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Business Angel Institute goes to the Netherlands

On the picture in Kitzbühel: Esther Gons, NEXT.Amsterdam, Fabian Greiler and Berthold Baurek-Karlic from the Business Angel Institute and Timan Rebel, NEXT.Amsterdam. Photography by Tom Roschanek.


The Business Angel Institute is launching it’s established training program for early stage investors in the Netherlands. The official announcement was released at this year’s Business Angel Summit in Kitzbühel together with our local partner NEXT.Amsterdam, one of Europe’s top accelerators.

Amsterdam is one of Europe’s leading startup hubs.

NEXT.Amsterdam is headquartered in Amsterdam and will be the primary contact for Business Angels from this region. We are especially happy to launch the program in this city, as Amsterdam almost always ranks as one of the leading startup hubs in Europe. For example, the Startup & Innovation Network StartUs asked more than 700 founders about their favorite place and Amsterdam came out as number 3! Thomas Kösters from StartUs explains this with good access to capital and talent:

Thanks to Amsterdam’s international appeal, the Netherlands have grown the most in Europe due to startup migration, benefiting from a 31% net migration inflow. With relatively low burn rates and good access to capital and talent, Amsterdam has become an irresistible option for entrepreneurs on the search for a new location.


NEXT.Amsterdam was founded by serial entrepreneurs Esther Gons and Timan Rebel, who not only provide hands-on support for their portfolio companies but also own a co-working space. Participants of our training programs will also profit from their vast experience in the corporate environment, which Esther recently published as a co-author in a new book. We will be launching the training program in Q3/Q4 this year in a more compact version.


If you are interested, please give us a hint.


New Certified Business Angel: Thorben Schiborowski

Thorben Schiborowski, CBA successfully completed our training program 2016 and passed the exam as “Certified Business Angel” (CBA) – the world’s first certification of individual business angels (ISO 17024).  He officially received the certificate in March 2017 during the European Super Angels Club kickoff event at the Semper Constantia Privatbank in Vienna.

Thorben is a successful entrepreneur and founder of the convent energy GmbH. Since 2008, he developed the company to one of the leading German personnel service providers for the wind energy sector. Today, convent energy has more than 200 employees and generates more than 10m annual revenue. According to the magazine Focus, it is one of the fastest growing companies in Germany.

Thorben Schiborowski (on the left) was awarded with the title "Certified Business Angel".

Thorben Schiborowski (on the left) was awarded with the title “Certified Business Angel”. © Tom Roschanek

In December 2016, Thorben decided to end his active role within the company and handed over the position as CEO. He wants to fully dedicate his time helping new ideas to emerge and transforming them into successful businesses. Through our comprehensive training program, he prepared for his second career as a professional early stage investor. His investment focus is in the smart energy industry, offering founders not only cash but also his vast experience and network.

Thorben lives in Oldenburg, Germany. Before founding convent energy, he worked as a consultant at a personnel service provider and graduated in Business Administration at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg.


Find smart investors

If you are a founder looking for investors such as Thorben, we can highly recommend you to apply for the European Super Angels Club – a pan-European co-investment scheme initiated by Venionaire Capital and KPMG Partners.

Apply here!