Pitching the Africa opportunity to international investors at EBAN Winter University


For the first time ever, early-stage investors from Africa and the Middle East will join their European colleagues as they gather to exchange best practices and create cross-border investment opportunities in the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial economies.

The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) Winter University Conference in Helsinki will bring together top notch angels from across the world including Tomi Davies (Lagos Angels), David Rose (Gust/Rose Ventures), Jenny Tooth (UK Angels), Peter Jungen (German Angels) and Abdulmalek Al-Jaber (Middle East Angel Network), together with European Crowd Funding Network President Oliver Gajda. This year’s event will focus on celebrating and creating “Success Stories” and inspiring “Cross-Border and Cross-Continent Business Angel Investment and Exits”. 

VC4Africa’s David van Dijk explains: “The Helsinki event will be a great platform to present African investment opportunities to an audience of international angel investors!  We will have an Africa session to talk about the developments in our space and we look forward to connect with European Angels considering the African opportunity.”

The Winter University Conference will also see the foundation of the first pan-African Business Angel Network: ABAN. The formation of a pan-African network of angel investors was one of the topics discussed at the Investor Summit VC4Africa organized in Lagos as part of DEMO Africa 2014. The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) joined the Lagos event and are now inviting the founding members of ABAN to the Winter University Conference in Helsinki.

What is ABAN?

The 5 founding pillars of ABAN are:

– Setting professional standards, training, and certification
– Benchmarking, research and networking with peers
– Raising awareness and capacity building
– Cross-border syndication and co-investment support
– Lobbying

Member Benefits

– Network with peers
– Join trainings and stay on top of trends
– Get answers to your day-to-day challenges
– Access our resource centre, data reports, policy publications, monthly newsletter and fiscal expertise

Key dates

– Sunday 16 November 20:00 pre conference cocktail party
– Monday 17 November full day conference, Panel presentation on opportunities in Africa, ABAN Founder’s meeting, Gala dinner & EBAN Awards Ceremony
– Tuesday 18 November full day ‘Angels Training Day’

Do you want to be involved?

This is your chance to talk about the developments in our space with European Angels considering the African opportunity. Contact Thomas van Halen (thomas@vc4a.com) for more information about the event and tickets or leave your details here and we will contact you as soon as possible. Also see our special ABAN Helsinki page and please inform us if you want to secure your seats as founding member of the African Business Angel Network!