InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference 2015

Date: Wedesday 11th March 2015
Venue:  The Helix, Dublin
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Registration: To book your place please visit the conference website (The Early bird rate of £129 (or euro equivalent) is available until end of January 2015, it will then rise to £179 (or euro equivalent).

The 14th InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference returns to Dublin providing delegates more opportunities than ever to network with investors. As always the unique annual event will bring together in one room for one day, the island's new and growing companies seeking investment along with 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 forum provides an opportunity to learn about the current sources of equity capital (both institutional and the business angel networks) available across the island.
Why you should attend:
•    Hear from Cathal McGloin, Chief Executive of FeedHenry the leading enterprise mobile application platform provider recently acquired by Red Hat.
•    Learn about the current sources of equity capital across 3 parallel sessions: Early Stage, Series A and Life Sciences.
•    Share the experience of 4 companies and how they raised funding for their businesses.
•    Benefit from the insights of Niamh Bushnell, Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups.
•    Avail of one-to-one meetings with investors.


Past Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week & Startup Weekend

Date: 21st – 23rd November
Location: Dublin, Limerick & Cork (Galway weekend was 15th/16th Nov)

As part of Global Entrepreneurship week, 4 cities (Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dublin) are running a Startup Weekend. These will form part of the Global Startup Battle - The biggest startup competition in the world with more than 200 simultaneous events and programs over 10 days. Over 30,000 entrepreneurs in over 100 countries rally together in the name of innovation and community each year. Here are the battle stats so far:
•    325,000 tweets in 10 days and over a million contest page views
•    1,000 video entries and over 150,000 votes
•    60 million eyeballs on GSB in just 2 weeks

There will be some brilliant mentors on hand all weekend and people at the top of their game judging the finals on Sunday. Use the links above to read more about the event of interest to you.

Entrepreneur Exchange Programme 

Date: Thursday 27th November
Venue: The Radisson Hotel, Ballincar, Rosses Point, Sligo
Registration: Deadline for applications 7th Nov apply here
Cost: €295 per person including accommodation, all meals and a gala dinner. 

The Entrepreneur Exchange Programme will see some of the country’s most successful business leaders are making themselves available to work with SMEs who want to expand and grow their business.   

The event is an opportunity for businesses, ready to take the next step, to gain invaluable advice from some of the biggest names in business, who will share their knowledge and experience of developing a business on a global stage.  

The programme provides entrepreneurs like you the opportunity to have formal one-to-one sessions with these successful business leaders as well as numerous informal networking opportunities over the course of an intense 24 hours.    

Full details are available here.

In addition, there will be workshops on preparing your business for a successful exit, managing business and family life and telling your business’ story. There will also be advice from banking institutions, venture capital investors and the Halo Business Angels Partnership. 

CorkBIC Business without Boundaries

Date: Thursday 27th November
Time: 09:00 – 16:30
Venue: The Grain Store, Ballymaloe, Co. Cork
Registration: Register via the CorkBIC website  or email Fionnuala at
Cost: €150 (+VAT) for the full day and €110 (+VAT) for a half day

David McWilliams, Ireland’s leading economist, broadcaster and bestselling author will lead discussions in CorkBIC's conference which will concentrate on areas like:
•         Creating companies that break new ground and that are disruptive
•         Economics without Boundaries
•         The Truth about Business Angels
•         Taking Business to the edge and beyond
•         Venture Academy® where 7 of the hottest Start-Ups will present

Other Speakers include Paulo Andrez, EBAN; John Mullins, Amarenco and many others.
This event would be of interest to all Business sectors, investors, financial organisations, entrepreneurs, start-ups and the wider business community.

Innovation & Big Idea’s Showcase

Date: 2nd December
Venue: Convention Centre Dublin
Registration: Free - Register at Innovation Showcase website
Who should attend: Investors, Entrepreneurs, business people, researchers or interested in hearing about new trends in innovation.

The national Innovation Showcase is an ideal networking opportunity for companies in Ireland that want to learn more about collaborative research, development and innovation. This is the first gathering, in one location, of all State-supported research centres and technology centres of scale. Delivering excellent scientific research and game-changing technologies to companies in Ireland, representatives from each of the 38 centres will be joined by officials from State agencies and Higher Education Institutes that can facilitate and fund innovation in companies.

