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Where will you be 4YFN (4 Years From Now)?

Recently, I was talking with Aline Noizet about this year’s must-attend events and top of her list was 4YFN. 4YFN (4 Years From Now) is the innovation platform of MWC, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and launch new ventures together.

So of course, we caught up with Pere Duran, 4YFN Event Series Director to get the inside scoop on next month’s conference.

BARCELONA, 25-27 FEBRUARY 2019

4YFN Barcelona

European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences

4YFN has been around for more than 4 years, What has changed since you started?

This is the 6th edition of 4YFN and this year will be our biggest and best show. Having started with just 2,300 delegates in 2014, we are now expecting to welcome more than 21,000 international attendees and more than 700 exhibitors this year! This is going to be the most international edition ever with attendees from 136 countries and startups from around the world, with a big representation of Asian and African startups.

This year we have also focused even more on the startups. We have built a lot of activities and one-to-one meetings around them. One-to-one meetings with corporates, investors, other startups, communities, and press help these companies commercialize their products, raise funds and shine. This process also helps the key attendees to easily discover the startups shaping the future.

Where do you see the event in 4YFN?

We are moving far beyond the flagship Barcelona event and establishing our presence in LA, Shanghai, and LATAM and we hope to add even more locations to the list. More than that, we are a year-round builder of the startup ecosystem and are branching out more into creativity and design.

What highlights can we expect this year?

As always, startups, startups, startups. We are a champion for innovators and they form the heart of everything that we do. This year we have also introduced the Corporate Innovation Area where major corporations can showcase their innovation programs and we now have a Talent Area where people can find new opportunities and employers can find new talent. For me, this year I am really excited about our speaker programme too. Magic Leap, Alibaba, Facebook, N26 – we are featuring the biggest startup successes around to challenge and excite our startup community.

What can you say about the Healthcare track? 

The Digital Health Summit co-organized with ECH Alliance is such an important part of what we are offering. Technologies like robotics and blockchain steal a lot of attention, but nothing is more important than health. It’s amazing that even the most marginal improvements in public health have the most far-reaching consequences for society. It’s for that reason that we are extremely proud to support healthcare technology, through our health-minded startups and with the Digital Health Summit.

How does 4YFN support Women in Tech?

We host an entire programme dedicated just to Women4Tech. This is an initiative that spans both MWC and 4YFN and we are committed to driving greater inclusion and diversity in technology from all walks of life. Women are under-represented in the technology community and we want to change that, not just for the benefit of meeting quotas but for the benefits delivered by real diversity! Check out our Female Founders panel on 25 February for an insight into the women changing the world, or the Women4Tech programme on 26 Feb across the agenda.

What advice would you offer a startup pitching?

Passion, energy, relatability, and SCALABILITY. You have such a short amount of time to capture the attention of investors and corporates – you have to enrapture them with your passion and energy. People like to connect with other humans, so being relatable helps a lot – that means bringing a sense of honesty and realness. That might hook them in, to begin with, but what investors are really looking for is scalability. You might catch their attention with some charisma, but you will only hook them with a real opportunity for growth.

What can investors expect?

Investors can mainly expect to find seed and Series A fund stage business opportunities that are just starting to hit the open market. These are companies that are in their initial growth stages looking for that chance to take their business to the next level. There are more than 700 exhibitors this year which means there are at least 700 live investment opportunities and, with some luck, a few unicorns in the rough!

How important is an EU wide tech community?

We bring startups from all over the world to Barcelona, from every continent. But being a big tech event in Europe, of course, we attract a huge number of startups from across the region. For us, it is hugely important because it is the community in which we (mainly) exist. We host pitch battles across European cities to find the best startups and bring them to Barcelona. We benefit from the attendance of European initiatives like Next Generation Internet and more. The EU ecosystem is one of the most robust in the world and we are very lucky to call it home!

What other events are you attending in 2019?

That’s easy. We will be going to 4YFN Shanghai on 26-28 June and 4YFN LA on 22-24 October!

What’s the best thing about a conference in Barcelona?

There are a few things. Firstly, Barcelona is the greatest city in the world! (I’m from Barcelona.) But seriously, Barcelona is the kind of place people want to come to, so it makes it an easy decision for attendees or exhibitors who might have second thoughts. But secondly, we have an amazing ecosystem in Barcelona that is more and more international. We have so many great startups here like Wallapop, Travelperk, Socialpoint, and Redpoints to mention a few and many, many tech companies moving operations here too.

Where will you be 4YFN (4 Years From Now)?

