Venture Capital Conference

Venture Capital Conference 2019

Securing Seed and Growth Funding in Ireland and the UK

Croke Park, Dublin – Thursday 7th March 2019


InterTradeIreland’s annual Venture Capital Conference returns to Dublin.  Once again bringing together in one room for one day the island’s new and growing companies seeking investment along with all of the funds and individuals on the island with money to invest.

The only Venture Capital Conference on the island it is a must for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, investors and anyone with an interest in venture capital.

The conference will again showcase the current sources of equity funding and will navigate the fundamentals of raising venture capital.

Last year’s conference was completely booked out so to avoid disappointment book early.

Why should you attend?

  • Benefit from the insights of the founder of Havok and Frontline Ventures Partner, Steve Collins
  • Get right up-to-date on the current investment scene on the island of Ireland
  • Learn from the experts the fundamentals of Venture Capital investment
  • Book a slot with one of the island’s active investors
  • Hear from the limited partners who currently invest in venture funds on the island of Ireland
  • Share the experience of 4 companies and how they raised funding for their businesses

Conference Programme 2019

InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2019

Thursday 7th March 2019

Securing Seed and Growth Funding in Ireland and the UK

Conference Programme


8.00am – 9.15am              Registration & Networking


8.00am – 9.00am              Pre-booked Investor Meetings – 15min each


9.15am – 9.20am              Mark Simpson, Conference Chair


9.20am – 9.25am               Paul O’Sullivan, InterTradeIreland


9.35am-10.10am               Steve Collins, Frontline Ventures


10.10am – 10.45am         Business Angel Panel

John Phelan, HBAN

Brian McDonald, Bloom Syndicate

Punam Rane, Bloom Syndicate

Laura Lynch, Medtech Syndicate

Jim Curran, Clarendon Fund Managers


10.45am – 11am               Networking Break


11.10 – 11.40 Term sheets- what to look out for?

Nicola McGrath Eugene F Collins

Ray Fitzpatrick, Equity Capital, AIB Investment Banking
11.45 – 12.15 How can companies based on the island of Ireland access Enterprise Investment Scheme funding in the UK

Vasiliki Carson, Sapphire Capital Partners

Limited Partners Panel

Ray Fitzpatrick, AIB

Donnchadh  Cullinan Enterprise Ireland Mark Sims, British Business Bank

William McCulla, Invest NI,

Fergal McAleavey. Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

12.20 – 12.50 Seed Funding Panel – who are the seed investors and what are their expectations?

Hal Wilson, Techstart NI

Rodrigo Mallo Leiva, SOSV

Isabelle O’Keeffe, Suir Valley Ventures

Neil Simms, Clarendon Fund Managers

Connor Cantwell, Cosimo Ventures

Conor Mills, ACT Venture Capital

Helen McBreen, Atlantic Bridge

Series A Funding Panel – who are the Series A investors and what are their expectations?

Allen Martin, Kernel Capital

Jennifer McMahon, Seroba Life Sciences

Mark Horgan, Atlantic Bridge

John O’Sullivan, ACT Venture Capital

Bob McGowan-Smyth, Crescent Capital


12.55pm- 1.25pm             Vincent Power, A&L Goodbody


1.25pm -1.55pm               Been there done that. Four companies experience of raising venture capital


Anita Finnegan, Nova Leah

Roy Devine, Modern Democracy

ACT Nominee

CFM nominee


1.55pm – 3pm                   Networking Lunch


Supported by BDO, Eugene F. Collins and Kernel Capital


Ticket Type For Who Rate (inc 23% Irish VAT payable) Valid
Standard Full €145.00 (£129.00 equivalent) EARLY BIRD until 31st January increasing to €205/£179 thereafter
Enterpreneur / Start Up SME companies (owner/managers/directors) or micro businesses either at start up, early stage, or growth stages seeking potential investment. €30.00 (£25.00 equivalent)


Steve Collins - Speaker Invitation - VC Conference 7th March 2019


Steve is a partner with Frontline Ventures in London, a B2B focused venture fund investing in pre-seed and seed stage software companies.  Steve brings nearly two decades of tech strategy and product development experience as a founder and CTO of three software companies. Steve was previously the founder and CTO of Havok, the leading physics and animation middleware company for console game development, Kore, the developer of the Kore Virtual Machine, an optimised Lua script compatible execution environment and most recently Swrve, the mobile marketing automation platform used by some of the world’s leading brands including Disney, Conde Nast and Ryanair. He was previously an academic and in 1994 he founded the Trinity College Dublin computer graphics research group, and led funded research projects in computer graphics and simulation.  In 2007 he founded TCD’s new MSc program in computer game technology. Steve holds a PhD in computer graphics and is a visiting professor at Goldsmiths University of London.




BDO is the leader in advising and funding ambitious Irish businesses, helping them to grow in domestic and international markets. BDO’s global reach and expertise is built on exceptional client service, a collaborative and inclusive culture and a passion to succeed for our clients. With offices in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, BDO partner with their clients’ businesses working closely as business advisers.



Eugene F Collins 

Eugene F Collins is a full service business law firm. Established over 120 years ago, the firm has 23 Partners and more than 100 legal professionals. We advise many of Ireland’s leading corporate and international organisations across a breadth of industry sectors. The firm’s global scope is strengthened through international law firm partnerships. Eugene F. Collins has built its’ business and reputation on the simple but fundamental principle of seeking at all times to give a first-class legal service to clients.

Kernel Capital

Kernel Capital is an independent manager of the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Funds, comprising of £165m / €210m of funds raised through six separate venture capital funds in the years 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2015. These Funds are supported by Bank of Ireland, Invest NI, Enterprise Ireland, University of Limerick Foundation, Galway University Foundation and New York State Common Retirement Fund.

Kernel Capital is actively investing through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Funds targeting deal size for Kernel Capital’s element in the region of £0.5m to £2m in NI and €1m to €5m in the ROI, either as sole investor or larger deal size in syndication. These 10 year Growth Funds were raised in 2013 and 2015 and invest in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively. Invest NI’s investment in the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020. Kernel Capital is a MiFID regulated firm.

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