Investors galore for Dublin angel congress

Conference to examine crowdfunding, future of start-up accelerators, female entrepreneurship and investing trends

Storyful CEO Mark Little: will speak at the Eban congress in Dublin Castle

Storyful CEO Mark Little: will speak at the Eban congress in Dublin Castle


More than 350 investors, entrepreneurs, fund managers and business angels are expected to attend the Eban congress in Dublin Castle this week.

The international investors, which include some of the leading “super-angels” such as David Rose, will come together to discuss the European start-up investment landscape, how to support it and grow it.

The conference programme will include panel discussions on crowdfunding, what’s next for start-up accelerators, female entrepreneurship and industry trends.

Speakers at the event will include serial entrepreneur and founder of the Cooley Distillery John Teeling, Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave, former Dragon and managing director of SOS Ventures Sean O’Sullivan, Storyful CEO Mark Little, Wayra Europe director Simon Devonshire, Gust vice president of technology Ryan Nash and DecaWave chief executive Ciaran O’Connell.

Mr O’Connell has led the fund-raising of over €24 million for DecaWave from individual and institutional investors. The angel investment in DecaWave is unique, as €20 million of the €24 million raised came from more than 150 different angel investors from Ireland, UK, the US and France.

Mr Teeling will discuss entrepreneurial opportunities in the global economy, while Mr Nash will talk about the development process and culture at emerging technology companies.

The conference, which is being hosted by the HBAN network of Irish investors, is the largest business angel event in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Elsewhere, IT security firm Commtech are holding a conference this Thursday about security, mobility and data growth.

The event, taking place at the Aviva Stadium, will look at what technology is available to small businesses to assist them in their ever growing struggles around securing their networks, the bring your own devices (BYOD) practice and the data explosion that is happening.