Funding Advisory Service

Succeed in Raising Finance

Guides, Hints and Tips

One of the biggest challenges for equity raising businesses is to become ‘investor ready’ in order to increase your chances of success when seeking venture finance.

We offer a range of advice and services to help you:

  • Download a copy of our Guide to Venture Capital(407 KB)‌ It explains how venture funding works, what investors are looking for as well as a breakdown of all the venture funds on the island and their contact details.
  • Find all the active venture funds and Business Angel networks on the island, that we are aware of, in one searchable database here. This database contains information on the fund size and investment ranges available, applicable sectors where relevant and detailed contact information about the funders.
  • Find out what investors are looking for in your business plan and learn how to make your plan stand out by downloading our free ‌ InterTradeIreland Business Planning Cube Guide (353 KB)
  • Refine your business plan with our hints and tips.
  • Hear what advice investors have to offer by watching our DVDs below.
  • Download a copy of  The Economic Impact of Venture Capital in Ireland - 2012 (559 KB)

Niall Olden, Kernel Capital (VC)

Niall Olden, Kernel Capital (VC)

  Niall Olden is Managing Partner with Kernel Capital, one of Ireland’s largest and most active venture capital funds.  Niall explains how venture capital is a crucial source of funding for start-up companies. He also explains how the experience of VC investors can help companies through challenging times.


Colin Walsh, Crescent Capital (VC)

Colin Walsh, Crescent Capital (VC)

Colin Walsh is Managing Director of Belfast based VC fund, Crescent Capital.  Colin talks about what is key to making a successful investment in a company. 


Tom Shinkwin, Enterprise Equity (VC)

Tom Shinkwin, Enterprise Equity (VC)

Tom Shinkwin is a Partner with Enterprise Equity, one of the leading VC funds in Ireland.  Tom explains what VCs are looking for when investing in a company and offers key advice to companies about how to make a successful investment pitch.


Peter Sandys, Seroba Kernel (VC)

Peter Sandys, Seroba Kernel (VC)

Peter Sandys is Managing Director of Seroba Kernel and the current Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association.  Peter talks about the modern venture capitalist and the important role VCs have to play in the funding of R&D in Ireland.