On Monday, 13 February 2017 WAIPA CEO Bostjan Skalar was invited speak and moderate at the World Business Angels Forum 2017 held under the theme “Partnering with corporate ventures from start-up to scale-up exit” with Global leaders of early-stage investment markets, stock exchange executives, experts, policymakers and academicians in Istanbul.
In the main session of the day the “Panel Discussion: Global Action Plans for the Future of Corporate Venturing and Angel Investment Collaboration” Skalar highlighted that cross-border investments must be made strategically and sustainably and that strengthening linkages and cooperation is essential.
Furthermore, he gave his insight as panelist in the session on “Innovative Policies for the Promotion of Innovative Financial Instruments for SMEs and Early-Stage Investment Markets”.
The WAIPA CEO also had the pleasure of moderating the panel “The Role of Corporate Ventures as Sources of FDI in Creating Sustainable Cross-Border Investments” where the discussants all agreed that the creation of a sound ecosystem is crucial for sustainable cross-border investments.
At the WBAF 2017 Bostjan Skalar and Baybars Altuntas, Chair of the World Business Angels Forum, signed a MoU between WAIPA and WBAF to consolidate their partnership. Download the WBAF – WAIPA MOU press release here.
WAIPA congratulates Invest in Turkey (ISPAT) for winning the World Business Angel Award 2017 for “Best Government Agency of the World Supporting Cross-Border Investment Ecosystem”. ISPAT currently holds the presidency of WAIPA.