Five years ago we Finns lived in a world surprisingly different from today. Nokia was a mighty phone maker, economy was growing well, bright young students dreamed of careers in big multinationals, and the entrepreneurial ideal had just been planted in campuses. And FiBAN had just been founded.
Now we have one of the best startup ecosystems in the world.
Now we have one of the best startup ecosystems in the world. As an integral part of this ecosystem, angel investor community with FiBAN doing its part has taken long strides, and has also become one of the best. We now support hundreds of companies, providing over 11 000 jobs. We have become a network that many others want to work with. One of the first multinational angel networks, NordicBAN, was launched this fall, and now first investment rounds have been made in this network. Just like Startup Sauna and Slush, our angel community has become international. In five years, this is where we have come. Now we se our sights to the next five.
Five years is a very short stretch and a very long one too. As business angels, looking into the future is the core of our business and our responsibility.
Have a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!
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