Past Event

Unleashing investment in innovative firms in Europe

Innovative young firms create jobs and economic growth – greatly needed in Europe today. At the same time, the internet has provided unprecedented new opportunities for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. However, the recent financial crisis has heightened funding gaps for innovative young firms, particularly in Europe. Access to bank loans has dropped and […]

Date: Feb 21 - Topic: Banking and capital markets

Innovative young firms create jobs and economic growth – greatly needed in Europe today. At the same time, the internet has provided unprecedented new opportunities for entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. However, the recent financial crisis has heightened funding gaps for innovative young firms, particularly in Europe. Access to bank loans has dropped and availability of venture capital and angel investment in Europe significantly lags behind the U.S. How can European firms, particularly in the ICT and internet sectors, attract more venture and angel investment? What are the barriers to investment in Europe? What policies should be addressed to unleash greater investment in innovation in Europe?

Speakers

Brad Burnham is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures in New York City. He began his career in information technology with AT&T in 1979. He held a variety of sales, marketing and business development positions there until 1990 when he spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories. As the first AT&T "venture," Echo Logic was a catalyst for the creation of AT&T’s venture capital arm, AT&T Ventures. When Echo Logic was sold in 1993, Brad joined AT&T Ventures as an Executive in Residence. He became a principal at there in 1994 and a General Partner in 1996. At AT&T Ventures, Brad was responsible for 14 investments including, Argon Networks, Audible, Avesta Technologies, Classic Sports Network, Multex Systems, Physicians Online, and Paytrust. Brad currently serves on the boards of Indeed, Pinch Media, Tumblr, Wesabe, Adaptive Blue, SimulMedia, UpCompany, Meetup, and Bug Labs. Brad has a BA in Political Science from Wesleyan University.

Dr. Hendrick Brandis is Co-Founder and Partner of Earlybird. His current domain focus is web-enabled services. Hendrik is board member of the EVCA (European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association) and past Chairman of the EVCA Venture Capital Platform Council. He was a board member of element 5 AG, where he was a driving force behind the sale to Digital River (NASDAQ:DRIV), dooyoo.de AG (Berlin) which was sold to leguide.com S.A and Dianoema S.p.A., which listed on the Borsa Italiana (Milan: NOE.MI). Hendrik currently serves on the boards of Earlybird portfolio companies B2X Care Solutions GmbH (Munich), carpooling.com GmbH (Munich), Simfy AG (Cologne) and nfon (Munich). Earlier in his career, Hendrik was Co-Founder of GMM, a Project Manager in the Technology Department of Messerschmitt-Boelkow-Blohm (now Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace) and a Partner with McKinsey & Co., in their Munich and Madrid offices. He attended the Technical University of Munich and holds a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc equivalent) and PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering.

The discussion was moderated by Karen Wilson, Visiting Fellow at Bruegel.

Event materials

Event summary here

Event materials

Article covering the event on Pan European Networks

Practical details

Read article
 

Blog Post

Now is not the time to confiscate Russia’s central bank reserves

The idea of confiscating the Bank of Russia’s frozen reserves is attractive to some, but at this stage in the Ukraine conflict confiscation would be counterproductive and likely illegal.

By: Joshua Kirschenbaum and Nicolas Véron Topic: Banking and capital markets, Global economy and trade Date: May 16, 2022
Read article Download PDF More by this author
 

Book/Special report

European governanceInclusive growth

Bruegel annual report 2021

The Bruegel annual report provides a broad overview of the organisation's work in the previous year.

By: Bruegel Topic: Banking and capital markets, Digital economy and innovation, European governance, Global economy and trade, Green economy, Inclusive growth, Macroeconomic policy Date: May 6, 2022
Read article More by this author
 

Blog Post

Owning up to sustainability risks: the EU should champion international standards

To keep European Union capital markets open and integrated, new international standards should be reflected in future European law and accounting practice to provide further incentives for a reallocation of capital, reflecting in particular climate risks.

By: Alexander Lehmann Topic: Banking and capital markets, Green economy Date: April 26, 2022
Read article More by this author
 

Podcast

Podcast

War in Ukraine: sanctions on Russia two months in

A further look into sanctions on Russia and the implications for the global financial system.

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Banking and capital markets, European governance Date: April 22, 2022
Read article
 

Blog Post

The European Union should sanction Sberbank and other Russian banks

Sanctions on Sberbank and most other Russian banks should be imposed by the EU, without delay and at no major cost to either itself or like-minded countries, while it ponders an oil and gas ban.

By: Joshua Kirschenbaum and Nicolas Véron Topic: Banking and capital markets, Global economy and trade Date: April 15, 2022
Read article More on this topic
 

External Publication

Close cooperation for bank supervision: The cases of Bulgaria and Croatia

In-depth analysis on the banking supervision cooperation in Bulgaria and Croatia prepared for the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

By: Zsolt Darvas and Catarina Martins Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: March 30, 2022
Read about event More on this topic
 

Past Event

Past Event

Tackling future risks to banks

How to address vulnerabilities in banks in the coming years?

Speakers: Maria Demertzis and Elizabeth McCaul Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: March 29, 2022
Read article More on this topic More by this author
 

Podcast

Podcast

War in Ukraine: implications for the global financial system and central banks

A special episode of the Sound of Economics Live on the global financial system and central banks in the wake of sanctions imposed on Russia.

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: March 2, 2022
Read about event More on this topic
 

Past Event

Past Event

War in Ukraine: implications for the global financial system and central banks

A special episode of the Sound of Economics Live on the global financial system and central banks in the wake of sanctions imposed on Russia.

Speakers: Silvia Merler, Giuseppe Porcaro and Nicolas Véron Topic: Banking and capital markets Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: March 2, 2022
Read article More on this topic
 

Blog Post

Venture capital: a new breath of life for European entrepreneurship?

Whether the dynamism of European venture capital of the past two years can be sustained and kick start a credible alternative to bank finance in the European Union remains to be seen.

By: Maria Demertzis and Lionel Guetta-Jeanrenaud Topic: Banking and capital markets Date: February 10, 2022
Read about event
 

Past Event

Past Event

Nonperforming Loans in Asia and Europe—Causes, Impacts, and Resolution Strategies

What can we learn from the experiences of Asia and Europe with regard to NPLs during the financial crisis to help us weather the current and future ones?

Speakers: Rebecca Christie, Luis de Guindos, Alexander Lehmann, Cyn-Young Park, John Fell and Santiago Fernández de Lis Topic: Banking and capital markets, Global economy and trade Date: January 20, 2022
Read article
 

Blog Post

European governanceInclusive growth

12 Charts for 21

A selection of charts from Bruegel’s weekly newsletter, analysis of the year and what it meant for the economy in Europe and the world.

By: Hèctor Badenes, Henry Naylor, Giuseppe Porcaro and Yuyun Zhan Topic: Banking and capital markets, Digital economy and innovation, European governance, Global economy and trade, Green economy, Inclusive growth, Macroeconomic policy Date: December 21, 2021
Load more posts