Irish Tech Firms Raise Almost Half A Billion Euro In First Half Of 2017
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Continued international appetite for Irish firms as global investors account for half of funds raised

Life sciences continue to perform strongly


Irish high tech SMEs raised a record €499m in the first half of 2017 with second quarter funding reaching €252m, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association VenturePulse survey published in association with William Fry. This represents a 3% increase on the first half of 2016 when €486m was raised.

Commenting on the survey, Mark QuealyCorporate Partner said "The trend of international investors partnering with domestic venture capital providers in funding promising Irish companies is something we continue to see in fundraising transactions on which we advise.  As well as being a great vote of confidence by the international investment community in the prospects for these Irish businesses and their teams, having a blend of domestic and foreign investors can help these high-potential Irish companies to tap into international networks and position themselves for access to global market opportunities."  

“This is an impressive result considering that activity was down 11% year-on-year in the US (NVCA PitchBook Venture Monitor) and that 2016 was a record year in Ireland,” commented Peter Sandys, Chairman, IVCA. He added that while the Irish venture capital community continues to be the main source of funding for Irish innovative SMEs both through direct investment and as the local lead investor for international syndicate investors, the importance of good global relationships is once again emphasised.

“International players invested €135m in the second quarter of 2017, bringing the total for the first half to €255m or 51% of total funds raised. This compares to investment by international syndicates of €205m in the first half of 2016.”

Regina Breheny, Director General, IVCA added that following on from a strong first quarter, life sciences once again influenced activity in quarter two accounting for 50% of funds raised. Three companies raised over 43% of total funds. 

Growth/expansion funding was 91% of total funds raised in quarter two.

Ms Breheny added, “Since the onset of the credit crunch in 2008, in excess of 1,375 Irish SMEs have raised venture capital of €3.3bn. These funds were raised almost exclusively by Irish VC fund managers who during this period supported the creation of up to 20,000 jobs; attracted over €1.37bn of capital into Ireland and geared up the State’s investment through the Seed & Venture Capital programme by almost 16 times.”

Funds Raised

The IVCA VenturePulse survey shows that Irish companies raised €252m from investors in Q2 2017.The chart below summarises the H1 progress from 2013 to 2017.

IVCA Funds RaisedSeed / Early Stage

In Q2 2017 early stage companies raised seed capital of €23.3m (9% of funds raised).The chart below summarises the H1 progress from 2013 to 2017.

IVCA Seed Early Stage

How the Venture Pulse survey is compiled

The data covers equity funds raised by Irish SMEs and other SMEs headquartered in Ireland from a wide variety of investors. This research is the result of detailed information supplied internally by members of the Irish Venture Capital Association and from published information where IVCA members were not involved.

Stephen Keogh, Corporate Partner said "we are very proud that William Fry has been credited in almost 50% of those deals where the identity of the advisors has been disclosed."

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Mark Quealy Partner

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