NEW YORK — Victoria Global supported the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) Conference from 17-18 November 2014 organized by FiBAN in Helsinki, Finland.
The EBAN Helsinki 2014 European Business Angels Network conference’s main theme was “ICT, Mobile, and Games”. It brought together more than 350 participants that included venture capitalists, EBAN members, angel network members, and upcoming entrepreneurs from Europe and beyond. On November 17th, they met for sector-based sessions, sharing and networking at the Scandic Marina Congress Center in Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki. On Tuesday, November 18th the participants attended a Master Class Training at the Messukeskus Conference Centre, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki.
The conference enabled international investors to share success stories and best practices in angel investing. According to Victoria Global, LDJ Capital, and The Soho Loft Media Group Founder and Chairman David Drake, “The potential of crowdfunding as a market is growing rapidly particularly when Europe gets its education to the masses and marketing going. Crowdfunding empowers the crowd as much as it empowers the individual.” He adds, “The focus of branding is shifting towards the individual. Crowdfunding includes individual choices before products are developed and packaged.”
The agenda for the two-day conference comprised opportunities for international investors to network and attend Master Classes. Attendees participated in sector-based discussions on day one of the conference ahead of the opening ceremony. Concurrent sessions on varied themes and networking sessions were held. Some broad topics explored during the sessions included: “Startups and Corporations”, “Creative Industries”, “Cross-border Investments”, “Profitable Impact Investing”, “Crowdfunding”, “EduTech”, and “Inspiring Private Investments”. On day two of the conference, participants attended training sessions on varied themes ranging from “Markets and Networks”, “Speed Dating Arena”, “Valuation”, to “Startup Exit” and “Angel Fund Co-Investing”. Master Class sessions were delivered by highly experienced angel investors.
Conference opening speeches were made by Candace Johnson, EBAN President , and Riku Asikainen, Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) President ().
According to Candace Johnson, EBAN’s President, “EBAN uses success stories to enhance the skills of European investors and entrepreneurs. Corporations want rigor and discipline in all areas including entrepreneurship, innovation and doing business. Investors should expect professionalism and perfection and entrepreneurs have to deliver. Competition in the free market is extremely high, only the best succeed.”
There were more than 70 conference speakers and among them were:
Aarne Sipilä, FiBAN Board Member and Managing Partner at Taronga Development Oy
Harry Tomi Davies, Founding President of ABAN, African Network of Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players
Dr. Dotun Sulaiman, President of Lagos Angels Network
Oliver Gajda, President, European Crowd Funding Network (ECN)
Luca Peyrano, Director of ELITE and Head of Primary Markets for the London Stock Exchange
Peter Jungen, Co-Founder of EBAN and President Emeritus, Founding President of Business Angels Network Deutschland (BAND)
Ms. Jenny Tooth, CEO of UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)
Rebeca Enonchong, President of Tech Apps
Adam Kostyál, Senior Vice President of European Listings for NASDAQ OMX
Ainomaija Haarla, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Korona Invest Oy
Albert Colomer, Co- Founder of Business Angels Network Catalunya (BANC)
Ali Amin, Co-Founder and CEO of UBI Index Incubator
Alison Fort, Managing Director of Toniic Impact Investing Network
Anette Nordvall, Crowdfunding Business Angel
Anne Berner, FiBAN Board Member and family business owner of Vallila Interior
Anssi Vanjoki, Professor at Lappeenranta University of Technology
Dr. Antti Saarnio, Chairman Sailor of Jolla Board of Directors
Ari Hyppönen, Cleantech Business Angel and FiBAN Board Member
Ari Korhonen, Angel Investor and EBAN Vice-President
Baybars Altuntas, EBAN Vice President, and President of the Turkish Business Angels Association (TBAA)
Ben White, Founder of VC4Africa
Carl Haglund, Minister of Defense in Finland
Claes Mikko Nilse, FiBAN Network Manager
The conference had 11 moderators that included:
Reidar Wasenius, Personal Brainer at Briim
Tuomas Mais Theala, Director of Spinno
Taneli Tikka, Tech Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
The conference was hosted by EBAN and FiBAN. EBAN was established in 1999 as a pan-European representative for the community of early stage investors. EBAN has a membership of 146 organizations across 41 countries representing a sector that invests approximately 7.5 billion Euros each year in small and medium enterprises. EBAN plays a critical role in shaping the future of Europe by fueling its growth and development through job and wealth creation.
Attendees were treated to a conference banquet that features drinks, a gala dinner and an award ceremony at the close of day one. They also enjoyed a cocktail and buffet dinner on day two.
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