This inaugural Angel Meetup targeting both angel investors and entrepreneurs is being held to discuss the hot topics of the business angel community and will showcase four innovative firms raising finance.
The organisers aim to make the angel community more accessible and open to the start-up community in Ireland, and to help the community build relationships with other co-investors, seed funds, the VC community, and enterprise agencies.
The morning running order can be viewed here and the afternoon will feature an Investor Master Class. This will be a select session and attendance is by invitation only. To find out more, email Eva.
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Bill Payne is an active angel investor, board member, and adviser to entrepreneurs. For three decades, Bill has successfully founded and invested in more than 50 start-up companies, including Solid State Dielectrics, Inc. in 1971, an electronic materials company he founded and sold to E. I. DuPont in 1982; Novacap in 1980, a US$100m manufacturer of ceramic capacitors now operating as a stand-alone unit within Dover Companies; Vista Staffing Solutions in 1990, a private US$60m company providing temporary placement of physicians; and Email Publishing in 1996, a venture-funded company merged into DoubleClick. Since 2000, he has assisted in founding four angel groups. His interview with Silicon Republic is here.
Diplomat, investor, entrepreneur, business mentor, speaker, philanthropist and author, Bill Liao co-founded the business social network service XING and is a venture partner at SOSventures Investments, a global venture capital firm and investment management firm. Bill is a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitts and Nevis for sustainable development and the environment. He is also the founder of WeForest.org, an international not-for-profit organisation combating global warming in the most natural way possible by sustainably and holistically reforesting previously degraded land - the organisation is approaching planting its millionth tree. Bill is also the co-founder of the CoderDojo movement to assist young people to learn how to code.
Danny Moore is a former COO of the NYSE Euronext trading technology segment, NYSE Technologies. Prior to joining NYSE in 2008, he served both as COO and CEO of Belfast-based trading technology firm Wombat Financial Software, which was acquired by NYSE Euronext in March 2008. In 2010, he established Belfast-based investment firm Lough Shore Investments. Through Lough Shore Investments, Moore plans to partner with both established and promising next-generation start-up companies primarily based in Northern Ireland and Ireland. He also plans to bring significant foreign and US investment to the Northern Irish economy through Lough Shore Investments.
Diane Roberts has spent her entire career in international sales and marketing roles, and offers more than 15 years of industry experience, selling in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. From 2002-2007, Diane lived and worked in Silicon Valley, where she was the west coast director and the manager of Enterprise Ireland's US Software and Services team. During this time, she developed a strong network of contacts and an up-close understanding of some of the world's leading technology companies, and in particular, the approach of the world's largest venture capital community. From 2009-2012, Diane was the national director for HBAN, Ireland's angel investment network, establishing syndicates in Dublin and Cork. She is uniquely qualified to understand both the entrepreneurial and investment communities, north and south of the island of Ireland.
Gavin Duffy is best known as one of RT…'s 'dragons' on Dragons' Den, and has been a prolific investor during the four series of the show. What distinguishes him as an investor is the speed with which he scales the businesses he has backed. Animatazz, the toy animation kit, first appeared on Dragons' Den in April 2009 as a first-version prototype. It was developed and in toy stores in just five months and by Christmas that year became Ireland's No 1 selling craft toy. Animatazz was subsequently licensed to international toy giant Drumond that same year. Takker, a type of staple gun for hanging pictures, became the best-selling new product for a nationwide DIY Multiple in 2010. TanOrganic, the world's first ECO Certified, 100pc natural, organic, no-smell, sunless tan with a clinically proven anti-aging treatment, is now selling in 44 countries.
Nicola Byrne is managing director, Call 11890 Ltd, a company she established in June 2006. The company made an immediate impact, capturing a 20pc market share providing consumers with a cost-effective alternative to directory enquiries. A graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, Nicola previously specialised in outdoor advertising and founded Dublin-based Stenics Media in 1998, which she still owns. She has also worked with research company AC Nielsen, was formerly a brand manager with Bank of Ireland, and Jacobs Danone, and worked in sales at 98fm. She began her career in Gateaux. Nicola is also a board member of the Ireland US Council, and the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Fingal County Enterprise Board evaluation committee, a European ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship, chairperson of the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards 2012, on the advisory board of 5050 Group, and the youngest member of The Pink Tank!
Eoghan Jennings is a 15-year veteran of corporate financial management. Prior to joining Parklane Capital in 2009, he was XING AG's chief financial officer. He built and managed the accounting, controlling, investor relations, human resources, legal and administrative operations. He joined XING in 2004 and helped grow the company to a successful enterprise, as well as assisting in raising the initial rounds of business angel financing and in securing Series A venture financing in 2005. In 2006, he led the IPO team which brought the company to the public markets just three years after inception. Formerly, Eoghan was an investment banker assisting private equity and industrial clients to raise financing and transact mid-market acquisitions and divestitures for former employers Lincoln International, PwC and Credit Suisse First Boston. He currently heads up Startupbootcamp Dublin, a seed-stage accelerator programme for 10 companies.
Tadhg O'Toole is a founder and investor at Bloom Equity, a leading Irish angel syndicate. He invests in and mentors early stage technology entrepreneurs. Tadhg has 16 years of director-level experience in telecoms, mobile content, consumer marketing and strategy. He has a particular interest in lean launches and developing and testing revenue models for new online products. For 10 years, Tadhg has been working with mobile operators and using 'pay by phone' technologies and is chairman of the Irish Phone-Paid Services Association.
Nelson Gray is a chartered accountant and entrepreneur who, following the sale of his own business, has become a 'hands on' mentor, business angel investor, non-executive director and fund manager. In addition to general management and strategic development, Nelson provides assistance to companies looking to secure outside funding from both banks and equity providers. He acted as the fund manager for Scotland's leading angel investment syndicate and later managed two early stage investment funds that invested in more than 50 Scottish companies. As a business angel investor, he has made more than 20 personal investments in new and developing companies. In 2008, he was awarded the title Business Angel of the Year 2008 by the European Business Angel Network (EBAN).
Martin Kelly is the partner responsible for establishing the IBM Venture Capital Group in EMEA in 2007. In this role, Martin identifies and manages IBM engagement with VCs and entrepreneur communities. In 2010, he co-led the development of the IBM Global Entrepreneur programme. A key element was the worldwide rollout of IBMSmartCamp and the development of smart city ecosystems. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Martin has held various technical, strategy and business development roles for firms including PwC, Masterfoods Europe, H.J. Heinz UK and Bank of Ireland. Starting his career as a systems programmer, he joined IBM in 2002. Previously, he led business development in public sector, healthcare and pharma businesses in IBM Ireland. Martin is also an advisory board member on the Innovation Fund Ireland. He is a Startupbootcamp mentor and has a BSc in information systems from Trinity College and an MBA from UCD.
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