Celebrated in 132 countries in June and coordinated globally by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, the World Business Angel Investors Week 2023 is a global platform from which to campaign for solutions to critical issues of early stage equity and capital markets, startup economies and other worldwide concerns at the United Nations, the European Union, the ASEAN Economic Community, the OECD and in G20 countries. The Week will host more than 200.000 entrepreneurs, startups, investors, innovators, faculty members, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world.
An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the World Business Angels Investment Forum issues commemorative stamps for events and themes of widespread global appeal and significance of the World Business Angel Investors Week 2023, 19 – 25 June 2023.
Business education and entrepreneurship education have come a long way in the past two decades. The mindset of students of entrepreneurship has changed as well and will continue to evolve. More and more business organizations are adopting an entrepreneurial spirit. Even conservative businesses are making it a priority to boost their entrepreneurial energies and promote a culture of creativity and innovation.
Most innovative business ideas come from young people. Current and future entrepreneurs and investors need specialized knowledge and a highly complex set of skills to move innovative ideas into the market and ensure they succeed. All this suggests that it is time for higher education institutions to take on a new role. They need to revisit their current business curricula and expand their offerings beyond the traditional concept of business education into a wider framework that bundles education, incubation, mentoring, technology transfer, and research and development.
With this in mind, the stakeholders of the World Business Angel Investors Week have agreed on the theme for this year’s Week, which will take place 19–25 June 2023: Global Collaboration with Higher Education to Increase Financial Inclusion.
A new role higher education institutions to boost innovation
Coordinated globally by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI), the Week aims to contribute to the development of skills and expertise of students and faculty members alike, assist in the digital transformation of higher education institutions, and foster the kind of creative thinking that leads to innovation and eventual success in the ever-changing market environment of the 21st century.
Baybars Altuntas, Global Chair of the World Business Angel Investors Week 2023 and Executive Chairman of the World Business Angels Investment Forum, says ‘’During this special week, all stakeholders and participants in the Week’s events will pause to reflect on their fast-paced journey, to analyse why business transformation is needed and how transformation will support entrepreneurship and innovation that will boost economies, and to reiterate how entrepreneurial ecosystems can create more jobs, more wealth and more social justice in cooperation with key players in early-stage equity markets in the post-pandemic economy.’’
Bringing entrepreneurs, angel investors and academicians around the same table
World Business Angel Investors Week 2023 will feature roundtables that will provide a platform for entrepreneurs, angel investors and academicians to explore the processes startups will go through in post-pandemic times. The Week will also include discussions on the ongoing challenges entrepreneurial ventures face in integrating the basic knowledge of strategic planning and will consider creative ways to overcome the challenges.
Altuntas continues ‘’We encourage all faculty members of higher education, angel investors, entrepreneurs and policy makers to explore the merits of the World Business Angel Investors Week 2023 and take full advantage of its many benefits. The ultimate goal of all of the Week’s keynotes, discussions, presentations, and workshops is to agree on a common roadmap for entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs that will enable them to emerge from this pandemic period even stronger than they were before. By working together across borders with a common vision and with these smart dynamics in mind, we are well placed to bring about positive change in the global economy.’’
Country Chairs for the Week 2023
WBAF announces Country Chairs for the World Business Angel Investors Week 2023: Aleksandar Celeski for North Macedonia; Arletty Pinel for Panama; Boryana Hristova for Bulgaria; Deborah Walliser for Namibia; Emine Erdem for Turkey; Enrico Fiore for Italy; Fernando Ríos Díaz for Venezuela; Feryal Nass for Bahrain; Fiona M. Darmon for Israel; Gerhard Hrebicek for Austria; Hakan Candaner for UK; Harris Kovoor for UAE; Helena Matusa for Croatia; Ingrid Vasiliu-Feltes for USA; Isabel Velarde for Peru; Jaeyeong Park for South Korea; Juan Carlos Silva for Chile; Krithpaka Boonfueng for Thailan; Mariam Chikopaidze for Georgia; Miguel Martin for Spain; Miranda Thakur-Deen for Guyana; Muliandy Nasution for Indonesia; Nelly Sanchez Ortega for Mexico; Nikhil Agarwal for India; Peter Hu for Singapore; Phi Van Nguyen for Vietnam; Phillip J Mostert for South Africa; S M Zillur Rahman for Banghladesh; Saadia Lakehal for Canada; Sandra Damijan for Slovenia; Sotiris Makrygiannis for Cyprus; Stacey Menga Onyango for Kenya; Tokunbo Ige for Togo and Tuti Mwambenja for Tanzania.
Here you can review their bio-data of Country Chairs.
Quick Facts about the Week 2022
- 72 countries celebrated the World Business Angel Investors Week 2021, 20 – 26 June 2022.
- Last year’s global theme was Business Transformation for Post-Pandemic Economies.
- The Week 2022 hosted more than 80.000 entrepreneurs, startups, investors, innovators, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world.
- Here you can re-live the Week 2022: https://angelsweek.org/
Communication info of the Week Secretariat
Christina Mc Gimpsey
Secretary General, World Business Angel Investors Week 2023
Secretary General, World Business Angels Investment Forum
An affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI)