Angel investing is equity finance. The range of Angel investors includes private individuals (family, friends and high-net worth individuals), private investment firms (high street brand names and online investor platforms) and institutional investment funds (large national & international investment funds). These investors provide investment capital to established businesses and seed capital to Start-Up or Early-Stage businesses. In return for providing capital Angel investors acquire equity shares in the companies that operate the business.

 

Individual and institutional investors not only provide money, but they can also bring their experience and specialist knowledge to help businesses achieve success. The percentage of equity Angel Investors will want will depend on the level of investment required and the stage of development the business is at. Typically, Angels will seek a return on their investment overa period of 3-8 years.

 

Typically, investors will seek a return on their investment over a period of 3-8 years. The terms and conditions of accepting Angel investor finance differ across the range of investors and professional advice should always be sought by all parties before signing contracts and/or agreements. 

 

Before making a decision to accept an investment or to make an investment both SME and Angel investors should consider the following: Justification of investment and how the funds will be spent.

 

Framework agreement dealing with Shares, Dividends, Exit Strategy, Business Plan, Role of Investor/s, Role of Management, Risk Assessment of Business Success or Failure and New Equity Investors.

EQUITY & ANGEL INVESTMENT

Davy Capital
DELTA Partners
Frontline Ventures
SOS Ventures
Crescent Capital
WhiteRock Capital

Private Company Fundraising

The public capital markets may not always be the most appropriate source of funding for a company. Davy Corporate Finance has the expertise to review a company’s existing capital structure and devise an optimal solution for its future needs. This may involve a fundraising of equity, debt or mezzanine finance.

We are a pioneering early-stage venture capital firm, believing in ideas and investing in passion. Frontline Ventures is Europe’s first community-focused fund, creating a platform for innovative tech entrepreneurs building capital-efficient businesses in high-growth markets. Frontline builds long-term relationships with the world-class teams we invest in. We are based in London and Dublin, but invest across Europe.

Technology Venture Capital Firm

Delta Partners is a venture capital firm investing primarily in Ireland and the United Kingdom. It was established in 1994 and has €250 million under management. Delta is among the most active early stage investors in Europe. The partners' backgrounds in operations, strategy and finance complement the drive and ambition of entrepreneurial management teams.

SOSventures has funded over 100 startups. We currently fund at least 50 startups per year through accelerator programs we run.
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Since 1995 Crescent Capital has been supporting and building high-grade venture backed companies in Northern Ireland. We back the creative teams, the determined, the passionate and the indefatigable, the independent thinkers .Crescent has the most experienced venture management team in Northern Ireland.  The team principals have worked together for many years with a track record of investing successfully and delivering success. We bring experience, diligence, ambition and creativity to every investee company.

WhiteRock Capital Partners has been established to manage the Growth Loan Fund in Northern Ireland. The Fund will focus on providing mezzanine loan finance of £50m to SMEs over the next 5 years.

WhiteRock Capital Partners LLP was established by Braveheart Investment Group and consortium partners NEL Fund Managers and Clarendon Fund Managers.

Broadlake Capital

Broadlake invests €1-10m in established and growing SMEs where the potential exists to work closely with ambitious Entrepreneurs and Management teams to assist them with the growth of their businesses.  The Broadlake team’s operational experience having grown and developed businesses themselves combined with their long term family capital makes their offering quite unique in Ireland.  Sector wise Broadlake is generalist but does specialise in branded consumer goods, niche manufacturing, premium food, specialist services and healthcare.

Kickstarter is a community of millions of people committed to creating incredible things — like art, comics, crafts, dance, design, fashion, film, games, journalism, music, photography, publishing, technology, and theater. We love seeing creative projects come to life. People from over 200 countries and territories have pledged over $1.3 billion USD to fund amazing projects.

In return, they’ve received incredible rewards, a chance to be involved in a creative process, and the joy of watching more than 72,000 new ideas turn into reality. Kickstarter helps people connect and work together to bring new ideas to life. And now that we’re open in Ireland, it’s easy to set up your project, using all your local details (and setting your funding goal in euro). We can’t wait to see everything you’ll create.

KickStarter/iFund

GoFundMe makes it incredibly easy to raise money online for the things that matter to you most. In less than a minute, you'll be able to personalize your fundraising campaign and share it with the people in your life. In fact, over $720M has been raised by GoFundMe users just like you. Watch How it Works 
With GoFundMe, the money you collect goes directly to you. There are no deadlines or limits - each donation you receive is yours to keep. Raising money for yourself or a loved one has never been easier. Plus, we're here to help. GoFundMe will respond to your emails within 5 minutes during the day.

