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2016 European AngelSummit Recap

Earlier this month, 198 angel investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders gathered at Dublin’s Google Foundry. This was an exciting summit event for us, being our first major event alongside Google for Entrepreneurs, who joined us as a partner earlier this year.

Attendees came together from 14 different countries to hear 21 sessions on key topics pertaining to angel investing, connect with leaders from other communities, and form personal networks around investing in startups.

Thanks to our partners and the local community, the summit was a catalyst for new and experienced investors to network and learn. We enjoyed watching the event unfold via Twitter alone, where over 4 million impressions were captured and the hashtag #AngelSummit was trending both days in Ireland.

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Day One

To kick things off, Dave McClure of 500 Startups discussed investing beyond Silicon Valley and shared some of his straightforward best practices for those planning on investing in startups.

“Startups are all about optimism and belief. The best startup communities have confidence in spades.”

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Throughout the day, engaging discussions played out on stage with expert panels, including Emerging Investing Platforms and Beyond CSR: Corporate Startup Engagement. Interspersed throughout the day, the Startup Angels team presented on investing best practices, covering topics like mentoring and the role of startups in one’s investing portfolio. The crowd also heard a batch of pitches from startup founders from a variety of industries.

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Day Two

Panel sessions on day two included Leveraging Diversity, From Dublin to Dubai: Investing Across Borders, From Groups to Syndicates: Diverse Ways to Invest, and Investing in Startup Communities. Another round of startup pitches mixed up the agenda and attendees took the opportunity to network during lunch and breaks throughout the day.

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Finally, we heard from Derek Andersen of Startup Grind about the changing relationship between founders and investors. Andersen made a passionate appeal on behalf of entrepreneurs and left the crowd with some closing wisdom for entrepreneur-first investing.

“Stand out from other investors by being the one who protects your entrepreneur. The best investors are the ones who truly care about founders.”

What’s Next?

After the close of a successful European summit, we’re excited to continue bringing angel investing to new communities around the world. This year alone, our circuit of workshops will continue to expand in new cities. If you’re interested in supporting your community by increasing its number of angel investors, get in touch with the team!

Interested in attending a Startup Angels event? Learn more about our upcoming summits and workshops here.