Greece is emerging as a hub for innovative startups. Helping to fuel this transformation is EquiFund, a platform established by the European Investment Fund. EquiFund expects to provide Greek startups with up to €1 billion for early-stage and growth-stage funding by 2022; about €260 million has already been committed for this purpose. This infusion of capital will embolden growing startups
He's the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn, Greylock Partner, a mentor to many, and, starting in May, the host of a new podcast called 'Masters of Scale.' Here, Hoffman gives us an inside look at how he teaches entrepreneurs to grow successful businesses. Read the whole article here.
Already recognized for their engineering excellence, several countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are now emerging on the global startup scene. Thus for the past couple of years Belarus, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine and some other countries of the region have seen their local companies assert themselves on the international market, raise considerable funding and/or be acquired by global companies. Read the
If you’ve ever seen me speak at an event, you have probably noticed that I get very excited and passionate about pitching. There’s an excellent reason for that. I believe that a great pitch is useful in so many walks of business. As the CEO of a company, you’ll be pitching your startup morning, noon and night. Short, 90-second elevator
Americans tend to think of themselves as very entrepreneurial. After all, there’s Silicon Valley — home of Google, Facebook and Apple – and the rise of legendary entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Many more want to join their ranks: Sixty-six percent of American millennials want to start their own businesses, according to a recent
14 νεοφυείς ομάδες και επιχειρήσεις παρουσιάζουν τα επιχειρηματικά τους σχέδια στο Business Angels Forum IV τον Απρίλιο στην Αθήνα Λίγες ημέρες έχουν μείνει προτού λάβει χώρα το Business Angels Forum IV που υλοποιείται από την Ατλαντίς Συμβουλευτική και το Innovation Farm το Σάββατο, 8 Απριλίου στην Αθήνα. Σε σύνολο περισσότερων από 40 ομάδων που υπέβαλαν αίτηση, επιλέχθηκαν κατόπιν αξιολόγησης 14
The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) announced the digital issue of a new regional report on early stage investment markets. This report was prepared by the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield - CITY College, the Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN) and the South East European Research Centre (SEERC) as a response to this mission. Co-writers of the report
Having spent time in the tech hubs of New York, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv, Greece was not on the top of my of tech hub bucket list. That said, when I decided to visit Greece earlier this month, I discovered a burgeoning tech scene in a country famous for its culture and cuisine. It’s been easy to overlook Greece’s
A pivot means that a startup has decided to change their business model. This can be a drastic change (a completely new business model in a different sector) or a slight change (usually a major change in the company’s product to address a larger market opportunity in the same sector). Read the whole article here
During the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) 2017 that took place 13-14 February in Istanbul, Turkey, Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis, co-founder of HeBAN, was appointed as WBAF Commissioner for Greece. The WBAF honors individuals who have evidently showed their commitment to furthering early-stage investment markets by offering to key individuals the role of WBAF Commissioner. Becoming a WBAF Commissioner includes
Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis will discuss about “The Science of Success: The Altuntas Start-up Compass Theory” in WBAF 2017
Building on the success of the first World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) in 2016, this year’s forum, with the theme of ‘Partnering with Corporate Ventures from Start-up to Scale-up to Exit’, will focus on how corporate businesses can foster open innovation and deliver more business value through partnerships with angel investors, start-ups, and SMEs. In Fireside Chat 2 Prof.
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Time: 17:30-20:00 Venue: Onassis Cultural Center107 Syngrou Avenue, 11745 Athens Deloitte’s “Scaling up Greece and beyond” event, exclusively for selected technology driven scale-up companies will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Athens. Topics will include: Scale-ups Financing Trends Global state incentives for Scale-ups and recent developments in Greece Upcoming challenges and opportunities for
Μετράμε ήδη τα πρώτα εικοσιτετράωρα του 2017 και, όπως συνηθίζεται με κάθε είδους ανασκόπηση στις τελευταίες ημέρες ενός παλιού χρόνου ή στις πρώτες ενός νέου, θα ρίξουμε μία «ματιά» στη χρονιά που πέρασε για ένα πολλά υποσχόμενο και δυναμικό «κομμάτι» της ελληνικής επιχειρηματικότητας: την τεχνολογική, διαδικτυακή και startup. Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε ολόκληρο το άρθρο εδώ.
Ο Δημήτρης Τσίγκος γράφει για τη μοναδική ευκαιρία, σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο, που παρουσιάζει η Ελλάδα για επενδύσεις υψηλού ρίσκου όπως δηλαδή είναι οι επενδύσεις σε Startup εταιρείες. Μπορείτε να διαβάσετε ολόκληρο το άρθρο εδώ.
