Quick figures: 485 participants from 46 countries – 4 International Investment Forums – 42 jury members from 22countries – 30 startups pitchings from 12 countries – 12 panels with 72 speakers – Forbes Round Table – 1 firechat with 4 speakers– 12 key-note speeches – 2 EBAN Institute Trainings – 1 workshop – Visit to Innovation Center – Award Ceremony of TBAA Excellence Awards –– Bell Ceremony at the Borsa İstanbul

46 Countries represented at the forum:  Austria – Albania – Bahrain – Belgium – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – Denmark – Egypt – Estonia – Finland – Francen- Georgian- Germany – Greece – Hungary – Iran – Ireland – Israel – Italy – Jordan – Kazakhstan – Kosovo – Lebanon – Luxembourg – Macedonia – Montenegro – Morocco – Netherlands – New Zealand – Niger – Nigeria – Poland – Portugal – Romania – Russia – Slovenia – Spain – Switzerland – Turkey – UK – Ukraine – USA – Zambia

4  important MoUs signed:


Video 1:

2-minute overview of the Forum

Video 2:

Opening Bell of the World Business Angels Investment Forum

Youtube Video Channel 1 :

All sessions in the main hall

Youtube Video Channel 2:

VIP Gala Dinner & TBAA Excellence Awards Ceremony


Photo Album:

Click for downloadable photos from various events during the Forum

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*Deadline for visiting the album: 15 March 2016

Full Programme:

WBAF2016 Printed Booklet

Official Web Site:



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Angels of world investment gather in Istanbul


I want to join the other in congratulating you on an AMAZING event! You and the Turkish business investment community hosted the world in a very gracious and enjoyable way.

The attendance by hundreds of investors, corporate representatives and international organisations was impressive. The speaker presentations and panel discussions on such a wide range of Business Angel Investment issues were really informative. The Grand Tarabya venue with all the branding was visually stimulating.  The trips – on the Bosphorus, to the Borsa and Teknik) were each fascinating in different ways as windows into the Turkish world of life and business.

I will leave out the dinner and the belly dancer for obvious reasons….

The centrefold in the Daily Sabah highlighting the WBAF2016 with EBAN, MBAN, ABAN & TBAA was great PR for all.

I will take away with me for always the ringing of the opening bell at the Borso!

Thank you for one of the most memorable conference experiences I have ever had as a business angel.

Tomi Davies, President, The African Trade Association for Business Angels, Nigeria

Dear Baybars,

What else can I still say?

It was indeed a super stupendous event, with top level speakers, government representatives, several ministers from several countries, president of Croatia, EU representatives, US representatives including US ambassador of EU, corporations, JCI, chamber of commerce international, WEF, all together 50 countries represented, angel investors, BAN’s, seed funds, entrepreneurs, fabulous signing ceremonies, media, flash lights, entertaining music, big crowd of 400 and …. hosted in one of the top hotels in Europe!

Great job indeed! Congrats!

Yours sincerely,

Ari Korhonen, EBAN Vice President, Finland

My dear Baybars,

First, I would like to congratulate you on the amazing event you organised and hosted in Istanbul. It was a real pleasure to be a part of that crowd, and, because of the contacts I made there, I think that, in the last 2 days I’m experiencing the true power of networking. Thank you for the opportunity to be there and to pitch. I’ve got some amazing feedbacks and some new doors are opening for me in this moment.

But more than anything, THANK YOU for the award nomination for Professor Balthazar. Not only because it’s a great project, but because You’ve recognised my beautiful Renata and her passion about everything she does. She is my friend and a mentor in many things in life and I know how much this means to her.

Once again, THANK YOU for this chance and thank you for the dance 🙂

I hope we will meet soon! I wish you all the best!



Dear EBAN members and friends,

Representing a country with flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem, Greece, which struggles to survive through a nonexisting governmental and authorities support, the role of angel investors is now a days even more important than ever. Inspiration and alternative paths of support, is what a local player, as my self, really needs.

On February 22 – 23, I attended the “World Business Angels Investment Forum”, in Istanbul, presented by GBAN and organized by EBAN, MBAN, ABAN and TBAA. In other words, I was lucky enough to find myself among the members of a global business angels community!

Growth minded people, ready to share their experiences and eager enough to generously offer their advices. Born entrepreneurs, global informal investors by definition!

Critical issues came up during forum’s presentations: Governments’ tax break role, the need for faster exits, as a liquidity tool, and the route to IPO and public markets for angel – backed businesses were among the major themes that came up. In addition, special regional sessions, as well as, an in depth discussion regarding the future of the early stage investment market triggered the role of informal equity investors in the economic crisis era we are going through.

Brainstorming, practical issues and execution are what I’ve got back in Greece. In a nut shell: leave business angels to do the work! Their mentoring, coaching and financing charismas are well enough in order to find the way!

Last but not least, a big “thank you” to the Chair of World Business Angels Investment Forum, Vice President of EBAN and President of TBAA, Baybars Altuntas, as well as, to the whole team, for the excellent event preparation, the warm hospitality, and needless to say, their spirit!

Thank you all! Thank you Istanbul!

With kind regards,

Maria P. Hala , Investment Consultant, Greece


Dear Baybars,

Thank you so much for a wonderful and very professionally organised World Business Angels Investment Forum 2016! It was such an enriching and delightful experience with such well designed programme and high caliber participants and a great location!.  Admiration and many thanks also again to your daughters for their marvelous help! Looking forward to the next UNIVERSAL Business Angels Investment Forum  2017!  – see attachment : )

All the best,

Andreas Bofinger, Co-chair, Hellas Business Angels, Greece

Dear Baybars

I was not surprise that I am be well treated in your hands. It was a very successful forum with great outcomes for a greater impact on entrepreneurship around the world.

I got useful informations, connections and tips to better serve my country and beyond.

Thank you again.

Best regards

Yazi Adamou, Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Niger


Dear Baybars, Dear Friends,

It was one of the best organized event I have seen in my life.

Baybars, thank you for an opportunity being part o it and for this experience. Right now being inspired by Borsa Istanbul Privet Market initiative I am in the middle of an email to our Ministry of Development recommending to copy this initiative into polish market :). So hopefully we would be able to show another real result of WBAIF soon.

Best regards

Michał Ciemiński, , Chair, Polish Business Angels Association, Poland

Dear Baybars,

I would like to congratulate you on a great event. It was superbly attended with very high profile speakers, branding was really excellent and we all know anything that runs that well takes a huge amount of hard work over a long period of time to make it a success. The WBAF2016 with EBAN, MBAN, ABAN & TBAA centrefold reflected very well on the EBAN family.

Best Rgds

Michael Culligan, National Director, Irish Business Angels Network, Ireland

I have been to many investor forums around the world in the last year and WBAF was clearly differentiated itself due to i) its rich content, ii) exquisite participants and iii) immediately actionable results. I am very proud of the accomplishments of WBAF not only the outcomes that it brings to the small business investment community but also the leverage of my home country logistics.

There are variety of commercial and financial developments that we have been going through in Massive Bio both in Turkey and US and I am confident that we will announce tangible results soon.

I would like to reiterate my sincere thanks and remind that I would be more than happy to be a bridge to Turkish start-ups in US; please don’t hesitate to see me as an extension to your team in Turkey.


Selin Kurnaz, Phd, Co-founder and CEO –         Massive Bio, Inc. 90 West St. #12M, New York, NY, 10006