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Irish tech companies raised €120m in venture capital in Q1

Irish technology companies raised €120m in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) VenturePulse survey. IVCA chairman John Flynn said that the level of activity continues the positive momentum experienced in 2014 where 41% growth to €401m was achieved for the full year. “It’s a strong performance at a time when the venture capital industry in Ireland is in the middle of fund rai...

€85m VC fund to support Irish life sciences sector

Enterprise Ireland has invested €15m in a new life sciences venture capital fund that has the potential to create 1,000 Irish jobs. Ireland’s largest life science venture capital fund, Fountain Healthcare Partners yesterday announced the initial closing of an €85m fund — the second such fund it has raised. The Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland has committed €15m to the fund with the remainder raised from ins...

Angel investor club is open not only to the wealthy

It’s hard to argue with returns of as much as 700 per cent. Yes, there are risks to angel investing, but, as a recent report from the Halo Business Angel Partnership (HBAP) showed, some investors earned as much as a 700 per cent return following the sale of companies in which they invested. Recently we looked at the growth in individuals lending money to a company, or so-called “peer-to-peer lending”. But if you want super-size...

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66 Things That Make a Great Venture Capitalist

When we ask what makes a great Venture Capitalist, we should look at the answer from the entrepreneur’s perspective, because I have not met a VC who was successful by not backing great entrepreneurs.

Of course, VCs have their own internal metrics of success (e.g. IRR or Cash-on-Cash), but these are outcomes of having worked with, and backed great entrepreneurs. There is no other way to getting returns on money invested. <...

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