Interview: Monegasque Ian Sosso wins Best European Business Angel Investor award

Ian is a Monegasque but has spent much of his life abroad, working in the biggest banks like HSBC, UBS and JP Morgan, in the world’s largest cities of London, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. He also headed the investment bank division of Commerzbank for the Asia Pacific region.

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Interview: Monegasque Ian Sosso wins Best European Business Angel Investor award

Ian Sosso, founder of Monte Carlo Capital, wins “best European early stage investor” award

Ian Sosso, Monte Carlo Capital founder, presented with Best European Early Stage Investor award

MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Ian Sosso, super angel and founder of Monte Carlo Capital, was awarded “Best European Early-Stage Investor” at the 2019 European Business Angels Network (EBAN) Annual Congress held in Helsinki on 3 June.

Ian Sosso (left) with Peter Cowley (right) at the EBAN gala dinner in Helsinki


This annual event, held in a different European country each year, is one of the largest gatherings of Europe’s business angels.

Ian accepted the award at the EBAN Gala Awards Ceremony from Peter Cowley, President of EBAN. The award is EBAN’s most prestigious accolade and is delivered every year at the summit.

“It’s an honour to be receiving this award from EBAN. When looking for investments, I am typically searching for big ideas, businesses solving big problems or disrupting industries,” stated Sosso.

Ian founded Monte Carlo Capital in 2009. Monte Carlo Capital is group of private investors and

family offices investing in European and U.S. deep technology startups that solve big problems or businesses that are looking to disrupt an industry. Ian has been involved with EBAN since 2017, when he won the “Best New Performing Member” award and was appointed to the board of directors in 2018.

“This is such an exciting space to be in,” Sosso said. “At Monte Carlo Capital, our vision is to combine the best of what business angels and venture capital offer: investment capacity of a venture fund while remaining a group of HNWI and family offices that are co-investing together and helping businesses grow.”

Based in Brussels, EBAN is the European trade association of business angels, seed funds and early-stage investors, with members in 50 countries and representing over 30,000 business angels.

Ian’s article: Facilitating Tech Transfer from Universities to build Tech Businesses

Article published within EBAN, the European trade association for business angels.

Difficulties in turning intellectual property developed by universities into commercial application is one of the greatest bottlenecks to the creation of world changing businesses, and ultimately growth and prosperity. It is also a unique opportunity for investors. It is critical that we all work towards facilitating transfer of technology

Ian’s talk: Combining the best of Angel Investing and Venture Capital

Ian Sosso speaking at the World Business Angels Forum – Istanbul 19th February 2019

According to the latest EBAN figures, the average investment for an angel investor in a single business in 2017 was EUR 25,000, and EUR 182,000 for an angel network.
At the same time, venture capital investment starts with significantly larger numbers.
Businesses looking to raise $500K to $2M often struggle. It’s the valley of death.

Ian explains how, by leading investment rounds from $500K to $2M, and increasingly leading follow-ons, whilst bringing a global ecosystem of advisors and relationships usually only available at large VCs, an angel investor can combine the best of what angel investors and venture capital can offer.