Brian O’Connor, Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)

Brian is a Senior Investment Director at the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and leads the Scaling Businesses investment team. His team’s remit covers commitments to growth equity, private equity and debt platforms, through which ISIF’s capital supports many scores of Irish companies. It also includes ISIF’s direct investments via debt and equity. ISIF’s long term goal is to support the development of a robust Irish funding ecosystem and to spur the growth of more and larger Irish businesses that can compete globally. Brian has been with ISIF for eight years and in his prior career he worked as a civil engineer, in software and for a family office. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from University College Cork and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School in UCD.

Clive Lennox, VC & Investor Relationships, Silicon Valley Bank

Based in Ireland, Clive Lennox is a director of Silicon Valley Bank and works closely with technology and life science companies of all sizes. Silicon Valley Bank offers credit solutions from EUR1m to EUR100m plus at every life stage of a business; including venture & growth loans, working capital, acquisition finance, leveraged financing and a full corporate suite. Clive heads up Silicon Valley Bank’s investor coverage for US VCs and CVCs investing in EMEA. Previously, Clive set up SVB’s Irish office and built and managed SVB’s EMEA FX Trading desk in London. Prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, Clive founded Clear Treasury, a FCA regulated payments business in London. Clive holds an EMBA, a master’s degree in International Banking and Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial and Financial Mathematics.

David Bateman, Managing Partner, Claret Capital

David Bateman is a Senior Managing Director – European Growth Capital of CCP, which will act as investment advisor to the Portfolio Manager. David has more than 20 years of experience in technology lending and financing. Prior to joining HMC in January 2013, he and Johan co-founded Benefide, a firm focused on originating specialty debt transactions on a deal-by-deal basis, closing eight transactions over an 18 month period. From 2002-2011 David was with ETV Capital, one of the leading providers of European growth loans at the time, where he was responsible for originating investments and served on the Board of the company and was an alternate on the company’s investment committee. Prior to ETV, David worked at Broadview International, where he spent 7 years originating and executing technology M&A and financing transactions. David earned a BA at Trinity College Dublin, a Diplomkaufmann from EAP-ESCP and a Masters in Finance at the London Business School. David is a citizen and resident of Ireland.

Denise Sidhu, Partner and Director, Kernel Capital

Denise Sidhu is a Partner and Director at Kernel Capital. An active investment committee member across all the Kernel Funds with particular responsibility for transactional legal’s and compliance. Denise is a board member with portfolio investees Cirdan Imaging, B-Secur, Nova Leah and Kianda Technologies. Denise is also a Board Member of the Irish Venture Capital Association. Prior to joining Kernel in 2001, Denise’s corporate finance experience varied from debt financing as Head of Finance in Ulster Bank Commercial Finance Limited and to trust and private banking in her role as Financial Controller of The Bank of Nova Scotia, Channel Islands. Denise is a Certified Public Accountant and a Licentiate of the Compliance Institute in Ireland.

Donal Mac Nioclais, Investment Director, Waterland Private Equity Investments

Donal Mac Nioclais is an Investment Director in the Dublin office of Waterland, a leading European mid-market private equity firm. Prior to joining Waterland, Donal was Vice President of Strategy & Development at CRH plc, where he led M&A and strategy activities for the group’s heavy materials divisions in Western Europe and Northern US. Earlier in his career, he was the CEO of an Irish biotech start-up and held a variety of roles in strategy consulting and renewables site development.

Ivan Yates, Entrepreneur and Broadcaster

Ivan has had unique life experience in politics, business and media. A former government minister and Wexford TD for more than 20 years; an entrepreneur who founded and developed Celtic Bookmakers to employ 400 people, with €200 million turnover.
He bounced back from bankruptcy in Wales in 2012 to become a highly successful national broadcaster presenting The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk and co-presenting The Tonight Show with Matt Cooper on Virgin Media1.
In 2014 he published his best-selling autobiography, Full On with acclaimed reviews.
His original forthright style of entertaining punditry and analysis on the full range of current affairs and sport has made him a much sought after motivational public speaker at corporate and formal events. He also acts as a versatile conference facilitator/moderator, MC with a flair for asking the questions that need answering.