Running in parallel to the networking event is the Big Ideas – investor ready start-ups event. Just before lunch, each of the 13 promoters of new start-ups will take to the centre stage where they will make a brief pitch outlining their technology solutions and business propositions.

Introduction to Business Angel Investing seminar

  • Are you interested in supporting and investing in some of Ireland’s most exciting software, medtech and food start-up companies?​

  • Have you ever thought about business angel investing but don’t know where to start?

HBAN, the Halo Business Angel Network, is hosting an “Introduction to Business Angel Investing” a series of informal talks taking place across the country for all new and potential Business Angels on the week commencing the 13th of Oct. The seminars will actually be short breakfast briefings lasting approx 1hr, during which attendees will hear insights from leading Irish business angels on their experiences,  the benefits of investing in a syndicate, the risks and rewards of business angel investing and finally they will have the opportunity to network with like minded individuals from the region.

This seminar will be of interest to individuals who are new to business angel investing, as well as those who are already active independent investors and have an interest in finding out more about angel investment and investing as part of a syndicate. 

Registration is free but places are limited so please email or call 01 669 8525 to register your interest to attend.

  • Cork - 13th Oct The River Lee Hotel, from 6.30pm
  • Galway - 14th Oct, The G Hotel, from 8am
  • Kilkenny - 15th Oct The Newpark Hotel, from 8am
  • Dublin - 16th Oct, Brasserie Le Pont, from 8am

Free Business Planning Workshops

Date: These events will take place on various dates in various locations
Venue: Various
Registration: Click here to view full list of dates and venues to register

Business planning workshop to support planning for growth and raising investment finance. The objective of this business planning workshop is to help early stage businesses develop comprehensive business plans to support their ambitions for growth and to assist in raising investment finance.

The workshop will use the licensed 'Business Cube' methodology to develop holistic and iterative plans which evolve as a business idea develops into a commercial proposition.

The workshop will be led by InterTradeIreland's Drew O'Sullivan who is former Fund Manager of a venture capital fund.

The participants will be entrepreneurs from a range of sectors eg. ICT, Life and Health Sciences, food sectors, etc. who are at the early stage of their businesses.

The activities in this interactive workshop will include:

  •     the key elements of creating a best practice business plan
  •     how the plan is likely to change and develop
  •     defining the product and service offering
  •     delivering the concept with a good team
  •     financing and operationalising the business

The workshop will help entrepreneurs and management teams deliver a business for growth plan and actions to enhance the business thereafter. We recommend that two team members attend from each company. Places are strictly limited so please confirm your attendance and that of any of your colleagues by registering online.

Female Founders Forum (Silicon Republic)

Date: Monday, 30 June 2014
Time: 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: Guniness Storehouse, Dublin 8

On June 30, exciting keynotes from San Francisco and Paris, as well as local tech entrepreneurs and investors will gather to discuss the future of investment in female-led high potential start-ups in Ireland. It’s a subject close to our hearts at Silicon Republic.

“Women-led private technology companies are more capital-efficient, achieving 35% higher ROI, and, when venture-backed, bringing in 12% higher revenue than male-owned tech companies.”
Source: Women in Technology: Evolving, Ready to Save the World, Kauffman Foundation.


  • Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & President, Eventbrite, left her career as a television development executive to start a technology company focused on bringing the world together through live experiences. Today Eventbrite has processed more than $2.5 billion in gross ticket sales for organisers in 187 countries.
  • Anne Ravanona, Founder and CEO, Global Invest Her, is focused on getting Women Entrepreneurs funded faster and increasing gender diversity at work. She is a dynamic, visonary, global businesswoman with over 20 years' experience in Management Consulting & Global Business Development.
  • Dr. Helen McBreen - NDRC Investment Committee
  • Sonya Lennon - Co-founder of Frockadvisor
  • Grainne Barron - CEO & Founder of Viddyad
  • Lenora O Brien - Founder Pharmapod  

Seedcorn Competition 2014

Deadline to apply: 1pm on Friday 30th May

Young innovative company with a great business idea? Looking for equity funding? Enter the All-Island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition for your chance to win a share of €280,000 CASH.​

The Seedcorn competition mirrors the real life investment process and can greatly improve your ability to attract investment for your business by helping you and your business become investor ready. The competition is aimed at early and new start companies that have a new equity funding requirement.

