Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How to Attract Investors: A Subjective Guide to the Mindset of Investors and their Requirements

More and more entrepreneurs believe that the route to success is blocked unless they get a bit of help from investor money. They often forget that money does not make the success – only the excellent business case does – sometimes in combination with investor money. Attracting investors and live with them as co-owners is also a big challenge. The webinar addresses the challenges connected to developing a convincing business case, investor search, and negotiation.

Webinar: 99 Questions From Investors

Many founders are really good at pitching their companies because they know their business and how to present it. The biggest difficulties come when founders need to answer questions from investors. During this webinar, Thibaut Claes, an investment manager at WING by Digital Wallonia & Innovation Manager at, brings out the most common questions from investors.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fostering Investment Readiness with EBAN’s InvestHorizon ePitches

An entrepreneur’s pitch is often the end-all and be-all for their company’s success – it is how they present themselves to the world of investors, who could be persuaded to invest or forget the company ever existed based on the strength of their presentation. Having a great startup idea is not the sole ingredient of a great pitch as practice, dry runs, and feedback from expert investors can go a long way toward improving pitches.

There’s no better way for an entrepreneur to make sure that he or she is getting feedback from the best investors, regardless of where their startup is located, than to participate in EBAN’s InvestHorizon ePitches. These take place online and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch to experienced investors from the comfort of their homes. The ePitches have given entrepreneurs from 3 thriving sectors – Health, ICT and Clean Tech – a chance to have their pitches evaluated by some of the most prominent investors across Europe.

EBAN organized InvestHorizon ePitches on 3 separate occasions in 2016:

· ePitch in the Health Sector on 8 December 2016 – take a look at the panel of investors and the presenting companies;

· ePitch in the ICT sector on 8 December 2016 – take a look at the panel of investors and the presenting companies;

· ePitch in the Clean Tech sector on 9 December – take a look at the panel of investors and the presenting companies.

In addition, there are 3 more ePitches scheduled to take place in March 2017, with 20 more startups active in the ICT sector and 10 in the Clean Tech sector delivering their online pitches and getting valuable advice:

· ePitch I in the ICT sector taking place on 2 March from 16:00 to 17:40 CET;

· ePitch in the Clean Tech sector taking place on 16 March from 16:00 to 17:40 CET;

· ePitch II in the ICT sector taking place on 30 March from 16:00 to 17:40 CET.

Each company gets 6 minutes to pitch followed by 4 minutes of Q&A from the investors. Before pitching, the participating startups also attend a compulsory dry run session that prepare them for what to expect at the actual ePitch.

The ePitches present a unique educational opportunity in that the presenting startups are all early stage companies that are looking for their first round of investment, so the focus is more on the investors giving feedback on the business models and pitches and helping them improve for future meetings with and pitches in front of investors. In the best case scenario, some interesting projects could even lead to more discussions with a participating investor!

Are you a startup? The last ePitch focusing on the ICT sector taking place on 30 March is still open for applications! Follow this link to apply! Are you an investor interested in joining the panel and listening to selected entrepreneurs active in your sector? Register at the following link - it truly is one of the easiest ways to contribute to the development of the early stage ecosystem: you only need to sit comfortably in your office chair with a cup of coffee and log into the platform!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February fundraising - acceleration programs and competitions

In the winter new editions of acceleration programs and competitions arise. Don't miss the opportunity to apply to the ones that suit the best start-up for you. Check out the list we prepared for you in February!