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DanBAN is launching a collaborative initiative between Angels and VCs

By | Nyheder

There are many alternatives for start-ups when it comes to applying for early-stage funding. Among others, companies can get funded through governmental soft money initiatives, from friends and family and not the least, private equity from business angels and early-stage venture capital funds. However, funding remains a struggle even when a start-up achieves proof-of-business and requires later-stage funding (typically seed or Series A funding). This is why DanBAN is now launching a collaborative initiative when it comes to the angel and venture capital relationship.

The Danish entrepreneurial ecosystem and venture market have undergone a very positive development in recent years. In fact, Vækstfondens benchmarking of venture markets 2019 showed that Danish companies have attracted almost 3 times as much later-stage capital in 2018 compared to previous years. According to Vækstfonden, this puts Denmark in the 4th place compared to other countries in Europe, measured as a share of GDP.  Also, the total sum of early-stage capital which was invested in Danish companies increased well over 2.5 times.

This is good news for the Danish ecosystem, but improvements are still needed to reach the top shelf compared to the rest of Europe and the world. The “Startup to scaleup” report shows that in the last five years, Denmark has seen a steady interest from international investors whereas Finland has increased its investments from international investors drastically. The latter may be a result of the Finns capability to attract international investors to flagship events such as Arctic15 and SLUSH, building relationships and showcasing start-ups.

In the later-stage, growth is often exponential. Accordingly, VC funding serves as more fuel for the fire, enabling rapid expansion to additional markets and diversification and differentiation of product lines. Later-stage capital is essential for start-ups who want to scale and therefore, it is important to establish relationships with international VCs and for VCs to get access to quality deal flow.

Angel and Venture Capital relationships are changing

The relationship between Angels and VCs is changing and we want to contribute to the positive change, which will benefit both parties and, more importantly, help more start-ups succeed on their entrepreneurial journey.

Historically, angels have mostly invested early in a start-ups lifetime as individuals, whilst VCs typically invested later on, together with one or more other VC’s. But as angels begin to form ‘syndicates’ – larger groups who join forces to offer larger funding rounds in the very early stages and minimise risk – and VCs begin to get involved earlier in a start-ups’ lifecycle, the two have begun to work in harmony. Even if they don’t work together at the start of a start-up journey, Angels and VCs often cross-refer start-ups with the potential to each other.

From an angel’s perspective, it’s about helping an existing portfolio company reach its next funding milestone. The angel can realize an exit or partial exit if they want to reinvest their money elsewhere or work with the VC to stay invested in the start-up and with the opportunity to bring added value.

From a VCs perspective, angels can bring quality deal flow and introduce their relevant start-ups to the VC when the time is right to take the next funding step. For businesses looking for funding, speaking to investors with strong industry connections can help cross-referrals occur more naturally.

Why is DanBAN interesting for VCs?

At DanBAN, we want to offer a partnership model to domestic and international VCs where business angels, that are members of DanBAN, present their seed and A-round ready companies at DanBAN hosted events, which is concluded with a nice dinner and quality networking. Besides presenting a number of curated start-ups, we will also open our early-stage deal flow to VCs and set up personal meetings with investors and start-ups when the VCs are visiting Denmark.

DanBAN is one of the strongest and most active business angel networks in Europe consisting of 200 private investors who invest in startups and scaleups nationally and internationally. In 2018 members of DanBAN invested a total of DKK 172 million in startups and have made 132 exits since 2014 as of today. DanBAN also won the European Business Angel Network award for Best Performing Member in 2014 and 2016.

Despite its modest geographical size, Denmark gave birth to a number of internationally known companies, such as Unity Technologies, Sitecore, Just Eat, Momondo, Endomondo, Trustpilot and Viabill. The World Bank last year – for the seventh year in a row – ranked Denmark as the best country in Europe for doing business. Furthermore, a report last year by the Global Entrepreneurship Index also revealed that Denmark’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs is the fifth-best in the world.

If you are curious to know more, please reach out to Sisse Melsen,

Danish Business Angels are going back to school

By | Nyheder

DanBAN offers several possibilities in relation to education within and around business angel investments. DanBAN has everything from new, passive, active, very active and experienced business angels, who each move at different stages and levels in their business angel life cycle. DanBANs educational offerings must, therefore, cater to several levels and stages, which is why we are planning yet another extension to our education offerings – University Crash Course, in collaboration with ITU, the Danish IT University.  

