Another Successful event by FundSME 

A Successful event by FundSME 2015 

Speakers Include

Richard Curran
Joan Burton
Who was there

Joan Burton is the Tánaiste, Minister for Social Protection, and Leader of the Labour Party. Her focus as Minister is on transforming the system of social protection to help unemployed people back to work, education or training while ensuring a strong and responsive safety net for those who need it.


A chartered accountant by profession, Joan was first elected the Dáil in 1992, and served as Minister of State at the Department of Social Welfare from 1993 to 1994, during which she initiated a series of welfare to work and education initiatives. She served as Minister for Development Cooperation and Overseas Aid from 1994 to 1997, in which time she revamped Ireland’s development programme in Africa. She was the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Finance from 2002 to 2011, and opposed the bank guarantee in 2008. She was appointed Minister for Social Protection in 2011, and nominated Tanaiste in July 2013.

Padraig Ó Céidigh

Having chaired numerous boards both business and cultural as well as founding and leading various businesses, Padraig Ó Ceidigh has faith in Ireland’s entrepreneurial future, writes Sorcha Corcoran. When asked about his decision to step down as chairman and director of Aer Arann Regional last January Ó Ceidigh cites a lyric from the Kenny Rogers song ‘The Gambler’, which seems to reflect his overall philosophy in business over the years: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run”.

Nick Ashmore

Nick ashmore (SBCI)


WHAT IS THE SBCI? f you have big plans for your small business, the SBCI can help you fund them.A new, strategic SME funding company, the SBCI’s goal is to ensure access to flexible funding for Irish SMEs by facilitating the provision of: Flexible products with longer maturity and capital repayment flexibility, subject to credit approval;

Lower cost funding to financial institutions which is passed on to SMEs; Market access for new entrants to the SME lending market, creating real competition.


All of these elements create a more competitive and dynamic environment for SME funding. The SCBI is a vital new part of the country’s financial architecture. By taking a fresh approach to funding SMEs in Ireland, the long-term potential of the sector to drive economic growth and job creation will be actively supported.

Patrick Reynolds: Patrick is CEO of Credebt Exchange. Your hands needn’t be tied by crippling interest rates, unreliable sources of finance or overdrafts that fail to keep pace with your growth rate. Convertibill™, from Credebt Exchange, provides flexible, hands free business finance and invoice discounting. On the one hand it pays your suppliers. On the other hand it provides hassle free invoice discounting when buying your customer invoices. But without all the usual constraints and frustrations of securing traditional loans. Convertibill™ provides hands free finance to smart people. It combines same day or 24 hour response and true understanding of your business needs with affordable costs.

MC - Richard Curran is a journalist, broadcaster and author. A former deputy editor of The Sunday Business Post, he currently writes for the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent. Richard has been a business journalist for 20 years and is a regular presenter on business and economic affairs on radio. He has made a number of documentaries for RTE Television including Future Shock Property Crash in 2007, and a documentary on the collapse of Irish Nationwide Building Society earlier this year. He also co-wrote a book on Irish Nationwide. Richard is a former business correspondent with RTÉ News.

Peter O Mahony

Peter O Mahonny (CEO Linked Finance)

Peter has over 20 years’ experience in running successful businesses in London and Dublin. During his time in London he worked as a senior credit manager for Credit Services and Investigation, one of the largest debt recovery agencies in the UK.


Peter ran a direct mail printing business in London, which he sold in 1997 and returned to Dublin to set up the Laughter Lounge Comedy Club at O’Connell Bridge. The Laughter Lounge is Ireland’s most successful comedy brand.

Mark Flood

Mark Flood: Mark is a co-founder of Renatus Capital Partners and takes a leading role in all investments.


Prior to establishing Renatus Capital Partners, Mark spent seven years on the senior management team of the Racing Post in various operational and commercial roles. Most recently he was Managing Director of the Racing Post's Irish operation.


Prior to his career in the Racing Post, Mark was the first employee of FL Partners an Irish based international Private Equity firm where he was actively involved in over €300m of transactions.


Mark intends to combine his financial, operational and commercial experience to bring value and energy to all partner companies. 

Tom Hayes

(LEO) Divisional Manager- Micro Enterprise and Small Business

Tom Hayes is Divisional Manager with responsibility for Micro Enterprise and Small Business. He also manages the organisation’s network of Irish regional offices.


Prior to his current position, Tom managed Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-up Division (HPSU)with responsibility for delivering a yearly target of new High Potential Start-Up companies. Tom has wide range of business experience having worked with a variety of industrial sectors and with the food sector. He also has international experience having spent six years in Madrid where he managed the Spanish and Portuguese markets.


FundSME is a one day B2B event between SMEs/Start Ups and all existing and alternative sources of funds. FundSME is designed to help end the funding frustrations of both SMEs & Funders, stimulate economic growth and create jobs.                                                                                

Here’s what will happen in just One Day: You get specific talks from industry experts, academics and most importantly hear from real life business people who have personal first-hand experience in securing funding from various sources of finance including Working Capital Finance, Loan Finance, Equity & Angel Finance, Government supports and Peer 2 Peer Finance.                                                                                                    


Key questions will be answered including;


  • What types of funding are available?

  • Who do I speak to?

  • What type or combined types of funding suits my needs?

  • How do I access and meet these Sources of Funding?

  • You will hear the knowledge, know-how and understanding of how to access the types of finance and following the talks you can simply walk out of the talk zone and visit with one of the exhibitors who provide the various types of funding.                                                                                        

By attending FundSME you will save time, energy and money