A brief overview of 2016 Another year comes to an end. 2016 was another year with many challenges. The economic crisis in Greece is still prevailing but this does not discourage young entrepreneurs and startuppers to come up with new innovative business ideas and try to put them to the market. Business Angels play an ever increasingly important role in
The sky is not the limit! HeBAN at the EBAN Winter University 2016 on 28 – 30 November in Zagreb [caption id="attachment_836" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Prof. Panayiotis Ketikidis and Dr. Andreas Baresel-Bofinger, Co-Founders of HeBAN[/caption] HeBAN attended the EBAN Winter University 2016 on 28 – 30 November in Zagreb. The event was organized by CRANE, the Croatian Business Angels
We are glad to see our participation in Business Angel Investment Forum III released in the latest Newsletter of EBAN. In the Newsletter you can find the list with the most infuential women in the Startup and Venture Capital Space, the latest study of the Kauffman Foundation and other EBAN members' successes. In addition, it includes information about Microsoft
With great success the Business Angels Forum III took place in Thessaloniki at OK!Thess, Thessaloniki’s new pre-incubator, on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The event was organized by Atlantis Consulting SA and Innovation Farm and was supported by HeBAN and other stakeholders of the regional ecosystem. The closed event addressed startups, investors and supporters. Fourteen startups and innovative enterprises presented their
The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN) in collaboration with the European Commission conducts a research entitled: “Understanding the Nature and Impact of Business Angels Funding in Research and Innovation”. The Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN), as a member of EBAN, asks the Greek business angels across the country to contribute to this research.
Quitting your job and jumping into entrepreneurship is a lot like jumping out of a plane and free-falling, wondering whether the parachute will open to save you. It's a scary thing, leaving the comfort of a 9-to-5 job and venturing into the world of entrepreneurship -- so scary that very few ever overcome the fear enough to take the plunge. So, what's the
Οι παρουσιάσεις απο την ημερίδα «Eπιχειρηματικοί Άγγελοι και Ευκαιρίες για τις Startups: Κίνητρα για τους Επενδυτές»
Το Ελληνικό Δίκτυο Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (HeBAN) που εδρεύει στη Θεσσαλονίκη μαζί με την Αλεξάνδρεια Ζώνη Καινοτομίας και τον Δήμο Θεσσαλονίκης διοργάνωσε ημερίδα με θέμα «Eπιχειρηματικοί Άγγελοι και Ευκαιρίες για τις Startups: Κίνητρα για τους Επενδυτές» και παρακάτω μπορείτε να βρείτε τις παρουσιάσης της ημερίδας. Baybars_Presentation_Thessaloniki-July-2016.pdf Bonfiger_Presenation _Thessaloniki-July-2016.pdf Papadopoulos_Presentation_Thessaloniki-July-2016.pdf Ketikidis_Presentation_Thessaloniki-July-2016.pdf
Κατά τη διάρκεια της ημερίδας του Ελληνικού Δικτύου Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (HeBAN) που διεξάχθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη τον Ιουλίου, ο κ. Baybars Altuntas* - Πρόεδρος του Τουρκικού Συνδέσμου Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (TBAA), Αντιπρόεδρος του Ευρωπαϊκού Δικτύου Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (EBAN) και Πρόεδρος του Διεθνούς Φόρουμ Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (WBAF) - μας έδωσε χρήσιμες συμβουλές και μας μίλησε για τις ευκαιρίες αλλά και τους ενδεχόμενους κινδύνους που
The Austrian Federal Government passed on Tuesday a comprehensive startup program. It covers a period of three years and entails a volume of about 185 million euros ($204 million). “We want to more strongly support people with courage, innovative strength and an entrepreneurial spirit. This package of measures provides added impetus to the country’s startup scene”, said Reinhold Mitterlehner, Federal Minister
Tην Πέμπτη 14 Ιουλίου, 2016 το Ελληνικό Δίκτυο Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (HeBAN) που εδρεύει στη Θεσσαλονίκη μαζί με την Αλεξάνδρεια Ζώνη Καινοτομίας και τον Δήμο Θεσσαλονίκης διοργάνωσε ημερίδα με θέμα «Eπιχειρηματικοί Άγγελοι και Ευκαιρίες για τις Startups: Κίνητρα για τους Επενδυτές». Χαρακτηριστικά ο κ. Άγγελος Αγγέλου σύμβουλος επιχειρήσεων και ιδρυτής της Angelou Economics & International Accelerator τόνισε ότι: «Η κρίση είναι η καλύτερη εποχή για
The UK has held a pivotal position in European venture capital as a hub for both investors and startups, and that’s particularly true in categories where it has been strong, including fintech, games, and biotech. The decision by UK voters to leave the European Union will have significant ripple effects on the VC landscape both in Europe and beyond.
