Field Reports


Regularly, GBAN organizes a conference webinar among its members, observers, and guests on important, underexplored areas of angel investing.  Moderated by members of the Board, the one-hour discussions feature presentations by leaders and experts in the angel investing world. Below is a summary of the our field reports going back to October 2016, with links to relevant materials, such as papers, powerpoints and the like.


October 12, 2016: Cross-Border Investing

Presenter: Candace Johnson, President, European Business Angels Network and GBAN co-chair

Moderator: John May, President Emeritus, Angel Capital Association and GBAN co-chair


In an intervew format, Candace Johnson discussed her personal experience with investing across borders. For Johnson, the major reason to invest globally is that entrepreneurs are increasingly going global. Startups are either growing out of emerging markets or looking to enter markets where they see a need to solve complex problems – which means there is an opportunity for angels to invest in these ventures. Over the course of the call, Johnson provides valuable advice for those looking to invest beyond their own ecosystem, as well as examples of her successes working with partners around the world. 

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May 18, 2017: Building an Angel Network

Presenter: Tomi Davies, co-founder of Lagos Angel Network and President of African Business Angel Network 

Moderator: Candace Johnson, President, European Business Angels Network and GBAN co-chair


For the first half of the call, Davies used his experience in co-founding Lagos Angel Network as a case study for building angel organizations. Utilizing the World Bank guidebook, Creating Your Own Angel Investor Group: A Guide for Emerging and Frontier Markets, Davies broke down the components and how he used them to form LAN in Nigeria. Davies also noted that his experience is in many ways unique to the entrepreneurial environment in Lagos and that it isn’t as important to ‘check boxes’ when it comes to forming a network. In the following discussion, GBAN members compared notes on managing their organizations based on LAN’s continued success, with some taking time to share their own experiences and the unique challenges they faced in founding their local networks. 

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