Jonathan Legge, Co-founder and CEO, &Open

Jonathan is a multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in the consumer design industry. He co-founded corporate gifting platform &Open in 2017. The first client &Open secured was multinational household name AirBnB. &Open have since become a global player in corporate gifting, as evidenced by their recent Series A funding round of $26 million and their impressive client list which includes; Spotify, Peloton, Reebok and Wayflyer. Prior to co-founding &Open, Jonathan co-founded Makers&Brothers, a critically acclaimed small retail project, which he helped grow for 7 years before pivoting into corporate gifting and founding &Open.
&Open is a global gifting platform that thoughtfully sources gifts, automates when they’re sent and handles all logistics from start to finish — all you need is an email. As of September 2022 &Open have also launched their On-Demand platform which marks an evolution of their service by becoming more accessible to SME’s. &Open help businesses boost customer loyalty, retention and engagement across Sales, Marketing, CS and HR teams. All from one powerful platform.

Kevin MacSweeny, Head of New Investments & Origination, Broadlake Capital

Kevin heads up New Investments for Broadlake, along with Origination of Acquisitions and Investments for Broadlake’s portfolio partner companies. He works closely with the Founders and CEOs of the Broadlake partner companies on their acquisition strategies and their origination process to completion. Broadlake actively looks for ambitious Entrepreneurs with great teams and supports them on their growth journey through both organic and acquisitive growth strategies.

John Phelan, All Ireland Director, Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN)

John has been involved with Angel funding since 2006 and is the All Island Director of the Halo Business Angels Network (www.hban.org) which has invested over €150m of private funds in over 650 companies. HBAN manage 13 Syndicates on the Island of Ireland and four international Syndicates in New York, London, Singapore and Dubai.

John has started and managed companies in the USA, the UK and Ireland. These include founding and co-founding companies in Artificial Intelligence, Animation and GM of a games company in Chicago. John is involved with all stages of funding (Equity, Debt, Grant, R&D) and stages of development from M&A exit transactions, Series A, Seed and R&D.

Leo McAdams joined Enterprise Ireland in 1996 as a Marketing Advisor with the Paris office. Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, he worked for a number of tech companies based in Paris, including acting as Export Manager for a French SME. From 1999-2007 he held Management positions in Enterprise Ireland offices in Spain and Italy before joining Investment Services Division in 2007 based in Dublin.
As Manager of the Equity Department from 2008 to 2012, Leo was responsible for the management of Enterprise Ireland’s equity portfolio.
In March 2012, he became Manager of the Financial Services & BPO Department responsible for supporting both start-ups and established Fintech companies and established BPO companies. In July 2015 he was appointed Divisional Manager ICT & ITS extending his responsibilities to all Services and Technology client companies. In 2017, he was appointed Divisional Manager for the International Sales & Partnering Division and has responsibility for EIs overseas network of 33 offices. Leo is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where he studied Business Studies. He also completed an MBA with the Open University. Leo now leads the Investment Services Division

Ronan Horgan, CEO, Capitalflow

Ronan Horgan is CEO of Capitalflow Group which he co-founded back in 2016 with Pollen Street Capital, a specialist financial services Private Equity firm. Since beginning life as a start-up, Capitalflow has advanced over €850m to a range of Irish businesses across all sectors and geographical regions. The company currently employ 80 people from its two main offices in Dublin.
In July 2021 Capitalflow was acquired by bunq, a Neobank with a full European Banking licence regulated by the Dutch National Bank. bunq operates in over 30 European countries offering a range of comprehensive banking offers for personal customers and sole traders. After gaining Central Bank of Ireland authorisation, bunq recently established a branch in Ireland and is the first digital bank to offer accounts with Irish IBANs.
Ronan has had an extensive career in banking dating back to 1993 during which time he experienced lending through all the economic cycles, and as a result he is a strong advocate for supporting business owners through the range of ups and downs they must endure. Ronan is focussed on continuing to create a unique customer centric offering in the financial services market in Ireland and continuing to grow a team who are passionate about putting customers first in everything they do. During the pandemic, Ronan completed a diploma in Corporate Governance with UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Sonia Neary, CEO & Co-Founder, Wellola

Sonia Neary is the CEO & Co-Founder, of Wellola. Wellola is an innovative digital health software company, whose founders believe only the sickest of the sick should be hospitalised and that the future of healthcare is preventative, community-based and supported by digital tools. With over seventeen year’s previous experience working as a Physiotherapist in the Irish healthcare setting, Sonia is a big believer in leveraging digital technology to support hospital-at-home and self-management care models. She champions Wellola’s mission to offer care-enabling technology, which arms clinicians to keep well people well (and treat those that are unwell) in the community where possible, maximising clinical & economic outcomes & optimising patients’ healthcare experiences. An advocate for greater gender diversity in entrepreneurship, Sonia was honoured to represent Ireland as a finalist in the global ‘Women Who Tech’ awards in Paris (2019), and to accept both the Runner-up award for the IBEC ‘Digital Health Innovation of the Year’ and the ‘Integrated Care’ award from the Irish Medical & Surgical Trade Association on behalf of Wellola (2020).