GoFundMe

CoFunder comes from the same, experienced team behind SeedUps, an innovator in the emergent crowdfunding market. We have learned much about the lack of business funding in the two years since we launched SeedUps. With over two thousand start-ups registered on the platform in Ireland, the UK and the USA we continually turn away good local businesses, simply because they do not meet with the SeedUps criteria of being less than two years old (to qualify as a start-up), or they are not in the technology sector.

CoFunder NI

Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. We enable anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund options. Join the 125,000-strong crowd looking for more interesting investments - it’s free, quick and has no obligations

Crowdcube

Seedrs is an FCA-authorised platform that allows you to raise equity investment from friends, family, members of your community and other independent investors throughout Europe, all directly through our website. You can start creating an investment campaign for your startup at any time. The pitches let you tell your startup story, explaining your business idea, target market, monetisation strategy and team, as well as how much money you are seeking to raise in exchange for how much equity you can offer.

Seedrs

Renatus Capital Partners was founded by Mark Flood and Brendan Traynor in 2014 to provide investment capital to dynamic and growing Irish mid-market businesses. 

 

We have over 25 years combined private equity, corporate finance and operating experience and together with our investors, provide access to a broader collaborative network of trusted industry specialists, strategic investors and professional advisers.

 

Halo Business Angel Network is an all-island umbrella group responsible for the development of business angel syndicates on the island of Ireland. HBAN is actively working to increase the number of angel investors who are interested in investing in early stage technology, MedTech, AgriTech & food companies and supporting the early stage entrepreneurial community.

 

Halo Business Angel Network

ACT Venture Capital invests in founders and management teams with the patience and perseverance to take an idea, create a Company and scale it to a unique market position.

We support these teams with our operating and financial experience through the inevitable ups and downs that go with these endeavours.

 

ACT Venture Capital

We provide a diverse range of financial products and services to a niche client base in Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia and certain other geographies.

Investec’s strategic goals are motivated by the desire to develop an efficient and integrated business on an international scale through the active pursuit of clearly established core competencies in the group’s principal business areas.

 

Investec

4th Level Ventures is a €20 million Venture Capital Fund managed by Dolmen Securities. Founded in 2002, we are focused exclusively on investing in companies whose Intellectual Property arises from third level education institutional research. We are sector neutral, our expertise lies in the commercialisation of technology.

 

4th Level Ventures

AIB Seed Capital Fund was established by Allied Irish Banks, plc in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.

 

AIB Seed Capital

Crucible's mission is to help Irish entrepreneurs develop their innovative business concepts into successful transatlantic business operations. This mission drives everything that we do - from how we organise our company to our investment strategy.

As an early stage investor Crucible's ultimate success is measured in the achievements of its investments. Crucible believes that selecting the right companies and providing them with the right support is key to building a successful portfolio.

 

Crucible

Enterprise Equity (or EEVC) has an excellent reputation for providing capital to early stage and expanding business throughout Ireland. With the advantage of having a strong regional presence in Cork, Galway and Dundalk – in addition to Dublin – we have been successfully investing in internationally focused Irish companies for over 25 years, making us the longest established venture capital firm in Ireland. Each of the general partners of the firm has successful commercial investing experience in their own right as well as investing on behalf of EEVC.

 

Enterprise Equity

At EVP, we will help you deal with the many challenges of high potential start-ups.

Don't let a dearth of finance or lack of investor confidence due to the global technology downturn deter your plan to get your technology start-up off the ground. Talk to the experienced investment and management experts at EVP. Our winning team has a demonstratable track record in the Irish market that is second to none. We provide unparalleled levels of expertise to help grow good technology ideas.

 

Executive Venture Partners

€200 million private equity fund, providing growth capital and management support to operating companies across the energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and renewable energy sectors. Our team is based in London, Dublin and Munich. 

 

Greencoat Capital

NDRC is an early stage investor in tech companies. By providing the people, time, space and investment needed at the earliest stages of company creation work, we are building new ventures worthy of commercial investment and with the ability to scale.

 

NDRC

Business Venture Partners was founded in 2004 and the team of Elliott Griffin, Conor Toolan, Mark Richardson and Tom Hanly works on behalf of its clients buying and selling companies, raising finances, working with start-ups and advising on strategic growth, business succession and owner exits. The team skills are a mix of Chartered Accountants (top 4 practices) and Engineers. Since 2007, BVP is the investment manager for the Simple Green BES and EII Funds which we established.

 

BVP

The BDO Development Capital Fund is a €75 million Fund aimed at investing development and growth capital in established, mid-sized and profitable companies to support and accelerate their export growth plans.

The Fund supports high calibre, ambitious, determined and motivated management teams by providing not only the funding to achieve their growth, but also actively supporting management teams post investment to assist them exploit and maximise their growth opportunities.

