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Dates: February 17-18, 2020 | Register here
Prices: starting from EUR 300,-
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

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.

Global access to the best and the brightest in the business world

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.

2020 Summits

World Congress WBAF 2020 will have 7 important summits running concurrently and will host more than 1500 delegates from around the world.

  1. Angel Investors Summit 2020 (for angel investors)
  2. Global Startups Summit 2020 (for start-ups and scale-ups)
  3. CEO Investors Summit 2020 (for CEOs of global companies over USD 100 million)
  4. Foreign Direct Investment Summit FDI 2020 (for investment promotion agencies, economic development boards, development agencies)
  5. Science, Technology & Innovation Summit 2020 (for science parks, innovation agencies)
  6. Global Woman Leaders Summit 2020 (for woman leaders and founders)
  7. FinTech Summit 2020 (for finance executives)
  8. Global Fundraising Stage GFRS 2020 (for startups, scaleups, high-growth businesses)
  9. World Excellence Awards 2020 (saluting the year’s successes)

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.

Global Fundraising Stage for 100 selected entrepreneurs

WBAF 2020 is 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. Get selected for GFRS by applying here.

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 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, policymakers 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.

Interested in attending the World Congress WBAF 2020? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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