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How to improve the investment horizons of European business

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Brussels, Avenue de l'Yser 5, 1040 Etterbeek 30 November 2016, 11:00-17:00

How to improve the investment horizons of European businesses?

Hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey TOBB

11:00-11:30        Registration  and  coffee

11:30-12:30 Current  investment, political and  economic  challenges  for businesses  in  Europe

Based on EUROCHAMBRES Economic Survey 2017

Moderated by Ian Talbot Chambers Ireland

As Chief Executive, Ian Talbot is responsible for driving the future growth and strategy development of the organisation as it seeks to promote the competitiveness of business in Ireland, represent the interests of its members, and facilitate the development of the chamber network. Ian is also EUROCHAMBRES' Deputy President and chair of Finance&Economy Committee. Prior to joining Chambers Ireland, Ian held positions as a Director of Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase in Ireland, and Chief Financial and Operations Officer of Fexco Consumer Products. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse where he spent several years working in their Dublin and Luxembourg offices. Ian holds MA and BBS degrees from Trinity College, Dublin.

with Lúcio Mauro Vinhas de Souza EPSC, European Commission

Lúcio Vinhas de Souza joined the EPSC from Moody's in New York, USA, where he was Managing Director and Chief Economist. Before that, he coordinated the economic analysis and forecasting for Developed Economies at the World Bank in Washington, where he co-authored the flagship “Global Economic Prospects” publication. Previously, he was Head of the Russia and Belarus Desk at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) of the European Commission, and before that he was Coordinator of Research Area at the Kiel Institute for World Economics in Germany. Lúcio has been a visiting researcher and visiting fellow at a number of institutions, including the Central Banks of Estonia and Germany, the New Economic School in Moscow and the European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics in Brussels. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Master and Bachelor degrees in economics from the New University of Lisbon in Portugal.

and Arnaldo Abruzzini, EUROCHAMBRES

Arnaldo Abruzzini is the Chief Executive Officer of EUROCHAMBRES. He is a senior lobbyist in Brussels and represents the voice of over 20 million companies through members in 43 countries and a network of 1.700 regional and local Chambers. He is also an active entrepreneur, having founded several companies. He still owns shares in Telecommunication (Interactive Media), Energy (InRes) and Business Consulting (Consir) firms. Arnaldo has worked as Managing Director of several companies active in the Telecommunication (EPTA), marketing and communication (MediaCamere) and business advices (CoFiCom) in Italy and US. He has also been served in the financial sector, actively working in Investment Banking (MedioBanca) and Insurance companies (Bavaria). He has started his carrier as auditor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1979 (Arthur Andersen). He is a graduate in Economy with major in Finance from the University of Rome.

12:30-13:45        Lunch   SERVED

13:45-15:15 Investhorizon how  to  improve  investment  readiness of  european   business?

Moderated by Teresa Cunha, Europe Unlimited

Teresa Cunha has senior international experience with a proven track record of adding significant long-term value to blue-chip clients, public institutions, as well as early-stage companies within the bioeconomy, health and ICT. She is currently senior strategic advisor to Europe Unlimited, where she leads Investment Readiness Programmes. She has strong business acumen (MBA) with specific expertise in Venture Capital, Innovation management, Biochemical Eng/Biotechnology (PhD). For the last 10 years, Teresa has worked closely with the European Venture Capital and Corporate Venturing industry, and has supported many SMEs to receive funding and support, preparing them for partnering with international investors and corporate partners. Teresa has been an advisor to several governmental and corporate entities in the domain of RDI investing. She was an advisor to the Portuguese Government’s Financial Instruments for Innovation Unit Mission for Innovation and Knowledge (UMIC). She has also been a Senior Advisor to Caixa Capital – Caixa Geral de Depósitos of Portugal (a major state owned bank) and an Advisor of the Management board of Caixa Capital in the follow projects: International Venture Club, Venture Capital Hub and PTec (a web-based application for listed Portuguese high-tech start-ups). Teresa has published several scientific papers in international peered review journals and books. She has also various articles in the leading Portuguese newspapers with commentary on venture capital, the biotech industry and technology transfer. She earned her Ph.D. from Technical University of Lisbon (and Lund University, Sweden) and her MBA from New University of Lisbon (Lisbon MBA). She was awarded a Ms. Eng. in Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon.