HeBAN on 26th May 2016 traveled to Porto, Portugal and had the opportunity to participate in the EBAN Award ceremony in the Palacio da Bolsa. We are excited for and proud of our co-founder Dimitris Tsingos and his company Starttech Ventures for winning the award of "The Most Successful Business Financed by Early Stage Investors". Dimitris Tsigos accepting the Award "Starttech Ventures
One of the best ways to learn about angel investing is to listen to legendary investors speak about their experiences. Kay Koplovitz is one of those business and investor leaders. She comes to angel investing with an amazing entrepreneurial background, having founded USA Network and the Syfy Channel, among other businesses. Kay radiates the entrepreneurial qualities that angels admire, like seeing innovative market opportunities,
When thinking about financing your startup, it is important understand different types of potential investors. Figuring out who to raise money from and why will save you time and yield better results. Not every wallet is good for you! 1. Friends and Family 2. Angels Investors 3. Angel Groups 4. Angel List Syndicates 5. Micro VCs 6. VC 7.
It is with great joy that HeBAN is celebrating today its official anniversary. During the past year HeBAN has been very active in organizing a variety of information, education and training sessions and participating in a multitude of national and international events with the goal to promote and facilitate Business Angel Investing in Greece and the wider region. We are
HeBAN at The International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College – The Role of Business Angels in the Greek Finance Ecosystem
On Tuesday 10th of May 2016, The Hellenic Business Angels Network (HeBAN) was invited by the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield – CITY College to discuss about "The Role of Business Angels in the Greek Finance Ecosystem". The presentation of HeBAN was attended by the Master’s (MSc) Banking and Finance students and the academics of the Faculty. The
Σε όλο τον σύγχρονο κόσμο οι επενδύσεις που γίνονται από τους Επιχειρηματικούς Αγγέλους (ΕΑ), αποτελούν μια σημαντική πηγή χρηματοδότησης, διασύνδεσης και υποστήριξης σε καινοτόμες και νεοσύστατες εταιρείες στα πρώιμα στάδια της ανάπτυξής τους. Το Ελληνικό Δίκτυο Επιχειρηματικών Αγγέλων (ΗΕΒΑΝ) έχει δημιουργηθεί για να ενισχύσει την εφαρμογή ενός βιώσιμου δικτύου ΕΑ στο Ελληνικό οικοσυστήματο καινοτομίας. Πριν πούμε για το ΗΕΒΑΝ ας πούμε λίγα
The rise of angel investing has many benefits for both entrepreneurs and the cities and states that reap economic rewards from successful new ventures. By looking at future trends in the investment field that might influence ways in which national, state and local policymakers are trying to encourage and support angel investors. You can read the whole article here
When it comes to books on business, marketing and management, entrepreneurs are overrun with choices. But when it comes to books on money, entrepreneurs are undeserved. It’s not that money books don’t exist, it’s that they rarely look at money through the eyes of an entrepreneur (Garrett Gunderson, Forbes magazine, 2016) #1 Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki #2 Killing Sacred
Brainstorming ideas for a small business can be a fun yet frustrating experience. It requires a serious analysis of areas of expertise and interests, and consideration of where those areas intersect in such a way that can make a business viable. For women interested in startups, there’s plenty of advice from experienced authors and business experts. Here are some ideas
On December 7, 2015, HeBAN participated in a pitching jury organized by the Thessmart INNOHUB of the Thessaloniki Innovation Zone at the Macedonia Palace Hotel. Marina Hatsopoulos, Angel Investor from Boston, USA, and member of the International Advisory Board of HeBAN, and Andreas Baresel-Bofinger, co-founder of HeBAN, together with other distinguished jury members had the pleasure to follow the pitching
In the week of November 23, 2015, Professor Sir Keith Burnett CBE FRS FLSW, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield visited Thessaloniki to join the graduation ceremony of the International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, CITY College. During his visit the Vice Chancellor met with the Mayor of Thessaloniki and his team, as well as with ministers, ambassadors and
Initial edition available in the Sept. 18 issue of Financial Times The Global Entrepreneurship Network released the inaugural issue of GEN Magazine, a voice for promoting entrepreneurial growth worldwide. The issue, featuring a foreword by U.S. President Barack Obama, is being distributed in every edition of the Financial Times worldwide and hits the newsstands Friday, September 18. The magazine underscores