We are the only member-based interest organisation for Business Angels in the country, with a dozen regional or other angel groups and 800+ angels.

BAN is the only trade association representing business angels in Norway. BAN is a member of EBAN - the European angel association.

Who? As any interest organisation we only further the interests of our members. Not consultants. Not VCs. Not mentors.

Our 3 goals: We represent our members towards government/politics/media/etc. We train angels. We improve deal flow for our members - and we collaborate with others towards these goals.

Our mission: Helping angels invest outside their local area - We welcome startups and angel investors from all around the world - and we play a key role in building angel networks in Latin America, Asia and Africa. And on the way BAN was the initiator and founder of the first Nordic BAN.

Events: We facilitate events and programs where angel investors and startups meet, we have events in all regions of Norway together with regional angel groups - though not always at regular intervals.

Lobby: We make it more attractive to invest in startups - we were one of three organisations that successfully lobbied for establishing a tax incentive for angel investments.

Training: We have trained over 500 angels in Norway, we train banks and other ecosystem players. All interest organisations are non-commercial, but we also support commercial training actors and any other initiatives that further the angel ecosystem in Norway.

+/- 800 angels

25 nationalities

50+ startup financed

22 MNOK of angel investment raised in 2018-2020

10 programs since 2017

10 regional BAN entities

A portfolio of +500 companies

A lot of good ideas

  • Best exit so far: 200X
  • >70 early-stage angel investments since 2014
  • Plus >80 cases indirectly through 9 angel portfolios
  • Over €500.000 invested early-stage
  • Co-founder or founder in >12 startups
  • Mentor for >700 startups since 2012
  • Background from international business: Pfizer, BCG, BearingPoint
  • Background from government: Parliamentary advisor to ministers Erna Solberg and foreign affairs minister, MFA assistant attache at the UN Security Council, Stavanger Office in Brussels, UN + EU intern
  • PhD-ABD in Social and Political Science, European University Institute (Firenze)
  • MPhil in European studies, Cambridge University
  • MA in International Politics and Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Lead Angel in all our investment rounds and the main teacher of our programs.
  • MA in Project Management from Handelshøyskolen BI.
  • Experience as a Managing Director with a long history of working in the oil & gas industry.
  • Serial entrepreneur: founder of Dovre Group, Dovre International, Dovre Information System, Dovre Sertifisering, Milestone, Visma and others as Nigeria-Norwegian Chamber of Commerces.
  • +45 angel investments and one of the 3 known angels with such a wide portfolio.
  • Expert consultant for Business Angels Norway.
  • Head of Coordination and Project Director for international startups and investors trainings
  • MA in HR Management and a Degree on Labour law from University of Zaragoza in Spain and ESIC Business School.
  • 20+ years of experience as expert partner, with expertise in business development.
  • Creates arenas for angel investors and companies, and facilitates seminars.
  • Co-founder and COO at WIN Network Norway, empowering women to strengthen their financial position, by offering access to trainings, investment opportunities, and a co-investment network.
  • Master’s Degree in International Communication.
  • International background and work experience in digital marketing, events organization, advertising, and communication.
  • English, Italian, Spanish, and French speaker thanks to study and work experiences around Europe.
  • BAN’s social media management and marketing strategies.

Svein-Magnus is an experienced technology architect, startup-advisor and entrepreneur with a background and masters degree in information and communication technology. He is a board member for Business Angels Norway and an active angel investor with more than 20 investments made, as well as being a startup- and investment mentor for WIN Women Investors Network Norway and Founder Institute Norway. He has also been a speaker at a series of local and international technology conferences and is a founder and board-member in several professional technology-communities in Norway such as Cantara and Oslo Open Data Forum.

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  • Social entrepreneur – co founder of social ventures based in United States and Latinamerica
  • Mexican lawyer and MA International Development and Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
  • 10 years of experience managing programs focused on economic development, entrepreneurship, migration and rule of law
  • Served as Political and Economic Specialist for the US Department of State and for Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.