The third edition of EBAN’s (European Business Angel Network) Business Angels Week 2015 breaks another record by featuring 255 events in 28 countries throughout the EMEA region.
The Business Angels Week, the world’s largest cross-border angel investment awareness initiative featuring Business Angels and Entrepreneurs from Europe, the Middle East (MBAN) and Africa (ABAN), was launched during the first day of the EBAN Winter University & Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark in front of more than 500 Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs.
Pictured: Workshop on Co-investment Funds during EBAN Winter University during - L-R Michael Culligan (HBAN) (moderator), Jaakko Salminen (FiBAN), Michael Cieminski (Platnium Seed Incubator, Poland), Ari Korhonen (FiBAN), Albert Colomer (Business Angel Network Catalunya, Spain), Kriss Spulis (EIF) & Carsten Just (EIF).
The BAW will be celebrated during the week 16-22 November 2015 to emphasize the importance of early stage sector and in particular, business angels and related events. “EBAN is committed to provide support, foster and fuel entrepreneurship and growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said Candace Johnson, EBAN President and herself a founder and architect of the European/Global Success Story, Societe Europeene des Satellites. “The ongoing leitmotif of the Business Angels Week initiative is celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”.
Following the partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Business Angels Week 2015 rolled out with the support of Global Business Angel Network, the global community of the business angel networks. The added value of the Business Angels Week lies precisely in raising awareness about the global possibilities and bridging the communication gap and matchmaking between the entrepreneurs and investors.
About Business Angel Week: In 2013, EBAN celebrated the first European Business Angels Week, concentrating 141 events in 34 countries all across Europe. With a 5,5 billion Euros investment record last year, BAW is the reflection an active and growing business angels community. EBAN’s initiative was recognised and supported by Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Enterprise & Industry and Dusan Stojanovic, Business Angel of the Year 2013. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, inaugurated EBAW on behalf of the European Commission as an initiative for a more innovative and sustainable Europe. In 2014, the second edition of the Business Angels Week gathered 244 events in 55 countries.
ABOUT EBAN, MBAN, and ABAN: EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 170 member organisations in 59 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 7,5 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. For more information, visit eban.org.
Recently, EBAN joined with partners in the Middle East and Africa to incubate MBAN and ABAN thus contributing towards the global knowledge-based innovation and entrepreneurial economy and society with cross-border and cross-continent Angel and private investment.