Resources for Business Angels

According to EBAN (The European Trade Association for Business Angels), only 10% of potential European angel investors are actively investing in start-ups. We believe transparency, experience sharing, and hands-on training will motivate executives, entrepreneurs, and finance professionals to become active angels. Our goal is to encourage investors throughout Europe to become active angel investors, thus supporting the European Start-up ecosystem, building companies, and creating jobs. We will achieve this goal by reducing the barriers that prevent them from becoming angel investors.

Angel Investors have a significant impact on early-stage company growth and job creation because they provide nearly 90% of all outside equity for startups. Angel investors tend to invest in companies with the potential for high growth. In 2012, European Angels financed 2.913 companies and created 17.881 jobs.

Angel Investors have a considerable impact on early-stage company growth and job creation because they provide nearly 90% of all outside equity for start-ups.

Resources for Business Angels

Associations

World Business Angels Association was founded by 12 leaders of federations of business angel networks around the world.  The idea is to create the first international community of business angel networks and leaders for the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship through the financing of high growth start-up companies with the support of Business Angels worldwide.

BAE – Business Angels Europe represents the European Business Angels” Federations and Trade associations in Europe. BAE brings together the most active and developed countries operating in the angel market in Europe

EBAN – EBAN is a non-profit association representing the interests of business angels, business angels networks (BANs) and federation of networks, seed funds, and other entities involved in bridging the equity gap in Europe. EBAN was established with the collaboration of the European Commission in 1999 by a group of pioneer BANs in Europe and EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies).

    • ABAN – Austria Business Angels Network – ABAN represents over 200 individual angel investors.
    • APBA – Portuguese Business Angel Association – representing over 156 business angels.
    • BAND – Business Angel Netzwerk Deutschland – German Angel Network and Community.
    • BANN – Business Angels Network Netherlands – representing 13 Angels networks with over 2,500 members.BAE – Business Angels Europe represents the European Business Angels” Federations and Trade associations in Europe. BAE brings together the most active and developed countries operating in the angel market in Europe.
    • Business Angels Copenhagen, DENMARK
    • ESBAN – Espana Business Angels Network ESBAN coordinates and promotes the different Business Angels networks in Spain. For these networks, ESBAN has several roles ranging from highlighting the contribution that business angels make to the entrepreneurial culture, supporting its members, and lobbying the government to encourage the exchange of best practices, experiences, and ideas among members. ESBAN counts with the support of the Spanish Government through the DGPYME (General Secretariat of SMEs), which is a member of ESBAN foundation Board.
    • Estonia Business Angels Network, ESTBAN -Estonian Business Angels Network, established in late 2012, is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighboring regions to grow the quantity and quality of local seed-stage investments.
    • FiBAN, FINLAND -The FiBAN network is today one of the largest and most active business angel networks in Europe with over 350 approved members and over 100 events held each year. FiBAN was chosen as the “Business angel network of the year 2012.”
    • FNABA – National Federation of Business Angels Associations – (Portugal) FNABA aims to provide institutional representation to member Networks at the national and international level, preserving each member orientation and independence while promoting the Business Angel activity in Portugal.
    • HBAN – Halo Business Angel Network is an all-island umbrella group responsible for the development of business angel syndicates on the island of Ireland. HBAN is actively working to increase the number of angel investors who are interested in investing in early-stage technology, cleantech, medical device, and agrifood companies and supporting the early stage entrepreneurial community.
    • IBAN – Italian Business Angel Network – IBAN is the Italian National Association focused on the development and the growth of the Business Angels phenomena in Italy. IBAN’s members are BAN’s’s, investors clubs, business angels, and professionals in matching investors (formal and informal) with entrepreneurs.
    • LINC Scotland -LINC Scotland is the national association for business angels in Scotland, with a membership that includes individual investors, angel groups & syndicates.
    • Luxembourg Business Angels Network, LUXEMBOURG
    • National Business Angels Association, RUSSIA
    • Red Alpine Ventures, SWITZERLAND
    • TBAA Business Angels Association TurkeyTo enable Turkish entrepreneurs to become familiar with a culture of partnership. Now it is time for Turkish entrepreneurs to embrace a completely new model of entrepreneurship introduced by the TBAA –Business Angels Association of Turkey. A ”partnership culture” whereby businessmen of acumen are invited to form partnerships with rising entrepreneurs.
    • UK Business Angels Association – Angel Network & Formal Groups Membership. The UK Business AngelsAssociationcurrently has a membership of 25 Angel Networks in England and Wales.

Funding –

  • “There is always money” – your guide to public funding for Berlin startups
  • European Angels Fund (EAF) is an initiative advised by the EIF, which provides equity to Business Angels and other non-institutional investors for the financing of innovative companies in the form of co-investments. The initiative is already operational in Germany through a virtual structure, and a fund vehicle is planned to be established to implement the initiative in other European countries and regions.  The EAF works hand in hand with Business Angels and helps them to increase their investment capacity by co-investing into innovative companies in the seed, early or growth stage. The activityoftheEuropeanAngelsFundis adapted to the Business Angels’ investment style by granting the highest degree of freedom in terms of decision-making and management of investments.
  • EVCA Investor Search provides a searchable investor database by name, country, investment stage, or sector.
  • Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation program with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries, and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
  • indiegogo.com – Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more.
  • kickstarter.com – Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
  • kiva.org – Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world’s first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs around the world.

Online

  • AngelList – AngelList is a platform for startups – angels, angel investors, startups, VCs, venture capital.
  • Angels Den: Crowdfunding and Angel Funding Events –The World’s First Integrated Angel and Crowdfunding Platform. At Angels Den, we have been successfully matching Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors.
  • Gust – Startup Funding & Angel Investing – The global platform for startup funding and investing. Gust is the largest network of entrepreneurs, startups, angel investors, VCs, and early-stage investors. (Motivating #startup funding facts: 1 in 40 get angel funding, 1 in 400 get VC.

Press

Scout Programs

  • Atomico – We are proud to announce the Atomico Angel Programme, led by Atomico’s newest Partner Sophia Bendz with support from Associate Will Dufton, to help activate a new generation of angel investors who are well placed to discover the most innovative and ambitious founders at the start of their journey.
  • Backed VC – Backed works to support their growth & development, expand their network, and elevate their personal brand. In turn, the community refers candidates for open vacancies across our portfolio companies, and sources high-potential founders for us to invest in.
  • Blossom’s “Cultivate,” the program looks to create a 30-strong angel network made up of founders or operators from European unicorns or those with a European HQ, who will be tasked with backing alumni starting up.

Term Sheets & Documentation

  • Open Sourced Model Seed Financing Documents – Please feel free to use these documents, but please do so responsibly only after retaining your legal counsel. Don’t use these documents blindly. All of the figures in them are made up and are not necessarily accurate or consistent. We’ve made the best efforts to call out the places that need to be edited based on the situation using brackets. But still, using these documents for real financing and without proper legal advice is just plain foolish. Think of them as a good starting point that can save you some time and money.
  • Passion Capital’s Plain English Term Sheet (.pdf): A term sheet with easily understandable explanations.

Resources for Business Angels

Angel Networks

European Angel Investing Calendar

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