with Prof. Colin Mason, University of Glasgow

Colin Mason took up his current post as Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow on 1 October 2012. He previously held a Chair in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde and before that was at the University of Southampton. He has degrees from the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and University of Manchester (PhD) and has held visiting positions at universities in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. His research and teaching are in the areas of entrepreneurship and regional development. His specific research interest is in entrepreneurial finance. He has written extensively on business angel investing and has been closely involved with government and private sector initiatives to promote informal venture capital, both in the UK and elsewhere. He has recently undertaken research on high growth firms and on technology firms in Scotland on behalf of Scottish Enterprise. He is the founding editor of the journal Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (published by Taylor and Francis Ltd) and Consulting Editor of the International Small Business Journal (Sage).

Nadira Azermai, ScriptBook NV

Nadira is the founder & CEO of ScriptBook NV, an artificial intelligence start-up that targets the entertainment industry. ScriptBook develops a decision support system to forecast financial performance of filmed entertainment by employing deep learning & machine learning in analyzing narrative text. According to Nadira, the conception of ScriptBook was triggered when she worked as an intern on a Hollywood film production. Nadira decided to turn this experience into a master's thesis while studying Applied Economics. After spending a few years in the corporate world, Nadira took a leap of faith and turned her master's thesis into a high profile tech startup with EUR 1.25 million in seed funding and a team of 8 datascientists.

After researching product iterations in high technology start-ups financed by venture capital for Hummingbird Ventures, Vincent Jocquet joined the corporate finance team of EY advising on M&A, valuation, business modeling and transaction support. Leveraging his financial insights and expertise, Vincent pivoted his career towards leading finance and operations at the Belgium-based start-up Sentiance. While occupying the financial driver’s seat of a young and dynamic technology company, he is responsible for structuring the capital raising process, aligning with stakeholders, building the team and overseeing day to day operations. To date Sentiance raised approximately EUR 8 million in different rounds from business angels and venture capital providers to grow its team to 35 and expand its activities towards the UK and the US.

and Vincent Jocquet, Sentiance

15:15-15:45        Coffee   break

Coaching & Seminars

Guarantees

Guidance

Matchmaking

15:45-16:30 what advisory services work for business?

with Gaëlle Saint-Drenant, CCI Pays de la Loire

After 15 years in private Banking (Nomura, Natixis, Edmond de Rothschild AM), Gaëlle has joined in 2013 the Pays de la Loire Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Finance project Manager. She has been in charge of coordination between chambers of commerce and industry and regional stakeholders (state, regional government, regional banking association) on the subject of SME access to finance. She has worked for the first partnership between a chamber of commerce and industry and the national French bank Bpifrance with the launch of a new loan for SME (CCI Innovation loan). She has also developed an innovative interactive platform for SMEs to help them identify relevant public and private financing: pmepaysdelaloire.fr . This platform has been recognized as a public innovation by the French government.

and Marijke van der Veen, Kamer van Koophandel

Since 2014, Marijke van der Veen is a member of the business intelligence team at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, responsible for market and product research. Research is performed to ensure that products and services are focused on SME’s needs, mainly utilizing a research panel consisting of 4000 entrepreneurs and often in collaboration with knowledge institutes. Research subjects include finance, innovation, internationalisation and start-ups. Marijke studied Business Administration at the University of Twente. After working for several manufacturing companies (Wavin, Vredestein, Heinz), she acquired a PhD position at the University of Twente in 1999 and simultaneously joined innovation agency Syntens to monitor a national e-business project for SMEs. In 2005 she earned her Ph.D. degree and continued working for Syntens. Later she joined Rabobank Netherlands as an expert on industrial SMEs, and came back to Syntens to implement an impact measurement on SME services.

16:30-17:00        Summary

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The event was financed from InvestHorizon H2020 project, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 643619