Angel Island: Connecting the Unconnected

Angel Island, the unlikely community driven event which became a highlight of Amsterdam Capital Week, is back for the third time. Originally designed to level the playing field between startup founders and investors, this year the organisers will take things to a whole new level.

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Money Isn’t the Problem, Getting it is.

With the new EUR 2.1 billion joint “Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds” initiative from the European Investment Fund (EIF), the European Commission and six participating funds, designed to boost venture capital investment into Europe's innovative startups, it is even more relevant to facilitate the connection between investors and startups.  With the expected knock on effects, the available amount of funding for innovative startup and scale-ups is expected to double that which is currently in the market - however - the key ingredient of raising investments is not just about availability of money, but surrounding yourself with the right people. This is where Angel Island comes in.

Angel Island is the unconference disrupting the way entrepreneurs, investors and their surrounding ecosystems come together. The fleet of ships will set sail to the fortified Pampus Island, just outside of Amsterdam on September 26, 2018. After 2 consecutive years of creating meaningful connections, this year’s edition will take it to the next level by bringing on board curated entrepreneurs and their hand-picked dream guests, including investors, influencers, mentors & clients.

Connecting the Unconnected

The secret behind the story of the famous pitch deck of Mathilde Collin - which has been viewed over 2 million times and raised 66M in series B funding - was not about the killer slides, but about the founder building close personal relationships with the investors. The same pattern has been noticed after the first two editions of Angel Island where, despite the no-pitching-allowed policy, attendees reported back that they managed to secure funding due to the close connections built during and after the event.  We believe it takes an entire ecosystem to bring up the next Spotifys and Adyens of Europe, especially when the size of the network directly affects the success of these companies.

Angel Island 2018 is about achieving the biggest impact yet by uniting the most relevant and brilliant minds in one truly unique setting.

Two years in the making, the successful ‘no pitches, no keynotes, only meaningful connections’ format of the unconference is here to stay. Everything is about facilitating conversations to really get to know a person instead of speaking to just a job title in a company.

92% of attendees from 2017 said that they would be following up with at least one person they had met at Angel Island. Participants remarked that it was a tough, mysterious, adventurous, but refreshing setting which takes everyone back to the origins of bonding.

“Angel Island is a unique experience. Sail, meet, connect, build businesses and have fun with the most remarkable people. Enjoy the best of Amsterdam!” - Special Envoy, Constantijn van Oranje, StartupDelta

What’s New This Year?

We believe in the entrepreneurs that have the passion and determination, but still need the resources, to make a dent in the universe. In the first edition, we brought them face to face with the Angel Investors that could fund their ventures. In the second year, we brought them together with the European network of influencers that could grow their scope. This year, we will bring a fully customized experience with the purpose of sparkling collaborations amongst the most influential minds.

Ton van ‘t Noordende, CEO of 01 Ventures & founder of Angel Island, explains the updated concept: “This year we're working towards a framework that will enable the founders on a whole new level, not just funding related. We ask the founders who they would most want to meet and then we will do our best to bring those people to the island.”

We assume that they will name publicly well known individuals such as Tim Cook (Apple), Niklas Zennstrom (Skype), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Neelie Kroes (Non exec. board member Salesforce, Advisory Board Uber), as well as tech industry insiders such as Demis Hassabis (Deepmind), Anne Wojcicki (23andme), and top level investors; Deep Nishar (Softbank Vision Fund) and Kathryn Haun (Andreessen Horowitz) but we are open to finding anyone.

In 2018, we aim to bring 150 entrepreneurs (startups, scaleups and champions) to the island and connect them to the 350 most relevant and requested investors (angels & venture capitalists) & original thinkers (experts, ecosystem builders, city leaders, media, etc) together with StartupDelta, our official partner for this third year running. Each entrepreneur will request the 5 people in the world who could be most impactful for them and their business. We will do our best to ensure they greet them when they arrive at Angel Island.

All Hands, Ahoy!

To come aboard on September 26, 2018 on the most adventurous unconference, participants are requested to ask for an invitation here. Only the brave and the daring with no-limits mentality will be let through the heavy curation process.

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About Angel Island

Angel Island is fueled by initiatives like StartupAmsterdam and StartupDelta with the aim of including Amsterdam in the ‘connected game’. Angel Island was founded in 2016 by Ton van ‘t Noordende with a bunch of passionate community leaders that wanted to actually make a difference for the startup ecosystem in Europe. By breaking the traditional pitching and investor meetings concept, Angel Island connects the unconnected and brings together the bravest and the most brilliant minds to combine the resources that will contribute to a sustainable and better future.

Info & Media

Name: Angel Island

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 26th of September 2018

2016 after movie here

2017 after movie here

2016 photos here

2017 photos here

Contact Person: Ton van’t Noordende

Email: ton@angelisland.co

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About Angel Island

We're connecting a curated group of charismatic, intelligent, purpose drive startup founders meeting virgin & angel investors in a spectacular setting.

We believe in the entrepreneurs that have the passion and determination, but still need the resources, to make a dent in the universe. In the first edition, we brought them face to face with the Angel Investors that could fund their ventures. In the second year, we brought them together with the European network of influencers that could grow their scope. This year, we will bring a fully customized experience with the purpose of sparkling collaborations amongst the most influential minds.

  • 250 investors – partner level angels & venture capitalists
  • 150 founders – start-ups, scale-ups, unicorns & zebras
  • 100 original thinkers – ecosystem builders, city leaders, media & more

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