WBAF START-UP GUIDE Take Invest Summit 2018 I 19 â€“ 20 February 2018 I Istanbul
WELCOME LETTER WORLD BUSINESS ANGELS INVESTMENT FORUM 2018: THE TAKE INVEST SUMMIT Helping the Next Generation of Great Companies Move Forward
For the first time ever, the World Business Angels Investment Forum opens its doors to Start-ups, Scale-ups and High-growth businesses On 19 - 20 February 2018, angel investors will come together in Istanbul at the annual meeting of the World Business Angels Investment Forum with the goal of creating new ways for start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses to access finance. At this gathering of angel investors — the biggest angel investment forum in the world — we want to give 50 start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses an opportunity to connect with hundreds of highly qualified angel investors from five continents. We are therefore allocating a special area within the World Business Angels Investment Forum where 50 start-up or scale-up or high-growth businesses will each have a 4-square-metre area to showcase their business. They will thus have exposure to highly qualified angel investors, family office executives, co-investment fund managers, angel investment group directors, corporate venture executives, accelerator executives, technopark investment directors and venture capitalists. The mission is to showcase the world’s top start-ups and scale-ups, which, typically, are funded companies in the process of raising €500K – €3M, with the aim of globalising. The WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018 will essentially be a co-investment platform for angel investors, start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses. If you are an entrepreneur or an institution such as a technopark, incubation centre, co-working centre, or accelerator who wants to promote deals across borders and is looking for additional rounds of funding or new partners for international growth, I encourage you to learn more about how your business can benefit from this unique opportunity. Further details are available at www.wbaforum.org. Yours sincerely, Baybars Altuntas, Chairman, World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)
ABOUT THE WBAF TAKE INVEST SUMMIT 2018
The WBAF Take Invest Summit: A meeting point for smart finance, co-investments, open learning and skill development The WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018 is a very important meeting point where carefully selected start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses can connect with the most important angel investors, co-investment fund managers, VCs and private equities in the world. Aside from presentations by renowned thought leaders in the field of entrepreneurship and global angel investors, the event will feature keynote speeches, fireside chats, presentations and panel discussions. Each one will offer important insights into the start-up ecosystem. The summit will be also an open learning space for entrepreneurs to increase their understanding of the investment strategies of angel investors, fund-raising strategies of successful entrepreneurs, term-sheet negotiation techniques, company valuations, due-diligence check-lists of global investors, and ways to access co-investment funds.
ABOUT WBAF 50 For WBAF 50 exhibitors, 2 free passes to the World Business Angels Investment Forum The 50 start-ups and scale-ups that are selected to comprise the WBAF 50 will receive two passes per exhibition to the World Business Angels Investment Forum Annual Meeting on 19 February. This offers an excellent opportunity for global networking with high net worth individuals, co-investment fund managers, bank executives, stock exchange executives, and VCs from all over the world. WBAF is pleased to sponsor these passes (a total value of €1500) to underline its commitment to helping the next generation of great companies move forward.
WBAF 50 – The €500 package Each start-up or scale-up or high-growth business selected as one of the WBAF 50 will be responsible for a €500 participation fee. This fee covers the exhibition and participation of two founders. (An additional €250 will be payable for each additional team member.) This €500 participation fee will include the following:
For the Exhibition •
4 square metres of exhibition space for 2 days (19 - 20 February 2018, Swissotel The Bosphorus)
free lunch boxes for each exhibition day
a 5-minute pitching slot on the showcase stage
Complimentary Tickets •
2 complimentary passes to the World Business Angels Investment Forum (a total value of €1500)
2 free tickets for the WBAF Academy (20 February 2018, 2pm – 5pm, Swissotel The Bosphorus)
2 free Masterclass tickets (18 February 2018, 2pm – 5pm, Swissotel The Bosphorus)
For your accomodation •
3 nights accommodation for 2 founders at the ITU Hotel (Istanbul Technical University’s guest house on the university campus, within walking distance from the Summit venue. Founders will share a room with two separate beds.)
free breakfast at the ITU Hotel
Financial Assistance Available WBAF 50 who need financial assistance with the participation fee are invited contact the WBAF Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Entrepreneurs can participate in two ways: a. WBAF 50 participation b. Regular participation
WBAF 50 participation The WBAF Investment Committee will identify 50 start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses to attend the WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018 with a special reduced participation fee of â‚Ź500. To be eligible for the WBAF 50, you have to participate in the WBAF Take Invest Competition. Please read the WBAF 50 selection process carefully. Regular participation Entrepreneurs who do not wish enter the competition or who are not selected as one of the WBAF 50 can purchase the same package for â‚Ź2500.
The WBAF 50 SELECTION PROCESS
Step 1: Application You can apply for the WBAF Take Invest online at https://gust.com/programs/wbaf-take-investsummit-2018
If you reside in one of the following countries, you will be re-directed to the competition for your country of residence. •
If you reside in a country that is not on the list above, your application will be processed in the Global Applications section.
Step 2: Acceptance You will receive an official letter confirming acceptance for the competition. All confirmations will be sent by 15 October 2017. Absence of a notification by 15 October 2017 indicates that the applicant has not been accepted into the WBAF competition. The acceptance letter will include information about the following: •
Step 3: The WBAF competition On a specified date and place, competitors will pitch to a jury of investors. On the same day, the top 3 start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth companies will be announced. These will be invited to participate in the WBAF Take Invest Summit on 19-20 February 2018 in Istanbul. Each country’s WBAF Commissioner will inform WBAF Headquarters of the Country Champions (the top 3). The WBAF Investment Committee will review the local winners and create the WBAF 50 list. Those selected for the WBAF 50 will receive an official letter from the WBAF Investment Committee confirming acceptance for the WBAF Take Invest Summit.
