New: European Business Angel Institute offers training to become a certified business angel



I had the pleasure of attending the yearly EBAN conference in the lovely city of Vienna this year, where I talked to Gonçalo de Vasconcelos of Syndicate Room, Benjamin Wattinne of Gust and Oliver Gajda of the European Crowdfunding Network about crowdfunding and online matchmaking for business angels.

Also at the Congress, a new institute was founded, called the Business Angel Institute. The  Institute wants to “approach the subject of business angels on a scientific level, to promote an international exchange of experiences and to provide further education to existing and future business angels”.

“Alternative forms of financing and angel investments are becoming ever more important for funding companies. Therefore, we look at business angels and their relationship with startups from a scientific perspective”, explains Dr. Herwig Rollett, president of the Business Angel Institute.

Essentially, the BA Institute wants to become a knowledge center for angel investing. It also offers training. Last week, after the awards, I interviewed the “European business angel 2013″ , Dusan Stojanovic. He told me that business angels don’t have a stellar reputation. He said: “some people think that angel investors are just fools, that we can never make any positive returns.” The Business Angel Institute wants to address this problem, by helping angels attain ‘sustainable success’  through a very practical training.

The Institute’s will offer a Certified Business Angel (CBA) course, which professionalizes existing business angels, enables new angels to begin investing by providing them with a more solid foundation through targeted courses, and makes the field more accessible to related groups such as lawyers, notaries and consultants.

Academic advisory board

The scientific quality is ensured by an academic advisory board comprised of, and endorsed by, experts such as: Prof. Grichnik (St. Gallen), Prof. Baldauf (Bern), Prof. Fink (Linz and Cambridge) and Prof. Friebe (Munich) as well as through institutional partnerships, among them the i2 Business Angel Network, CTI Invest, Junge Industrie and the Austrian Angel Investors Association.

Website: Business Angel Institute

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