BDO Development Capital Fund

BES Management Limited, a joint venture between Davy and BDO is the longest running EIIS / BES

Manager in the market. The company raises a fund annually for investment in SME’s in Ireland through the Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme (“EII Scheme”) (formally BES).

The EII Scheme is a tax relief incentive scheme which provides tax relief to eligible Investors for investments in certain qualifying small and medium sized trading companies. The EII Scheme facilitates qualifying companies to secure funding at a competitive cost of finance and with no repayment until the end of the four year investment period.

BDO / Davy EII Tax Relief Fund
Renatus Capital Partners
Atlantic Bridge

Atlantic Bridge Capital is a Global Growth Equity Technology Fund with over $450 million of

assets under management across four Funds, investing in technology companies in Europe, the US 

and China.  We have offices and staff based in London, Dublin, Silicon Valley, Beijing & Hong Kong.

 

Clarendon Fund Managers Limited

Clarendon Fund Managers Limited is venture capital fund manager based in Belfast, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Clarendon manages £25m of regional VC Funds in Northern ireland including £13m of fully invested Funds (Viridian Growth Fund and Nitech Growth Fund) and Co-Fund NI, a £12.5m fund that co-invests with business angel/private investor led deals which when matched to the private investment on a deal by deal basis will equate to a £28m Fund.

 

Draper Esprit

Notes: Draper Esprit is a leading cross-stage venture capital firm that invests in European technology 

companies. Members of the Draper Esprit team have been active in technology investing for three decades. They have experience of investing in over 200 companies, generating strong returns for investors through building valuable global companies alongside founders and management teams. The Draper Esprit partners have invested and helped build many of Europe’s most successful venture backed companies of recent years,including Icera, KVS, LOVEFiLM, CSR, Horizon Discovery, Kana (Lagan) and Zeus.

 

Highland Europe

Highland Europe was launched in 2012 and closely collaborates with Highland Capital

Partners, an independent global venture capital firm with a twenty-seven year investment 

experience and offices inBoston, Palo Alto and Shanghai.

 

MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland

MML is a development capital fund providing growth capital to managers of private

businesses on the island of Ireland for organic expansion, acquisitions, recapitalisations and 

shareholder reorganisations.

Oyster Capital

Through its affiliates Oyster Capital provides research on securities and manages investments for certain qualified and accredited investors.

Pentech Ventures LLP trading as TechStart NI

Three seed/early stage funds managed focused on the technology sector in NI. Two funds

focus on the market for spin ins and spin outs from NI’s two universities and one fund focuses on 

non-university technology opportunities.

Seroba Kernel is an Irish venture capital firm based in Dublin and focused on investments in

Life Sciences. We mainly invest in medical device and biotech innovations, but will also consider 

other life science opportunities.

Seroba Life Sciences
Western Development Commission

The Western Investment Fund provides Seed and Venture Capital to new and existing

businesses across a range of sectors in the Western Region (Counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, 

Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo). It will also consider MBOs/MBIs. Larger investments are 

considered on a syndicated basis with other private investors.

Fountain Healthcare Partners

Fountain Healthcare Partners is a life science focused venture capital fund headquartered in Dublin,

Ireland with a second office in New York, US. Fountain specialises in making investments in biotechnology, 

medical devices, specialty pharma and diagnostic companies and allocates the majority of its capital to Europe with a primary emphasis on Ireland.

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Dublin Business Innovation Centre

Raising finance to fund growth strategies is essential for most businesses in development phase. Drawing on the extensive and hands-on experience of our consultants, Dublin BIC enables clients become investor ready and then assists them through the fundraising process. Dublin BIC’s has one of the most successful track records in the market for securing funding for developing companies. Over two decades, Dublin BIC has assisted 167 businesses raise over €70 million. Dublin BIC is fund manager of the AIB Seed Capital Fund which has a current total of €53 million under management, HBAN, the Halo Business Angel Network, also managed by Dublin BIC, has invested over €65 million.

Kernel Capital Venture Fund

We partner with people of exceptional vision and ability from first time founders to seasoned entrepreneurs – pioneers who innovate and create new products and services.

Western Development Commission

The WDC Investment Fund (WIF) is  a WDC­managed fund providing risk  capital (seed  and venture capital and loan finance) to micro, small and medium­sized (SMEs) and social  enterprises in the Western Region covering the counties of Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim,  Mayo, Sligo & Roscommon.   ­

   - Small and medium­sized enterprises (SMEs) through our SME Investment Fund ­

   - Community and not­for­profit enterprises through our Community Loan Fund

   - Micro enterprises through our Micro­Loan Fund for the Creative Industries