“Welcome to EBAN” says the official letter sent to the Innovation Centre Kosovo, on March 30, 2017. The board of EBAN has approved the ICK’s membership application to join the international community.
EBAN is the pan-European representative for the early stage investor gathering over 150 member organizations more than 50 countries today. Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest 7.5 billion Euros a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. EBAN fuels Europe’s growth through the creation of wealth and jobs.
ICK joins other member organizations & institutions, consisted of: Business Angels, BA Networks, BA Federations, Early Stage Venture, Business Accelerators, Electronic Funding Platforms and other Early Stage market players. ” This membership will not only help us offer new investment opportunities to startup companies, but will also offer educational programs on the new ways of gaining investments”, says Uranik Begu, the Executive Director of Innovation Centre Kosovo.
The membership will help Kosovo’s startup ecosystem stay on top of trends in the early stage investment market, build new relationships and new business opportunities by networking with peers, get answers to day-to-day challenges, access to EBAN’s resource center, statistical data reports, policy publications, and monthly newsletter, special opportunities to participate in EBAN and other relevant events in the industry, certification for networks and trainings for BAN managers, information on investment trends, industry opportunities and best-practices techniques, promote the growth of startup companies and contribute to the legislative and fiscal environment expertise.
EBAN is the fourth international membership of ICK, after EBN (The European Business & Innovation Centers Network), EAI (European Alliance of Innovation) and InBIA (International Business Innovation Association).