All-Island Business Angel Conference 2020

By hban.org
Thursday, 9th January 2020

HBAN will host its annual All-Island Conference at Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow, on Thursday, 6th February 2020. The all-day event aims to encourage more people to get involved in business angel investing, highlighting the opportunities and rewards that it presents.

Business angel investment is continuing to grow across the island of Ireland, with an increasing number of start-ups receiving vital early-stage funding from individual angel investors and syndicates. In December last year, HBAN announced that its members have now invested more than €100M in start-ups across the island of Ireland since 2007.

HBAN’s conference will explore the theme of ‘Driving value with exits and data’, with speakers discussing how data can inform better investment decisions and ultimately, lead to more exits. Meanwhile, a combination of talks, panel discussions and masterclasses will equip attendees with the knowledge they need to create a healthy portfolio.

John Harbison, Chairman Emeritus of Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most active angel investment organisations in the US, will speak at the conference. An active investor, he has achieved returns ranging from 100x – 1,110x in five companies: Microsoft, Apple, Abbott Labs, Nucor and McGraw-Hill. Harbison will discuss how TCA has achieved a 4.9x overall multiple on its angel investments, and how it has developed insights using data analysis to give new angel investors the confidence to build and expand their portfolios.

Dr. Jim Mountjoy, a serial investor and entrepreneur, will draw on his experience to provide insights into how angel investors can recognise a high-potential start-up and how to create value. Jim has spent the last twenty years acting as an investor, mentor, non-executive director and Chairman with a large range of individuals and companies, largely in the technology field. He founded telecoms software company, Euristix, which was sold for over $80 million, and has also had a number of successful exits in recent years.

Áine Denn, co-founder of Altify, will tell the story of how the company’s leadership team built value in their company resulting in a sale to US tech firm, Upland Software, for $84M. Denn is passionate about giving back to the community and investing in people and businesses that challenge norms. She volunteers as a lead entrepreneur for the Irish government-sponsored programmes Going for Growth and Back For Business, helping to foster the success of female and returning emigrant entrepreneurs.

For more information on the event and to register click here