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European Business Angel Network announces 11th EBAN Winter University in Istanbul, Turkey on 17-18 January 2013

Date: 17 January 2013 - 18 November 2012
Location: Istanbul, Turkey, 09:00 - 17:00
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The 11th EBAN Winter University will take place in Istanbul on the 17th and 18th of January 2013 and will be focused on Exits.

Every investor knows an investment must come down to an exit. Business angels' and early stage funds' investments are no different and need exit perspectives in order to keep investing and nurtering their businesses. The Winter University will host an interesting debate around investors with strong experience in going through exit processes so that you can learn and share your own experience.

We will also approach other relevant topics such as the entrepreneurial ecosystem, the relation between angel investing and public support, corporate investors and much more in the two days event: EBAN Institute Workshops on day 1 (17/Jan) and Winter University on day 2 (18/Jan).

Turkey is now a hotbed of angel investing since the government announced, some weeks ago, a 75 % tax credit on all investments up to 1 Million Turkish Lira (a little more than 500K Euros) by high-wealth individuals. Super Angels and Venture Capitalists are now traveling more and more to Turkey. In little less than 8 years, Turkey has transformed itself into an entrepreneurial, innovative economy with many sectors experiencing double digit growth. 

Join us in Istanbul and we trust you will also find new business opportunities with your next visit! 

Contact person for the Winter University: Luis Galveias (luis.galveias@eban.org)

EBAN - The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and other Early Stage Market Players

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18 January 2012 - Programme


8:00  Bus Transfer: Hotel - Venue (İstanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi İletişim Bilgileri)

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Opening Speeches

Baybars Altuntas, TBAA President

Onder Halisdemir, CEO Aktif bank

Nazım Ekren, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey & Rector of Istanbul Commerce University 

Paulo Andrez, EBAN President


9:30 - 9:50 Importance of Business Angels for the World Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Key Note Speaker: Tugrul Atamer, World Entrepreneurship Forum co-President


9:50 - 10:10 How I did 3 successful exits which where all announced between June 27th and July 2, 2012!

Dusan Stojanovik, True Global Ventures - France*


10:10 – 10:20 What's new in BAN activities? Current trends

Benjamin Wattinne, Gust

10:20 – 10:35 The European exit market perspective for the next 5 years and future EIF initiatives

Matthias Ummenhofer, European Investment Fund


10:35 – 10:50 How Business Angel Networks can benefit from a win win relationship with governments/European institutions. Case study : Germany

Ute Guenther, BAND-Germany, EBAN Board


10:50 - 11:20  Coffee Break  

11:20 - 12:30 Parallel Sessions 


Room 1 : Syndicates : Different Forms of Investing/Exiting together

Moderator: Albert Colomer, ESBAN-Spain, EBAN Executive Committee

Riku Asikainen, FiBAN – Finland

Michael Culligan, HBAN –Ireland*


Room 2 : Different Business Models for  BANs

Moderator: Adnan Akdemir, Board Member TBAA - Turkey

Baybars Altuntas, Links Angel BAN - Turkey, EBAN Executive Committee

Peter Braun, Mountain Club – Switzerland, EBAN Board Member


Room 3 : Co-Investment Models with Public Authorities. Asymmetric exits?

Moderator: Paulo Andrez, EBAN President

Konstantin Foken, NBAA - Russia, EBAN Board

Jenny Tooth, UKBAA – United Kingdom*


Room 4: Angel investment and Youth entrepreneurship

Moderator: Kazim Yalcinoglu, Metutech BAN - Turkey

Mahmut N. Ozdemir, Koc University - Turkey

Chris Curtis, CGI International – Canada


12:30 – 13:30  Lunch 


13:30 – 14:00  Shared Deals Competition Part I presented by Aleksandar Cabrillo, SBAN - Serbia, EBAN Board Member


14:00 – 14:45  Recipes of Super Angels for successful exits

Moderator: Candace Johnson, Sophia Business Angels – France, EBAN Board Member

Frank Motte, Business Angel - Germany*

Ari Korhonen, Business Angel - Finland, EBAN Vice-President


14:45 - 15:30  Exiting on stock markets in the next 5 years

Moderator: Mehmet Onur Partal, Venture Capital & Angel lnvestment Group Leader, lstanbul Development Agency

Jacques Putzeys, former CEO and co-founder of Easdaq (now Nasdaq Europe)

Luis Laginha - Member of the Management Committee of NYSE Euronext


15h30 - 15h45  Coffee Break


15h45 – 16h15  Shared Deals Competition Part II presented by Claire Munck (Be Angels - Belgium, EBAN Board Member)*


16:15 - 17:00  Corporate Venture and Angel’s Exits

Moderator : Savas Coban, Vice-President Aktif Bank - Turkey


17h00 - 17h30  Closing Session

Baybars Altuntas, TBAA President

Paulo Andrez, EBAN President


17h30-18:00  Bus transfer: Venue - Hotel 

*to be confirmed


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