On an “InvestEU” panel - which brought together the finance providers to SMEs and which took place on 23 November in Estonia - our CEO Marie-Elisabeth Rusling presented the situation on start-ups and angel investors in Europe. The pivotal role of angel investors was discussed with growing SMEs, financial institutions - both national and European - and the European Commission. 

This years’ edition of the SME Assembly brought together not only SMEs, intermediaries and institutional decision makers but also the finance providers. Over the three days, many company managers benefited from the workshops and networking events which gave them an insight into the requirements of investors ranging from business angels, funds to banks.

BAE also exchanged views on how to scale up early-stage finance Europe with the European Commission, the Members States (SME Envoys) and key SME representative organisations such as UEAPME & Eurochambres.   
The SME Assembly is the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe and gathers the best and most inspiring ideas with the potential to change the world for the better, from across the 28 Member States. The conference takes place once a year during the European SME Week. Together with the network of SME Envoys, the assembly creates the governance structure of the Small Business Act.

BAE was proud to have been joined at the event by our Austrian member AWS represented by CEO Bernhard Sagmeister as well as by the independent board member Emma Fau. They both contributed to workshops, panels and matchmaking events.  

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which captured some of the moments of our presence in Tallinn.