Dear friend & fellow FiBAN member,
Another new year has started with a gloomy general outlook in Finland. The economy still doesn’t show signs of improvement, and the political climate is becoming more tense every passing week. Fortunately this general mood has not slowed Finland’s vibrant startup and angel investing ecosystems from developing. Our hunch is that there has not been any significant slowdown during 2015 in our business.
“500 business angels - Magic number “
This year 2016 is significant for FiBAN in many ways. It is a small anniversary, since our network was founded five years ago. Also, we are now a network of over 500 business angels. This magic number give us better possibilities in facilitating efficient angel investing and in representing the angel community. We are now more international than ever, having co-founded NordicBAN and participating actively in European business angel initiatives. These international activities align us better with the way our members and startups operate. Additionally, we are working to provide new investment tools to our members in the form of new angel investment funds. We are working with other organisations to facilitate angel funds, and even investigating the possibility of setting up a fund ourselves. Our target is to make the angel investing ecosystem more dynamic and efficient.
“the results of the survey are our single most important tool in developing the angel investing business in Finland.”
We will soon send you a request to our 2015 Business Angel Activity Survey. While we try to keep the survey as light as possible, we do know that responding will take some time and effort from you. We appreciate your input very highly, since the results of the survey are our single most important tool in developing the angel investing business in Finland. We have been in a rare and privileged position when compared with our colleagues abroad, as we have been able to present hard and updated evidence on our business sector. On behalf of FiBAN, a big Thank You for making sure we continue to have this advantage!
Jaakko Salminen is an active business angel and done business angel investments since his corporate and entrepreneurial career. Jaakko has also acted as the CEO of Ohjelmistoyrittäjät and is interested in ICT/SW focused startups, and music startups
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