Investing in High Tech Startups

Lessons in effectiveness

A one day course for experienced and less experienced business angels, private investors and specialised investment funds with an interest in High Tech startups

18 May 2017
Café Américain
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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About the training

  • This training is organised by the Academion Network

    Since the knowledge economy and the startup culture joined forces, the conditions for growth are brought down to two: convincing high tech start-ups and experienced investors. Education is required to foster both. The Netherlands is the place where ambitious ecosystems flourish to fuel this. In order to raise the level of high growth startups and scale ups, Academion organises education tracks and meetings.

    We are proud to announce that in this first edition some of the world’s most experienced investors will gather to educate how to be successful as an investor in high tech growth. During our one day course you’ll get direct insight in how to select the best startups, how to stimulate growth and how to arrange suitable exits. In depth experience will be shared on how to engage universities, public investors and private investors from your region or abroad.

    Make use of the expertise of the recently elected "Best Angel of the World", nurtured in Deep Tech Cambridge. Get first-hand information from the best UK Angels how you can create High Tech Funds. Learn the do's and don’ts from seasoned Dutch Angels, educated in the Valley and Rothschild. They are looking forward to sharing their experience with yours.

    Dates: Thursday 18th May 2017

    Location: Café Americain, Leidsekade 97, 1017 PN Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Organisation: This council is organised by the Academion network


    Registration: Registration is possible via the online registration form. When this form is completed an official confirmation including invoice will be send to your email address. We kindly request to register before the 4th of May 2017. The maximum number of participants is 25.

    Costs: The registration fee is €595,- (excluding 21% VAT). Members of the Academion network receive a discount of €200,-. The fee includes coffee, lunch, refreshments, a reception and conference documentation.

    Payment: The payment of the registration fee should be completed before the start of the council. The invoice will be send together with the official confirmation. All amounts mentioned on the council website are excluding VAT, if applicable.

    Cancellation: If you are unable to attend the council, it is permitted to allow someone else to participate in your place. If the name and contact information of the replacement is communicated in writing, before the start of the council to the organisers. Cancellation is possible until the 4th of May 2017. If you cancel before the 4th of May, we will invoice €95,- (excluding VAT) administration costs. After May 4th you owe us the full amount.

    More information: Jan Debets – Network Manager. jan.debets@academion.nl
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    Council Programme




  • Peter Cowley

    As an active angel investor for ten years, Peter Cowley has personally invested in over 55 startups and was named UK Business Angel of the Year 2014/15 and Best Angel of the World by the World Business Angel Investment Forum in February 2017. He is the Investment Director of the Marshall of Cambridge, Martlet Corporate Angel division, and is the chair of the board of the Cambridge Business Angels.

  • Anthony Clarke

    Anthony is the co-founder and CEO of Angel Capital Group which includes London Business Angels where he has the role of CEO. He is also managing partner of the £80m Seraphim Space Fund and was the chairman of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) from 2004 – July 2012. Currently, Clarke is the President Emeritus of European Business Angels Network (EBAN).

  • Willem Drost

    Senior Executive with career long record of innovation and results with 20 years of extensive international business experience in various parts of the world, preceded by 5 years of high level corporate staff positions in M&A, finance, strategic planning, corporate organization and international tax structures. He has a track record of investing in the Sillicon Valley region.

  • Helgert van Raamt

    A career in the Medtech industry as Business Development Director and Managing Director (EMEA) with resp. Organon Teknika, Abbott Labs, Nellcor Puritan Bennett/Mallinckrodt, temporarily interrupted as Investment Manager with Advent, Rothschild and HOM. Since 2003 he is involved in Investments and Coaching, Due Diligence and Support in (again) Medical and other High Tech startups.

  • Kees Eijkel

    Kees Eijkel is the director Strategic Business Development, University of Twente. He also is the president of Kennispark Twente, the ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation in and around the University of Twente and Saxion University, in cooperation with the province of Overijssel, the Twente Region and the city of Enschede. As managing director of the University Holding, Kees manages the university’s participations. He has actively supported many new start-up firms.