This year, DanBAN has expanded its educational offerings to its members, which launched yesterday. DanBAN Academy is focused on the target group lead investors and super angels, who have portfolio companies that are in the stage of scaling or planning to exit within the near future. The second educational offer in DanBAN is, Nordic Angel Program, which is focused on the onboarding process and learning how to become an angel investor, finding deals, due diligence, building a portfolio and closing a deal.

All DanBAN education is designed primarily for angel investors who invest directly into small but growth-oriented companies.

Source: Australian Business Angels.

Coming up – University ITC crash course:

DanBAN has been in close dialogue with Startup Programme at ITU, an incubator at the Danish IT university as part of our monthly OPEN hours’ programs, connecting to different startup hubs in Denmark. Last month, the IT University, more specifically, startup programme became official partners with DanBAN.

As a start, Startup Programme and DanBAN are planning an investor day in March 2020, where DanBAN angels will get a chance to meet the tech startups at an early stage and become a mentor. The second event we are planning is an ITC crash course for business angels.

Recently, we met with ten talented startups at one of our monthly pitch events. One of the companies was working within the biotech scene and they did an outstanding job presenting the business case to the attending angel investors. The angel investors had an internal discussion about, where and when to meet with the company up until one person asked the question “who knows anything about biotech?” and the room went quiet.

It is simply not possible for one person to know each technology that startups are working with these days, which is why we want to launch a university crash course, where angels get a two-day training session in different tech sectors and technologies to get a deeper understanding of the capabilities and possibilities. Within the training, we will also discuss the associated ethics that follows the use of technology. Startup Programme at ITU is the first partner DanBAN are working with in this modality, but we will be looking to expand and create partnerships with more universities, to reach a wider range of sectors (BioTech, MedTech, Agriculture, etc.)

It is not expected that the angels participating in the crash course will become experts on the field, but it will help them understand the business case, the market and what questions to ask.

Learnings from Boston – the “right” coast

By | Guides, Nyheder

Every year, DanBAN plan and offer at least two international study trips for investors. Over the past few years, we have been travelling to; Helsinki, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Riga, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels and most recently to Boston, MA. DanBAN, alongside Nordekon and angel investors, had the chance to visit Boston and see, meet and learn about the startup and investor ecosystem at first hand. 

Boston has undoubtedly proven its value as a centre of innovation. In fact, a 2019 survey by KPMG ranked Boston in the top 10 cities in the world to become the “leading technology innovation hub outside of Silicon Valley over the next four years”.

While often overlooked in favour of larger tech hubs such as New York or San Francisco, Boston has long been cultivating its own strong sci-tech ecosystem. In particular, the city has emerged as a global leader in biotech, with the Greater Boston area estimated to be home to at least 1000 biotech enterprises, from early-stage startups to billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies. In 2018 Boston beat New York in terms of overall start-up investments. In recent years, the city has churned out a number of unicorns, including online auto marketplace CarGurus, which went public in 2017, and online prescription service PillPack, which was acquired for $1 billion.

“Boston is a remarkable hub for innovation. MIT and Harvard are only two of the 52 institutions of higher education in the area, hundreds of start-ups live alongside those who already made it and are now listed companies, and business angels invest the money they have made on their own businesses. And capital is abundant. Just see my photo from our visit to Battery Ventures: Their latest fund is investing $750 million – and this is their 9th fund, meaning that to raise that kind of money, the investors in the fund will have had to be happy with the performance of the previous funds. Battery Ventures is merely one of many venture funds and hundreds of business angels in the area.” – Søren Houmøller, Managing director & owner 1st mile.

Read Søren Houmøllers Boston post on LinkedIn here.

On our trip to Boston, we had the great pleasure to be accompanied by the former US ambassador to Denmark, Rufus Gifford who joined us for an exclusive dinner with Boston Habour Angels and for a two-hour session taking us through the political landscape.
The main goal of the trip is to create social relations and connections among the participating investors and to match Nordic business angels with the Bostonian startup and investor ecosystem. We asked some of the participating angel investors about their experience going to Boston.


“It is always fascinating to see how you work with entrepreneurship and innovation elsewhere. I just returned from a DanBAN trip to Boston, filled with impressions and inspiration. We visited the newly established Danish Innovation Center and met with incubators, matchmakers and knowledge centers who all left the impression of an integrated eco-system consisting of top education, research, leading players from the global business community, as well as a vibrant entrepreneur and innovation environment. A ecosystem that not only leverages technology to create new business models and opportunities, but simply powers to define and create the technologies themselves. I am convinced that we (Denmark) need to focus on power centers like Boston, to be able to advance at all what was emphasized by a yielding right with the Danish startup success IMOTIONS, which has gained relevance by moving to Boston.” More of that! – Ole Andersen, Business Angel.