Startup Tech Events Europe Feb 2019

Startup System EU  offers this European Innovation Conference calendar as a resource to help make connections between startups, investors and innovators.

Our goal is to bring together startups and innovation professionals to learn about cutting-edge innovations and foster dynamic conversation addressing how technology is transforming Europe.

JAN-MAR | APR-JUN | JUL-SEP | OCT-DEC

European Innovation Calendar | European Accelerator Deadlines | European Digital Health Conferences

Feel free to email updates, corrections or add conference dates.

  • ISPO Munich 2019 – The largest trade fair for sports business more than 2,800 exhibitors will be presenting their latest sports products from segments such as Snowsports, Outdoor, Health & Fitness, Urban and Teamsports at the Messe München exhibition grounds. Look forward to four days full of impulses and rich contacts. Munich, Germany; Feb 3-6, 2019
  • HRD Summit – the most senior gathering of HR Directors on the globe. The 2019 Summit will welcome over 1,000 attendees, over 150 speakers across 8 content streams, over 80 Exhibitors, over 250 Match Meetings and 11+ hours of networking spread across 2 days. Birmingham, UK; Feb 5, 2019
  • ICE Totally Gaming 2019 – ICE London is the only B2B gaming event that truly brings together the international online and offline gaming sectors. London, UK; Feb 5-7, 2019
  • London Affiliate Conference 2019 –  the world’s largest dedicated iGaming affiliate exhibition and conference, London, UK; Feb 6-9, 2019
  • Digital Relaunch Konferenz – Experten-Wissen für eine erfolgreiche Digitalisierung. Bei der Digital:Relaunch dreht sich alles um praxisorientierte Lösungen und Best Cases rund um die Digitale Transformation von Leadership, Arbeitsplatz, Business und Marketing. Tauschen Sie sich mit Experten und anderen Besuchern aus und genießen Sie die After-Show-Party. Berlin, Germany; Feb 11-12, 2019
  • Tech Invest Berlin – Meet leading and influential European investors in a high-end like environment and pitch on stage: following the format that has made the success of startups pitches: only 4 minutes per pitch, and 15 minutes per keynotes, one to one meetings, networking sessions, awards ceremony. Berlin, Germany; Feb 12, 2019
  • MOVE: Mobility Re-imagined – The world’s most important mobility event, where disruptive technology and innovation drive the future of urban transport. MOVE will bring together disruptors, their technology and their attitude with stakeholders across all modes and disciplines: to dialogue, to create insight and to promote collaboration. We guarantee to be more expansive and multi-disciplined than any other event on the planet. #MOVE2019 London, UK; Feb 12-13, 2019
  • France Tech Transfer Invest 2019 – Tech Tour together with SATT (France’s tech transfer acceleration offices), BPI and EuroQuity are pleased to announce the third edition of  France Tech Transfer Invest (FTTI), an event that aims to stimulate investment into French tech transfer spin-offs. Paris, France; Feb 13-14, 2019
  • Learning Technologies UK 2019 – Europe’s leading showcase of organizational learning and the technology used to support learning at work. With more than 8,500 visitors, 150 free L&D seminars, over 200 exhibitors, an exhibition hall packed with the latest learning technologies, innovation and best practice and the industry’s leading L&D conference, it provides a unique and exciting environment for all those involved in workplace learning. London, UK; Feb 13-14, 2019
  • World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2019 – An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership of Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) promotes angel investment as an innovative financial inclusion tool at the global level. At the G20 meetings in Riyadh, it was announced that WBAF 2019 is now an affiliated congress of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). Istanbul, Turkey; Feb 17-19, 2019
  • WeTech Berlin 2019 – The conference will include a series of unique encounters and discussions on topics focusing on innovation & tech, business ties between Germany and Israel, investment opportunities and more. During the conference, we shall examine how tech and innovation manifest in an array of fields, from cyber and industrial manufacturing to finance and automotive. Berlin, Germany; Feb 18-19, 2019
  • SingularityU Spain Summit 2019 – We empower a global community with the mindset, skillset, and network. For the first time in Madrid, the cutting-edge SingularityU Spain Summit brings you the future of the world, the Silicon Valley state of the art technologies and next to come. Fasten your belts!!! Madrid, Spain; Feb 20-21, 2019
  • The User Experience Design Conference – bringing designers, developers, business stakeholders, researchers, and marketing specialists together. The theme of the conference is designers and marketing, helping businesses grow. We’ve invited amazing speakers from Conde Nast, Booking.com, Monzo, Canonical, Ocado, ThomasCook, Which?, Virgin Atlantic and others. London, UK; Feb 21, 2019
  • Startup World Cup Baltic Series – Startup World Cup is a series of startup conferences and competitions in 13 countries, hunting for the next emerging unicorn to award US $1,000,000. Riga, Lativa; Feb 21-22, 2019
  • TechChill – Having grown from a small grassroots movement of like-minded tech enthusiasts, TechChill celebrates the best of the Baltic startup community by annually bringing together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region and talented tech enthusiasts. TechChill is organized by a non-profit foundation of the same name, empowering the Baltic startup ecosystem throughout the year. This year is no exception – the two-day agenda at TechChill 2019 will feature 70+ speakers and 20+ side events, as well as some legendary afterparties. Riga, Lativa; Feb 21-22, 2019
  • Xside – a creative hub of excellence that celebrates the ideas, skills, and people that are leading future change. A groundbreaking gathering where converging communities unite. Barcelona, Spain; Feb 24-27, 2020
  • 4YFN 2019 – Over three days, 4YFN will showcase the latest tech startup innovations from around the world. Featuring curated content, startup pitches, competitions, and dedicated networking sessions. The event is tailor-made to connect the international startup community, investors, talent and corporations. Barcelona, Spain; Feb 25-27, 2019
  • Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019 – The GSMA Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, incorporating a thought-leadership conference. Barcelona, Spain; Feb 25-28, 2019
  • SuperReturn International – The world’s largest private equity and venture capital event. 2,500+ attendees. 700+ LPs. 1,100+ GPs. 400+ speakers. Unlimited possibilities. Private equity and venture capital conference determining strategies for successful fundraising, value creation, exits and maximizing returns in a new decade of private equity. Berlin, Germany; Feb 26 – Mar 1, 2019
  • LONDON TECH JOB FAIR SPRING 2019 – a chance for job seekers to talk to companies that are hiring in person. If you’ve had enough of submitting your CV online without the opportunity to make a lasting first impression, here’s your chance to change your strategy and do a bit of networking. London, UK; Feb 27, 2019

