The WBAF Croatia Country Office hosted an Investment Readiness Workshop for startups from around the country on 19 and 20 November at the historic Bracak Castle, which now serves as the WBAF Croatia Country Office. This 2-day intensive workshop was delivered by Maryam Najafi, a faculty member of the WBAF Business School and Vice President of the Global Startup Committee of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. A total of 20 selected startups and scaleups attended.

An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), it is the position of the  World Business Angels Investment Forum – and therefore of the WBAF Business School – that when investors have had the advantage of training in the best practices of negotiating deals for early-stage investment, they are in a better position to ensure good returns on their investment. With this in mind, the WBAF Business School offers a wide variety of training programmes using a range of input (case studies, panel discussions, and presentations, to name a few), all of which encourage active participation and interaction on the part of those attending.

The WBAF Business School delivers its training programmes, educational webinars and certification programs through 48 international faculty members from 26 countries. Each has a successful international entrepreneurial background and brings field knowledge to the classroom, both online and offline.

The WBAF Business School serves not just business angels; all types of stakeholders are welcomed, ranging from entrepreneurs and SMEs to banks and stock exchanges to incubation and acceleration centres. The ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of skills and expertise and to foster the kind of creative thinking that leads to innovation and eventual success in the ever-changing market environment of the 21st century.

Investment Readiness Workshop for Startups and Scaleups
This workshop has been designed for startups that are looking for early-stage investment from angel investors and early-stage investment funds. It shows startups how to provide investors with the information they need in order to evaluate an opportunity. Participants also have the chance to practice their pitching in front of a panel of angel investors and business funding advisors, who then provide quality feedback.

A shorter version of the Investment Readiness Workshop will be offered to the startups participating in the Global Fundraising Stage on 17 February 2020 in Istanbul.

Global Fundraising Stage for 100 selected entrepreneurs

The World Business Angels Investment Forum is allocating a special space at WBAF 2020 for 100 selected startups, scaleups, and high-growth businesses to showcase their business and to pitch their businesses on the Global Fundraising Stage (GFRS) on 18 February. These are typically funded companies in the process of raising €50K – €3M, with the ultimate goal of globalizing.

The 2020 GFRS, whose mission is to invest in startups and scaleups, is supported by the WBAF Angel Investment Fund. Before GFRS participants pitch their businesses, they will be offered a free Investment Readiness Workshop from the WBAF Business School. They will also receive a free one-on-one mentoring session with a qualified mentor of the World Business Angels Investment Forum.

The WBAF Business School will offer, free of charge, 3 international workshops and 2 masterclasses at the World Congress 2020

The World Congress of the World Business Angels Investment Forum, the biggest event of the world’s early- and post-early stage equity and capital markets, will be held at the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul on 17 – 18 February 2020. It is a unique opportunity not only for angel investors, VCs and policymakers to exchange ideas on best practice and collaboration, but also for industry and business leaders to forge new connections and pursue business opportunities. The WBAF Business School wants to take advantage of the Congress to deliver free workshops and masterclasses to support participants’ professional development.





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