World Congress of Angel Investors 2020

World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2020, the world’s biggest annual gathering of early-stage equity and investment markets, will have 7 important summits running concurrently and will host more than 1500 delegates from around the world. WBAF 2020 will also salute the global successes of the year at the World Excellence Awards & VIP Gala Dinner at the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul..

For the first time ever, the World Business Angels Investment Forum is providing a unique opportunity to 100 selected start-ups and scale-ups to pitch their businesses on the Global Fund Raising Stage (GFRS) of the World Congress 2020.




Swissotel The Bosphorus


Monday – Tuesday
February 17–18, 2020

WBAF 2020


  • World Congress of Angel Investors 2020
    (for angel investors)
  • Take Invest Summit 2020
    (for start-ups and scale-ups)
  • CEO Investors Summit 2020
    (for CEOs of global companies over USD 100 million)


  • Impact Investment Summit 2020
    (for impact investors)
  • FinTech Summit 2020
    (for finance executives)
  • World Excellence Awards 2020
    (saluting the year’s successes)

Shaping the 2020 agenda of the world equity markets

An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) will focus on angel investors partnering with private equity funds at the World Congress of Angel Investors in 2020. The discussions will explore how private equity funds can foster open innovation and deliver more business value through partnerships with angel investors, start-ups, scale-ups, high-growth businesses and SMEs. The CEO-Preneurship Summit will focus on connecting angel investors with corporate ventures, while the FinTech Summit will deal with issues of financial inclusion and ways to democratise access to finance from start-up to scale-up to exit. LPs, start-ups, scale-ups and angel investors will be able to connect at the Take Investment Summit and on the Global Pitching Stage.

Grand Opening Ceremony

The Grand Opening Ceremony is an invitation-only event for 500 special guests from around the world. After the ceremony, there will be a Ministerial Round Table to address the critical issues and state of the world.

WBAF 2020 introduces four new summits

Global Fundraising Summit / Global Woman Leaders Summit / Science, Technology & Innovation Summit / and FDI Summit.

Summits provide a unique platform for large organisations to lay out the challenges and opportunities they face to both local and international solution providers. They also offer an excellent opportunity for innovators, entrepreneurs, angel investors and researchers to connect with big players in the tech industry and in government to seek solutions to problems that impact communities around the world.

WBAF 2020 will feature 32 panel discussions at 7 summits. All will run concurrently. After the Congress, you will have access to videos of each session, so you needn’t worry if you are unable to attend some sessions that are scheduled at the same time as another one you wish to attend.

Angel Investors Summit
Global Fundraising Summit
Global Woman Leaders Summit
Science, Technology & Innovation Summit
Fintech Summit
CEO Investors Summit
FDI Summit

Global Fundraising Stage for 100 selected entrepreneurs

At WBAF 2020, we are allocating a special area where selected 100 startups, scaleups, and high-growth businesses will each have an area to showcase their business and to pitch their businesses on the Global Fundraising Stage (GFRS) on 18 February.

The 2020 GFRS is supported by the WBAF Angel Investment Fund, whose mission is to invest in startups and scaleups who pitch on the GFRS. The aim is to showcase the world’s top startups and scaleups, which, typically, are funded companies in the process of raising €50K – €3M, with the ultimate goal of globalizing.

GFRS participants will have a free Investment Readiness Workshop from the WBAF Business School. They will also have a free one-on-one mentoring session with a qualified mentor of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.

Invest-in-This-Country presentations on the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Stage

The Foreign Direct Investment Stage (FDI) is a global convergence of various entities ranging from economic development board leaders to investment promotion agency executives, all of whom come to share with global investors the unique opportunities in their respective countries. The FDI Stage is tasked with identifying emerging trends and furthering the Forum’s mission of easing access to finance for projects that have high potential for delivering a good return on investment.

WBAF 2020 offers a unique occasion to selected investment promotion agencies and economic development boards to present opportunities in their countries for global investors on the FDI Stage on18 February.

