EBAN welcomed 300 early stage investors at the 13th Annual EBAN Congress in Vienna earlier this week (13th-14th May). The two-days meeting was the privileged setting to debate the role of early stage investors in Europe as key players to foster growth. Featured speakers, ranging from leading super-angels to national and European policy makers, provided a unique learning experience aimed to bring the European early stage investment sector to a new level of excellency.
Austria, the hosting country of this year’s edition, contributed to the success of the event with a booming early stage ecosystem, plenty of energy and motivation which was made evident both at the investors’ level as well as by revealing the commitment of its public authorities to support the sector’s growth.
Keynote speakers such as Julie Meyer (Ariadne Capital), Wilhelm Molterer (Vice-President of the European Investment Bank) and Veith Sorger (former President of the Austrian Federation of Industry) stressed the importance of business angels and other early stage investors in funding innovation and visionary entrepreneurs in creating Europe’s future jobs and wealth.
According to the President of EBAN, Paulo Andrez, “the Congress was a stimulating opportunity to emphasise to all our members and friends the role each one of us play in increasing the €5,1 billion market either by increasing our networks and the mechanisms which support and leverage investment as well as by increasing the quality of the investment decisions of a sector which is trailing its path for a greater proficiency”.