Tara Dalton, CEO, Altratech

Dr Dalton is a faculty member in the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick, and a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers. She is one of the founders of Stokes Bio – a spin-out company that was sold to Life Technologies that developed high throughput microfluidic instruments for PCR. She is currently the CEO of Altratech – a start-up developing molecular diagnostics for point of care applications. Her research interest is in the development of microfluidic devices for biological assays. She has graduated 20 PhD Students, published over 100 refereed papers and has over 50 granted patent and patent applications.

Conor O’Sullivan, Investment Director, Atlantic Bridge

Conor joined Atlantic Bridge in 2021 where he focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities for the University Bridge Funds. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Conor was based in London where he was Vice President at Paladin Capital, one of the most active early-stage venture capital investors in the cybersecurity sector. Before Paladin Conor was Investment Manager at Seraphim Capital, the largest investment group dedicated to investing in space technology start-ups. Following his MBA at the University of Oxford, Conor joined the Satellite Applications Catapult, a space research and technology centre funded by the UK Government, as Head of Business Strategy supporting over 100 start-ups. Prior to this Conor worked in sales, trading and operational roles for 5 years at two global investment banks. Conor holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BA in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin.

Helen Cahill, Founder & CEO, InvoiceFair

Helen Cahill is a Founder and CEO of fintech innovator InvoiceFair.com. Her 3 decades in financial services comprises experience from trading rooms through Treasury and FX Management to wealth management. A UCD graduate, Helen cut her financial teeth in the trading room of Barclays Bank in Dublin whilst simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Business with UCD. Progressing into the world of Treasury and FX Management, Helen found a natural home for many years dealing with the intricacies of the foreign exchange and investment arena. But it was her time in wealth management in 2010-2012 where the inspiration for InvoiceFair.com emerged. Institutional investors, exploring new opportunities to position funds, were open to deploying funds into receivables as an investment asset class. Seizing this opportunity, Helen and co-founder Peter Brady created an innovative technology platform that established a bridge between those investors and scaling Irish companies that allowed them to regain control of their growth in a way not considered by the pillar banks.

Sarah Bogossian, Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Sarah is a Corporate Finance Director within Goodbody’s Investment Banking division with over 20 years’ experience of working closely with high growth companies to raise capital (debt and equity) and pursue M&A strategies. With a strong international network of investors (VC, PE, Institutional, Sovereign Wealth, Patient capital), credit providers and corporate connections, Sarah assists high growth companies effect transactions at pace for value maximisation. Prior to Goodbody, Sarah spent 3 years at EY as a Director of Corporate Finance in the Strategy & Transaction Dept and previously worked for a range of banks and investment funds providing equity funding, corporate finance, corporate banking and strategic advice. Member of World M&A Alliance. Masters from UCD Graduate School, BA (Bus, Econ) from Trinity College Dublin. Also a kitesurfer and fan of all things equestrian.

Don Harrington, Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

Don Harrington is a M&A and capital raising specialist having spent more than 25 years helping many of the leading growth and family-owned businesses in Ireland and the UK maximise their value through IPO, M&A, restructuring and disposals. Don’s advisory experience covers both public and private companies, Private Equity firms as well as the semi state sector. Don’s international network of contacts spans Institutional Equity/Cross Over funds, PE, Sovereign Wealth Funds, Venture Capital, Family Office and strategic investors /acquirors. Don joined Goodbody in 2007, having previously spent six years investing in technology and medtech companies for Trinity Venture Capital, and an earlier advisory career at Davy and EY UK. Member of the Enterprise Ireland Seed & Venture Capital Committee. BComm from University College Galway. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

John Flynn, Director, Corporate Finance, Investment Banking, Goodbody Stockbrokers

John is a Corporate Finance Director within Goodbody’s Investment Banking division with over 19 years’ experience advising publicly quoted and privately owned companies across multiple industries on capital raising (equity and debt) and M&A. John has advised companies in Ireland, the UK, France, USA and South Africa. Prior to Goodbody, John worked for Credit Suisse in London (specialising in UK M&A and equity capital markets) and AIB in Dublin, New York and LA (specialising in US leveraged buyouts). John has a BComm from University College Dublin and is a Qualified Accountant.