11th International Venture Capital & Private Equity Forum

The 11th International Venture Capital and Private Equity Forum, the leading event for venture capital and private equity in South Eastern Europe took place on 5th and 6th April 2011 at the Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, Greece. It was co-organised by the Invest in Greece Agency, the Hellenic Venture Capital Association (HVCA) and PRAXI/HELP-FORWARD Network, coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas.

The Forum was a unique opportunity for the 500 participants (investment professionals, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academics and researchers) to network, exchange their views and experiences. This year also, the Forum was honored to have the Minister of Finance & Economics giving the keynote speech.

Over 150 meetings took place, between venture capitalists, private equity investors and entrepreneurs. In statistical figures, 87% of the 113 submitted investment proposals originated from Greece and 13% from Cyprus, UK, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, FYROM and USA. The requested funds amounted to 455 million euros. The majority of the investment proposals related to the sectors of information technology, energy, and health/safety, while the respective business plans addressed both the global and local market (64% and 36% respectively).

We had the joy of having with us the following venture capital and private equity firms: Alpha Ventures Capital Management SA, Attica Ventures SA, AIMS Management SA, Equity Partners – Eurobank EFG Equities SA, Global Finance SA, Glocal Systems Management, I4G – Incubation for Growth SA, IBG Management SA, Logo Ventures SA, New Mellon Asset & Wealth Management SA, Oxygen Management SA, Parthenon Trust SA, Piraeus Capital Management SA, Thermi Ventures SA, 7L Capital Partners, VCI (Velti Center For Innovation) SA.

This year’s organization was supported by important sponsors. In particular, ALPHA VENTURES CAPITAL MANAGEMENTS, ATTICA VENTURES and GLOBAL FINANCE were executive sponsors, AIMS MANAGEMENT and EUROBANK EFG EQUITIES were gold sponsors and PIRAEUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT and THERMI VENTURES were silver sponsors. Naftemporiki Newspaper, naftemporiki.gr and SBC Channel were the Forum’s media sponsors.

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