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9 Start-ups selected for Roularta MediaTech Accelerator

Roularta Media Group, Duval Union selected 9 start-ups for the Roularta Mediatech Accelerator program. The aim is to combine the best of both worlds with the Roularta Mediatech Accelerator and to create a win-win scenario where start-ups will be helped to achieve sustainable growth. Angel.me is partner in this innovative program and will be a mentor for the selected startups.

The 9 start-ups are:

Kick-off 16/01
On January 16 the 9 start-ups met each other at a kick-off event at Roularta Media Group. The start-ups receive Media for Equity, Housing & Infrastructure, Knowhow & Experience, a free MediaNet membership, Mentoring, Access to Data & Technology, 25,000 euros of Funding and so much more. They will for instance follow a varied program of training sessions and pitch bars in the next 18 weeks.

 

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Pitch in Brussels

Pitch in Brussels, powered by Angel.me

Pitch in Brussels had it’s 10th edition and Angel.me had an active part as the main sponsor for the event for the first time. A new partnership at a new location, as the notorious Monk café was the place to be for the event this time.

It was inspiring and cosy at the same time. This 10th edition was drenched in the warm atmosphere of the Séparé, the first floor event space of the bar. It was here, in the heart of Brussels’ Xmas market, that 3 promising entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their projects to an attentive audience.

Kick off was served by SHIFT, a CMS for manager and employees of the hospitality/event industry.

Second round was for Pleezme, an app to capture, organize and share all the things you love. This way you remember them when you want to give inspiration to people you want to please.

The last pitching session was for Speakerhub. A platform making it easier for event planners to find suitable, high-quality speakers for their events. Also helping speakers, trainers and moderators to gain more visibility.

It was up to the attendees to vote for the winner of this friendly competition. It was Speakerhub who got the honour to be the king of this edition.

Stay tuned for the 11th edition in January next month. Date to be determined, but surely same place, same inspiration.

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Pitch in Brussels: an inspiring evening with great pitches!

 

 

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Angel.me partners up with Chivas: The Venture to support social entrepreneurship

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Securex and Angel.me partner up

Angel.me’s partnership with Securex helps entrepreneurs build their business

Angel.me teams up with Securex to help the entrepreneurs with the business side of their project. We help them financially and Securex helps them build their business. It’s a golden combination!

Securex is one of the leading organisations in the BeNeLux when it comes to HR, payroll, insurances, business building,… . We believe it’s vital to partner up with an organisation like Securex to make sure that the entrepreneurs are supported by the best organisations in order to be successful.

Our partnership gives the entrepreneurs some advantages:

  • Free support to register your company and request your tax number

And the choice between:

  • 1 hour free business plan coaching (by a Securex Business Coach), OR
  • A subsidy analysis (an overview of local, regional and national subsidies that you can apply for)

Apply here!  – Or send us an email: team@angel.me

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Roularta MediaTech Incubator

Angel.me will guide young startups through the Roularta MediaTech Accelerator

Angel.me will contribute to the new acceleration program of Roularta Media Group. The Belgian media group will invest its expertise and experience to guide innovative entrepreneurs in the challenging media landscape of tomorrow. Ten media startups will have the opportunity to participate and each will receive 25.000€ in capital funding, 200.000€ in media space, mentorship and coaching in exchange for 5% equity stake. Bart Becks, founder and CEO of Angel.me, will engage as a guide of the creative media entrepreneurs and will give workshops related to funding, international scaling and building growth organisations. Participants to the program will as such be introduced to the tips and tricks to achieve success in a crowdfunding campaign.

The accelerator is reaching out to established media tech startups who can contribute to the future of the media landscape. Roularta will try to attract innovators with big dreams for the huge potential of digital media. Entrepreneurs who are able to translate their ideas into a profitable business model are welcome to submit their candidacy. Starters can subscribe until December 9th. Afterwards 10 candidates will be selected to go through a 18 week training program.

