Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Keynote
10:15
INVEST - Investment Grant For Venture Capital
  Hardy Isken, Officer (416), Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)
INVEST - Investment Grant For Venture Capital
Hardy Isken

Hardy Isken
Officer (416)
Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA)

Abstract
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy started the INVEST - Investment grant for venture capital in 2013. Aim of this program is to help young and innovative companies to find early stage investors. Business Angels play an important role in early stage financing. The aim of INVEST is that these companies can acquire more and larger investments from business angels. The grant pays an investor 20% of his investment into a young innovative company.

Biography
Hardy Isken has administrated the investment grant INVEST - Zuschuss für Wagniskapital" for the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) since it started in 2013. He oversees the application process and audits all relevant contracts on the investor´s side. After working as a Key Account Manager for Apple in Ireland and as a Business Development Manager for the polish IT company Comarch AG he had co-founded a finance start-up.