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The Investors Guide to TechBBQ

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This might come as a surprise, but for the majority of business angels finding new investment opportunities is not the main reason to attend TechBBQ or any other startup conferences. Typically, conferences are attended by more experienced angels that have a larger startup portfolio, and in their main interest is to meet “next level” investors and A-round VCs, who might become potential new co-investors, even exit channels, and Nordic Investor Day & TechBBQ is perfect for that.

Regardless of what you’re looking for, you can almost certainly find it at TechBBQ from the 17th to the 19th of September.

TechBBQ consists of more than 6,500 fellow entrepreneurs from the most exciting startups, prominent Nordic Business Angels, the best European VC’s, talented students from top-tier institutions, decision-makers from scale-ups and the largest corporations.

To make it easier for investors to navigate, we have listed all investor-related events below from the 17th to the 19th of September. The list will be updated frequently. See the full program here.

Startup pitching will be happening all day, every day at the pitching stage.

The 17th of September:

What: Nordic Investor Day
When: 17th of September

Time: 10.00-17.00

Where: Mogens Dahl Koncertsal, Snorresgade 22, 2300 København S

Sign up: here (DanBAN members sign up through StartupIncluder)

What: Investor Dinner
When: 17th of September

Time: 17.00-21.00

Where: KPMG – Copenhagen, Dampfærgevej 28, 2100 København Ø

Sign up: here. Everyone attending Nordic Investor Day are automatically signed up

What: Investor Drinks
When: 17th of September

Time: 20.00-23.00

Where: Matrikel1 hosted by Seed Capital (busses will pick us up from KPMG)

Sign up: sold out

The 18th of September:

What: WORKSHOP: Hacking fundraising – from VCs to the Crowd
When: 18th of September

Time: 11.00-11.45

Where: Forsamlingshuset

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: Hyperscaling: A VC Perspective on Disruptive Markets
When: 18th of September

Time: 11.45-12.15

Where: Inspiration Stage

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: WORKSHOP: The funding journey – hands on advice from successful startups!
When: 18th of September

Time: 12.00-12.45

Where: Bar Room, Halmtorvet 9

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: DanBAN WORKSHOP: How to attract angel funding
When: 18th of September

Time: 14.00-14.45

Where: Forsamlingshuset

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: VC Reverse Pitching looking for investors
When: 18th of September

Time: 15.00-16.00

Where: Pitching Stage

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: Icelandic Embassy Reception at TechBBQ
When: 18th of September

Time: 16.00-17.00

Where: The Icelandic Ambassador’s residence @ Fuglebakkevej 70, Frederiksberg

Sign up: here

What: WORKSHOP TALK: On owning the rights to your ideas – and why it matters
When: 18th of September

Time: 17.00-17.45

Where: Scene Room, H15

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: Gin & Tonic Mixer – Impact Investing in Africa via UK
When: 18th of September

Time: 14.30-17.00

Where: NOHO, Flæsketorvet 28, 1711 Copenhagen

Sign up: here

What: TALK: on owning the rights to your ideas – and why it matters
When: 18th of September
Time: 17.30-17.45

Where: Scene Room H15 (hosted by Plougmann Vingtoft)

Sign up: Buy your ticket & show up

What: Accel and Heartcore Drinks
When: 18th of September

Time: 18.00

Where: Invite Only

What: Asia House VIP investor dinner
When: 18th of September

Time: 18.00

Where: Invite Only

What: Google ventures & Nordic Web Ventures dinner
When: 18th of September

Time: 18.00

Where: Invite Only

Highlights fra en Business Angel: EBAN Congress Helsinki 2019

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EBAN Annual Congress er en af Europas største business angel events – et årligt event, som arrangeres af EBAN i samarbejde med sine medlemmer, heriblandt FiBAN. I år blev kongressen nemlig afholdt i Helsinki, Finland efterfulgt at startup konferencen Arctic15, som bl.a er kendt for værende det bedste netværks event i Norden. 

I år blev det Finland der skulle agere værtsby for EBAN kongressen 2019. DanBAN er ligesom FiBAN medlem af paraply organisationen EBAN, som giver os mulighed for, at deltage i en række investor relaterede arrangementer året rundt, heriblandt kongressen. DanBAN-medlem Peter Sandberg deltog både i EBAN kongres og Arctic15, som han har lavet en kort opsummering på.