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The state of Startups in Europe and in the US

2 new reports were published (begin dec-16) – both sharing interesting insights into the world of startups. One is more focussed on the US, the 2nd more on EU. Lessons for everyone !

1. First round capital, one of the most successful and committed seed capital funds in the world, published their yearly state of startups report

 

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First round 2016

2. During the amazing Slush conference in Helsinki, the Atomico investment fund published the State of European Startups ::  Report: state of EU startups

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State of EU tech 2016

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European Crowdfunding Network (ECN) : Nov. 3, 2016. Day1.

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the entrepreneur awards

The Entrepreneur Awards

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In het Diamant Center Brussels had op 12 mei 2016, voor een publiek van nagenoeg driehonderd genodigden, de prijsuitreiking plaats van The Entrepreneur Awards of the Year 2016. Dit is een organisatie van TOP MANAGEMENT en ANGEL.ME. Het prestigieuze karakter van de avond werd nog extra benadrukt door de aanwezigheid van Jan Jambon, Vice-premier en Minister van binnenlandse zaken en veiligheid.

Voorafgaand aan de uitreiking van de prijzen, benadrukte de minister de noodzaak aan een sterk ondernemerschap om een antwoord te kunnen bieden aan de uitdagingen waarmee ons land op dit ogenblik wordt geconfronteerd. Hij liet daarbij ook niet na om, in de actuele context, nogmaals te benadrukken dat de introductie van een sterker veiligheidsbeleid de economie moet toelaten zich te presenteren als een dynamische omgeving die een scheppende bron van werkgelegenheid vormt.

De dertig kandidaten presenteerden zich bij een jury met vooraanstaande vertegenwoordigers van de Belgische economische wereld. (voor meer informatie hierover : http://theentrepreneursawards.net/). Tijdens de gala-avond werden van alle geslecteerde kandidaten een video getoond,  waarin de activiteit van hun onderneming en/of de kandidaat werden omschreven.

Alain Renier (oprichter TOP MANAGEMENT)  en Bart Becks
(oprichter ANGEL.ME) benadrukken afsluitend:
“Wij hebben het ondernemerschap in de kijker willen plaatsen door een hulde te brengen aan bestuurders in de categorieën Top Manager, Top Founder en Top Investeerder van het jaar. Het enthousiasme van de kandidaten, de partners en de medewerkers heeft ertoe bijgedragen dat het evenement, dat helemaal was uitverkocht, de beste getuigenis mag worden genoemd dat België over een ongelooflijk talent beschikt en dat de inspanningen die op alle niveaus worden gedaan om het ondernemerschap te promoten, fantastische resultaten opleveren.”

Vele gelukwensen aan iedereen en afspraak volgend jaar voor een nieuwe editie van The Entrepreneur Awards of the Year 2017!

Met vriendelijke groeten,
ANGEL.ME – TOP MANAGEMENT

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Au Diamant Centre Brussels, ce 12 mai 2016, a eu lieu, devant près de 300 invités, la remise des prix The Entrepreneur Awards of the Year organisée conjointement par TOP MANAGEMENT et ANGEL.ME.
Cette prestigieuse soirée était rehaussée par la présence du Ministre de l’Intérieur et Vice-Premier Ministre Jan Jambon.
Avant la remise des trophées, il a insisté sur la necesité d’avoir un entreprenariat fort afin de relever les défis qui se présentent à notre pays. Il n’a pas manqué, dans le contexte actuel, de redire tout l’intérêt de la mise en place d’une politique plus sécuritaire permettant à l’économie de présenter un visage à la fois dynamique et créateur d’emplois.
Les 30 candidats qui étaient passés préalablement devant un jury composé de hautes personnalités du monde économique belge (à découvrir sur le site http://theentrepreneurawards.net/) , ont présentés un petit film décrivant les activités de leurs entreprises.