Startup Tech Events Europe Feb 2019

Naked Angel Club Meeting #2

Naked Angel Club, the Business Angel community of Rainmaking Loft Berlin, invites you to regular Meeting #2 on Wednesday, November 26 – 7pm, organised together with TU Berlin Centre for Entrepreneurship. We are establishing a format in which both the Angel and the Startup perspectives are shed light onto.

Naked Angel Club Meeting #2

The lineup for Meeting #2 will be as follows:

  • Why invest in university spin-off companies
  • Speed interview with Florian Uhlig from TU Berlin
  • Real life case : what can an investor expect from a university spin-off
  • Speed interview with Björn Bollensdorff, CEO of Panono
  • 3 TU Startup pitches
  • Networking, small snacks & drinks
  • Please feel free to forward this invite to relevant people in your network you feel would be interested in attending.

RSVP

** This event is dedicated to Business Angels and interested investors only.**

Agenda

19:00 – Doors open

Welcome and Introduction to Naked Angel Club

Tobias Wittich, MD Rainmaking Loft Berlin

19:35 – Why invest in university spin-off companies

Speed interview plus Q&A

Florian Uhlig, TU Berlin

20:00 – Real life case : what can an investor expect from a university spin-off

Speed interview plus Q&A

Björn Bollensdorff, CEO PANONO

Startup pitches

3 TU startups pitch

Networking, small snacks & drinks

This event is organised together with

Naked Angel Club, Business Angel Club reloaded

Exclusive, Informed, Intimate

We are creating a new environment for business angels to interact with each other and high tech startups like never before. As startups often struggle not only with finding funding but even more with defining the right funding strategy, whom to talk with, what kind of funding to look for and how to structure the financing round. Professional angel investors spend most of the time in traffic traveling from one café to the other to meet the startups. And suffer from not having a professional environment to conduct business.

Naked Angel Club offers the perfect environment for business angels to use as their base and as a drop in centre, ideally situated in the heart of Berlin Mitte. A dedicated area within the bustling Rainmaking Loft has been exclusively constructed offering desk space for a small monthly fee, along with meeting rooms and call booths for confidential talks and professional discussions. All amenities are included: Internet, kitchen, bathrooms, cafe and evening bar.

We will also be hosting a number of angel investment events throughout the year, inviting experienced angels as well as entrepreneurs that have received Angel funding for presentations, panel discussions, networking and of course socializing.

