ESIL is dedicated to boosting Europe’s innovative ecosystems through the creation of a thriving, connected and diverse angel investment community across all the countries of Europe, whilst strengthening those markets where angel investment may still be lagging behind.


ESIL is supported by funding from the European Union through the European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency EISMEA. ESIL will be delivered by a consortium of highly experienced ecosystem players, deeply embedded in European investment and innovation ecosystems, composed of META Group, BAE  and Bpifrance.


Be part of building the Next Generation of Business Angels across Europe!

Angel Ecosystem

Focus 1

Strengthening the Angel Ecosystems in key target countries where angel investment is less developed


Our research has enabled us to identify and focus on 6 countries in the European community.

All of these countries offer the potential to further strengthen their Business Angels investment capacity to invest in technology champions in their economy, enhancing their innovation ecosystems, whilst increasing their connections and cross-border investment partnerships across Europe.

Our actions in these countries will be supported through our cohort of experienced men and women Angel investors, acting as “Archangels”, working in partnership alongside key investment leaders in the target countries, designed to achieve maximum impact and long-term sustainability.


Their actions will include:

  • Building skills and knowledge: providing aspiring and existing angels with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective lead investors through face to face workshops and online deep dive sessions.
  • Building Syndication: Seasoned investors guide new and existing angels through the Syndication process from sourcing new deal flow through key European acceleration and innovation programmes to effectively closing deals.
  • Mapping the ecosystem to help strengthen the infrastructure for angel investment investment to build.
  • Exploring new co-investment funding potential to leverage public -private investment

BA Investment

Focus 2

Building a connected and dynamic European Angel Investment market

Our work will also focus on the following actions:

  • Collaboration: Exploring co-investment opportunities, helping angels share risks and amplify returns.
  • Creating new standardised documents to streamline cross-border angel investment deals across Europe.
  • Establishing new partnership agreements between the angel communities from the 6 target countries and angel groups in more developed parts of Europe.
  • Learning Without Limits: Access to a new comprehensive online e-learning platform (MOOC) packed with resources for aspiring and experienced angels alike.

Our Vision

We seek to build and empower the Next Generation of Business Angels, exploiting
the potential of more diverse players from new geographies and communities.

The Next Generation will bring fresh knowledge and investment capacity to back
our future technology champions, ensuring a flourishing connected and diverse
investment and innovation ecosystem across Europe.

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