Peters oplevelser på EBAN congress og Arctic15

Det var med store forventninger, at jeg drog til Helsinki søndag i den forgangne uge, med henblik på at deltage i både EBAN’s årlige summit 2019 og Arctic15, der blev afholdt 2 x 2 dage på samme lokation fra d. 3.-6.juni.

Ud over at møde Busines s Angels fra mere end 30 forskellige lande, adskillige VC’ere, LP’ere, deltog jeg på adskillige gode workshops med bl.a. med Eeva Grannenfeldt fra Grannenfeldt Finance, der har rejst mere end €240 mio til finske startups fra forskellige EU programmer, der ikke er en del af Horizon 2020, som jo er det vi oftest hører om i Danmark.

NordicBAN var også vært ved en super workshop om cross-boarder investeringer som bestyrelsesmedlemmet Christian Wig, NordicBAN (normand) modererede på glimerende vis, og hvor Lasse (ejer og CEO af Invesdor) og undertegnede delte af vore erfaringer på emnet, og fra DanBAN var tillige vores kære formand Jesper Jarlbæk og Mads Heine aktivt deltagende.

DVCA’s finske søster organisation var også repræsenteret, og hun udtrykte stor interesse og begejstring for det spirende cross-border miljø, som er blomstret op omkring NAP-programmer i det forgangne periode, med NAP I, II, III og kommende IV.

Endelig gav Lars Fløe Nielsen, tidl. Sitecore co-founder og nuværende formand for Nordic Makers, en super Keynote om hans 18 årige succesfulde rejse, der endte med at gøre Sitecore til en Unicorn. Mine forventninger til Arctic15 var også – mildt sagt – meget store idet en af arrangørende Jan Ameri på TechChill i Riga tilbage i februar måned havde sagt, at Artic15 var på samme høje niveau som både min favolri Latitude59 (Estland) og det føromtalte TechChill, hvilket bestemt også viste sig at være tilfældet. Udover – som på EBAN eventet – at være mange investorer, var der også +450 startups, mere end 80 mødespots i DealRoom området, hvor man på forhånd (og on site) kunne “date” startups/investorer til 20 min. speed møder, super effektivt.

Pontus Stråhlman og Colette Ballou faciliterede en VC og LP workshop, hvor jeg fik lov til at deltage i er reserve-pitching konkurrence, hvor jeg pitchede Nordic Secondary Fund (www.n2f.vc) i et 1 min. pitch, super sjov oplevelse.. Jeg vil varmt anbefale alle at deltage i både kommende EBAM og Arctic15 events, og håber vi kan følges næste år.

Award for Best in Globally Engaging the Early Stage Investment and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for the Nordic Angel Program

NAP by DanBAN, FiBAN, EstBAN, BAN Norway og NordicBAN var nomineret til en award for best in globally engaging the early stage investment and entrepreneurial ecosystem, som vi endte med at vinde og modtage til gala middagen ved EBAN kongres. I 2018 blev der nemlig investeret €1,5 mio i ICT startupus igennem NAP-programmerne og de Nordiske lande knyttede endnu stærkere relationer igennem NAP, som løber til udgangen af 2019, men samarbejdet fortsætter. Stort tillykke til vores kollegaer, DanBAN og investorerne, som har deltaget i NAP-programmet.

DanBAN & FiBAN Views on the Israeli Startup Ecosystem

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Danish Business Angels Network together with FiBAN traveled to Israel, the Startup Nation, on the 6-9 of October, hosted by iAngels, a Tel Aviv based VC and funding platform. The delegation was introduced to the Israeli culture and history through a day-trip to Jerusalem. Locals give credit to the obligatory army service, which came up in various discussions when discussing why Israel has been so successful in building a vibrant startup ecosystem.

Israel has been named the first-ever Startup Nation, as it has produced some of the world’s leading startups and VCs. We know that for an ecosystem to flourish, the three biggest elements are market, capital, and talent, but how is it that Israel can produce more startups than other bigger countries, with only 7.1 million people living in Israel?

One of the local VCs, iAngels, hosted a group of twenty Nordic and Russian angels from both FiBAN and DanBAN in Tel Aviv. iAngels have a wide portfolio of startups and scaleups, some of which they presented to the delegation. The delegation met with three of their portfolio companies, SeeTree, Octopai, and Binah.ai, who all got to present their business case to the investors. In addition, the group of angels met with local VCs, startup and scaleup companies such as the highly successful social trading platform and Israeli unicorn, eToro (also an iAngels portfolio company). iAngels get hundreds of applications per month and they cherry pick the best ones for their platform. iAngels also invest bigger rounds and take a board seat in companies – in those cases, they do approximately two months of due diligence. As a part of that, someone from their team works with the company for a short time to analyze the company, especially the CEO.

