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This article is about the European business investment organization. For the Israeli statesman, see Abba Eban.

EBAN is an international, not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to represent the Span-European early stage investor community, gathering member organisations and individuals from Europe and beyond. Originally targeted only to business angels, today EBAN is a cross sector representative of equity early stage investors.[1]

EBAN is fueling innovation and growth throughout EMEA. The representative for the early stage investor community, gathers over 146 member organizations from 46 countries not only in Europe, but in the MENA and African Regions . Our members are: Federations of Business Angel Networks; Business Angel Networks; Early Stage Venture Capital and Seed Funds; Electronic Funding Platforms and Business Angels; and other market stakeholders such as Crowd Funders and Accelerators.

EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 5.1billion Euros a year and comprising 260.000 angel investors. According to its annual collection of data (2012) and exclusively though business angel networks, 2900 company were funded and 17800 jobs were created.[2][3][4]


EBAN was established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA (the European Association of Development Agencies).[5] In 1999, only 50 business angel networks were identified across Europe to support high growth start-ups, with more than half operating in the UK.[6] Today, the number of business angel networks has risen to 460.[7]


  • Setting professional standards, training, and certification for the early stage investment asset class; building the capacity of early stage investment actors to facilitate co-investment as well as increasing transparency in the market by changing the culture on reporting standards.
  • Benchmarking, research and networking with peers .
  • Lobbying, trusted and continued dialogue with European policy makers to improve the working environment of early stage investors.
  • Raising awareness, advocacy and capacity building.
  • Cross-border syndication and co-investment support.


Types of members accepted by EBAN (31/12/2013)

  • Business Angels
  • Business angels networks
  • Federations of business angels networks
  • Early stage venture capital funds
  • Business accelerators
  • Electronic funding platforms
  • Associate/ other early stage market players


EBAN is led by a Board of Directors elected for 2-year mandates. The Board selects a President and an Executive Committee which becomes involved in the day-to-day operations with the Secretariat.

EBAN Presidents

  • 2014-Pres Candace Johnson, Sophia Business Angels, France
  • 2012-2014 Paulo Andrez, FNABA, Portugal
  • 2010-2012 Brigitte Baumann, Go Beyond, Switzerland
  • 2006-2010 Anthony Clarke, London Business Angels, United Kingdom
  • 2003-2006 Peter Jungen, BAND, Germany

Before 2003, co-presidency system

Executive Committee

Executive committee composition at (31-12-2013)[8]

  • Paulo Andrez, FNABA, Portugal (President)
  • Ari Korhonen, FiBAN, Finland (Vice-President)
  • Albert Colomer, ESBAN, Catalunya
  • Baybars Altuntaş, TBAA, Turkey

Annual events and past editions

Annual Congress

Two days annual meeting organized in order to debate the role of early stage investors in Europe as key players to foster growth, learning, lobbying and networking. Different speeches, workshops, venues and the awards ceremony for the EBAN annual prizes.

Edition Year Location
14th 13–14 May 2014 Dublin, Ireland[9]
13th 13–14 May 2013 Vienna, Austria[10]
12th 23–24 April 2012 Moscow, Russia[11]
11th 12–13 May 2011 Warsaw, Poland[12]
10th 15–16 April 2010 Istanbul, Turkey[13]
9th 27–28 April 2009 Madrid, Spain[14]
8th 14–15 April 2008 Arnhem, Netherlands
7th 16–17 April 2007 Estoril (Cascais), Portugal[15]
6th 10–11 April 2006 Prague, Czech Republic[16]
5th 3–4 March 2005 Paris, France[17]
4th 13–14 November 2003 Milan, Italy
Previous international conferences: Düsseldorf, Germany
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Brussels, Belgium

EBAN University

Meeting organized in order to debate about different relevant themes linked with early stage investing and for learning and networking. Different speeches and workshops.

Edition Year Location
13th 17-18 November 2014 Helsinki, Finland
12th 2–3 October 2013 Moscow, Russia
11th 17–18 January 2013 Istanbul, Turkey
10th 20–21 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium
9th 18–19 November 2010 Nice, France
8th 9–10 November 2009 Stockholm, Sweden
7th 31 October 2008 Kirchberg, Austria
6th 20 November 2007 Geneva, Switzerland
5th 23 November 2006 Brussels, Belgium
4th 16 November 2005 Brussels, Belgium
3rd 6–8 May 2004 St. George’s Bay, Malta
2nd 19–20 November 2003 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Past EBAN awards[18]

Winners of the 9th EBAN Awards (2014)
European Early Stage Investor of the Year: Jari Ovaskainen (Finland)
Most Successful Firm Financed by Early Stage Investors: DecaWave (Ireland)
Best Individual in globably engaging Early Stage Investors within the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Baybars Altuntas (Turkey)
Best EBAN Member: Business Angels Copenhagen (Denmark)
Best EBAN Newcomer: Estonian Business Angels Network (Estonia)
Best European Business Angel Week Initiative: Startech Ventres (Greece)

