 2017 and placed Luxembourg among the most innovative space-oriented nations in the world. The new law provides a legal framework for the “new space” activities. It aims at the further

Satellite & Space Projects Sector News Digest

Take an opportunity to subscribe for a monthly digest of recent news in the Satellite and Space Projects sector – a newsletter, provided by John Worthy, Partner in a European law firm Fieldfisher. The latest newsletter featured stories about the future of UK space and satellite businesses after Brexit, Airbus and OneWeb, Swiss start-up ELSE, the PLATO mission

Luxembourg Showcasing the Potential of its Social Impact Stories

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Elon Musk’s Vision of a Self-Sustaining City on Mars Published in New Space

New Rochelle, NY, June 14, 2017—The Commentary entitled “Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species” presents the vision of Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, for future manned trips to other planets and specifically what will be needed to create a self-sustaining city on Mars. The article, drawn from Mr. Musk’s presentation at the 67th International Astronautical Congress,

Could Brexit blow a hole in UK’s space ambitions?

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World’s largest artificial Sun rises in Germany

From New Atlas Germany isn’t exactly famous for its sunshine, so to help with the country’s commitment to investigating renewable energy, the German Space Center(DLR) has constructed the world’s largest artificial Sun. Making its public debut today in Jülich, North Rhine-Westphalia, the three-storey “Synlight” electrically-powered sun lamp will be used for various research projects, including developing processes

ESA EURONEWS: Journey Around Saturn – 8 minute VIDEO documentary

The Cassini spacecraft recently flew between the rings of Saturn and the planet itself, a daring trajectory chosen to conclude a unique exploration mission. To find out what that orbit means, and to look back at some of Cassini-Huygens finest moments, we met up with key members of the science team in the UK for

The Golden Era of Space – A Personal Journey from Toy Sputniks to the Stars

This year of 2017, we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Sputnik. It inspired and continues to inspire men and women around the world to reach to the stars and to achieve great things. A Toy Sputnik for the Christmas Tree I was 5 years old in 1957 and for Christmas I received from my

Space Nation one of 10 to watch in Space travel

Launching a contest to go on a space vacation is the stuff of Total Recall, but the first true iteration of it is coming out of Finland this year. The effort is backed by a consortium of companies that includes the aforementioned Axiom Space. Equal partners include “space media company” Cohu Experience, “new Space” and

Creating Hundreds of Resilient Cities by Rethinking Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Cities will house 70 percent of the world’s population by 2050 and require urban infrastructure investment of at least $3.7 trillion per year. The only way to meet the challenges of soaring population growth and climate change is to build infrastructure that meets both social and environmental needs. “We must design and implement strategies that

The Startup That Will Change the Way China Feeds Its Cities

Beijing-based startup Alesca Life is democratizing access to fresh food by creating solutions that enable anyone anywhere to grow the safest, healthiest, and freshest produce in the most efficient way possible. Their automated indoor food production system is currently growing nutrient-dense produce using no pesticides, no soil, no sunlight, 20-25 times less water, fertilizer, and land compared to traditional farming practices.

Impact Investing in Victorian England? The Case of Model Dwellings Companies

At an academic conference last year on the history of political and social legitimacy of business, Open University Professor Janette Rutterford noted that among the investors she had been researching, “a number were making ‘philanthropic investments.’” She went on to describe a way to invest in the development of social housing—that is, to make a financial

This Company’s Unique Technology Will Help Millions Make Safer Food Choices

Vitargent believes that every person should have the information they need to make informed decisions about the products they purchase and consume. Their technology is not only enabling more widespread access to information, but it’s also pioneering the field of safety testing technology using medaka and zebrafish embryos – making animal testing a thing of the

Scaling Up Social Economy Enterprises In South East Europe

Scaling up social economy enterprises in South East Europe was an inspiring two days conference organized in April by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in cooperation with the European Commission and partner countries and organizations. The aim of the conference was to build the cooperation platform for development of the social economy in

UK Space Tech Angels presentation

Rewatch UK Space Tech Angels video on the programme presentation! This event was all about introducing Angel investors to UK Space Tech Angels programme and how they can really build their capacity as investors in this constantly growing industry. Interested? More info on UK Space Tech Angels and other Newable Private Investing programmes here.

