While Europe boasts leading global companies, top universities and cutting-edge R&D centers, research findings are still all too rarely being brought to the European market. In this light, "business angels" have become a crucial source of funding for innovative start-ups, providing young European innovators with financial and other types of support to help them scale up their businesses. However, business angels are playing vastly different roles in the various financial ecosystems in Europe and are supported through a wide variety of mechanisms by different Member States.

How should Europe maximize the potential of angel investment in order to meet the challenges of rapidly evolving innovation dynamics? When, where, and how should these investors be supported in their activities? More generally, are business angels a valid tool for boosting European innovation and scale-up?

These questions, which we would like to address in this Lunch Debate alongside the latest ZEW research on the topic, are especially pertinent given Commissioner Moedas’s vision for European innovation and the European Innovation Council.

Participation is by personal invitation only. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact LunchDebates@zew.de.

On Angel’s Wings: Can Business Angels Stimulate European Innovation?
Group photo of the panelists and moderator of the ZEW Lunch Debate on Business Angels
The debate participants and moderator before the debate (l-r): Phillipe Gluntz, Ute Günther, Georg Licht, Maikel ...
The panelists on the podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The panel at the ZEW lunch debate engaged in lively discussion over the lack of political action at the EU level ...
Johannes Jung in an informal conversation with the guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate on Business Angels
Johannes Jung, head of the Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Brussels talks with guests. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on the topic of Business Angels in conversation
Attendees at the ZEW Lunch Debate exchange ideas and insights over lunch. © FKPH
Maikel Pellens presents his point of view at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
ZEW senior researcher Maikel Pellens discusses recent research findings in his introductory presentation. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on the topic of Business Angels
Phillipe Gluntz, Georg Licht, Luuk Borg, Helen Köpman, Chiara Frencia and Ute Günther (l-r) during the presentation. © ...
Maikel Pellens presents his point of view at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Maikel Pellens during his presentation. © FKPH
The panelists on the podium at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The topic of this ZEW Lunch Debate was the significance of business angels as a source of funding for innovative ...
Phillipe Gluntz presents his point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Phillipe Gluntz, president of “Business Angels Europe”. © FKPH
Georg Licht presents his views on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Georg Licht, head of the ZEW Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics”. © FKPH
Helen Köpman presents her point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Helen Köpman, deputy head of the “Start-ups & Innovation” unit at the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, ...
Business Angels board member Ute Günther moderates the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Dr. Ute Günther, member of the executive board of Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND) and vice-president of BAE, ...
Chiara Frencia presents her point of view on Business Angels at the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Chiara Frencia, head of the Brussels office of Inova+, a consultancy service provider for technology and innovation ...
George Licht and Ute Günther in discourse during the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels
Georg Licht engaged in lively debate with moderator Ute Günther. © FKPH
Guests of the ZEW Lunch Debate in Brussels on Business Angels
The audience listened intently to the debate. © FKPH

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Date

22.11.2017 | 12:00 - 14:00 (CET)

Event Location

Representation of the State of Baden-Württemberg to the European Union, Rue Belliard 60-62, B-1040 Brussels

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