9th International Venture Capital Forum


9th International Venture Capital Forum
Athens Hilton Hotel, 19 & 20 June 2008

The 9th event of the series was also organised by the Invest in Greece Agency (former Hellenic Center for Investment), the New Economy Development Fund (TANEO) and PRAXI/HELP-FORWARD, member of the Enterprise Europe Network – Hellas, under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. It took place in Athens, in Hilton Hotel, on 19 & 20 June 2008.
The Forum was once again a unique opportunity for conducting approximately 150 prearranged meetings among businesses and investors as well as an informative and educational event in terms of Venture Capital activities in Greece and in Europe, opportunities for investors and investees, the alternative market and innovative initiatives in technology.

More than 400 investment professionals, policy makers, entrepreneurs, academics and researchers attended the speeches and shared their views and experiences, while for the second time in the Forum's history, the Minister of Economy and Finance in Greece, Mr. George Alogoskoufis, gave a keynote speech.

88 investment proposals were submitted to the Forum. Among these, 77% were from Greece and 23% mainly from Cyprus, Bulgaria, UK, Brussels and Turkey. In total the amount of capital requested for investing exceeded the 428 million euro.

As far as the subject of the business plans is concerned, 23 out of the 88 were about consumer goods, 16 were focused on informatics, 10 were about tourism, 9 about health and safety and the rest related with telecommunications, services, electronics , energy, environment and transport.

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