Business Angels Network

15 years investing in the future

200+

Startups financed

€40m+

Total direct investment

3,000+

Jobs created

The Business Angels Network is a community of more than 200 active angel investors and other +300 represented through networks, exploring synergies in order to support startups.

The network is open to alumni and non-alumni alike. IESE creates and manages deal flow for investors and fosters collaboration among its members but it is not an investment broker, as members take investment decisions on an individual basis.

Since 2003, the network has been bringing together investors and entrepreneurs through simultaneous investment forums in Madrid and Barcelona.

Facts & Figures

Special Focus Forums: sustainable chemistry, life sciences, biodiversity, luxury goods, tourism and food

1,500+

Projects presented

200+

Full members

135

Forums (Barcelona and Madrid)

10

Training programs for investors

About Us

The Business Angels Network brings together startups looking to raise funds and investors seeking promising startups to finance.

Our mission is to channel growing startups to members by providing networking opportunities and events, and to foster the exchange of ideas, experiences and educational opportunities for investors.

IESE’s Business Angels Network does not invest in startups, and the network team does not make investment decisions on behalf of its members or offer advice on investment opportunities.

IESE BAN events are a reference for many investors and entrepreneurs. The quality of business opportunities showcased, the level of professionalism of members, and the ongoing educational opportunities IESE BAN offers makes it attractive for the entrepreneurial community.

IESE BAN seeks to:

  • Link promising startups and ventures with investors.
  • Help potential investors to get started.
  • Promote ongoing educational opportunities for investors.
  • Create a framework for the exchange of ideas and experiences among investors.
  • Foster ties and spirit of collaboration among investors.
  • Contribute to a culture of transparency in the private investment market.
  • Raise awareness regarding the role of private investment in society and business.

We work closely with the following organizations to foster entrepreneurship:

ACCIÓ is an agency of the Department of Enterprise and Labor of the Generalitat de Catalunya that supports the competitiveness of Catalan business. The Business Angels Network is part of ACCIÓ’s Network of Private Investors (Xarca d’Inversors Privats) whose mission it is to foster the creation and growth of innovative high potential companies in Catalunya.

IESE BAN is part of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), a not-for-profit association that promotes the market visibility of informal private investors.

IESE BAN is a founding member of the Asociación Española de Business Angels (AEBAN). The association was created to strengthen the position of private investors in Spain, raise their visibility and improve the taxation on these types of investment operations.

IESE BAN is a member of the Business Angels Europe Club (BAE Club), a group of leading angel clubs in various European countries which come together to promote and facilitate co-investment among their member investors.

IESE BAN distinguishes itself from other similar platforms through its role in supporting the professional development of its participants.

The Business Angels Network fosters contact and the exchange of ideas between investors and entrepreneurs through several events and services:

  • Investment Forums 
    Investment Forums are the main platform through which the network facilitates contact between investors and entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur is allowed 10 minutes to present the basic outline of their project and captivate investor interest.
  • Presentation support for entrepreneurs participating in forums 
    The Network offers pre-selected entrepreneurs support in the preparation of their presentations as well as orientation about the investment process.
  • Open Days for Entrepreneurs 
    Open Days are a way for the Network to open its doors to early-stage entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to familiarize themselves with private investment, what investors seek in potential projects, and whether their projects meet the necessary requirements to attract financing.
  • Private investor and family office education sessions
    Throughout the year, the Network organizes lectures, round tables and presentations covering relevant topics of interest: real world investment cases; best practices for the investment process; tax and legal matters relating to the investment process; resource allocation strategies; family office organization; and current events and the latest news.
  • Promoting co-investment
    The Network actively puts investors who have expressed interest in a particular project in contact with the relevant parties, offering the venue and establishing the framework for meetings to take place at IESE.
  • Promoting co-investment
    The Network actively puts investors who have expressed interest in a particular project in contact with the relevant parties, offering the venue and establishing the framework for meetings to take place at IESE.
  • Training for business angels
    During each course, the Network organizes training programs for potential investors. The program’s objective is to improve the competencies necessary to properly manage the private investment process.

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