WBAF 2020 Istanbul

Istanbul to Host World Congress of Angel Investors 2020

The World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2020 will convene in Istanbul 17 – 18 February 2020 at Swissotel The Bosphorus to shape the global agenda of equity markets.

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 Fundraising Stage (GFRS) of the World Congress 2020. 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.

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 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

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.

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