Dermot Casey, venture investment leader at NDRC, talks to us about venture capital, start-ups and the early-stage investor’s new Catalyser programme.

Coming from a corporate background, Casey has now been working with start-ups for six years, for three of which he was building one himself. Now at NDRC, he’s trying to get start-ups to gain early traction with their customers, and get them ready for subsequent investment.

Catalyser is an accelerator with a bit of a difference when it comes to NDRC’s usual operations. Specifically looking for companies that have already created technology, armed with ‘deep know-how’, Casey’s hoping to find interesting businesses for this already successful, if nascent, programme.

On offer for the start-ups chosen to take part is up to €100,000 in investment (€30,000 of which is assured), through a six-month ‘intensive, deeply experiential commercially-focused programme’.

Words by Gordon Hunt