The Atlantic Venture Forum, took place on the 1st and 2nd of June in Oviedo, Asturias. The forum was an excellent opportunity for highly innovative SMEs, professional experts and European Venture Capital and Business Angel investors to meet and share their knowledge on strategic information, market opportunities and business trends.
European Venture Capital investors and Business Angels discussed investment and market trends.  Innovation experts shared good practices and exchange views on the impact of Venture Capital in innovation and R&D activities in different regions.
25 companies from the regions of Castilla y Leon, Cantabria, Galicia, Asturias and Portugal, were selected to present their business proposition to a panel of investors.

The Atlantic Venture Forum was part of the AT Venture project, an initiative focused in improving Venture Capital and Business Angel investment in regions outside main financial centers and addressing its impact in Innovation and Regional Development.

Key Features

AT Venture Forum was a high-level meeting point for investors and companies from partner regions and other leading European cross-border investors. It combined a Venture Academy (where companies received invaluable feedback from experts and investors); presentation panels and face-to-face meetings. 

AT Venture Forum had a networking approach focused on identifying, collecting, and benchmarking through exchanging models of best practices and main findings of Venture Capital and Business Angel activities.

For this purpose, high level Round Table Sessions were organized to exchange experiences and analyze success stories of the regions. 

  • Roundtable sessions on:
    • Investment trends and market opportunities in sectors such as ICT and Life Sciences
    • Transnational partnering
    • Good practices on Investment Readiness, case studies of Ireland and Scotland
    • Good practices on growth and investment. 
  • Venture Academy: A tailored workshop provided by highly-qualified coaches the day prior to the Venture Forum to fine tune the presentation of selected companies. Venture Academy high quality networking with Venture Capitalists, Business Angels and industry experts.
  • Company Presentation Panels: Opportunity to present your business before a panel of investors. These panels focused on the same sectors as the Venture Academy: ICT, Life Sciences and other. 
  • Pre-arranged One2One meetings between entrepreneurs and investors.