Over 300 delegates attended InterTradeIreland’s 17th Annual Venture Capital Conference in Belfast on the 7th March 2018 and heard that with plenty of international money flowing into the country, VC funding is at record levels, making this the perfect time to secure capital. The focus of this year’s conference was ‘The Funding Landscape’, and brought together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business angels, other investors and start-ups seeking investment.
Serial entrepreneur Eleanor McEvoy, CEO of Budget Energy Ltd, and the recently launched BEenergy delivered a powerful keynote speech. No stranger to raising capital, Eleanor’s experience to date and business credentials mean that she knows exactly what it takes to grow a company from nothing and she shared her insights and learnings with a keenly-engaged audience. The British Business bank attended the event for the first time announcing that they have a fund of £1.5bn available to invest in VC projects.
A panel of experts made up of representatives of the island's active venture capital funds answered queries from delegates. Representatives from the business angel community were also in attendance as well as Accelerators both soliciting a flurry of questions from delegates. Overall initial feedback from delegates was very positive and we look forward to planning next year’s event.
We would also like to thank our sponsor’s for this year’s event Crescent Capital, Kernel Capital, KPMG and Mills Selig.