Speakers

Peter Cowley

Keynote Speaker - Leveraging the Networks Experience

Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years.  He has built up a portfolio of 60+ angel investments with 3 good exits and several failures. He is the WBAF Best Angel Investor of the World and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15.  He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and on the board of eight startups.  In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £5+M) from the balance sheet of Marshall, a £2bn revenue Cambridge engineering company.  He is chair of the Cambridge Angels and is a fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Management School in Cambridge.  He is a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association and on the investment committee of the Angel Co-fund.  He has also had 16 years’ experience as chair, treasurer and trustee of the boards of seven charities and is voluntary equity finance chair for the Federation of Small Businesses.  He is sharing his and others’ experience and anecdotes by publishing online and offline – see www.investedinvestor.com

Christopher Mirabile

Keynote Speaker - Leveraging the Learning Network

Christopher Mirabile is the Chair Emeritus and Public Policy Chair of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool www.seraf-investor.com. He is also co-Managing Director of Launchpad Venture Group, a Boston-based venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies. Launchpad is top-three ranked group in the U.S. As a full-time angel investor and an active member of the Boston-area angel investing community, Christopher has personally invested in 68 start-up companies. He was named one of the "Top Angel Investors in New England" by Xconomy.  Christopher is a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct lecturer in the MBA program at Babson College's Olin School of Business, a regular advisor and mentor to start-ups, and a frequent panellist and speaker. He is a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Advisors of numerous start-up companies and non-profits. Christopher has served as a public company CFO and General Counsel with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse's Strategic Consulting Group.

Feargall Kenny

Keynote Speaker - Leveraging the International Network

Feargall Kenny is the founder of the New York Digital Irish Group. The group was founded in late 2013. Digital Irish aims to help provide 

Irish startups accelerate their growth in the US by making material connections for those startups to customers, partners, service providers and financing. It now has 2000 members, hosts content and pitch centric events every 1-2 months and has seen over 115 Irish startups from both sides of the border pitch at those events. The group operates on a not-for-profit basis and is sponsorship based. White and Williams LLP and the Department of Foreign Affairs Emigration fund are key sponsors.

In 2015, alongside prolific angel investors, David Beatty and Shane Naughton, Feargall co-founded the Digital Irish Angels group which aims to bridge Irish startups that have a lead institutional investor, and that are looking to expand in the US, to US-based accredited Irish American and Irish Expat angel investors. Our goal is to invest 150-250k per deal in tandem with Irish VCs leading a series A or seed round. We believe it is our unique access to deep US connections that is our Unique Selling Proposition.

Outside of NY Digital Irish groups, Feargall runs Glenborn Corporation which is a boutique executive search firm focusing on the sales function in venture-backed startups in the Marketing, Ecommerce and Enterprise Technology arenas. He previously spent 15 years in sales and sales management roles for innovative startups KickApps (social media), Attributor (digital content tracking) and Equinix (hosting) and previously ran the finance sector sales team for BT Americas. 

He was previously a member of the NYC EDC’s International Entrepreneurs Roundtable, appears on regular panels on recruiting and has close ties with the NY Venture Capital Communities. In 2017 he was named to Irish America Magazine’s Top 100 Business list.

Feargall graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland with a degree in Business. and is now a member of their North American Advisory Board. He has been in the US since 1994 and lives in Manhattan with his wife, Deirdre O’Connor and their 3 kids Cliona, Colin and Ava.

Patrick Liddy

Funraising Journey

Patrick is a qualified Electrical Engineer BEng, CEM, MIEI. He brought innovation to the electricity market by founding Activation Energy,  Ireland’s first DSU. The company raised money through the HBAN network and provided a quick return for all involved when it was acquired by world leaders in the space EnerNOC Inc in 2014. Previously he worked as a consultant for a diverse multinational and indigenous client base including SEAI.

Patrick has recently re-entered the entrepreneurial space founding UtilityAR, an Augmented Reality software developer which created Augmented Reality solutions for Utilities, Industry and other organization who manage large portfolios of physical assets. 

Mark Little 

Fundraising Journey

Mark Little is CEO and co-founder of Neva Labs, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of the their news experience. Mark spent 20 years in broadcast news, as an award-winning foreign correspondent and TV anchor for Irish public service broadcaster, RTE. In 2010, he founded the world’s first social news agency Storyful, and was most recently Twitter's VP of media partnerships in Europe.

Laura Lynch

Workshop Moderator - Tax

Laura Lynch is managing director of Laura Lynch & Associates tax advisory firm.  Laura provides personal and corporate clients with strategic and commercially focussed tax, financing and structuring advice on issues such as wealth protection, succession planning, pensions, cross border matters and tax efficient employee remuneration. She works closely with both angel investors and investee companies, facilitating investments in start-up and expanding companies and is also the tax advisor to the HBAN Medtech Business Angel Syndicate.

Laura is an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA), a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has lectured extensively for several professional bodies, particularly the Irish Tax Institute, including delivery of their annual Finance Bill nationwide tour.  She is co-author of the ITI’s annual publication, FINAK, which provides commentary and worked examples for each section of the Finance Act following enactment.

Laura was also recently elected onto Council of the Irish Tax Institute and is a member of their TALC (direct taxes) Committee.

John Phelan

HBAN National Director 

John has extensive experience in start-up and growth businesses (three start-ups; one in the UK, two in Ireland and GM of a computer games company in Chicago). His first business was an Animation Studio in London focusing on Feature films, TV series and Commercials. The success of this venture led to his appointment as General Manager of a Computer Games company in Chicago.

His domain knowledge is in the MediaTech, Digital Media, Software, ICT, Games & Animation sectors, but has also engaged in early-stage Research (FP7, H2020 and the European Commission) and Space (ESA) technology sectors.

Through his engagement with Dublin BIC, the Halo Business Angel Network, the AIB Seed Fund and Enterprise Ireland he has his “Finger on the Pulse” of entrepreneurial activity in Ireland and the funding requirements (Equity, Debt, Grant, R&D) for start-up and growth companies.

John is also the Independent Chair of Animation Ireland and a board member of Filmbase.

Julian Seymour

Panel Moderator 

Julian is a proven business development professional with over 18 years international experience in Telecoms, ICT, Cleantech, Education, NGO and FMCG sectors.

He has held senior sales roles with Diageo in Germany, Ericsson, Telecom New Zealand and is former Head of Operations for ECDL Foundation. He has also worked as Head of Industry Engagement for The Green Way, Dublin's Cleantech cluster.

Julian has a 1st class MSc in E-Commerce from DCU, an honours degree in Marketing also from DCU and post graduate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from UCD's Innovation Academy.

Niamh Sterling

Panel Moderator

Niamh is the Co-founder & Board Member of several high performing export driven companies both in Ireland and the UAE.  Most recently her digital publishing company is targeting the U.S market.

With over 20 years Directorial & Senior Executive experience, Niamh brings a wealth of commercial and customer focused insight to her new role.  She has developed & implemented viable business growth strategies & cohesive business processes, exercising control and accountability for driving revenue growth & profitability.

She has a dynamic career spanning both the corporate & entrepreneurial space with a passion & energy for delivering results and is a key member of the team to build strategic partnerships and negotiate contracts across the UAE and MENA regions. 

Niamh is a member of the Institute of Directors.