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HBAN’s MedTech Syndicate leads €1.1M investment in Ostoform

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTrade Ireland, today announces that its MedTech Syndicate has led a €1.1 million Series A funding round in medical device start-up, Ostoform. HBAN Angels contributed €280,000, with venture capital investor, SOSV, Enterprise Ireland, and other angel investors making up the rest of the funding round.

HBAN Food Investor Forum, October 4th 2018

HBAN Food Investor Forum Thursday 4th October 2018 The Davenport Hotel 8.30 - 13.00  

To Follow On or Not to Follow On That is the Question

As your angel career develops, and you start to build a larger portfolio of companies, you are increasingly asked to make follow-on investments. Not only do companies need investment to get off the ground, the faster they grow, the more cash they need. Whether to follow-on, and how to follow-on, are questions which have long given rise to angel debate. We’ll tackle that topic in depth here, but I’ll start out by confessing to bias right up front: Christopher and I are both believers that follow on investments are essential to achieving good returns. We firmly defend and negotiate for pro-rata rights to participate in future financings. Our overall perspective is that with your earlier checks you are basically buying options on a front row seat which comes with the right to add more “smart money” into the winners as they begin to show promise.

Valuations and VCs: The delicate balancing act of how much equity startups should sell

Young firms with unrealistic expectations can scupper their chances of luring investors.

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Fund Invest €1.7M in Dublin Based Sytorus

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Early & Growth Stage Funds have invested €1.7M in Sytorus Ltd, this is in addition to simultaneous investment from Enterprise Ireland and private investors.  Established by Dr. John Ghent (CEO), Mike Morrissey (COO) and Hugh Jones (CPO) in 2013, Sytorus’s flagship software ‘PrivacyEngine’ is a dynamic GDPR and Data Protection SAAS product. It provides end-to-end data protection solutions to corporate clients.  The Company, with over 50 staff, is scaling rapidly and today has over 300 hundred fee paying corporate clients worldwide. Sytorus has opened offices in Stockholm and London, and this latest investment will facilitate a new office to open in Frankfurt.

HBAN London Syndicate Meeting on September 27th

                                HBAN are going to London September 27th with four more great companies to pitch! As part of the HBAN community, we would like to invite you to join us and to please share this invite with any colleagues/contacts that you have who are based or work in London, and where this event may resonate with or who would be interested in joining a HBAN London Syndicate Group.

Angels a godsend for start ups

Experienced investors have a vital role to play in sprinkling some magic dust on emerging enterprises

HBAN angels get a 10 times return on Phorest investment

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, today announces that a number of the original HBAN investors in software developer Phorest have been bought out for a sum averaging 10 times their initial investment.

Being A Mentor For Entrepreneurs: A Practical Guide

Angels talk a lot about mentoring, but how many know what it really means? If you can’t describe what a great mentor does, you’ve probably never been one.  A great mentor relationship is actually a pretty rare and special thing.  It doesn’t come about all that often, and it’s not something that can be forced.
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