Thank you for a great trip to the east coast, or as local ecosystem players call it – the “right” coast.

Simpelt værktøj til at analysere din risikospredning

By | Guides

At få succes med at investere i startups som Business Angel handler ikke kun om kvaliteten af ens deal flow, den grundige evaluering af teams, produkt, marked og forretningsmodel eller hvilke terms man investerer ud fra. Det handler i høj grad også om risikospredning.

At investere i startups er ofte forbundet med en høj risiko. Hvis man dog laver en kyndig risikoanalyse af ens investeringer, og samtidigt forsøger at få en god spredning på tværs af sektorer og forretningsmodeller, behøver det ikke nødvendigvis at være mere risikofyldt end at investere i aktier.

I dette blogindlæg vil jeg demonstrere et simpelt excel-værktøj som jeg kalder ”Portfolio evaluator”. Jeg har opsnappet det på det første Nordic Angel Program (NAP I) som blev afholdt i foråret 2018, via vores daværende underviser fra Open Circle Capital.

Du kan downloade værktøjet her.
Værktøjet fungerer ud fra den konservative antagelse, at kun ét startup i ens portefølje bliver til noget og dermed alene skal gøre hele porteføljen til en rentabel investering. Den succesfulde investering skal altså dække tabet fra samtlige investeringer i porteføljen, og derudover også have en yderligere forrentning der gør investeringen attraktiv set i forhold til andre investeringsobjekter.

Formålet med Portfolio evaluatoren er, at få en bedre forståelse for ens gearing i de startups man har i sin portefølje og dermed også give en bedre forståelse af, hvilke risici for hele porteføljen, der er forbundet med de respektive investeringer. Når man for første gang åbner værktøjet ser man nedenstående billede fra den første fane kaldet ”Portfolio”:

I denne fane lister man alle sine investeringer i startups. Start med at skrive virksomhedernes navne i Kolonne C. Derefter skriver du de respektive ”Post-valuations” i Kolonne D, dvs. værdien af hele startuppet efter investeringen hvor du selv deltog. Til sidst skriver du størrelsen på din egen investering i Kolonne F. Herefter klikker du dig videre til fanen ”Individual startup”. Da vil man se nedenstående billede:

I feltet B1, ”Startup index” skrives det respektive nummer på den investering man gerne vil evaluere. ”1” er Startup A, ”2” er Startup B osv.

Feltet B2 ”Exit dilution” er en konstant man skal antage. Meningen med denne konstant er at tage hensyn til en eventuel udvanding af fremtidige professionelle investorer. En faktor 0,5 betyder således at man udvandes indtil ens ejerskab af det respektive startup kun er halvt så stort som da man oprindeligt investerede. Jo højere tallet er, desto mere udvandes man. Hvis man eksempelvis ikke forventer at der kommer flere investeringer før en exit skal ”Exit dilution” sættes til 0. Underviseren på NAP I anvendte en konstant på 0,48 og jeg har valgt 0,5 for at være lidt mere konservativ.

Værdierne i felterne B3-B6 er direkte gengivelser af værdierne for det respektive startup fra fanen ”Portfolio”.

Tallene i matricen er årlige Internal Rate of Return beregninger. I matricen beregnes forrentningen af den respektive investering med udgangspunkt i to variable: Exit valuation i mio. DKK og antal år fra entry til exit. Beregningerne antager ydermere at udgiften for at foretage den ene succesfulde investering har været summen af alle entry investeringer i ens portefølje.

I ovenstående billede antages det altså, at det kun var Startup E som endte med at betale penge tilbage. Alle de øvrige startups A-D gav 0 kr. igen. Omkostningen for hele porteføljen har således været summen af alle oprindelige investeringer, dvs. 820.000 DKK.

Baseret på dette, samt den oprindelige ejerandel i virksomheden og exit dilution konstanten, kan den årlige forrentning af investeringen nu beregnes som funktion af valuation og antal år. Hvis man for eksempel sælger virksomhed E efter 5 år til en valuation på 120 mio. DKK svarer det til en årlig forrentning af investeringen på 1,1703 eller 17,03%. Det er meget flot taget i betragtning af, at aktiemarkedet i gennemsnit historisk set leverer mellem 7-8% om året.

