‘Venture capital and innovation in Europe and the US’ – dinner hosted by the United States Ambassador to the European Union and Invest Europe on Wednesday, 30 November 2016

 


Speakers:

Mr. Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU

Michael Collins, CEO, Invest Europe

Dr. Gerry Murphy, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of The Blackstone Group

Mr. David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group

Mr. Frédéric Mazzella, founder of carpooling service BlaBlaCar

Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Euro, Social Dialogue and Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union

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Mr. Michael Collins, the CEO of Invest Europe, and the US Ambassador to the EU, Mr. Anthony L. Gardner, co-hosted a dinner debate on ‘Venture Capital and Innovation in Europe and the US’ on 30 November. The dinner took place at the Ambassador’s residence in Brussels.

 

The debate brought together private equity and venture capital investors with EU policymakers to discuss what it takes to build a strong start-up ecosystem and share news of the innovations that are exciting investors today

 

The investors attending included Dr. Gerry Murphy, Senior Managing Director and Chairman of The Blackstone Group and Mr. David Rubenstein, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group. Mr. Frédéric Mazzella, founder of carpooling service BlaBlaCar took part as did Valdis Dombrovskis, the European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Euro, Social Dialogue and Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union.

EU and US venture capital investment experiences compared during US Ambassador’s dinner