WBAF Business School has finalized its 3-department structure: the Global Entrepreneurship Department, the Global Investment Department, and the Global Mentorship Department. Dr Paul Doany, Former CEO of Turk Telekom (TT), Chairman ICT/Renewable Energy Ventures and Senior Advisor to the WBAF Angel Investment Fund, will lead the Business School as Rector. The Business School’s 50-strong international faculty will be introduced to the world investor and entrepreneurship community on 17 February at the 2020 WBAF World Congress.

The WBAF Business School offers a wide range of programmes designed to address the needs of various groups: professionals from listed companies; anyone with an entrepreneurial background, including startups, scaleups, and SMEs; directors of business angel networks, acceleration and incubation centres and technoparks; and individuals interested in setting up a business angel network or creating a business angel investment group.

All WBAF Business School training courses, educational webinars, and certification programmes are delivered by 50 select faculty members from 32 countries. Each comes from a successful entrepreneurial background and therefore brings a wealth of field knowledge to the classroom, both online and offline.

Dr Paul Doany, WBAF Business School Rector, says, ‘ 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  has developed a broad array of offerings that use a range of input (case studies, panel discussions, and presentations, to name just a few)—all of which encourage active participation and interaction on the part of those attending’.

He adds, ‘The WBAF Business School is not just for business angels. All types of stakeholders are welcome—everyone from entrepreneurs and SMEs to banks and stock exchanges to incubation and acceleration centres’.

Baybars Altuntas, WBAF Chairman, commented, ‘I am confident that, with the strong leadership of Dr Paul Doany, the WBAF Business School will help open doors for entrepreneurs and investors around the world. 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’.

Departments of the WBAF Business School
WBAF Business School has finalized its 3-department structure; it features a Global Entrepreneurship Department, a Global Investment Department, and a Global Mentorship Department. Its 50 faculty members will be introduced to the world investor and entrepreneurship community at the 2020 WBAF World Congress on 17 February in Istanbul.

WBAF Business School now offers:

  • 6 Certification Programmes with proficiency tests
    • QBAC+ Qualified Angel Investor Programme
    • AQGM+ Accredited & Qualified Global Mentor Programme
    • CSAS+ Accredited Start-up Assessor Programme
    • CFMC+ Qualified Fund Manager Programme
    • CPMC+ Accredited Portfolio Manager Programme
    • CBAN+ Certified Business Angel Network Manager Programme
  • 3 Training Courses
    • QBAC Qualified Fundraiser Course
    • ACC Accounting Crash Course
    • FMC Financial Modelling Course

Who are these WBAF Business School programmes for?
They are of interest to corporate executives who manage innovation and corporate ventures, early-stage capital fund managers, M&A and business development executives, family office investment managers, entrepreneurs who are raising capital or planning exit strategies, successful entrepreneurs interested in becoming an investor or advisor, members of boards of directors, policymakers wishing to encourage the creation of clusters of innovation in their region, and service providers such as attorneys, accountants, and consultants. 

Proficiency Test for Angel Investors
WBAF Business School administers the world’s only proficiency test for angel investors. The 100-minute test includes 100 multiple-choice questions , 50 true/false items, and 2 company valuation problems. Candidates who score 70 points and above are certified as Qualified Angel Investors. The test is administered twice a year, generally at the end of a QBAC+ Qualified Angel Investor Programme.

The next QBAC+ will be held immediately after the 2020 WBAF World Congress
QBAC+ has quickly gained global popularity, making its way from London to Doha and now Istanbul. Soon after the Qualified Angel Investor Programme (QBAC+) concluded at the London Stock Exchange Group, development agencies in Turkey decided to make it available to their staff. Then the Qatar Development Bank hosted it in Doha. Now the programme is scheduled to run in Istanbul at the World Congress of Angel Investors for anyone wishing to become an angel investor. Even experienced angels have found the programme extremely valuable.

The next course will be held on 19-21 February at the Swissotel The Bosphorus, immediately after the 2020 WBAF World Congress. You can register here:

What is it about the QBAC+ programme that makes it so popular in the angel investment world? Why is there such a great demand for it, from both public and private sectors in global equity markets? The answers are to be found in an article and interview about the QBAC+:

About the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)
An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is an international organisation that aims to ease access to finance for businesses from startup to scaleup, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide. It is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, startups, and SMEs. The Forum interacts with leaders in all areas of society, first and foremost in business and political spheres, to help assess needs and establish goals, bearing in mind that the public interest is of paramount importance. WBAF engages a wide range of institutions, both public and private, local and international, commercial and academic to help shape the global agenda.

About GPFI
The Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) is an inclusive platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries, and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion, including implementation of the G20 Financial Inclusion Action Plan endorsed at the G20 Summit in Seoul. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is the Honorary Patron of the GPFI.


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