EIT Digital has once again partnered with the Angelsbootcamp program in Berlin on September 7th & 8th. In addition, Daniel Michel, the Head of Access to Finance for EIT Digital, will be joining the distinguished panel of speakers.
Daniel Michel joined EIT ICT Labs on April 1, 2015 as Head of Access to Finance. He is based in Paris, France and works with a team of experts spread across 8 countries in Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Finland).
“Our EIT Digital objective is to build leading pan-European digital companies, with the best technologies, the sharpest business models and the most agile entrepreneurs. The role of Access to Finance in particular, within EIT ICT Labs Business Development Accelerator (BDA), is to help our coached start-ups raise the funds required for their development according to their maturity and needs.”
Daniel started his career as an engineer in distributed software architectures, working on space programs at EADS/airbus. He has a broad experience in digital technologies, especially gained at the MIT (Artificial intelligence research department), and Imperial College London where he gained an MSc in Communications & Signal Processing.
Prior to joining EIT Digital, Daniel has spent 14 years advising corporations and shareholders on a great variety of transactions: fundraisings, M&A, trade sales, LBO, Equity Capital Markets; working with renowned financial organizations likes HSBC Investment Bank or UBS, both in Paris and London.
“We have 3 main challenges: selection, preparation and financing. We cannot help all our start-ups. We operate a very sharp selection process to keep the very best companies. After selection, we coach their management teams to be able to present in a concise and accurate manner the essence of their business model. We know well our ecosystem of European investors and what they are looking for. Thus it is important to prepare the teams to make a good impact from the very first minute they meet potential investors. They will never have a second chance to make a good impression. Finally, with our selected and prepared start-ups, we go on road show, meeting the most suitable investors likely to have an interest for their technology and activity.”
EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organization. Its mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. They bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.
EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Their innovation and education activities are organized in and around our co-location centers, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalization of society.
EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital is consistently mobilizing talents, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. The headquarter is in Brussels with co-location centers in Berlin, Eindhoven, London, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as in Budapest and Madrid.