Winners of the 8th EBAN Awards (2013)
Business Angel of the Year: Dusan Stojanovik,[19] True Global Ventures (Sweden)
Business Angel Network of the Year: IESE BAN[20] (Spain)
Best Federation of the Year: HBAN[21] (Ireland)
Best Early Stage Fund: Vera Early Stage Fund (Finland)
Best Performing New Member: Austrian Angels Investors Association (AAIA, Austria)

Winners of the 7th EBAN Awards (2012)[22]
Business Angel of the Year: Philippe Gluntz, Business Angel affiliated to Paris Business Angels (France)
Deal of the Year: United Resins, submitted by FNABA (Portugal)
Early Stage Fund of the Year: Zernike Meta Venture, submitted by META Group (Italy)
Breakthrough Service/ Tool by a BAN: PEEX, submitted by Mountain Partners (Switzerland)
Business Angel Network of the Year: FiBAN (Finland); Honorable Mention awarded to Paris Business Angels (France)

Winners of the 6th EBAN Awards (2011)[23]
Business Angel of the Year: Francesco Marini Clarelli[24] (Italy)
Deal of the Year: Polidea (Poland)
Early Stage Fund of the Year: Seraphim (UK)
Impact Investment of the Year: EKO-Logic (Poland)
Breakthrough Service/ Tool by a BAN: Paris Business Angels (France) for Angelsoft (USA)

Winners of the 5th EBAN Awards (2010)
Business angel of the year: Véronique Castelo (FR)
Business angel group of the year: Sophia Business Angels (FR)
Best investment in a social enterprise: Biogenera, submitted by Italian Angels for Growth and Meta Group (IT)
Best early stage fund manager/team of the year: Succès Europe (FR)

Winners of the 4th EBAN Awards (2009)
Business angel of the year: Cornelius Boersch (DE)
European early stage fund manager/team: Guy Rigaud, Rhônes Alpes Création (FR)
European business angel group leader/team: Paris Business Angels (FR)
Best cross border deal: Tie between BUY VIP and Louise (EU)
Most successful angel backed company: Aventiv (BE)
Best lobbying initiative (in support of business angels and early stage investors): Italian Business Angels Network (IT)

Winners of the 3rd EBAN Awards (2008)
Best team of the year: Greater London Enterprise (UK)
Best business angel of the year: Nelson Gray (Scotland)
Best syndicated deal (BA/VC): Swedish Venture Capital Association (SE)
Best new initiative/new entrant on the market: The Ready for Equity! Project (EU)

Winners of the 2nd EBAN Awards (2007)
BAN manager of the year: Finance South East for the South East Capital Alliance (UK)
Best new initiative on the market: London Business Angels for The Creative Business Accelerator (UK)
Business angel of the year: NeBIB for Hans Bertram (NL)
Most promising exit: London Business Angels for Pout (UK)

Winners of the 1st EBAN Awards (2006)
Most promising exit: London Business Angels (UK)
Best benchmarking work: ESBAN (ES)
Best new network tool practice: France Angels (FR)
Best co-investment initiative: BANSON (DE)

Involvement in European Projects

EBAN has collaborated with the following European Commission projects:

  • ICT Finance MarketPlace/ Access ICT - European Platform for Access to ICT Investors (2010-2012)
  • EASY - Early Stage Investor (2006-2008)[25]
  • Ready4Equity (2006-2008)[26]

External links


  1. ^ [1], European commission - Business angels
  2. ^ [2], Business Angel market
  3. ^ [3], EBAN members directory
  4. ^ [4], EBAN membership coverage
  5. ^ [5], Eurada International Networks
  6. ^ [6], EBAN activity report 2008
  7. ^ [7], EBAN Statistics 2012
  8. ^ [8], EBAN executive committee
  9. ^ [9], EBAN Annual Congress 2014
  10. ^ [10], EBAN Annual Congress 2013
  11. ^ [11], EBAN Annual Congress 2012
  12. ^ [12], EBAN Annual Congress 2011
  13. ^ [13], EBAN Annual Congress 2010
  14. ^ [14], EBAN Annual Congress 2009
  15. ^ [15], EBAN Annual Congress 2007
  16. ^ [16], EBAN Annual Congress 2006
  17. ^ [17], EBAN Annual Congress 2005
  18. ^ [18], EBAN awards
  19. ^ [19], EBAN awards
  20. ^ [20], EBAN awards
  21. ^ [21], EBAN awards
  22. ^ [22], EBAN awards
  23. ^ [23], EBAN awards
  24. ^ [24], EBAN awards
  25. ^ [25], EASY - Early Stage Investor
  26. ^ [26], Ready4Equity