Small Farmers are the Future of Global Food Security

Smallholder farmers have become the most important piece of the global agricultural system. Small farmers feed close to 80 percent of the total population in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and support the livelihoods of nearly 2 billion people worldwide. This community of farmers sit at a critical nexus between survival and global opportunity. With 500 million farm holdings in

What We Do vs. What We Care About: The Blind Spot of Two-Pocket Thinking

I once talked to a successful businesswoman and philanthropist — let’s call her Jane — who had set up her own foundation to give money to educational causes. I was trying to convince Jane to invest in an education technology startup that had been improving student outcomes in low-income schools, and rapidly growing. Jane looked

Oil-rich Nigeria Moves to Boost Renewables to 30 Percent by 2030

From Norway to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, big oil producers are becoming big backers of renewable-energy. Now, Nigeria has signed two agreements with solar developers to guarantee the payment risks for 50-megawatt and 70-megawatt solar farms. The oil and gas sector makes up 35 percent of Nigeria’s GDP and 90 percent of its exports. But unlike

How One Entrepreneur Turned a Lack of Funds Into a Competitive Advantage

Semtive has created the world’s most innovative wind turbine: a cost-effective, compact, and extremely quiet device called the NEMOI, which can generate power for anyone, anywhere. The NEMOI is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and is guaranteed to produce power in the slightest breeze, yet it keeps working even in hurricane speed winds. In this Fireside Chat, Semtive

How Impact Investing Links Big Business and Small Farming

This story has been adapted from the Ecosystem Marketplace Series “Of Milk and Money” Bernard Giraud spent the late 1990s encouraging Americans to invest in French companies as regional head of an organization called the Invest in France Agency. Today he’s encouraging large corporations to invest in smallholder farms across Africa, Asia, and Latin America as

Social Innovation Forum 2017

A Social Innovation Forum 2017 was organized in Belgrade on the 6th April 2017 by the Smart Kolektiv, EBRD and NESst. The forum gathered different stakeholders from the Region of Western Balkans, Croatia and Slovenia with the main purpose that the results of the mapping study of social enterprise ecosystems in Croatia and Western Balkans are

Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

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Video Games Might Be the Answer to Mexico’s Education System

Today, Mexico ranks last in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for educational attainment. Recent policy improvements in the country now require mandatory full-time education for all children aged 4-15. However, Mexicans still spend the least amount of years in school relative to other OECD countries. The quality of that time is another story. According to

NASA Opens Software Catalog to the Public

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees. Available in both hard copy and online, this third edition of the publication has contributions from all the agency’s centers

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

The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur 2016

Social entrepreneurs using businesses to help tackle social problems are emerging across the globe but there is little data to see which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this gap, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to conduct the world’s first experts’ poll

The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur 2016

Social entrepreneurs using businesses to help tackle social problems are emerging across the globe but there is little data to see which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this gap, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank, UnLtd and the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network to conduct the world’s first experts’ poll

A Big Step: How One Foundation Overcame Doubts and Moved Forward with Impact Investing

For very good reasons, more foundation leaders are taking steps to align their investments with their missions. It makes sense, especially for justice or environment funders concerned that the great majority of their institutions’ wealth is locked up and not helping, and possibly even inhibiting, their programs. After all, why would you be hyper-vigilant about

Social Impact Investing Is Attracting New Funds As Well As New Startup Ideas

Jessica Droste Yagan, Chief Executive Officer of Impact Engine. Photo by Andrew Collings If you’re looking for a respite from the daily parade of rancorous headlines and doomsday predictions, might I suggest dipping a toe in the world of social impact investing. I said “yes” to an invite to Impact Engine’s annual showcase the other

Getting Real About How to Solve the Problems That Matter

Article by Cheryl Heller. If we learned anything from the 2016 election (and I’m not yet sure we have), it’s that every single one of us is capable of believing only the version of truth we want to hear, and tuning out the views that threaten ours. Reality is suddenly an opinion, not a fact, and the

Impact Sourcing: Transformational Change through Public-Private Cooperation

As Davos is underway, and we gather to discuss what is meant by “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”, we reflect on what our respective organizations are doing on action-oriented solutions. The Davos platform is an opportunity to challenge each other and our own institutions on how we might be able to maximize impact for the coming year. What

This Entrepreneur’s Obsession With Waste Could Fuel Clean Energy

Article by Brittany Lane. Uwe Rolli was destined to work with waste. As a child growing up in Germany, he would routinely investigate the trash his mother took out and to her dismay, he would bring it back inside to play. As early as the late 1970s, Rolli started working in recycling with the German government, cleaning

