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Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e.V. (BAND)

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Business Angels Network Germany (BAND) is the association of business angels and their networks. BAND is spokesman for the business angels networks towards politics and the public and also represents the interests of young innovative companies and the interests of business angels. BAND is involved in the entire value chain for the entire ecosystem of start-up financing, organizes exchange of experience and fosters cooperation. BAND is supported by business angels networks, public and private members and sponsors and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

BAND stands for the concept of the "double-wing" business angels who participate in both capital and know-how to young, innovative start-ups and for using their personal network of contacts. Business Angels are at the beginning of the financing chain, where the bottleneck is particularly large. That is why they are of great economic importance. A study by the ZEW from April 2014 shows: The approximately 7,500 business angels in Germany with investments of 650 million euros a year, the most important external sources of financing in the early stages, foloowed by the VC industry with 590 million euros.

Almost all of the 40 business angels networks in Germany, where 1,400 angels are organized, are members of BAND. BAND invites the networks for regular network meetings to share experiences, to define positions and to discuss new developments. When building new networks BAND is at hand to help i.a. with the BAND Starterkit

BAND is the organizer of the "German Business Angels Day", the largest congress for informal venture capital in Germany and Europe, promotes the dialogue of experts (BANDexpertforum) and cares about building a rain Community of Business Angels (BAND Business Angels Community Summit). For sustained professionalization of the business angels market BAND organizes training events (Bandacademy) and offers practical assistance (BAND Best Practice Case and BANDquartel).

Participation requests from start-ups through the central BAND One pager directs BAND on to the individual networks. To ensure transparency of business angels market BAND is responsible for surveys of stakeholders in the business angels market; BAND Brain & Memory is the collection point for all research that is done on business angels.

BAND operates continuously on publicity to further spread the Business Angels concept. BAND maintains contacts with politics, administrations and associations and organizations which support or finance young companies and is committed to improving the framework conditions for business angel investments. So BAND has contributed to the introduction of "INVEST - Subsidy for venture capital" in Germany, to launch the "European Angels Fund" (EAF) as a pilot and to gain the taxation of capital prevented from free float. BAND is closely linked with other national business angels associations and is active member of Europe Business Angels (BAE), the European Federation of National Associations Angels.

BAND's Patron is the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy.