Venture Capital in Europe: High-Level Working Lunch


Under the timely theme How Smart Policy Choices Can Attract International Venture Capital, the Lisbon Council convened a High-Level Working Lunch on Investing in Europe. Brad Burnham, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, kicked-off the debate with a fascinating presentation on the changing norms – and coming challenges – of venture capital on both sides of the Atlantic (Mr. Burnham was an initial seed investor in such run-away Internet-based businesses as twitter and Kickstarter). Philippe de Backer, member of the European Parliament (ALDE-Belgium); Alexander von Gabain, chairman of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); Oliver Gajda, co-founder and co-chair of the European Crowdfunding Network; Luis Galveias director of secretariat at the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN); Simon Hampton, director of European public policy at Google; John A. Holloway, director for transaction and relationship management at the European Investment Fund (EIF); Thibaut Kleiner, member of cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes; José Manuel Leceta, director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT); Philippe Legrain, principal adviser and head of analysis team at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission; Frédéric Michel, Europe director of Telefónica; Emil Paulis, director for financial markets at the European Commission’s directorate-general for internal market and services; Baudouin Regout, adviser for economic, financial and banking questions at the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European Commission and Kristin Schreiber, deputy head of cabinet of European Commissioner Michel Barnier, and others also intervened in a rich and fascinating debate.

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