Making the Girl Effect Real For Millions of Women

In 2014, Daniel Epstein, founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Group, sent me a message on Facebook to inform me that Zoona had been selected for the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator. I was not familiar with the work of Unreasonable and had never heard of the Girl Effect. Zoona is a money transfer and payments startup in Zambia, so

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

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

The First EIF Impact Event

On 10 October the European Investment Fund held the first Impact Event in Luxembourg. The EIF material presented during the event regarding fundraising and impact measurement can be downloaded here: EIF 2016 Impact Event – Requirements and SIA – Introduction to Impact Metrics Additionally, information on 3 new tools under the EFSI Social Impact window can be viewed

EIIC at Amsterdam Capital Week

On 28 September, EBAN Board Member and Impact Committee Chair, Hedda Pahlson-Moller (pictured in the middle), together with  Cécile Sevrain, Operational Manager at EIIC spoke during Amsterdam Capital Week at the Capital Impact event. The talk and panel discussion also included Anneke Sipkens (Doen), Warner Philips (Social Impact Ventures NL), Maarten de Jong (Oneplanetcrowd) and Stefan Lohuis

10 Social & Environmental Innovation Trends from Europe Tomorrow

For a year and through 20 countries, Europe Tomorrow team met the most inspiring social and environmental innovations of Europe. Here are the trends and the key insights of this social phenomenon. A book will be published by the end of 2016. It will be a restitution of the findings and a tool for advocacy

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

Are you investor ready? Or: Why we need better education in impact investing – and how to go about it

“There’s a real hunger to understand impact investing. Everyone’s talking about it, saying, “I have to go speak to my boss about it and don’t know what to say”, David Banks, the head of ImpactAlpha was quoted in a recent study on impact investing education in the US and globally conducted by the Beeck Centre for Social

Wharton Research Shows “Doing Well While Doing Good” Is Viable Investment Strategy, Investors Seeking Social Impact Can Receive Comparable Returns

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Off-Grid Clean Energy Services Will Be Worth $12 Billion by 2030

On 18 June 2014, the Sierra Club released a report – Clean Energy Services For All (CES4All) — analyzing the future growth of the booming global off-grid solar market. According to CES4All, catalyzing the off-grid clean energy markets can help provide energy access for the 1.3 billion people around the world currently living without electricity while simultaneously creating a

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

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,

Confronting the 4 Myths of Impact Investing

It is no secret, I’m a firm believer that impact investing is a movement that is taking off and here to stay. In the U.S. and around the world we’ve seen segments of the market start to move from informed, to educated, to activated. We’ve seen private capital unleashed with a focus on impact across sectors,

4 Steps To Making A Difference In Impact Investment

Over the last half decade in the trenches of impact investing, I have collected a few lessons learned: the opportunities, what’s going well, and what needs improvement. What I have learned is that marginal impact is better than not doing anything at all. We can’t underestimate the cost of inaction given the size and immediacy of

UAngel Celebrates Its Second Birthday

UAngel, the Ukrainian Business Angels Network, celebrated its second birthday on July 21 in Kyiv. During the event the team shared insights on the activity of the club, as well as an overview of activity of investors of early stages in Ukraine. Within two years since its launch UAngel has grown 3,5 times, engaging 35 members

Building The Business Angel Community In Romania With The ESIL Project

The ESIL (Early Stage Investing Launchpad) project consortium where EBAN is a partner together with Business Angels Europe (BAE), META Group, GoBeyond and LINC Scotland, is proud to announce the successful launch of the first capacity building for business angels event that took place in Bucharest Romania last 8 – 9 June 2016. The event consisted of 50 attendees, 2

Hungarian BAN DEMO Day

Hungarian BAN just had their first DEMO day event where 40 attendees, including partner BANs in Croatia and Slovenia, listened to the pitches of 7 companies from a variety of industries. HBAN Demo Day Teams: Avatao –  high-quality, hands-on exercises for IT security training. avatao is a spinoff company of CrySyS Lab, well-known for its top-tier research on advanced cyber

EBAN cooperates on “Investment Opportunities for European Emerging Markets”, a Huge Success in Bucharest

