Each month, GBAN hosts a one-hour conference call for its members, observers, and special guests to discuss developments from the field. The goal of these Field Reports is to foster cross border cooperation and increase the impact of angel networks by providing a forum for the exchange of information, the sharing of experience and knowledge, and the exploration of emerging angel investing trends. Moderated by members of the GBAN Board, the discussions feature presentations by leading angel investing experts.
On Friday, March 27, GBAN organized a member call featuring Paulo Andrez, president emeritus of the European Business Angels Network. Andrez presented a thorough overview of government-supported business angel co-investment funds. Co-investment funds are public-private partnerships that leverage the resources of each to create jobs by propelling new growth-oriented startups.
Andrez described the main questions that government officials must answer when developing such funds, the key points for successful implementation, and he gave case studies of different types of co-investment funds. For example, he described the structure and inner workings of co-investment funds in Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the European Union including public due diligence, investment ratios and investment decision-making processes.