Your company will also automatically become part of the Seedcorn Network – an extensive business community which will help boost your company's profile, contacts and investment opportunities..

Entrepreneurs Day (DIT)

Date: Wednesday 11 June 2014​
Time: 9am - 5pm
Registration: Visit website to regsiter 

As part of ICSB 2014 World Entrepreneurship Conference, Dublin Institute of Technology are organising a dedicated Entrepreneurs Day on Wednesday June 11th. This event is targeted at those entrepreneurs who wish to learn first-hand how successful entrepreneurs have grown their businesses from start-ups to commercially thriving operations. The programme will focus on creativity, funding, leadership and innovation (as applicable to all businesses) as the key themes of the event. There will also be an opportunity to get a better understanding of the power of social media for your business.

This extensive programme will include addresses from Raomal Perera on how to raise money through successful crowd funding campaigns and Nigel Newman encouraging lateral thinking and reimagining success. Serial entrepreneur Noelle O’Connor and Dragon’s Den star Gavin Duffy give their insights into building successful businesses in Ireland while the final address of the day will be given by Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey who are serial entrepreneurs, industry reformers, successful brand builders, and co-founders of hugely successful Barefoot Cellars.

Our vision for the day is that entrepreneurs will be able to talk practically with fellow entrepreneurs and leave with a better understanding of good leadership skills, new problem solving techniques and a fresh approach to social media for success. It is a day from which each attending entrepreneur will return to their business with a handful of new ideas that can be readily implemented. It is designed specifically by entrepreneurs for the benefit of entrepreneurs and their business!

#OutFromCrowd                    @ICSB2014

EBAN14th Annual Conference,19/20th May, Dublin Castle










Date: 19-20th May 2014

Venue: The Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle

HBAN is delighted to host the 14th EBAN Annual Congress and 9th Annual Award Ceremony. HBAN is grateful for the opportunity that hosting the EBAN congress provides to greatly enhance the development of the business angel marketplace in Ireland north & south by furthering knowledge and understanding.

The theme for the 14th Annual EBAN 2014 congress is "The Power of the Collective: Business Angels, Seed Funds, Accelerators & Incubation Space."

Business angel investment is developing as an increasingly important asset class for the seed and early growth stage financing of innovative start-ups on the island. We have invited a panel of international speakers to provide both European & US perspectives that will help guide and inform international best practice in the evolving business angel arena.

Our Congress delegates will benefit from the educational and collaborative knowledge sharing of the EBAN 14th Annual Congress, which will help to further inform best practice from shared member experiences across Europe and beyond. With their accompanying guests, we are fully confident the participants will return to our European sister countries energised, enriched and enthusiastic from their experiences during the EBAN 14th Annual Congress.

These learning’s and experiences are the trademark of the EBAN Congress and the key to its continuing successes. Dublin as a city is culturally unique, a UNESCO city of literature, home to literary giants such as James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw who perhaps brings the start-up, literary and business angel worlds together with his words “You see things and ask ‘why’, I see things and I ask ‘why not’ “. Dublin is a small city with a very big heart – we invite you to explore Dublin and our island north & south.

Seedcamp coming to Dublin 

Date: 30th April - 1st May 2014
Deadline to apply: 16th April

Seedcamp Dublin will be taking place from the 30th April  – 1st May, this will be a two-day event aimed at connecting the 20 best web-tech, mobile and software talent with some of the leading entrepreneurs, developers, experts and investors from all across Europe and all over the world.

Seedcamp will be bringing together 20 of Europe’s best seed stage tech start-ups with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and developers from across Europe and all over the world to participate in a two days of intense mentoring, panel discussions, a tech tour and presentations.

As a team at Seedcamp Dublin you will:

Get access to a world-class network of advisors to help you with every aspect of your business
Be recognised as one of the 20 best start-ups in the region
Open a direct route to seed and venture capital

Visit the event page on the Seedcamp website if you would like to find out more and remember the dealine for applications is 16th April.

