About WBAF 2017
Building on the success of the first World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) in 2016, this year’s forum, with the theme of ‘Partnering with Corporate Ventures from Start-up to Scale-up to Exit’, will focus on how corporate businesses can foster open innovation and deliver more business value through partnerships with angel investors, start-ups, and SMEs.
- Corporate venture capital is booming globally. In the first quarter of this year, venture capital funds accounted for nearly 17% of the total venture capital dollars invested, more than double its share five years ago. In aggregate, corporate venture groups invested $5.4 billion across 775 deals last year.
- Angel investment too is booming worldwide. More than 90% of the early-stage investments in Europe come from angel investor capital. The angel investment market size is more than 5.7 billion Euro in Europe and more than 20 billion USD in the US and Canada. The total size of the world’s early-stage investment market is expected to exceed 50 billion dollars in 2020.
- SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups: OECD reports show that more than 96% of the world economy is driven by SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Many governments have understood the importance of the early-stage investment market in the creation of new jobs and social justice for their countries and have therefore implemented new regulations that provide tax incentives for angel investors, corporate ventures and start-ups.
As a global organisation, the World Business Angels Investment Forum 2017 is bringing key players of the equity market together to debate the benefits and challenges for the angel investment community in achieving successful growth for their businesses and to discuss what more can be done to connect the early-stage market ecosystem.