Leading Irish entrepreneurs back Translit in €500,000 investment

Cork-based company provides translation and other language services

Martin Fitzgerald and Dave Ronayne of Clashrock Capital with Tatsiana Skrabatun and Alex Chernenko of Translit. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Translit, a Cork-headquartered translation company, has secured €500,000 in investment from backers that include Dave Ronayne, chief executive of Irish Mainport Holdings, and Choice Hotel Group founder Frankie Whelehan.

The investment is the first to be made by Irish private equity firm Clashrock Capital, which is focused on working with successful entrepreneurs to co-invest on deals valued at between €350,000 to €1 million.

Clashrock is led by Martin Fitzgerald, who previously worked in high-level roles for both KBC and AIB in Cork and Kerry.

Founded in 2009 by Alex Chernenko, who moved to Ireland from the Ukraine to study here in 2003, Translit provides translation and interpreting services in more than 70 languages. In addition, it also offers language services such as website localisation, document legalisation and voiceover.


Exceptional network

The company's customers include the Department of Foreign Affairs, Bord Bia, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Novartis and American Express.

“The global language services market is a multibillion euro industry; we were attracted to invest in Translit having recognised their extensive international portfolio of clients, an exceptional network of international interpreters and translators, and proven leadership of Alex Chernenko for the last nine years,” said Mr Fitzgerald,

“The new Translit technology platform will provide global market access and enable this business to scale rapidly internationally. With this investment, and experience and vision of the Clashrock’s backers, we see huge market opportunity for this established and proven player to dominate the international language services market,” he added.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is a former Irish Times business journalist