Invest in Spain has since become the Invest in Spain Division at ICEX-Spain Trade and Investment, which is responsible for attracting foreign investment since 2012. ICEX joins the World Congress of Angel Investors 2019 with a strong delegation led by Sergio Vella, Director of Financing and Investor Relations, ICEX-Invest in Spain. This year’s ICEX delegation includes executive directors and 7 startup teams of Spain.
As announced by ICEX, Invest in Spain will be an exhibitor at the event with a stand to showcase the country´s entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as to provide access to a delegation of Spanish start-ups. A representative of Invest in Spain will also participate as a speaker in a round-table about start-ups.
Often referred to as the Davos of the early and post-early equity investment and capital markets of the world, the World Congress of Angel Investors is affiliated with the G20 Global Partnership Financial Inclusion (GPFI). The theme of this year’s event is ‘Connecting Private Equity Funds with Angel Investors to Ease Access to Second and Further Rounds of Investment’. Presidents of two countries, three prime ministers, and 12 ministers from nine countries have already confirmed their participation. Also joining the Congress are more than 1,000 angel investors, VCs, private equity fund managers, stock exchange executives, delegations of investment agencies, chamber of commerce representatives, bank executives, policymakers, co-investment fund managers, executives of global business angel networks and VCs. Additionally, global startups will be featured on the Global Fundraising Stage on 19 February 2019. The World Excellence Awards the Congress will salute the outstanding successes of 2018.
ICEX Spain Trade and Investment is a public corporation at the national level whose mission involves promoting the internationalisation of Spanish companies to support their competitiveness and add value to the economy as a whole, as well as attracting foreign investment to Spain. ICEX Spain Trade and Investment renders its services through a network of 31 Provincial and Regional Divisions in Spain along with almost 100 Economic and Trade Offices around the world. It also boasts 16 Business Centres worldwide, offering Spanish companies temporary infrastructure and acting as incubators for internationalisation.
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 aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start-up to scale-up, 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, start-ups, 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.
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.