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ESIL Angel: Rene Reijtenbagh

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René Reijtenbagh is Managing director of the Dutch Business Angels Association called BAN Nederland. He is also Managing director of Business Angels Connect a national business angels platform for the sectors Agro-Food, Health and Chemical. He has a lot of experience in business angels deal flow and is an Angel investor himself.  He is vice president of Business Angels Europe (BAE) responsible for the Cross border Cooperation initiatives. René studied Economic Geography at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and followed a Business Administration program on innovation management at the TSM Business school in Enschede also in the Netherlands

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Business Angels Network Netherlands represents more than 5000 business angels in the Netherlands. Members of BANN include business angel networks, business angel syndicates and individual business angels.

Early stage investing in Netherlands today:

  • The Netherlands has a strong small business administration profile. The country ranks above the EU average in a majority of SBA areas. Particular strengths remain entrepreneurship, ‘second chance’, ‘responsive administration’ and skills & innovation. In entrepreneurship the country topped all other EU Member States.
  • It also performs well on the single market and internationalization.
  • Despite considerable policy efforts, there is still room for improvement on access to finance and on state aid and public procurement.
  • The environment has been conducive to entrepreneurship for a long time, thanks to a number of initiatives

My goals in Netherlands

  • Develop additional activities for members and their business angels relations and entrepreneurs.
  • Cross border cooperations and ‘best practises’ on this and how to stimulate
  • Women Angelinvesting, how to stimulate
  • Crowdfunding and Angelinvesting

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