Besides meeting with ecosystem players, the delegation visited Jerusalem. The overlap of different cultures and ethnicities was distinct, as were the heavily equipped army troops.

According to many Israeli people that the delegation met, the army plays a very big role in building the lively startup scene. In the Israeli army, depending on your position, most learn coding, team player skills and leadership as a part of their military service. “I would say that the magic ingredient really is the army. You get to learn for three years of discipline and team management. You also learn about tech innovation from cybersecurity”, comments Shai Bronstein Regev, iAngel’s VP Investor Relations coordinator. Once you are done with the army, you enter universities that are really supportive of entrepreneurship. This combination is the perfect platform for startup creation.

The overall atmosphere in especially Tel Aviv is also very encouraging for entrepreneurs. “Once I had moved to Tel Aviv, I heard everyone around me setting up their own companies or telling me about their previous ventures. That really pushed me to try this out!” explains Simon Schwall, CEO of OKO, a portfolio company of Techstars. Even when they are young, Israeli entrepreneurs might have had several companies of their own. This is because companies are shut down quite rapidly if the idea doesn’t fly. This way both human energy and investments go to the most potential companies.

Suggested reading:
Senor, Dan & Singer, Saul: Start-up Nation – The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle.

This text was written by FiBAN’s International Affairs Manager Reetta Ilo and DanBAN’s Managing Director Sisse Melsen

Highlights fra EBANs kongres og generalforsamling i Sofia

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EBAN Annual Congress er en af Europas største business angel events – et årligt event, som arrangeres af EBAN i samarbejde med sine medlemmer, heriblandt DanBAN. I år blev kongressen afholdt i Sofia, Bulgarien, hvor der bl.a. var sat stor fokus på at invitere internationale og fremtrædende business angels, iværksættere og opinionsdannere.

Under kongres mødet i Sofia, blev EBANs activity report offentliggjort. Rapporten beskriver alle EBANs aktiviteter i de seneste 12 måneder. Find rapporten her, og se årets kongres highlights nedenfor.

Panel: om samarbejde mellem Business Angels og VC fonde – fordele og ulemper: Fra venstre mod højre: Svetoslav Stefanov- 3TS Capital Partners, Ari Korhonen- Lagoon Capital , Nina Reinhart-Reinhart Capital og Alexander Weidmar- Iris Capital.

Iblandt de internationale deltagere var Jesper Jarlbæk, formand for DanBAN samt bestyrelsesmedlem for EBAN. Jesper Jalbæk blev under EBANs general forsamlingen genvalgt til bestyrelsen og til posten som EBAN treasurer.

Det nye formandskab 2018-2020: Peter Cowley (president), Riku Asikainen, Baybars Altuntas og Jesper Jarlbæk. 

Riku Asikainen, Baybars Altuntas og Jesper Jarlbæk modtog under kongressen Presidents Award, som repræsenterer en anerkendelse fra EBANs præsident for indsatsen til fremme af EBAN.

Hyldest til Candace Johnson
Efter fire år som præsident for EBAN, træder Candace Johnson af tronen og giver stafetten videre til Peter Cowley. Peter Cowley er både iværksætter og aktiv angel investor. Peter har med sin baggrund i ingeniørvidenskab / databehandling fra University of Cambridge grundlagt og drevet teknologi- og byggevirksomheder i mere end 35 år, og har investeret i mere end 45 startups i Cambridge og London.

Peter er også bestyrelsesmedlem i Cambridge Angels, og har ageret mentor for utallige af iværksættere. Derudover har Peter Cowley været hovednavnet til business angel årsmøde i Odense både i 2016 og 2018. Peter Cowley blev UK Englands Investor of the Year 2014/15 og Best Angel of the World i 2017. Nu kan Peter Cowley også skrive president of EBAN på cvét.

Finland bliver værtsby for næste års EBAN kongres.

EBANs årlige kongress i 2019 blev offentliggjort, og Finland (Helsinki) blev annonceret som værtsby for næste års EBAN kongres d. 3-4 juni 2019.