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ESIL – Early Stage Investing Launchpad: Unleashing the potential of early-stage investing in Europe

by EUROCROWD on 01.01.2017

Funding Programme: Horizon 2020

Duration: February 2017 – January 2020


Description: The Early Stage Investing Launchpad – ESIL is a Pan-European community aiming to improve angel investment market, stimulate cross-border investment opportunities, find new deals, connect the most relevant networks and build a tailored training programme for local ecosystems.

The project aims at establishing an EU Framework for capacity building for early-stage investors in Europe, facilitating the take up of Angel Investing, overcoming obstacles related to market outreach and engaging key actors e.g. entrepreneurs, unconventional early-stage investors and crowdfunding.

ECN’s role: To organize and participate at 15 ESIL open days (events where business angels can network with crowdfunding platforms, policymakers, incubators, co-investment funds and other stakeholders) and help partners in organising 5 study visits and 10 international online pitches and in engaging new potential investors by producing a set of offline and online communication measures.

Expected Results:

By connecting ecosystem actors (including policymakers) and investors and demonstrating how this pays off, ESIL will contribute to short-term impact and sustainability. The interaction among different communities and typology of stakeholders (for profit and not for profit, conventional and unconventional, etc.) made possible by the nature of the consortium partners, will promote cross-fertilization, mutual understanding and open up opportunities for further cooperation and take up:

  • Sustainable, comprehensive strategy for building capacity in early-stage investments across Europe
  • Higher levels of early-stage expertise in Europe
  • Increase the number of early-stage investments in Europe, including cross-border

Project partners:

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