Last month, I had the pleasure and honour of attending a great event organised by Startup Angels – Angel Summit Europe, in Madrid.
This was the first time the event was held in Europe and it was really excellent! Over the course of 2 days, we got to hear from leading investors about the key challenges and evolutions in funding, from global and european perspective.
Day 1 began with the launch of the new Google Campus in Madrid including a fantastic panel on What Investors Want, followed later in the evening by tapas and networking hosted by Mary Grove, Global director of Google for Entrepreneurs herself. It’s a beautiful campus in central Madrid bound to catalyse the Madrid startup scene. Google is very excited about launching his campus to help promote startup ecosystems in Southern Europe.
Day 2 was the main event, hosted by Wayra at the mythical Telefonica building on Gran Via. A full day of very interesting plenary and workshop sessions with outstanding speakers from a wide range of investment perspectives, from angels, to VC’s to corporate supporters (Wayra, Google, BBVA…)
Great keynotes from Austin Ligon, CEO of Carmax, Paul Singh from 1776 and Chris Schroeder, author of Startup Rising really packed with great advice and insights from seasoned entrepreneurs/ investors. The Workshops had something for everyone – see full agenda here and we also had lots of time for fun too! I got a trademark pink bandana from Angel Syndicate investor Doug Scott.
Panel on Women Investing in Women:
I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on women investors who invest in women entrepreneurs with Alicia Robb, Kauffman Foundation, Maria Benjumea: Spain Startup, and Elissa Freiha: from Womena (Women Angel network in the Middle East). We had a very energetic panel with diverse points of view on why to invest in women entrepreneurs, the key challenges they see in funding for women entrepreneurs, and importantly, ways for us to overcome them. The conversation was heated about the extent to which specific barriers exist for women entrepreneurs and access to funding, with diverging perspectives from Europe, Middle East and US – showing it is truly a global problem, with different local issues.
Overall, it was a very high quality event and a fantastic way to meet many investors from different sectors/geographies in a wonderful city! We even got very informative information in our packs about different startup ecosystems thanks to StartupAngels. The whole event was filmed and I will add links to the videos when they become available.
I very much look forward to the next event in Europe and beyond. This is definitely one to put in your calendars!
See more photos of the event on the StartupAngels Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/startupangelsco
Learn more about the event through a blog by the organisers: http://startupangels.co/9-ways-to-grow-your-angel-community/
More about Startup Angels here