On 28-30 November, more than 1,000 attendees from all over the world gathered in Zagreb, Croatia, for three days of celebrating entrepreneurship and angel investing at the EBAN Winter University. Guests of the event included angel investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, politicians, accelerators, incubators, crowd funders and even rock stars!
This year’s Winter University focused on building the entrepreneurial mindset in Croatia and the CEE region. For EBAN, the CEE countries of Europe are where the future lies with world-class, creative entrepreneurs and business angels who recognize the importance of banding together with their CEE Compatriots to build innovative companies which can scale across the whole region, Europe and the world.
Entrepreneurs took center stage throughout all three days of the EBAN Winter University with special training activities, pitching sessions and workshops. Under the scope of Training, Coaching and Demo Day on 28 November, EBAN organised a set of activities focused on entrepreneurs, including coaching workshops, one-to-one meetings with investors and elevator pitch dry-runs as part of the InvestHorizon project.
During these activities, the entrepreneurs were put in the care of the following experienced coaches:
- Paulo Andrez, EBAN President Emeritus
- Andreas Baresel-Bofinger, HeBAN Co-founder
- Oded Ben Dov, Founder of Sesame Enable
- Peter Braun, Co-Founder and CEO, Mountain Club AG
- Christopher Campbell, ABAN Vice President and South African BAN Founder
- Audra Shallal – NFBAN Board Member
- Peter Cowley, UK Business Angel of the Year 2014/15
- Peetachai Dejkraisak– Founder of Siam Organic
- Panagiotis Ketikidis – HeBAN Co-founder
- Paul Lanigan - Founder of Sales Fluency
- Andy McCartney – Founding Partner at WhiteSpace Ventures
- Tom Yoritaka – Cisco EIR Global Managing Director
- Jonathan Costello – Cisco EIR Program Manager
The entrepreneurs also had a chance to attend a workshop on communicating value from Cisco Entrepreneurs In Residence representatives Tom Yoritaka and Jonathan Costello, as well as Andy McCartney from Whitespace Ventures and Paul Lanigan from Sales Fluency. We would like to give a special thank you to all workshop leaders and investors who took part in the Demo Day activities and inspired both entrepreneurs and investors to improve. The grand finale of the day was the Global Investment Forum, where startups had the chance to pitch to an audience of more than 50 active investors.
The following startups participated in the InvestHorizon activities at EBAN Winter University:
· Be You
· Educational Factory
On 29-30 November, the entrepreneurs took their pitches to an even larger audience at the Winter University Conference. The conference was opened by two amazing keynote speeches from the President of Croatia – Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović – and rock legend turned pilot turned successful entrepreneur – Bruce Dickinson. Other notable keynote speeches included Esther Dyson, a trained cosmonaut and pioneer angel investor, EBAN Impact Chair Hedda Pahlson-Moller, Dov Moran – the inventor of the USB Stick, and many more! EBAN Winter University also featured a number of amazing panel discussions on the secrets of angel investing, open innovation, artificial intelligence and other relevant topics.
Click here to read a more detailed account of the 2016 EBAN Winter University or visit our Facebook page to view more pictures from the event!