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Top 10 Early Stage Investing Articles of 2015

2015 was quite a year in the world of early stage investing: lots of new startups, follow-on rounds and exits, not to mention updates on crowdfunding rules and a plethora of newly-minted unicorns. In response, we’ve heard from many thought leaders on how to find the best investments, how to work with entrepreneurs, crowdfunding, the importance of diversity, exit strategies, due diligence best practices, board directors, and more.

Tech Humans Of Dublin: Michael Culligan, Dublin BIC

The following piece was featured on Dublin Globe - Mapping Dublin’s tech ecosystem, one human at a time.

Business Angels Week 2015 breaks global records featuring 255 events in 28 countries

The third edition of EBAN’s (European Business Angel Network) Business Angels Week 2015 breaks another record by featuring 255 events in 28 countries throughout the EMEA region.

Angels reach €50M milestone with Connexicon Medical’s €1.15M investment creating 15 jobs

HBAN, a joint initiative of InterTradeIreland and Enterprise Ireland responsible for the all-island promotion of business angel investment, today announces that it has breached the landmark of €50 million invested by business angels. A further €89 million has been leveraged from other sources including Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission and local and international venture capital funds.

Tech Humans Of Dublin # 41: Michael Culligan, Dublin BIC

Dublin Globe - 22 October 2015 / By Derek O'Connor

New Math For High Growth Companies Requires Angel Syndication

If you’re an angel investor and aren’t yet well-versed in syndication, now is the time to take notice. The changing math required to fund promising companies explains why: the median deal size for angel groups in 2014 was $800,000 (according to the Halo Report) and the average angel group invested $250,000 (per the Angel Capital Association).

Start up Advice: Michael Culligan, HBAN

Silicon Republic - 9 Oct 2015

Tell Them To Go It Alone: Tag Team Pitches are Terrible

As a mentor and startup advisor, one of the most common fund-raising questions founders ask you is: can my co-founder and I pitch the company together? I suggest you tell them to strongly resist the temptation. It is a very bad idea. Tell them that some roads are better walked alone. Single person pitching, by the CEO, is always the preferred approach. In the Q&A they can find a role for others, but tell them they should not make a role in the pitch itself.

WxNW Syndicate are recruiting

The new WxNW Syndicate is currently seeking both new and experienced angels along the Western seaboard to join them for their next meeting in a top secret location on 16th October.