World Congress WBAF 2020

WBAF 2020 is the biggest event of the world’s early and post-early stage equity and capital markets. It is a unique opportunity not only for angel investors, VCs and policymakers to exchange ideas on best practice and collaboration, but also for industry and business leaders to forge new connections and pursue business opportunities. 

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 WBAF 2020.

WBAF 2020 provides an established platform for executives of private equity funds, wealth management institutions, family offices, banks, stock exchanges, science and technology parks, incubation centres, acceleration centres, investment promotion agencies, economic development boards, chambers of commerce and industries, municipalities, innovation agents and industry bodies to further develop rich, meaningful global networks. The Congress therefore offers industry leaders global access to the best and the brightest in the business world.

World Congress 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.


Swissotel The Bosphorus


Monday – Tuesday
February 17–18, 2020

World Congress WBAF 2020
  • Angel Investors Summit 2020
    (for angel investors)
  • Global Startups Summit 2020
    (for start-ups and scale-ups)
  • CEO Investors Summit 2020
    (for CEOs of global companies over USD 100 million)
  • Foreign Direct Investment Summit FDI 2020
    (for investment promotion agencies, economic development boards, development agencies)
  • Science, Technology & Innovation Summit 2020
    (for science parks, innovation agencies)
  • Global Woman Leaders Summit 2020
    (for woman leaders and founders)
  • FinTech Summit 2020
    (for finance executives)
  • Global Fundraising Stage GFRS 2020
    (for startups, scaleups, high-growth businesses)
  • 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 Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society, first and foremost in business and political spheres, to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance.

The World Congress of the World Business Angels Investment Forum starts with the Grand Opening Ceremony, an invitation-only event for 500 special guests from around the world. The Grand Opening Ceremony includes keynote speeches from renowned businessmen, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world, presidential and ministerial speeches, video messages, the formal signing of economic cooperation agreements and an opening bell that signals the official opening of the Congress. A ministerial round table on critical issues and the state of the world will conclude the Grand Opening Ceremony.

WBAF 2020 introduces four new summits

An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is aiming to ease access to finance globally. World Congress WBAF 2020 will feature 32 panel discussions at 7 summits. 

  • Angel Investors Summit 2020
  • Global Startups Summit 2020
  • Global Woman Leaders Summit 2020
  • Science, Technology & Innovation Summit 2020
  • Fintech Summit 2020
  • CEO Investors Summit 2020
  • FDI Summit 2020

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

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 Global Foreign Direct Investment Stage (FDI Stage) on18 February 2020. 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.

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. The WBAF Business School takes 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.


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 is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, start-ups, and SMEs. The Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society, first and foremost in business and political spheres, to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance. WBAF engages a wide range of institutions, both public and private, local and international, commercial and academic to help shape the global agenda.

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 2020 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 2020 Pass

    ACCESS TO 2 DAYS OF WBAF 2020 - Excluding VIP Lunches & World Excellence Awards Gala Dinner
  • Access to all World Congress sessions
  • Access to Global Fundraising Summit 2020 
  • Access to CEO Investors Summit 2020
  • Access to FinTech Summit 2020
  • Access to Global Woman Leaders Summit 2020
  • Access to the FDI Summit 2020
  • Access to Science, Technology & Innovation 2020
  • Access to Global Fundraising Stage 2020
  • Tickets are €600 after 1 December 2019
  • Tickets are €650 after 1 January 2020
  • Tickets are €750 after 15 February 2020
  • 500
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  • Startup - LP - SME

  • Two days Exhibition Booth with table and 2 chairs at the exhibition space
  • 2 Free WBAF 2020 Passes (1 Free Pass for LPs)
  • Pitching on the GFRS 2020 - Global Fund Raising Stage (subject to confirmation)
  • Access to WBAF Business School Workshops
  • Startups - Hall A- €900 / Hall B- €750 / Hall C- €600
  • SMEs - Hall A- €3500 / Hall B- €2500 / Hall C- €1500
  • LP - Hall A- €1350 until 30 Nov / Pls check prices after 1 December 2019
  • Each after the second person: €300
  • You can buy your tickets here:
  • €600
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  • QBAC+ Course

  • 2 1/2 Days Intensive Course - 19 - 20 - 21 February 2020 - 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 17 February 2020: €150 until 31 December 2019 / €200 after 15 February 2020
  • VIP Lunch on 17 February 2020: €100 until 31 December 2019 / €150 after 15 February 2020
  • VIP Lunch on 18 February 2020: €100 until 10 February 2019 / €150 after 15 February 2020
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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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  • Turkish Airlines is the official airline of WBAF 2020.
  • Please check special discounts on Turkish Airlines for WBAF 2020 Delegates
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Christina McGimpsey
Secretary General, World Business Angels Investment Forum

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