The ESA Venture Academy aims to help SMEs that have been selected to present at the  ESA Investment Forum. Experienced coaches from the relevant industry areas will work very pragmatically with the presenters to prepare them for their participation on the next day at the Summit.

Focus will be on how to meet strategic partners and potential investors’ expectations. Participants will receive guidance on how their presentations and propositions compare with those of other participants, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses which need to be addressed and improved.

Who will participate in the Venture Academy?

  • Selected innovative growth companies with one or maximum two senior management representatives
  • External coaches with relevant expertise and experience, who will review the companies from a shareholder perspective
  • Facilitated by 2 to 3 moderators

Who are the coaches?

  • Independent Coaches: consultants able to personally provide advisory services
    • Ex venture capital managers
    • Ex entrepreneurs
    • Ex advisors
  • Advisory Coaches from established advisory practices
    • Consultants from larger or specialised consulting/ accounting firms
    • Head-hunters or interim managers
    • M&A advisors or investment bankers

What does it cost?

Participation for all involved in the Venture Academy is free of cost. Nevertheless, it is exclusively for the companies selected to present at the ESA Investment Forum.  Spaces are limited so we suggest presenting companies RSVP as soon as confirmation of selection is received.