World Business Angel Investors Week 2022, coordinated globally by the World Business Angels Investment Forum – an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) – concluded with the participation of 18,256 participants on Sunday, 26 June.
At the Closing Ceremony, it was announced that the World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2022 will convene on 25 and 26 October 2022 in Antalya, Turkey. This will be the first in-person global convergence of angel investors since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Week was celebrated globally with events in 36 countries that featured 523 great keynote speakers, moderators, and panel discussants, and additional events were held locally in 96 countries. The overarching topic of the Week was Business Transformation for Post-Pandemic Economies.
A COMMON ROADMAP FOR ENTREPRENEURS
36,423 participants joined the Grand Opening Ceremony online on Monday, 20 June. The ultimate goal of all of the Week’s keynotes, panel discussions, presentations, and workshops was 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. Re-watch all events here.
This week-long event was an open platform for connecting, learning, sharing, exhibiting inventions and innovations, and exchanging know-how that promotes entrepreneurship and angel investment ecosystems.
World Business Angel Investors Week is a great platform from which to campaign for solutions to critical issues of early-stage equity and capital markets and other worldwide concerns at the United Nations, the European Union, ASEAN Countries and in G20 countries. As governments around the world have responded to the health, social, and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, digitalization has been recognized as being of paramount importance and relevance in ensuring continuity of access to financial services.
WORLD CONGRESS OF ANGEL INVESTORS 2022 TO BE CONVENED NEXT OCTOBER IN TURKEY
The G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) issued a statement reaffirming the G20’s commitment to its Action Plan, which outlines its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Business Angels Investment Forum is a signatory of the Action Plan.
To reflect its commitment to the Action Plan, WBAF announced that the next World Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2022 will be held in person in Antalya, Turkey on 25 and 26 October 2022.
The agenda will focus on connecting angel investors with corporate ventures. The sessions will deal with issues of financial inclusion and ways to democratise access to finance from startup to scale-up to exit. LPs, startups, scale-ups, and angel investors will be able to connect at the Global Fundraising Stage GFRS 2022 and at the World Excellence Awards Gala Dinner. For the first time ever, the 2022 World Congress will host a regional congress as a part of its official agenda.
The Mediterranean Regional Congress of Angel Investors WBAF 2022 will be hosted by the Antalya Organized Industrial Zone Technopark. The official website of the Congress is live today
THE BEST COUNTRY EVENTS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED
The Best Country Events of the World Business Angel Investors Week 2022 were announced at the closing ceremony. Spain received the award for holding the Best Country Event in 2022. Albania, Austria, Croatia, Peru, Switzerland, Togo and Turkey received a Special Recognition Award.
SOME SELECTED VIDEOS FROM THE WEEK CELEBRATIONS FOR YOU
Baybars Altuntas, Global Chair of the World Business Angel Investors Week 2022
Executive Chairman of the World Business Angel Investment Forum Watch
Ministerial and Mayor Speeches
H.E. Fabio Righi
Minister of Industry and Trade, Republic of San Marino
H.E. Manuel A. Gonzalez-Sanz
Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014–2018), Republic of Costa Rica Watch
H.E. Saskia Walden
Minister of Economic Affairs
Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation (2020–2022), Republic of Suriname
H.E. Rose Kayi Mivedor
Investment Promotion Minister, Republic of Togo
H.E. Francisco de la Torre
Mayor of Malaga, Spain
Global Thought Leaders
Current State of Angel Investment
Marcia Dawood, Chair of the Board of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), United States
The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship
Prof. Inderjit Singh, President of the Global Startup Investment Promotion Agency (WIPA)
Metaverse and Web 3.0
Steven Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer of the Founders Space, Silicon Valley