Contestant profile There are two types of WBAF contestants: Start-ups: Promising businesses that have not yet raised any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding. Scale-ups: Typically, these are companies that have received funding from angel investors or VCs and who are now raising €500K – €3M with the aim of internationalising. Applications from both categories are welcome to enter the competition.
The WBAF Take Invest Competition Application Requirements
All applications must be submitted in English.
Applications will be accepted from 15 July to 30 September 2017.
Applications will be accepted online only, through https://gust.com/programs/wbaf-takeinvest-summit-2018 or through an officially approved national competition portal. Offline applications will not be considered.
For start-ups: Start-ups need not be incorporated, but an incorporated company can only compete if it has been incorporated for 24 months or less at the time of application.
For scale-ups: Scale-ups must be incorporated and have received investment from an angel investor, a private equity, or a VC.
Robotics & drones
Food & beverage
Virtual reality & gaming
IT & mobile technologies
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges who will be looking at a range of criteria, including growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and pitching skills, market potential, scalability, performance track record.
The scores of all judges will be weighted equally.
Timeline WBAF will accept applications for the WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018 from 15 July 2017. The last day to submit a complete application is 30 September 2017. The local finalists will be
announced on 15 November 2017, and the 50 finalists accepted for WBAF Take Invest Summit will be announced on 30 November 2017. For more information about the rules and judging, 01 July 2017
Online application officially opens
30 September 2017
Deadline for applications
15 October 2017
Acceptance letters mailed
15 November 2017
WBAF local competitions
30 November 2017
Announcement of 50 finalists for the Take Invest Summit
19 â€“ 20 February 2018
WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018
TAKE INVEST SUMMIT 2018
START-UP & SCALE-UP APPLICATION FORM
How to apply
Entrepreneurs can participate in two ways: c. WBAF 50 participation d. Regular participation
WBAF 50 participation The WBAF Investment Committee will identify 50 start-ups, scale-ups and high-growth businesses to attend the WBAF Take Invest Summit 2018 with a special reduced participation fee of €500. To be eligible for the WBAF 50, you have to participate in the WBAF Take Invest Competition. Please read the WBAF 50 selection process carefully.
Regular participation Entrepreneurs who do not wish enter the competition or who are not selected as one of the WBAF 50 can purchase the same package for €2500.
You can choose one of two ways to participate — via competition (WBAF 50 participation) OR without competition (Regular participation). For both methods, you must complete this form.
You need not make your payment now. Please wait for the confirmation code of the WBAF Investment Committee.
1- Your First Name/s 2- Your Last (Family) Name 3- Your Email 4- Your Phone Number (mobile) 5- Your Country 6- Your Online Profile (link) 7- Have you ever raised finance from third parties (angel investors, private investors, VCs, crowdfunding platforms)
8- Name (Please enter your start-up name.) 9- Logo (Please upload your start-up logo.) 10- Postal Address (Please enter your postal address.) 11- Foundation year (Please enter the year you founded your start-up.) 12- Country (Please enter the country where you founded your start-up.) 13- Industry (Please select the industry of your start-up.) 14- Web Address (Please give the URL for your start-upâ€™s website.) 15- Video Link, if any (Please enter the URL for a video about your product/technology/service.) 16- Founders (Please enter the number of founders/team members.) 17- Founder/Team Member Profiles (Please provide URLs for LinkedIn profiles or a Word document with founder/team member profile information.) 18- Training (Have you ever been accelerated or incubated? If so, by whom?)
YOUR BUSINESS MODEL
19- The Opportunity (What problems have you identified?) 20- The Solution (Please describe your product and explain how it provides a solution to the problem.) 21- Unique Selling Point - USP (What makes your product different?) 22- Business Model (How do you plan to make money? You can give a link to your Business Model Canvas/Venue Canvas.) 23- Stage (At what stage is your business?) 24- Competition (Who are your competitors in the market?) 25- Key Performance Indicators - KPI (Describe the metrics that show how you measure your start-ups and provide some of your data.) 26- Market Size/Trends (How big is your current and potential market?) 27- Risks (How easily can your business idea be replicated?) 28- Next Steps (What’s next? Describe your achieved milestones and planned milestones.)
29- Revenue Status (Have you started generating revenue?) 30- Revenue Value (If you answered ‘yes’ to the previous question, how much revenue has your start-up generated so far?) 31- Investment Status (Have you received any investment?) 32- Investment Value (If you answered ‘yes’ to the previous question, how much was invested?) 33- Investors (Where did you get the investment? Please provide the name of your angel or VC.) 34- Need (How much investment do you need?) 35- Financials (Please upload an Excel file of a simple one-year projection of your start-up financials.) 36- Budget (Please upload a simple budget file showing where you will use your investment.)
YOUR SOCIAL IMPACTS
37- Social Impact (What is the social and/or environmental impact of your business? Please explain.) 38- Impact on Trends (Please describe the impact of your business on current trends.)
39- Investor Pitch (Do you have a pitch deck? Please provide the file.) 40- Your Surprise (Tell us something interesting or special that you would like us to know.)
41- How did you hear about the WBAF Take Invest programme? 42- Can you confirm that you have no obstacle to travelling to Istanbul, Turkey in February 2018? (By Clicking YES, you agree to travel to Istanbul for the WBAF 2018 Conference if you are accepted for the TAKE INVEST Programme.) 43- By selecting YES, you are accepting the following conditions.
Published on Jun 20, 2017
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