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European Game Booster

European Games Booster/Finance panel

Game Connection Paris - 29th October 2015

The 2015 edition of Game Connection Europe is hosting a dedicated session for equity investment in the European games industry.

The session is financed as part of European Game Boost – a Creative Europe, Media subprogramme.

Investing in European Games Companies

The session covers the key issues related to financing in the games sector, especially adressing the risk factors and growth opportunities offered by equity investment in European games productions and games companies.

The session gives the floor to European games success stories and offers insights into the venture capital industry in order to reinforce financial understanding and help European games developers to secure funds.

Finance experts and invited investors will share their experiences and insights with the audience.

This session will be followed by investment pitches from 15 selected European companies currently looking at raising equity investment. The companies have 5 minutes to convince a panel of investors with track records in the sector (business angels, venture capital funds) to invest in their company.

Draft Schedule

10:00 - 10h15 - Hendrik Lesser, Elected President of The European Games Developer Federation (EGDF) – European Landscape

10:15-10:43 - Derek Elliott, Product Director/ Executive Director, Execution Labs

Role of public institutions in the financing of video games
How public institutions are structured and finance video games

- Per Strömbäck, Managing Director, Association of Swedish Games Developers
- Maciej Szymanowicz, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Culture/Media/Creative Europe
- Marisol Lopez Director, Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries (ICEC), Barcelona
- Aurélien Loos, Board Member, Capital Games, CEO, Leikir Studio, Paris
- Oliver Passek, Advisor for Film and Media at Federal Ministry of Science, Arts and Culture, Stuttgart
Moderation: Thierry Baujard, CEO, peacefulfish

New players in the financing arena

- Heitor Benfeito, Director, Portugal Ventures
- Carolina Rodríguez, Promotion and Institutional Relations, Empresa Nacional de Innovacion, S.A. (ENISA), Madrid
Moderation: Thierry Baujard, CEO, peacefulfish

12:30-13:30 LUNCH BREAK

Financing/Venture capital for indie publishers

- Khaled Helioui, CEO, Bigpoint
- Prof. Odile Limpach, Strategic Consultant, Blue Byte; Cologne Game Lab
- Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners
- Roch Roustan, CFO, Bulkypix
Moderation: Andre Bernhardt - Indieadvisor

One-to-one discussions with two specialised equity investors/audience

- Guillaume Lautour, Managing Partner, Level-Up
- Wolfgang Stindl, International Business Development Director, iVentureCapital GmbH
Moderation: Thierry Baujard, CEO, peacefulfish

15:15-15:30 BREAK

Investment Pitch
(5 minutes pitch-5 minutes feedback)
12 European game companies pitch in front of international equity investors with a track record in the video games industry or financial interest in the sector (business angels, family offices, venture capital funds).
Moderation: Juliane Schulze, Senior partner, peacefulfish

Selected companies:
3DRudder (France); bfives (Portugal); Debout Ludo (France); Fishing Cactus (Belgium); Interactive 4D (France); Kyy Games (Finland); Plug-in-digital (France); tickityboom (UK); Just Funny Games (Italy); The Effective Evolutions (Germany); Voodoo (France); Zero Games Studio (France).

Investor Jury:
Xavier Huerre, beangels; Derek Elliott, Execution Labs; Morgane Rollando, Femmes Business Angels; Shelley Lau, IPC Ventures; Gil Doukhan, Iris Capital; Francesco Mantegazzini, Italian Angels For Growth; Julien Dubois, Investessor; Wolfgang Stindl, iVentureCapital GmbH; Travis Winstanley, Kuju Startups Fund; Guillaume Lautour, Level-Up; Heitor Benfeito, Portugal Ventures; Sunny Dhillon, Signia Venture Partners; Nikolaj Nyholm, Sunstone Capital.
One to One session with investors on 30th October morning (on the EGB stand)