Do you have questions about Naked Angel Club – Meeting #2? Contact Rainmaking Loft Berlin

Angel Investment Track How to Web 2014

Heading off to Bucharest in November to moderate the Angel Investment Track at the How to Web Conference.

The How to Web’s Angel Investment track is co-curated by Angelsbootcamp. Its Program Director, Mike Doherty, will moderate a panel talk with George Lemnaru and Malin Stefanescu, sharing his expertise gathered from working with angel investors from all over Europe.

Learning together how to better support early-stage startups

Angel Investment Track How to Web 2014

Angel investors are the people with financial resources that can boost a startup in return for a small equity. But often so do the accelerators. So that’s why it’s essential to get together and discuss key issues such as:

  • how the scouting process for investment opportunities works

  • how to approach the due-diligence process

  • how to make sure your investment is well managed

  • types of investments in early-stage startups

  • angel investors working with each other and with accelerators and more.

Angel Investors are well aware of high risk. They know that 9 out of 10 business ideas often fail, so they scout all the time, are present at events like How to Web Startup Spotlight, around accelerators and dedicated events like tech angels meetings, they are open to direct contact and always keep track of recommendations.


How to Web aims to support Eastern Europe’s grounbreaking tech experts into becoming web trendsetters.

How To Web realized the great technical potential that Eastern Europe holds, a lot of it being used in the present in the outsourcing industry. Therefore we decided to value this great potential and to inspire and support local startups into developing the next world-changing, innovative web products.

Our main event is the How to Web Conference, organized once a year in Bucharest, Romania. The How to Web conference reunites hundreds of entrepreneurs and tech professionals with great speakers and investors from Europe and beyond. Our main concern is bringing people whose experience is relevant to the EE scene, people who can bring true value to the local ecosystem.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University

Over 350 Angels Commute to Helsinki, Finland.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University starts Monday 17th November bringing the world’s top early stage investors together with Slush, Finland’s signature entrepreneurial event, lasting for three great days until Wednesday 19th November.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 Winter University

Mobile gaming, impact investing, creative industries, crowdfunding trends and cross-border investments will be among the most prominent sessions.

EBAN Helsinki 2014 is around the corner and EBAN anticipates an exciting event at starting this Monday 17th November running together with Slush, lasting until Wednesday 19th November. Mobile gaming, impact investing, creative industries, crowdfunding trends and cross-border investments will be among the most prominent sessions.


Join the Europe’s Number 1 Conference for Business Angels!

FiBAN and its over 400 private investor members have the great honor to host this upcoming EBAN Winter University event. This is your opportunity to invest in your knowledge and essential networks.

  • International startup investing superstars sharing business angels best practices and success stories
  • In line with the strongholds of Nordic startup community, focus on ICT, mobile, and games
  • Networking opportunities with international investor community and sector focused groups
  • Links to international startup funds, investor syndicates, and investment opportunities

We will offer you a well-organised world-class conference experience with two intense days full of conference program. We have over 70 international startup investing superstars sharing business angels best practices and success stories. And why not come already for the weekend to enjoy the city and the exciting social activities program we’ve planned to for you. It is also highly recommended to extend your visit for Slush, Europe’s leading startup event on 18-19 November. You can purchase combo tickets for both conferences from the Slush Investor Registration.

EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 146 member organisations in 41 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 7,5 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.

Investor’s Dinner Europe

3rd Investors’ Dinner goes Europe with Angelsbootcamp – Join angels from around the world for an intense 2 days of interactive investing sessions run by seasoned veterans and industry insiders.

Meet European start-ups at an exclusive matchmaking dinner and join the Angelsbootcamp.

At Angelsbootcamp, we deliver practical, actionable and relevant knowledge to the next generation of European angels – especially those aiming to become lead investors in the long run. Whether you are a first timer or an active angel, Angelsbootcamp is for investors who want to learn hands-on.

In cooperation with the German node of EIT-ICT Labs / TU Berlin, media.net created the hugely successful forerunner to this event, an international investment matchmaking dinner in Berlin called “Investors´ Dinner goes Europe.”

Investor’s Dinner Europe

At this highly exclusive event European Angel Investors and Venture Capital firms meet with innovative and promising SEED/EARLY-stage start-ups from the ICT sector. The “Investors Dinner goes Europe” moves to London on September 29th with the support and co-operation of the UK node of EIT ICT Labs, Imperial College, London.