InterTrade Ireland Venture Capital Conference 2014

Date: 11th March 2014
Venue: Titanic Building, Belfast
Registration: Click here to register now
The 13th InterTradeIreland Venture Capital Conference returns to Belfast at a time when there is extensive equity funding available for entrepreneurs in both parts of the island from both venture capital funds and through business angel networks. Hence the theme of this year’s conference.
As always the unique annual event will bring together in one room for one day, the island's new and growing companies seeking investment along with the funds and individuals on the island with money to invest.  The conference will again showcase the current sources of equity funding this year across 3 parallel sessions: Early Stage, Series A and Life Sciences.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.
You can click here to find out more about the conference.

The High Potential Start Up Class of 2013 - Enterprise Ireland

Date: 19th February 2014
Time: 8.15am – 2.00pm
Venue: Print Works, Dublin Castle
Minister Richard Bruton and Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland will host “The Start Up Class of 2013 Investor & Networking morning”. The Start-up Class of 2013 is the largest High Potential Start-up (HPSU) event in the calendar year and will commend 103 new High Potential companies that received Enterprise Ireland Assistance during 2013. The event will also commend the 85 Competitive Start Fund Companies and a representative from each of the 12 New Frontier Programmes. Mr. Brian Long, Atlantic Bridge Partners is the key note speaker and there will be two panel discussions on topics of interest to participating companies and guests. 
For more information on this event please click here and for any queries on this event please e-mail

In Touch With Social Media Seminar for start-ups

Date: 6th February 2014

Times: 18:00 Registration , 18:30 Panel discussion, 20:00 Close

Venue: LinkedIn, 1st Floor, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2

Please RSVP to by Friday, 31st January 2013

Social media has a crucial role to play in building a successful brand. That's why Eversheds is holding a series of seminars that will enable you to learn from some of the leading practitioners in the field, get to grips with the legal issues involved and listen to informed debate on the topics that matter. Aimed at tech industry innovators and start up entrepreneurs, our first seminar takes place soon at the headquarters of LinkedIn with a selection of great speakers. To tempt you even further we will be serving up pizza and beer. Help make social media your brand champion and join us for an evening of information and inspiration.

Speakers include:

Jeff Mathews, Sales Director LinkedIn - Jeff will be speaking about the benefits of social media for new and emerging businesses, how to use LinkedIn to build your brand and maximising a LinkedIn account.

Gary Leyden, Director, NDRC LaunchPad - Gary's company invest in early stage digital start-ups, providing pre-seed investment combined with rigorous commercial validation and mentoring. He will discuss the importance of developinga brand from a funding perspective.

Kate Colleary, Head of Intellectual Property and Data Protection Groups, Eversheds - Kate will be discussing legal issues including branding, linking to third party content and liability for online content.

The discussion will be moderated by The Sunday Business Post


Business Angel Breakfast Meeting, Thursday the 28th Nov

HBAN would like to invite you to attend a breakfast briefing on "Business Angel Investing - become part of the next generation of successful Irish Start-ups". This event is for new business angels or those investors interested to find out more about business angel investing. 

Time: 8am

Date: 28th November

Location: Fitzwilliam Hall, Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.

Who Should Attend: Medium to high networth individuals who have an interest to become active business angel investors. You will most likely have an interest in and passion for start-up companies and understand the risk associated with investing in these companies. You may already be an independent investor in start-up companies and perhaps wish to explore investing as part of a syndicate of business angels.

Business Angels have the opportunity (with other like minded individuals) via the HBAN Network to support these start-up & growth companies with funding and business advice. Business angel investing as an asset class is growing rapidly on the island of Ireland, reflective of the growing high tech start-up culture that continues to evolve. Business angel investing is the primary funding source for early stage start-up companies in advanced economies like the US. The important role of business angel investing in supporting start-ups is now being recognised in Europe and Ireland is to the fore in this regard.

Geography: A number of our syndicates are All-Island (North & South) with angels groups in Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and the midlands. This event is open to new business angels from all over the island. We plan to host similar events at different locations around the island. 

Sectors: We have business angel investors supporting internationally traded companies in multiple sectors including Food, MedTech and Software.

To register: Click Here or call Sarah on 01-6698525.

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