4 reasons you should join FiBAN’s delegation trip to Lisbon

October 11, 2022

The main goal of FiBAN's delegation trips is to match Finnish business angels with other startup investor ecosystems worldwide. Usually, the program consists of visiting the local startup hub, meeting with investors and business angel networks, and networking lunches and dinners. The trips are short, consisting of a few days only, but a great and efficient way to get to know the local startup ecosystem. So, why should you join these trips, especially the upcoming one to Lisbon?

In early 2022 we asked our investor members which city was most interesting for them to visit on a delegation trip, and Lisbon was voted the top destination. The startup scene in Lisbon is growing every day. Since 2014, Lisbon-based startups have raised over €200 million. As of 2018, over 7250 companies have emerged, from which 743 are in the high-tech sector which is one of the most popular in the Portuguese capital. In 2021 Portugal saw 4 startups reach unicorn status!

Here are 4 reasons why you should join the Lisbon trip:

1. Great way to bond with FiBAN investors

If you are new to the network or are looking for like-minded investors, then the delegation trips are a great way to meet and bond with other members. We will kick off the trip with lunch/dinner for the FiBAN delegation, followed by a light activity such as a walking tour or a museum. This is a chance for the participants to get to know each other better. You never know when the next angel syndicate is formed!

2. Cross-border networking opportunities

As the aim of the trip is to meet with the local startup ecosystem players from the city we are visiting, you can expect to meet business angels, VCs, startups, and other networks and organizations. From the latest delegation trip to Amsterdam, a Whatsapp group was formed with the Finnish delegation and the hosting delegation in Amsterdam, where investors shared different kinds of tips and opportunities.

3. Learn how others are doing startup investing

“Knowing the investment cultures of other countries would be very beneficial. FiBAN could help with the mapping of different ways different countries proceed with startup investments. In addition, find out how to pay and report your taxes, both domestically and in the target market.” Nils Lagerström, FiBAN member. 

4. Web Summit

Web Summit is an annual tech conference held in Lisbon, which is described as the most important tech event in the world. Over 70,000 participants are gathering in Lisbon to hear incredible speakers, and engage in networking opportunities, and proprietary software that will make your experience extraordinary. FiBAN members can get a 40% discount on the tickets. Let our office know if you are interested!

Bonus: Escape November to a warm sunny place!

What sounds better than the sun and +20 degrees in November? Did you know that Lisbon is considered the top 3rd sunniest city in Europe, with 2799 hours of sunshine hours per year?

The next trip to Lisbon will take place from the 30th of October until the 4th of November.
More information and registration here. See you in Lisbon!