For the first time ever, Romania played host to a Business Angel conference focused on investment opportunities in European emerging markets. Organised by the Romanian Business Angels, the first day of the event centred around SME, investor and government collaboration, with pitches and networking taking place the second day at the National Institute for Research and

Sir Ronald Cohen: A Revolution in Financial Markets as Impact Joins Risk and Return

Merida, Mexico — On his trip to Mexico last week, the Pope called for a more ethical capitalism. “The flow of capital cannot decide the flow and life of people,” he said during a packed mass in the border town of Juarez. A few thousand miles southeast, here in Merida, hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and social justice advocates

Societal Issues are Bound to Stay in the Impact Investing Space

Interview to Uli Grabenwarter, Strategic Adviser of Stone Soup Consulting and Deputy Director – Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund. By Pilar Balet. Posted on February 23rd 2016 1. How do you see the social enterprises sector evolving not just in Europe, but the world? The social enterprises sector has come a long way

Shifting Investment Priorities of High Net Worth Individuals

The lackluster performance of major markets and the depressing outlook in the Eurozone and North America have made high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and their families rethink their investment strategies and priorities. To counter the dip in traditional investment performance, those managing assets for HNWIs have looked to diversify their assets.  As a result, there

7 Things We’ve Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Judith Rodin President, The Rockefeller Foundation Margot Brandenburg Former Senior Associate Director Today, our new e-book hit the digital shelves, “The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good.” This e-book has been in the making since 2007, when the term “impact investing” was first coined at a convening hosted by

Crowdfunding Our Natural Resources: A Way to Ethical Mining? #crowdfundmining

Natural resources, which include minerals, metals, oil or gas, occupy a central role in our everyday life. Minerals are essential to our economic development. The minerals, particularly the metals, have specific properties such as high strength, durability, conductor of heat and electricity and aesthetic appeal that endear them to the industries, and us. Figure 1,

South African Entrepreneurs Map out Coworking Space for Refugees

Coworking is often considered to be a conduit to address various needs faced by communities, whether that be the lack of affordable infrastructure, community and support. For today’s freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers, coworking spaces have been a godsend, helping individuals to avoid isolation and find success in their professional lives. Yet, aside from the

Who Dares to be the next Ben and Jerry’s or Fundrise to Raise up to $50 Million through Regulation A+?

By David Drake All startups need capital to innovate, launch, scale and grow. For companies seeking additional financing for their working capital or to expand its operations but do not yet want to risk an IPO, using the newly approved Regulation A+ is a possible alternative.   Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. (BJICA) is one firm

The 6 Waves to Watch in the World of Crowdfunding

by David Drake One of the outcomes of the 2008 global financial crisis was the “funding gap”. Banks were less willing to provide #loans and #investors moved #capital into more stable platforms. In general, the market tolerated less risk. In this new environment, raising capital became the greatest challenge for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). They needed new platforms. Enter #crowdfunding. While

Press Release: Fresh Food Solution for Refugees Receives Funding from Dutch Impact investor

Bolstering the container-farming industry both locally and internationally, Hivos Food and Lifestyle Fund, based in the Hague, the Netherlands invested EUR 500,000.00 in a closed investment round in Cape Town-based container-farm construction business AgriLED. AgriLED manufactures and supplies container farms to smallholder farms, refugee camps and disaster agencies. It also makes market-leading full-spectrum LED Grow

Omidyar Network Report: We’re At A Tipping Point For Impact Investing

By Devin Thorpe Omidyar Network, an impact investing pioneer, recently published a new report entitled “Frontier Capital” on impact investing. Given the attention that has been paid to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which parallels the structure of the Omidyar Network in some respects–critically allowing for both impact investing and traditional philanthropy–I’ve taken time with Paula Goldman, a

Fostering Business Angel Activities in Support of SME Growth

EBAN is proud to present the Guidebook on “Fostering Business Angel Activities in Support of SME Growth”. Written by EBAN for the European Commission as part of a series, this guidebook describes how business angel investments and co-investments can reach a critical mass across certain sectors, regions or countries. It discusses the various financial instruments

OPIC commits up to $200m to LeapFrog Investments

10 December 2015 – London and Washington DC LeapFrog Investments is set to receive up to $200m from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the OPIC Board of Directors announced today. This is the largest commitment in history to any impact fund manager. It also brings commitments to LeapFrog to over 1 billion USD, heralding the

The next challenge for impact investing: Scaling up support to early stage social enterprises

