The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), for which Turkish Airlines is one of the sponsors, welcomed the representatives and investors of world investment funds with a business volume of 250 billion dollars.
The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), the world’s biggest gathering of early-stage equity and investment markets, took place in Istanbul between February 17 and 19 with the attendance of Republic of Turkey Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, former Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Croatia President Kolinda Grabar-Kitaroviç, Kosovo Chairman of the Assembly Kadri Veseli, senior bureaucrats, angel investors, senior executives, and entrepreneurs.
As part of the forum, 50 start-ups from 18 countries made presentations to hundreds of angel investors on the global fundraising scene. Kosovo, Ghana, and the World Business Angels Investment Forum signed an economic collaboration agreement at the event attended by 1,200 investors from 82 countries including Seville Mayor Juan Espadas, Kosovo Minister of Innovation Besim Beqaj, Ghana Minister of Development Mohammed Awal, and Macedonia Minister of State Prof. Dr. Zoran Sapuric.
Participated by hundreds of angel investors from 82 countries, the forum also welcomed delegations from the European Business Angels Network (EBAN), the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Ghana Ministry of Development, the MENA Business Angels Network (MBAN), and the World Bank IFC SME Finance Forum. As part of the event, dozens of start-ups which develop innovative products and services had the opportunity to present themselves to angel investors at their booths.
Attended by 118 speakers from 46 countries, the forum welcomed Nasdaq Vice President who presented a Nasdaq Talk about a roadmap for start-ups and small-scale enterprises in terms of going public. Also home to the World Excellence Awards, the forum hosted six international workshops, and a masterclass by the European Investment Fund (EIF).