FundraiseIT and Pitching event successfully finished!

23. May, 2014 No comments Author:

On 16th of May, Belgrade was the center of the most prominent regional and global leaders of VC and startup communities that all have gathered together on 3 rd international FundraiseIT 2014 conference (www.fundraiseit.rs) in stimulating environment of “Crowne Plaza” hotel in the organization of Serbian Business Angels Network (www.sban.eu). The event, which was heavily attended with over 180 participants, was completed with Pitching event in amazing atmosphere of Royal Palace, where 8, prospective, domestic and regional start up projects have been selected to pitch in front of some of the world’s most famous investors and renowned business angels from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. The main goal of the conference was to enable sharing of cumulated knowledge, experience and opportunities both for startups representing today’s most disruptive market solutions and for investors who are always on the lookout for tech’s next big thing.

Our guests had the opportunity to see and hear the success stories of investors, to discuss with them about building their own path to the stars, to get some tips for business plans and to find out what is the best way to grow and show that to possible investors. The interactive panels were focused on three main topics, Supporting start-ups development, Serbian Entrepreneurship Support Scene and Investing in startups, but also opened for all creative questions and remarks.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Laurent Louis Stokvis MA, who has officially opened the conference, pointed out the importance of knowledge and he expressed his belief that sharing both successful and less successful stories is equally beneficial for those who are still in early stages of growth.

“We are happy to support the Serbian Business Angels Association as the organizer of this conference. Its pioneering role in promoting entrepreneurship, bringing relevant experts, entrepreneurs and investors is essential”, said Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Laurent Louis Stokvis MA.

During the First panel, we had the honor to have speakers as Vitaly Golomb (Founder of Keen Systems and co-founder of the European Venture Summit; 500 Startups, Innovation Nest, TechPeaks and board member of Happy Farm –  Ukraine), Maurice Beckand Verwee ( angel Investor NDL; Business inVentures, Crosspring, Udoc ), Saša Cvetojević (investor and entrepreneur, Board member CRANE, founder IP) and Bertrand Bisson (entrepreneur, lawyer, legal advisor, mentor, founder of “Moveout.com”, “Social Guardian”, DealCircle.co) who shared their experience and wide knowledge about Supporting start-ups development. Second panel brought up together the organizations that support entrepreneurship in Serbia, such as Business Technology Incubator of Technical Faculties, StartLabs, Impact Hub, CEED, SEE ICT, who have presented their program and gave valuable advices to our guests, while in the third part leading seed investors Floris Van Alkemade (Founder Solid Ventures, Business angel and serial investor, Lawyer, BoosterMedia and director TSOC), Oliver Holle (entrepreneur and investor from Austria, partner at Speedinvest), Branislav Vujović (Founder and president of New Frontier Group), Urlich Schmidt (CEO and Management Partner at Scala Ventures) and Stanislav Sirakov from Launch Hub, have presented different models of investment in start-ups. In between amazing stories of individuals who have realized their dreams, all participants could approach them and in pleasant and relaxing networking exchange thoughts and ideas and create new partnerships through direct meetings with potential clients and partners from abroad.

During traditional SBAN Pitching event, organized by SBAN and opened by HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, eight, most interesting startups from Serbia and region introduced their mind challenging, bold and brave concepts to the domestic and foreign investors, members of the Serbian Business Angels Network, willing to invest their capital, experience and knowledge in high potential projects. In the atmosphere where ideas meet those who can realize them, where the capital is waiting for the next big thing, pitchers had to fight for investors’ attention and give everything they got, packed in 5 minute bursts of creativity. Young entrepreneurs succeeded to make an impression on business angels in this challenging and life changing experience for them.

Organization of FundraiseIT 2014 conference is supported by the Central European Initiative, High Tech Engineering Center, British Embassy Belgrade, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Microsoft company and other partners.

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