On 6 April 2009, a KIS4SAT Academy will be organised in conjunction with the ESA Investment Forum 2009.
The KIS4SAT Academy is offered with 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 Forum.
** The KIS4SAT Academy is highly encouraged for entrepreneurs looking to access international markets as they will be provided with concrete information, tools and resources in order to successfully partner and grow their business.
SMEs selected to present at the ESA Investment Forum, will be invited to join the KIS4SAT Academy to prepare for their participation the next day. The KIS4SAT Academy is organised as part of the Knowledge Intensive Services Innovation Platform (KIS-IP), an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2008 to promote service innovation in knowledge intensive businesses (www.europe-innova.org/kis-ip).
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.
Our access to early stage finance trainings help entrepreneurs to access early-stage funding through Investor-Readiness Workshops and supportive tools. We prepare participants also for business presentations at international investment conferences and investment network platforms.
Who will participate in the KIS4SAT Academy?
Who are the coaches?
What They Say About the KIS4SAT Academy
“The Venture Academy promotes the quality of European Entrepreneurship.” - Christopher Pommerening, Co-founder and Managing Partner, ACP Active Capital Partners.
“That we won the Presentation Award is without doubt also due to the Venture Academy coaching. The Venture Academy is a great possibility for testing and optimizing the company presentation. Not attending the Venture Academy is really a missed opportunity.” - Thomas Radtke, CEO, CardioBridge GmbH
“I can only recommend all entrepreneurs to join the Venture Academy. Entrepreneurs will have a real head start in attracting capital compared to non-participants.” - Patrick Polak, Managing Partner, Newion Investments
“The Venture Academy is great real-world preparation for the hard knocks in the venture capital arena “ – Dr. John Mullins, Head of Entrepreneurship, London Business School.
What does it cost?
Participation for all involved in the Venture Academy is free of cost. Nevertheless, it is exclusively for the selected companies. Spaces are limited so we suggest presenting companies RSVP as soon as confirmation of selection is received.