The WBAF Business School will offer, free of charge, 3 international workshops and 2 masterclasses

It is the position of the WBAF Business School that when investors have had the advantage of training in the best practices of negotiating deals for early-stage investment, they are in a better position to ensure a good return on their investments. With this in mind, the WBAF Business School offers a wide variety of training programmes using a range of input types (case studies, panel discussions, and presentations, to name a few), all of which encourage active participation and interaction on the part of those attending. The WBAF Business School wants to take advantage of the Congress to deliver free workshops and masterclasses to support participants’ professional development.


World Excellence Awards and VIP Gala Dinner

Through the World Excellence Awards, the World Business Angels Investment Forum celebrates high growth and success in the equity and capital market – recognising the fastest growing brands and acknowledging the founders, angel investors, crowd-funders and early-stage venture capital investors behind them.

Open to both companies,investors, NGOs, policy makers and public institutes, these awards recognise the year’s most disruptive new market entrants and provide a definitive list of the most exciting individuals and organisations to watch in the investment, equity and capital space.

World Excellence Awards 2020

Reception & VIP Gala Dinner, Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

Monday, 17 February  7pm – 11pm

Qualified Angel Investor Course with a proficiency test (QBAC+) 18–20 February

QBAC+ has quickly gained global popularity, making its way from London to Doha and now Istanbul. Soon after the Qualified Angel Investor Course (QBAC+) concluded at the London Stock Exchange Group, development agencies in Turkey decided to make the programme available to their staff. Then the Qatar Development Bank hosted it in Doha. And now the programme is scheduled to run in Istanbul immediately after WBAF 2020. It is open to anyone wishing to become an angel investor. Even experienced angels have found it extremely valuable. Consider taking advantage of being in Istanbul for WBAF 2020 to also attend the QBAC+ course.

VIP lunches with ministers

WBAF 2020 will host VIP lunch discussions for 150 selected investors from around the world on both Monday and Tuesday. Presidents, prime ministers, ministers and mayors who attend the VIP lunches will deliver short speeches. These lunches open the way for networking with high-level guests of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.


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WBAF 2019 Tickets

We invite you to join us in our global effort to ease access to smart finance, which will help create more jobs and more social justice worldwide
  • WBAF 2019 Pass

    ACCESS TO 2 DAYS OF WBAF 2019 - Excluding VIP Lunches & World Excellence Awards Gala Dinner
  • Access to WBAF Annual Congress sessions
  • Access to Take Invest Summit 2019 sessions
  • Access to CEO-Preneurship Summit 2019 sessions
  • Access to FinTech Summit 2019 sessions
  • Access to Impact Investment Summit sessions
  • Access to the Global Exchange Forum
  • Access to WBAF Academy Workshops
  • Access to all Start-up Pitches on the Global Stage
  • Tickets are €500 after 1 December 2018
  • Tickets are €550 after 1 January 2019
  • Tickets are €600 after 15 February 2019
  • 350
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  • Startup - LP - SME

  • Two days Exhibition Booth with table and 2 chairs at the exhibition space
  • 2 Free WBAF 2019 Passes (1 Free Pass for LPs)
  • Pitching on the GFRS 2019 - Global Fund Raising Stage (subject to confirmation)
  • Access to WBAF Academy Workshops
  • Startups - Hall A- €800 / Hall B- €650 / Hall C- €500
  • SMEs - Hall A- €3500 / Hall B- €2500 / Hall C- €1500
  • LP - Hall A- €1350 until 30 Nov / Pls check prices after 1 December 2018
  • Each after the second person: €300
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  • 500
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  • QBAC+ Course

  • 2 1/2 Days Intensive Course - 20 - 21 - 22 February 2019 - Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
  • Course Materials
  • 2 Lunches & Coffee Breaks & Certificate Ceremony
  • 1500
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  • VIP Gala Dinner & VIP Lunches

  • World Excellence Awards VIP Gala Dinner on 18 February 2019: €150 until 10 February 2019 / €200 after 10 February 2019
  • VIP Lunch on 18 February 2019: €100 until 10 February 2019 / €150 after 10 February 2019
  • VIP Lunch on 19 February 2019: €100 until 10 February 2019 / €150 after 10 February 2019
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  • Hotel Booking

  • 1 Night Accommodation at the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
  • Single: 145 EUR including Tax - Excluding Breakfast
  • Double: 165 EUR including Tax and - Excluding Breakfast
  • 145
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