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.
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Monday – Tuesday
February 17–18, 2020
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.
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.
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
CEO Investors Summit
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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By working together across borders, with a common vision, and with these smart dynamics in mind, we are well placed to bring about positive change in the global economy
Join the World Leaders Programme, Apply for the Global Fundraising Stage, Become an investor of the WBAF Angel Investment Fund, Learn more about WBAF Business School Programmes, Request mentoring, Become an accredited mentor, Become a WBAF Speaker, Become faculty member of the WBAF Business School, Become a WBAF Institutional Member