In "What's Next in Financing the Innovative Economy," session leaders discussed angel investments and the dedication of private investors to provide risk capital to innovative new ventures. John May, author of Angels Without Borders, discussed three fundamental factors of investing: viable ideas, active investors and strong leadership.
This panel also featured the participation of different speakers representing various forms of angel investing, to help entrepreneurs seeking capital investment.
Those participating in the session included representatives from Palestine, Belgium, Canada, Colombia and Catalonia, where the discussion revolved around the profiles, motivations and the nature of organizations that bring together angel investors in these areas. Sergio Zuniga of Bavaria Foundation invited entrepreneurs to participate in seed programs, which receives proposals from those who have a business idea.
Early stage financing is a key component of a startup’s success. The Global Business Angels Network (GBAN) presented a comprehensive session on the globalization of angel investing and key trends for the future. The session focused on the global early stage investment ecosystem and will included key case studies of specific measures currently being used to provide support for startup access to early stage finance, recent research to further understand business angel investment, and the process of encouraging cross-border investing.