Farverne i matricen angiver hvorvidt den årlige forrentning er negativ (”rød”), ligger mellem 0-15% (blå), mellem 15-25% (”guld”) eller over 25% (”hvid”).

Værktøjet medfører, at man får en større indsigt i sin porteføljes risikoprofil. Blandt andet er det vigtigt at overveje, hvor meget man investerer pr. virksomhed, på hvilket stadie, og til hvilken valuation – ikke kun i forhold til den enkelte investering, men i forhold til porteføljen som helhed. I eksemplet med Startup A-E vil det f.eks. kræve at Startup A sælges til en valuation på mindst 180 mio. DKK for at dække tabet fra de øvrige startups. Men for Startup E er det kun nødvendigt med en valuation på mindst 60 mio. DKK, fordi post-money valuation efter den oprindelige investering i Startup E var lavere end for Startup A, og fordi man valgte at investere dobbelt så meget i Startup E som i Startup A.

Det er selvfølgelig meget tænkte scenarier, men ikke desto mindre giver det i min optik en bedre føling med, hvor store tickets man bør investere alt efter hvilket stadie af virksomhedens levetid man investerer i, og deraf også til hvilken valuation. Ligeledes giver det også stof til eftertanke mht. om man rent faktisk kan se at en investering kunne gå hen og blive X antal mio. DKK værd i exit valuation.

Tror du at Startup A kan blive mindst 180 mio. DKK værd? Hvis ikke burde du nok helt lade være med at investere i Startup A, eller vælge at investere mere i det for at din ejerandel i startup A bliver større og dermed ikke kræver en helt så stor exit valuation for at gøre hele din portefølje til en rentabel investering.

Vi ved, at der findes andre værktøjer derude, men vi vælger at fremhæve denne i første omgang. Kender I andre metoder eller værktøjer, som har været jer behjælpelige, hører vi gerne fra jer.

Ved spørgsmål til anvendelsen af værktøjet er du meget velkommen til at kontakte mig på eller +45 3136 6904.

The Investors Guide to TechBBQ

By | Guides

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

DanBANs medlemsanalyse 2018 – Over en halv milliard kroner er skudt ind i startups over de seneste tre år

By | Statistik

DanBAN har hvert år siden 2016 tilført trecifrede millionbeløb ind i vækstlaget af små virksomheder – og forventningerne til store gevinster er ligeså skyhøje som investeringerne.

På Business Angel årsmødet onsdag d. 26 juni besøgte ca. 250 danske business angels Odense Congress Center. Det var også dagen, hvor vi vanen tro kunne afsløre tallene fra DanBANs medlemsanalyse 2018, med en svarprocent på 100 procent. 

Medlemmerne af Danish Business Angels (DanBAN) – viser, at de private investorer de sidste tre år samlet har bidraget med 533,6 mio. kr. til små virksomheders tidlige vækstrejser. Det sker over en periode, hvor danske SMV’er iflg. SMV-barometret også har hævet omsætningen med godt 15,3%.

Se hele analysen her.

Samtidig med, at de danske engle har investeret massivt i startups de seneste år, er antallet af såkaldte ”exits” til gengæld faldet fra 43 sidste år til kun 11 i år. Men selvom antallet af exits er faldet, er gevinsten det bestemt ikke. Hvor danske business angels sidste år fik pengene knap tre gange igen, har de i 2018 næsten 5-doblet deres investeringer ved exit.

”Det lader til, at mange af de mere end 500 selskaber i porteføljerne hos DanBAN’s medlemmer er i god gænge, og der varmes op til rigtig lovende exits på et senere tidspunkt. Jeg tror også, at det dalende antal exits er et tegn på, at kravene til salgsprisen ved exit er steget. Det tyder på, at forventningerne til gevinsten er helt i top – kun når man får en virkelig god pris slår man til” siger Jesper Jarlbæk, formand for DanBAN.

Undersøgelsen viser derudover, at andelen af aktive engle med minimum én investering i det seneste år er faldet en smule fra 2017 til 2018. Men tallet er dog stadig over dobbelt så højt som EU-gennemsnittet.

”Set i en international sammenhæng, har vi et meget, meget aktivt investornetværk, der er i konstant vækst. Vi oplever ligesom mange andre investornetværk, at der hele tiden kommer flere engle frem i Danmark, hvilket vi meget konkret kan se på vores rekordstigning af medlemmer på 24% i 2018. Danmark er også virkelig kommet på verdenskortet med flere eksempler på startups, som har opnået international anerkendelse og succes,” siger Jesper Jarlbæk.

