16 November 2022, Croke Park, Dublin

 

CONNECTING FOUNDERS WITH INVESTMENT PARTNERS AND CAPITAL

8:00

Registration, Networking and Exhibition Viewing

8:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Entrepreneur & Broadcaster

8:40

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Market outlook: the state of play for investment in Irish companies 

This panel will discuss the range of financing options available to Irish companies, the types of companies suited to each option and how recent market conditions, with a major fall-off in valuations particularly in technology and bio-tech as well as the prospect of rising rates, are impacting the funding landscape.

  • What sectors are attracting transformational investments?
  • How do we ensure that there is a dynamic and wide range of funding options available to Irish businesses to support their growth plans?
  • What were the key deals so far this year?
Conor O’Sullivan

Conor O’Sullivan

Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge

Donal Mac Nioclais

Donal Mac Nioclais

Investment Director, Waterland Private Equity Investments

Brian O’Connor

Brian O’Connor

Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

9:10

IN CONVERSATION WITH…

Firepower: raising equity capital from international investors   

  • What is the outlook for international investment in Irish companies in a climate of global economic uncertainty and a geo-political crisis in Eastern Europe?
  • What are international investors looking for and how can we boost access to capital for Irish companies?
Don Harrington

Don Harrington

Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Sarah Bogossian

Sarah Bogossian

Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

FOUNDER/CEO SPOTLIGHT SERIES

9:30

The journey to raise €24 million for growth

Jonathan Legge

Jonathan Legge

Founder & CEO, &Open

9:45

Securing $300 million in funding ahead of a planned IPO

Peter A Jensen

Peter A Jensen

CEO & Chairman, Normax Biomed

10:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

The process of taking a company public

This panel will outline the steps involved in the IPO process from choosing an IPO underwriter, conducting due diligence and submitting your regulatory filings to the IPO roadshow, going public on the stock exchange and beginning the transition to market competition.

John Flynn

John Flynn

Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Niall Jones

Niall Jones

Head of Listing Ireland & UK, Euronext

10:30

Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

 

FINDING THE RIGHT INVESTMENT PARTNER

11:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Raising funding to achieve your growth – founders’ considerations

This panel will discuss getting your house in order, the selection of a funding partner, the importance of understanding the objectives of key stakeholders and how founders should leverage funds wisely to avoid setting unrealistic expectations.

What were the highs and lows of the journey?

What lessons were learnt along the way?

What fund-raising advice would you give a start-up founder?

Ronan Perceval

Ronan Perceval

Founder & CEO, Phorest Salon Software (invited)

Sonia Neary

Sonia Neary

CEO & Co-Founder, Wellola

Iseult Ward

Iseult Ward

CEO, Food Cloud (invited)

ENTREPRENEURS’ STORIES – THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF RAISING CAPITAL

11:30

Raising capital for next-generation molecular detection research

Tara Dalton

Tara Dalton

CEO, Altratech

11:45

From start-up to sale

Ronan Horgan

Ronan Horgan

CEO, Capitalflow

DEBT FINANCE FOR GROWTH COMPANIES

12:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Accessing debt finance solutions for your company

This expert panel will discuss the breadth of non-equity solutions available to Irish companies. With equity markets checking their pace of deployment, debt is very much a consideration and in demand. They will outline the range of debt solutions that are available to innovative, fast growing, Irish tech and life sciences companies and for every life stage of a business from venture to large public and private businesses. Companies have access to debt tickets sizes ranging from €1m to €100m plus. You will hear how to assess the funding solutions that are available and how to negotiate a debt settlement arrangement.

Helen Cahill

Helen Cahill

CEO, InvoiceFair

Clive Lennox

Clive Lennox

VC & Investor Relationships, Silicon Valley Bank

David Bateman

David Bateman

Managing Partner, Claret Capital

12:30

Networking Lunch Break & Exhibition Viewing

 

FINDING THE RIGHT CAPITAL FOR YOUR GROWTH

1:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Securing growth capital in a competitive landscape

The onset of new risks such as inflation, rising interest rates, geopolitical turmoil and increased government scrutiny has contributed to the surge in volatility and slowdown in deals in 2022.

  • Should we be preparing for a different recession or capital funding for a period of increased uncertainty and volatility?
  • How does growth capital differ from other funding sources and how can entrepreneurs and company founders get access to it?
  • What are the key factors that investors look at when evaluating opportunities?
  • Has performance started to diverge as the cost of debt rises and exits are more difficult?
  • Why ESG is the key to raising capital in 2022 and beyond.
Kevin MacSweeny

Kevin MacSweeny

Head of New Investments & Origination, Broadlake Capital

Lauren Sharpe

Lauren Sharpe

Investor, BGF

Denise Sidhu

Denise Sidhu

Partner, Kernel Capital

2:00

Accessing government funds

From entrepreneurs with business propositions for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing international sales, this session will outline the funding and supports available for growing companies.

Leo McAdams

Leo McAdams

Divisional Manager – Investment Services Division, Enterprise Ireland

2:15

RESENTATION – ANGEL FINANCE

Angel investing – a marriage with a planned divorce

John Phelan

John Phelan

All Ireland Director, Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN)

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

2:30

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Meeting the challenges of growing your business.  

Having raised funds for your business, through bootstrapping, angel investors, grants, debt finance, private equity or venture capitalists, you now have to face the challenges of growing your business. As well as dealing with sales, marketing, cash flow and financial management you also need to ensure you have the right talent to ensure success. This panel will discuss how big international tech recruitment slowdowns and hiring freezes are impacting global and local markets and how a downturn in hiring by big tech companies might benefit start-ups looking to ensure a pipeline of talent in their companies.

Elaine Spain

Elaine Spain

Co-Founder, Novus Diagnostics

Claire McHugh

Claire McHugh

CEO & Co-Founder, Axonista

3:00

PRESENTATION/CASE STUDY – M&As

What would an acquisition or merger look like for my business?

3:15

CLOSING REMARKS FROM CHAIR

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Broadcaster

3:30

Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

4:30

SUMMIT ENDS