As part of the recent EBAN 2015 Angel Summit, the EBAN Awards Ceremony took place in the Evoloun, on the evening of 7th May 2015. This special event celebrates individuals and organisations that have made a successful and significant contribution to the early stage investment market. The best in Europe were honoured at this exciting event!

CorkBIC was delighted to be awarded Best performing New EBAN member for 2015. Speaking after the awards, Eileen Moloney, CorkBIC said “I am thrilled to accept this award on behalf of CorkBIC in recognition of the growing collaboration between CorkBIC and EBAN. Part of CorkBIC’s core activity is to assist start-ups seeking investment and a growing number of these start-ups are looking beyond Ireland for Angel Investment.”

The EBAN 2015 Angel Summit was a three day event attended by more than 300 representatives of the early stage financing industry and entrepreneurs from all over the world. The event took place at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Europe’s leading innovation hub and R&D center, from the 6-8th of May. EBAN 2015 Angel Summit, centred on the theme of creating, financing and building global success stories made in the EMEA region, welcoming business angels, family investors, VC funds, business accelerators, seed funds and venture philanthropists to interact with entrepreneurs from all over Europe and the World.

Michael O’Connor, CorkBIC drove the EBAN e-Xcelerator Venture Academy with investors and 25 growth companies while Eileen Moloney, chaired a session during the conference on Expanding the Venture Finance Eco-System with Corporate Venturing and Business Accelerators.

Michael is co-chair of the EBAN Accelerator Committee or e-Xcelerator, working to develop a working alliance between Accelerators that invest in companies and Business Angel Networks across Europe. Accelerator founders seek the finest well connected Business Angels to mentor and invest and those running Business Angel Networks seek the finest well prepared growth companies.

For more information on EBAN go to: www.eban.org

For more information on CorkBIC go to: www.corkbic.com

CorkBIC is a member of EBAN – The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players


INSPIRE YOWUP’s Dutch Partner Business Development Friesland (BDF) and EfVET  (European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training) organized the Final Conference of the Ent-teach project on 7 March in Brussels.

Over 50 international guests attended the session on ‘VET reinvented: Vocational & Entrepreneurship Teaching’ and went home with new inspiration and new contacts: Entrepreneurship+!

Frank Hiddink, project leader BDF also in the ENT-TEACH project presented the online Ent-teach.eu platform: www.ent-teach.eu

He explained how all 7 units are supported by videos, learning activities and case studies to be used by the vocational school teacher. The materials are free to download.

Sven Grabbe showed how BDF and Nordwin College organised an Entrepreneurship Day at school together with both young and experienced entrepreneurs as coaches of students. The Ent-teach course has as special section on its website for schools on how to involve entrepreneurs in the class room and organise practical events.

Get involved in the project and activities?
Send an e-mail to f.hiddink(at)bdfriesland.nl