Investing in Entrepreneurship
IESE's Investment Network Marks 10 Years
IESE's Business Angels and Family Offices Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary on June 3 with a special event titled, "Angel Investment in Spain: Building on 10 Years of Learning," and directed by IESE Professor Juan Roure. The event will take place on IESE's Madrid campus with more than 200 participants, including private investors, investment groups, family offices, venture capital funds and others involved in the financing of new enterprises.
Among the international speakers to take part will be Claude Rameau, president of France Business Angels; Maurice Gopikian, investor, Harvard Business Angels; and Luis Martín Cabiedes, IESE professor. Professors Juan Roure, Antonio Dávila and Francisco Iniesta will moderate the sessions at the event, which will close with remarks by José Manuel Soria, Spain's minister of industry.
Open to IESE alumni and all investors, as well as entrepreneurs, the Business Angels and Family Offices Network is a nexus of more than 130 entrepreneurs and investors exploring synergies in order to help create new enterprises. The network does not function as a traditional investment club requiring an upfront investment commitment; instead, investment decisions are on an individual basis.
Over the last 10 years, the network has facilitated the presentation of more than 600 projects and held more than 70 forums in Barcelona and Madrid. More than 60 investment operations have been undertaken, reflecting in excess of 15 million euros in total direct investment. Among the entities that collaborate with the network are ACC1Ó, EBAN, AEBAN, Barcelona Activa, Madrid Emprende, ENISA and Fundación Banesto.