At the exclusive Soho fine dining establishment of Kettner’s, located in Soho, Start-ups will be seated together with carefully selected Investors and will have the opportunity to pitch their idea and business plan. This is a unique opportunity to have meaningful conversations with up to 30 European investors (Angel Investors from Angelsbootcamp and international VCs such as Earlybird, Index, Balderton and Wellington). Each Start-up will have the opportunity to talk to the Investor guests during the course of the dinner.

Investors and strictly one representative per Start-up Company will be invited.

Please find all information regarding the application here.

Please find the review of the 2nd Investors’ Dinner goes Europe here.

Agenda:

  • 17.45 Registration
  • 18:00 Champagne reception
  • 18.30 Introduction to Investors
  • 18.45 Dinner
  • 21.15 Individual conversations and further opportunity for networking
  • Moderator: Oliver Beste (serial entrepreneur)

Partners:

Investor’s Dinner Europe

 

Angelsbootcamp London

Angelsbootcamp participants learn through shared stories of success and failure. Battle scars will be revealed in a judgment-free and supportive environment. Connections will be made with other angels, many of which will continue to network and syndicate far after the event has completed.

At Angelsbootcamp, we deliver practical, actionable and relevant knowledge to the next generation of European angels – especially those aiming to become lead investors in the long run. Whether you are a first timer or an active angel, Angelsbootcamp is for investors who want to learn hands-on.

Angelsbootcamp London 2014

London – September 29 & 30, 2014
1.000 € (750 € Earlybird pricing through Aug 15th)

Angels Wanted

  • Entrepreneurs looking to make their first investment following a successful exit
  • Industry heavyweights who are looking to connect with exciting innovation happening outside the corporate world
  • Wealth management executives and representatives of family offices looking to diversify their portfolio
  • Active angel investors looking to hone their skills and take their portfolio to the next level
  • Start-up mentors, accelerator & incubator managers looking to make better choices

 Participants will join angels from around the world for an intense two days of interactive investing sessions run by seasoned veterans and industry insiders. The event culminates with hands-on start-up pitch sessions and applied evaluation discussions.

There are about 300,000 active business angels in Europe, but an estimated three million people with the means to be angels” says Angelsbootcamp founder Alex Farcet. “Crowdfunding platforms are taking off and activating a new generation of investors.

Investing in tech startups, and making it work over the long term, takes knowledge and experience. Our objective with Angelsbootcamp is to encourage would-be angel investors with a two-day crash course on the fundamentals of angel investment so that European tech startups can tap into a new class of skilled investors.

Angelsbootcamp participants learn through shared stories of success and failure. Battle scars will be revealed in a judgment-free and supportive environment. Connections will be made with other angels, many of which will continue to network and syndicate far after the event has completed.

EBAN Congress 2014

“The Power of the collective: Business Angels, Seed Funds, Accelerators & Incubation Space”

EBAN Congress 2014

The theme for the EBAN 14th Annual Congress and 9th Annual Awards is “The Power of the collective: Business Angels, Seed Funds, Accelerators & Incubation Space”. EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor community, gathering 109 member organizations in 37 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 5.1billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs and creation of wealth and jobs.

Our members range from Business Angel Networks to Early Stage Funds and other market players active in the equity investments into early stage companies. EBAN’s mission is to lead the representation of Business Angels Networks and other Early Stage Investors in start-ups in Europe and to be a platform of exchange and professionalization for them.

About EBAN

Who are we

EBAN is a non-profit association representing the interests of business angels, business angels networks (BANs) and federation of networks, seed funds and other entities involved in bridging the equity gap in Europe.

EBAN was established with the collaboration of the European Commission in 1999 by a group of pioneer BANs in Europe and EURADA (European Association of Development Agencies).

EBAN is a non-profit association representing the interests of business angels, business angels networks (BANs)

EBAN is a non-profit association representing the interests of business angels, business angels networks (BANs)

 

What We Do

  • Represent the early stage investment market in Europe
  • Carry out research on the angel market and produce facts and trends
  • Identify and share best practice
  • Promote the role and visibility of business angel networks and early stage funds in Europe
  • Promote synergies and networking opportunities among actors in the industry
  • Support the emergence of professional structures and quality standards across Europe
  • Support the internationalisation of the angel and early stage industry and movement
Note:  EBAN is not a direct investor in entrepreneurial companies.

Our Constituency

  • Federations of business angels networks
  • Business angels networks with a transnational, national, regional and local coverage
  • Early stage venture capital funds
  • Other entities involved in promoting the early stage investment market in Europe
  • Individual business angels

EBAN Congress 2014

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