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 Open Sky Technology Fund

Initiated by ESA through its Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) in March 2010, the OSTF is first and only one of its kind. Its goal is to rear high-potential start-ups that utilise applications and technology originally developed for space and commercialise them in high-growth industries on Earth.

The early-stage investment fund is ideally positioned to access one of the biggest, top-notch innovation pools on the planet- space technology and applications. Through its unique link to ESA, the OSTF has a pole position to source the best businesses for start-up and growth financing. ESA is a prime origin for deal-flow through its fleet of ESA BICs and its wide range of international technology transfer and network activites such as the upcoming ESA Investment Forum.

OSTF manager Triangle is one of the most highly recognised European VCs, and is a true early-stage technology investor, focusing on research spin-offs. Triangle's co-founder Uli W. Fricke currently serves as Chairwoman of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA), which represents 1,243 members from across European with €335 billion under management. Ms. Fricke was recently named Europe's most influential person in private equity and venture capital.

Are you interested in the OSTF? Visit OSTF webpage and/or contact Triangle: b.geiger@triangle-venture.

EBAN (European Business Angels Networks)

You are a young entrepreneur ready to present your ideas to investors? You don't know where and how to find an investor in Europe?   EBAN makes it easier for you...
As en entrepreneur, you now have the possibility to post on EBAN webpage investment opportunities when looking for Business Angels funding.

EBAN is the representative in Brussels through direct and indirect membership of more than 250 business angel networks in Europe. These in turn federate some 20.000 angels, and receive about 40.000 business plans a year. EBAN brings together over 100 member organisations in 28 countries today. Through direct and indirect membership, EBAN reaches out to 300 groups, 20.000 angels and 40.000 entrepreneurs. EBAN was established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA.

Business angels are private individuals who invest their own money in high potential start-ups in exchange for a share in the company, and also contribute their expertise in business management and their personal network of contacts. These companies are not held by either family or friends. As such, business angels play a crucial role as providers of early stage, informal, venture capital and competences at the seed and/or development stages of the business lifecycle. Angel intervention is long-term, active, and may take a variety of forms.
The role of business angels is especially important in view of both the decreasing levels of formal venture capital investment at these stages and the growing average amount of individual deals. Angel investors typically invest at an earlier stage of growth and provide more business guidance than venture capital providers. Therefore, angel investors are key players in generating high-growth companies essential to regional economic development.

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