Speakers

Marianne Hudson 

Executive Director, Angel Capital Association - Speaker

Ms. Hudson leads the Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional and trade association of angel investors. ACA offers education, best practices, public policy advocacy, and significant benefits and resources to its membership of more than 14,000 accredited investors across North America, who invest individually or through its 260 angel groups, accredited platforms, and family offices.  An angel investor herself, Ms. Hudson is a member of three angel groups and two platforms for accredited investors.  She also sits on the board of the National Angel Capital Organization, ACA’s colleague association in Canada, and the Center for American Entrepreneurship.  Previously Ms. Hudson was a director of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, Vice President of the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, and an associate in technology economic development organizations in Ohio and Kansas. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Public Policy from Rutgers University.  More information about ACA is at www.angelcapitalassociation.org or @ACAAngelCapital.

Peter Cowley

President, EBAN - Speaker

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 portfolio of 60+ angel investments with 5 good exits and several failures. He is President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15.  He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and on the board of nine startups.  In 2011, he founded and has since run Martlet: a Corporate Angel, investing (currently £7+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

 

Emma Kenny

Rising Tide

Emma is an investor, adviser and mentor to early stage businesses.

The first part of her career was spent in a variety of international marketing, general management and consulting roles with companies including Mars Confectionery, strategy consultants McKinsey, Kingfisher (owner of B&Q, Woolworths and Superdrug) and Vodafone.

In 2007 she jointly founded a procurement consultancy focussed on the food and hospitality sectors. The business grew rapidly with global clients such as Intercontinental Hotels, Costa Coffee and Volkswagen, and won awards in the UK and Australia.

Over the last three years Emma has expanded her involvement with early stage businesses working as a Deal Lead with Rising Tide Europe, an innovative Europe-wide programme designed to increase the participation of women in Angel Investing. She currently has a portfolio of 10 investments and works actively as a mentor and coach to early-stage businesses in the London area. She is also a Non-Executive Director of a housing association.

Emma has a degree in Natural Sciences (Psychology) from Cambridge University, and an MBA from London Business School.

 

Jimmy Martin 

Co-Founder and CEO, AMCS - Speaker

Jimmy has played a vital role in leading AMCS to exponential growth, from a small start-up in 2003 to an internationally recognised business in 2016.

The establishment of a strong leadership team, combined with the completion of a large number of acquisitions, has ultimately led the business to reach new milestones in revenue, customer and global expansion in 2016.

Prior to the co-founding AMCS, Jimmy worked at Analog Devices for 10 years where he held a number of technical and management positions, the most recent being Head of Automation. Jimmy holds a 1st Class Honour’s Degree in Maths and Physics and a Masters in Computer Systems, and has received various accolades including the ‘Exporter of the Year’ 2013 at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards and a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards, 2013.

Garry Moroney

Founder & CEO, Clavis - Speaker

Garry Moroney is an experienced technology startup founder and CEO. In 2008, Garry founded Clavis Insight, an ecommerce analytics platform for brands. As CEO, he grew Clavis to be a global leader with revenues of $20m and 200 employees between offices in Ireland, US, UK, France and China. Clavis was acquired in 2017 by Ascential PLC for $130m. Prior to Clavis, Garry co-founded and led Similarity Systems, another successful Irish B2B software startup, acquired by Informatica Corporation in 2006 for $55m. Garry has a degree in Engineering from UCC and an MBA from TCD. His career has also included stints as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an oilfield engineer with Schlumberger in Russia and Eastern Europe.    

Niamh Bushnell

TechIreland - Speaker

Niamh Bushnell is the founder and CEO of TechIreland, a not for profit established in Dublin in January 2017. TechIreland maps and tracks all product innovation in Ireland and is on a mission to tell the story of Irish innovation to the world.

Prior to TechIreland Niamh was Dublin’s first Commissioner for Startups where she developed a platform, an image and a voice for Dublin as a great tech city. Niamh founded the Dublin Globe publication, the #1stFridayBrekkie, and Mentoring for Scale, a monthly mentoring event for scaling companies.

Niamh has been in the technology business for over two decades and spent 16 years in NYC where she built two startups (TechResources and Idirus) and became a mentor and angel investor at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator – ERANYC. Her first company Pan Research, was founded in Dublin in 1996.

Niamh is on the board of FoodCloud and New Ireland’s Millennial Board.

Alan Merriman

Executive Chairman Elkstone - Panellist 

Alan Merriman is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Elkstone Partners. He has invested in over 40 early stage ventures and is or has been a director or board advisor for numerous companies including Coras, Elle MacPherson Body, HealthBeacon, Jobbio, Kontainers, Letsgetchecked, Flipdish, Rebuy, and WelleCo.  Elkstone Partners is a leading multi-family office group providing tailored investment services to its Irish and international clients with a specific focus on early stage ventures, real estate and wealth management.   

 

John Power

Founder CEO, Aerogen, Ireland - Panellist

A serial entrepreneur and former European Entrepreneur of the Year 2015/16 John’s company Aerogen is the world leader in Acute Care aerosol drug delivery having treated over 7 million critically ill patients in over 70 countries globally.

John has considerable experience in all areas of corporate transactions and financing from seed through to IPO. In October 2018 John negotiated the introduction of Temasek Holdings Limited (Singapore) as a minority partner in Aerogen. The transaction enterprise value is considered to be the largest achieved by an indigenous Irish Med-tech company to-date.

John holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and as a Chartered Engineer he is accredited with numerous commercialized International patents. In recognition of his contribution to the Irish Med-tech sector John was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the National University of Ireland Galway (2016).

Joe Healy

Enterprise Ireland Divisional Manager, High Potential Start-ups - Speaker

Joe joined Enterprise Ireland in 1997 and is currently Divisional Manager with responsibility for High Potential Start Up Companies. 

The HPSU Division supports the development of start-ups with global ambition which have the potential to successfully compete and scale internationally.

Barry Brennan

HBAN Bloom Equity Syndicate - Masterclass

Barry Brennan is Founder and Managing Director of CapF9 Ventures which he founded to pursue his passions for finance, technology, innovation and working with great entrepreneurs. Barry has extensive experience in the start-up arena.  He has arranged funding for, led Investment Syndicates and invested in a range of early stage and scaling technology companies in Ireland and the UK, across AgTech, FinTech, SaaS and RegTech sectors. CapF9 Ventures also provides specialist consultancy support in the broader innovation and finance arenas.

Barry is an active HBAN Investor, a business mentor for Enterprise Ireland and an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 SME Funding.  He holds a LL.B. (Hons) Bachelor in Law from Trinity College, Dublin and a BSc (Hons) in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was admitted as a Barrister-at-law in England and Wales and an Attorney-at-law at the New York State Bar. Prior to founding CapF9, Barry worked as an investment banker in London and Dublin.

Brian McDonald

HBAN Bloom Equity Syndicate - Masterclass

Brian McDonald is the founder of Caudax Consultancy, a boutique consulting firm specialising in corporate finance and strategy for startups and SMEs. He is an accomplished corporate finance professional, with extensive experience in startup fundraising, M&A, business strategy, turnarounds and exits. He is also an investor and a member of the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN).

Brian is on the Board of several organisations spanning multiple sectors:

  • Carline Learning Centre – an education non-profit for underprivileged children
  • Cerebreon – a case management and OCR technology firm for the insolvency sector
  • Beatha – a fintech lending firm serving East Africa

Prior to Caudax, he was the Head of Corporate Finance and a shareholder at Paragon Group, an Executive Director at GE Corporate Finance Bank and a Senior Manager at AIB. He received a joint honours BA in Economics and Business from Trinity College Dublin. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the UK Turnaround Management Association (TMA). Brian resides in Dublin, Ireland with his wife and three children.

Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch & Associates - Masterclass 

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 and the Ireland Smart Tech Fund recently launched by Dublin BIC.

Laura was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Irish Tax Institute and is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.  She 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 in-depth commentary and comprehensive technical analysis of each section of a Finance Act following enactment.

Laura is also on the Board of the Irish Tax Institute and is a member of their TALC (direct taxes) Committee, which is the main forum for making representations between Revenue and practitioners on the administration of tax in Ireland.

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Shane Curran

CEO, Evervault - Panellist

Shane Curran hails from Dublin and is the CEO of Evervault, a cybersecurity technology developer building a platform that allows companies to process personal data in a secure manner. He recently completed his final year of secondary school and was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2018. Evervault evolved from a research project that won him the 2017 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. He developed his interest in technology from a young age, founding his first tech business at age twelve. He has built technologies in fields varying from Artificial Intelligence, business automation and, most recently, cybersecurity.

Alvan Hunt

CEO Hexafly - Panellist

Alvan has an MSc in Business and Management from University College Dublin and a BA from NUI Galway. He wrote his thesis on Bitcoin in 2012 which was later published as a book in 2014 by Lambert Publishing. After graduating he worked in Fund management and specialist investment regulation. He always had an interest in entrepreneurship growing up and wanted to start a business which dealt with tackling the global food supply chain issue. Alvan already has a few years of experience in relevant managing positions for companies, such as Sanlam Asset Management and FundAssist Ltd. Alvan’s passion for technology, science and sustainability drove his desire to find a smart solution to the problems facing the global food supply chain. This led to researching and experimenting with black soldier fly as a solution to the looming feed and protein crisis. Alvan’s role within Hexafly is CEO and is head of sales, client relationships, investor relations, fundraising, strategy, and day-to-day management decisions. 

Meabh Redmond 

MyWallStreet- Panellist 

Méabh leads Customer Experience Design within MyWallSt (formerly Rubicoin), a business whose mission is to get the world investing successfully. 

Her core objectives within CXD are that the reality of the customer is genuinely absorbed into the fabric of the business, that customers are listened to, taken seriously, and their feedback becomes a natural part of the design process.

Méabh has been investing for the last four years and she endorses the thinking that you should invest in the things and companies you believe in. 

 

John Phelan

HBAN National Director 

John is commercially driven to identify, create and scale new business opportunities. He has grown and scaled companies, including his own, in Ireland, the UK and in the USA. These include several start-ups; one in the UK, three in Ireland (most recently RecommenderX AI) and GM of a games company in Chicago. His domain knowledge is in the AI, Software, ICT, MediaTech & Animation/content sectors.

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, and has also engaged in early stage Research (H2020 and the European Commission).

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.

John is also the co-founder of RecommenderX (www.recommenderx.com), Chair of lifestyle learning content brands Knowhowdo (www.knowhowdo.com ) and the Independent Chair of Animation Ireland (www.animationireland.com ) with members employing over 1,500 and annual revenues ~ €100m. Sometimes artist, sometimes sailor...

 

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.