The European Business Angel Network’s 2020 Congress will be held in Cork

The event, which features a series of keynotes, panel discussions and seminars, will be hosted by CorkBIC with the support of Cork City Council and Cork County Council.

Cork BICAnnounced at an event in Brussels the EBAN 2020 congress will take place between the 10th and 12th of June, with more than 300 business leaders, early stage investors, business angels, VCs, entrepreneurs, accelerators, seed funds and start-ups heading to Cork for the major event.

The event will be hosted by CorkBIC with support from Cork City Council and Cork County Council. The event will feature a series of insightful keynotes, panel discussions, networking opportunities and seminars.

 Events planned for EBAN 2020

Investor and entrepreneur-led workshops will celebrate the benefits and advantages of collaboration between investors and entrepreneurs.
Panel discussions will explore topics such as creative and impact investing and cross-border investments, focusing on leadership and authenticity. Breakout sessions will challenge how new technology in the spheres of the life sciences, agriculture, maritime and blockchain can shape the future.
Investor-ready start-ups will also have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of angel investors, VCs and entrepreneurs.


Previously held in Helsinki, Malaga and Sofia, EBAN Cork 2020 will attract delegates from across the world looking forward to learning from engaging with experienced company founders, entrepreneurs, successful investors and trailblazers in the start-up and scale-up sphere.

Michael O’Connor, CEO of CorkBIC and EBAN board member, said: “This is a significant opportunity for Cork to partner with EBAN to host this unique European business event here in Cork.”  The keynotes will be led by Dr Hermann Hauser, serial entrepreneur and angel investor and co-founder of Amadeus Capital. Hauser has successfully developed and financed more than 150 high-tech companies.

Also participating will be 2017 World Angel Investor Peter Cowley, whose track record includes investment in more than 70 early stage companies, along with one of the most powerful businesswomen in Europe, entrepreneur and international telecommunications expert Candace Johnson.


EBAN President Cowley commented: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share my perspective as an entrepreneur and investor with delegates attending EBAN 2020.  “Hopefully by sharing my experience and even perhaps a war story or two, I can help improve the journeys of start-ups by educating angels and entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes, work better together and create environments that yield more successful exits.”  Of Cowley’s 70 investments, he has led eight positive exits and seen 13 failures.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister Simon Coveney, said: “Cork has already proven itself as a city with a progressive outlook, thanks to the support provided to the hundreds of industries that have chosen to establish themselves in Cork.  “EBAN 2020 is yet another opportunity to showcase the opportunities for collaboration and expansion available here in Ireland, coupled with CorkBIC’s proven track record with start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors, it puts them in the driving seat to host this flagship event.”

 

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