Alain Renier (Fondateur TOP MANAGEMENT) et son équipe et Bart Becks (Fondateur Angel.me) souhaitent conclurent : “Nous voulions mettre en avant l’entreprenariat en célébrant les dirigeants dans les catégories Top Manager, Top Founder et Top Investor de l’année.
L’enthousiasme des candidats, des partenaires et de l’assistance ont contribué à faire de cet événement sold-out la meilleure démonstration que la Belgique a un incroyable talent et que les efforts déployés a tous les niveaux pour promouvoir l’entreprenariat conduisent à de fantastiques résultats! “

Félicitations à tous et rendez-vous l’année prochaine pour une nouvelle édition des The Entrepreneur Awards of the Year !

TOP MANAGEMENT – ANGEL.ME

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Crowdfunding platforms welcome progress on Prospectus Directive


European crowdfunding platforms, represented by the European Crowdfunding Network, the UK Crowdfunding Association, Financement Participatif France and Nederland Crowdfunding welcome the current EU debates in Brussels regarding the Prospectus Directive, aimed at making it easier for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) across Europe to raise finance.

The crowdfunding industry supports the goals of both the Capital Markets Union and the Digital Single Market.  Crowdfunding enables anyone to invest in SMEs via their mobile, tablet and PC irrespectively of geographic location, so it is a key way of bringing together investors from across Europe by facilitating cross-border investment. To achieve this, the crowdfunding industry has called on the European Parliament and European Council to be more ambitious with the amendments to the Prospectus Regulation proposal proposed by the European Commission to ensure the EU framework enables regulated cross-border investment in crowdfunding, in line with best practices in consumer protection, and without the need for a Prospectus where appropriate.

Most industry practitioners acknowledge that a modern day prospectus is designed for the legal advisers of professional investment firms not the needs of the retail investor. The focus is on disclosure but often at the expense of clarity and transparency of information.  However, this should not be a barrier to investment.  A prospectus is also designed for communicating the investment offers of large and complex businesses whereas the majority of crowdfunding investments involve straightforward corporate or project structures at a scale which is understandable to the retail investor.

Crowdfunding platforms can present investment opportunities and risks in a responsible, transparent and accessible manner, taking special care of the information needs of retail investors.  Investment Crowdfunding platforms provide proportionate investor protections to ensure people fully understand the risks of the investments and are given proper recourse if rules are not properly followed.

The European Commission’s Prospectus Regulation proposal, published in December 2015, included at Article 3, an increase in the Prospectus exemption threshold set by Member States from €5 million to €10 million but limited such fundraising to ‘domestic offers’.  The crowdfunding sector support the increase of the exemption threshold given the growing size of crowdfunding rounds.  However, stakeholders strongly believe that any kind of ‘domestic offer’ requirement could be contrary to the aims of Capital Markets Union with its focus on cross-border investment.  It is also unclear how a ‘Domestic offer’ is defined, given the digital nature of most crowdfunding platforms which operate via the Internet across the EU.

The industry associations produced a position paper proposing the removal of the ‘domestic offer’ requirement from the Article 3 exemption and greater clarity that companies raising finance are only subject to the Prospectus requirements (or exemptions) of their own EU Member State.  Our position paper has been well received by the European Commission, Parliament and Finance Ministries around Europe.

The European Parliament’s draft amendment to the Regulation recognises the input from the crowdfunding sector and has removed the ‘domestic offer’ limitation while increasing the exemption set by Member States to €20m. The crowdfunding industry welcomes the Parliament draft and is now calling on the European Council to adopt a similar position.  It would also be helpful to clarify that where a fundraising company is exempt from producing a Prospectus under its own country’s laws, that a lower Prospectus threshold in another EU member state will not apply to cross-border investment.  The crowdfunding sector especially welcomes the proposed simplified SME prospectus, which should reduce costs and make information easier to understand for retail investors.  The legislative process is ongoing.

Read more on the ECN insights section.

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