By Bertil van Vugt, Inclusive Business Accelerator and Mirko Zuerker, SEED The growth and success of green and inclusive business models with high impact potential is central to the challenges many emerging economies are facing. These enterprises not only spur development and market growth, but also ensure the preservation of the very base of our

Refugee Projects Catch the Imagination at Social Innovation Investor’s Fair

On Thursday morning, the European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute and the European Commission held the Social Innovation Investor’s Fair at the EIB in Luxembourg-Kirchberg. Guy Clausse, Dean at the EIB Institute, welcomed everyone with Hedda Pahlson-Moller, CEO at Omsint and Tiime, talked about boosting social enterprise across Europe by creating social innovation structures that lead

Fast and Furious: 10 Leading Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Outside the US in 2015

by David Drake The crowdfunding wave that took off in the US and Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis has since spread into different countries of the world, disrupting established institutional practices of financing a business startup. In particular, the alternative finance landscape of many countries, previously dominated by peer-to-peer lending,

Fast and Furious: 10 Leading Real Estate Crowdfunding Platforms Outside the US in 2015

by David Drake The crowdfunding wave that took off in the US and Europe in the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis has since spread into different countries of the world, disrupting established institutional practices of financing a business startup. In particular, the alternative finance landscape of many countries, previously dominated by peer-to-peer lending,

Global ​Crowdfunding Update: Will the Pan-European Law Overtake the US JOBS Act?

by David Drake In an exclusive report, Reuters says EU will come out with a document next week that will implement a #pan-european#crowdfunding law. And yet the US JOBS Act for equity crowdfunding is nearing it’s second year and won’t become a practical law earlier than 1000 days after it was signed into a law April 5, 2012

Jan D. Oker Blom – Impact Investing is NOT Charity

Making an impact and doing charity is not the same thing – and you should do both. In general, business angels a lot of capability and resources and are therefore responsible to work for making the world a better place. A growing international trend is “impact investing” which means aiming for results on top of

1st Social Entrepreneur Competition

  Impact Investing is a rising phenomenon in the Nordic region. NFBAN (Nordic Female Business Angel Network), in partnership with the EBAN Impact Investment Committee (EIIC), launched on the 20th of August the 1st Social Entrepreneur Competition. The competition, aimed at encouraging Nordic social entrepreneurship and social innovation, it was a true success. The competition was open

The Business Case for Sustainable Investing

According to several studies, the World’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion in the next 3 decades. This means that roughly 9 billion humans will look for food, water and energy, with the same resources available today on the Earth. Consequently, it is quite probable that the private sector will be always more

Taskforce Calls for Action to Unleash $1 Trillion in Social Impact Investment

Even though Social Impact Investing has never been a pressing issue as much as today, several misconceptions still remain the primary obstacle to raise relevant financial resources. For this reason the British Prime Minister D. Cameron has undertaken new global initiatives in order to develop more sustainable business models. In the article below we briefly give

Guide to Finding an Angel Investment

SWEAT, NETWORKS, EQUITY – Guide to Finding an Angel Investment – has been written by Sami Etula, a sweat equity investor and active meber of Fiban, with the aim to help all enterpreneurs wondering where and how to find business angel investment.   The Guide will provide information on everything that you need in order

About Impact Investing

Read this article to know more about: What is Impact Investing – Core Characteristics of Impact Investing – What is The Role of the Global Impact Investing Network: About Impact Investing. We wrote also a special page where we explain what Impact Investing is and how it works.

Hedda Introduces Impact Investing and the EIIC

Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination – the tables have turned and we are learning to harness the power of markets to solve social problems. EBAN recognizes and embraces the role its community will play in capturing the enormous potential for true valuecreation. So what is this ‘impact’ business all about? Simply put, impact

EBAN Launches the Impact Investing Committee

As member of EVPA – European Venture Philanthropy Association, we are proud to announce the publication of a presentation article on their website. Link: EBAN Launches Committee on Impact Investing

Funding Social Businesses on Mainstream Markets

This article tries to show ways towards the co-existence of these two mindsets as shareholders of the same company and the opportunity this presents for all stakeholders of social enterprises. Link: Funding Social Businesses on Mainstream Markets

What Good Is Impact Investing?

Find and read important reports about Impact Investing with a quick presentation in this special article. Link: What Good Is Impact Investing?