 ”Englene” investerer ikke bare penge men også tid typisk i små unoterede iværksætterselskaber eller ”Startups”. Hvert medlem af netværket har i gennemsnit medejerskab i hele seks virksomheder.

”Englene er vigtige særligt i virksomhedernes tidlige faser. De bidrager ikke bare med kapital, men også med strategisk erfaring og et bredt netværk af uvurderlige kontakter. I de kommende år tror jeg også, at vi vil se englene drive en god del af investeringerne bag den grønne omstilling, hvor Danmark i øvrigt også er forgangsland”, udtaler Jesper Jarlbæk.

Highlights fra en Business Angel: EBAN Congress Helsinki 2019

By | Nyheder

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 ( 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.

10. februar – Hvordan får iværksættere en god bestyrelse?

By | Guides

Investorer siger oftest, at de ikke kun ser på den gode idé, men også det rigtige team.

Mange iværksættere tænker ikke så meget over det rette team i deres virksomhed, når de skal ud at rejse kapital. De tror mange gange, at idéen er nok. Men i et marked hvor der er mange iværksættere og færre business angels, er det vigtigt at tænke over, hvem der kunne løft opgaven i virksomheden, såfremt man får rejst kapital. Eller lige så vigtigt, hvem man kan få med om bord i sin bestyrelse, som kan være med til at rejse den nødvendige kapital.

Kirsten Drejer, CEO og founder af Symphogen, er en af de få mennesker i Danmark, der har rejst kapital i milliardklassen, for nyligt landede de en aftale til 11 mia.
Man har til dette arrangement mulighed for at blandt andet at høre hende fortælle, hvad vigtigheden af en bestyrelse har gjort for deres selskab. Ydermere har man som Business angels mulighed for netop at udfylde den rolle som bestyrelsesmedlem hos en af de mange iværksættere, der vil deltage.

Tid & Sted

Arrangementet afholdes den 10 februar fra kl. 16 – 21.00

Sted: Awapatent, Rigensgade 11, 1316 København K


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Kære politikere, her er otte ting, I bør gøre for iværksætter-Danmark

By | Nyheder

Bureaukrati og administration er iværksætternes fjende nr. 1. Hvis vi virkelig skal gøre op med bøvlet, kræver det, at der bliver hugget til. Her er otte konkrete forslag til, hvad de danske politikere bør gøre ifølge Jesper Jarlbæk, formand for Danish Business Angels, og Peter Kofler, formand for Dansk Iværksætter Forening.

Otte iværksættertiltag
Inden Danmark flytter hånden fra de store reform-håndtag, gør vi alle klogt i at sørge for, at motoren kan køre, når renten på et tidspunkt ryger i vejret, og den globale økonomi går på køl. Nedenstående er ikke en forsinket ønskeliste. Det er snarere toppen af de nødvendige forbedringer, der skal sikre, at hjulene også drejer i Danmark, når vindene vender:

  1. Sænk aktieskatten så vi kommer på niveau med OECD-landene, 23 pct. Det sikrer for alvor unge iværksættervirksomheders adgang til investeringer, og at fremtidens vækstvirksomheder i højere grad bliver herhjemme.
  2. Udvid investorfradraget som i Sverige og England. Det er altafgørende for, at flere tør løbe den kæmpe risiko med investeringer i de nye opstarters.
  3. Afskaf iværksætterskatten helt. Den rammer stadig små ejerledere med andel i virksomheden på under ti pct. og vender den tunge ende nedad: De små investorer straffes, de store går fri.
  4. Indfør en ny forskerordning for iværksættere. Sikre adgang til nøglemedarbejdere fra udlandet på baggrund af kompetencer, fremfor løn eller land.
  5. Gør det lettere at geninvestere penge i startups. Fjern beskatning af aktieavance, hvis pengene geninvesteres i nye startups fremfor at ryge hjem på bankbogen.
  6. Indfør en iværksætterkonto. Almindelige lønmodtagere skal fradragsberettiget kunne indbetale op mod én mio. kr. til etablering af egen virksomhed.
  7. Væk med byrderne. Det kræver mod at gøre livet nemmere for iværksætterne. Men det kommer tusindfold tilbage.
  8. Støt de eksisterende kræfter i økosystemet. Pas på med at slippe erhvervsfremmekræfterne uhæmmet løs. Støt op om de eksisterende private initiativer og ildsjæle. De, der ved noget og tager risiko.

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