ISIF invests €10m in US-based cybersecurity start-up

Vectra plans to create 100 jobs in Dublin over next five years as it eyes new R&D centre

Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity, ISIF and Jason Kehl, vice president of engineering, Vectra. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity, ISIF and Jason Kehl, vice president of engineering, Vectra. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

 

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has invested about €10 million in a US-based cybersecurity software group.

The investment in Vectra is expected to support the establishment of a research and development centre in Dublin, the company’s first outside the United States, and will see it expand its Europe, Middle East and Africa sales and support here. That’s expected to create up to 100 jobs over the next five years.

ISIF is investing in the company alongside Dublin-based equity fund Atlantic Bridge and Silicon Valley venture capital company Khosla Ventures. The wider funding round totalled €30 million.

The artificial intelligence (AI) start-up is now actively recruiting in the Irish market as it plans to grow its European customer base. The California-headquartered group has a European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

Critical

This is ISIF’s second investment in AI, having been involved in a $50 million (€41 million) funding round in insidesales.comin January last year.

“With cybersecurity becoming critical for all organisations, we are confident Vectra will deliver a strong economic return on our investment while creating high-value R&D employment,” said Fergal McAleavey, ISIF head of private equity.

Vectra Networks chief executive Hitesh Sheth said: “This investment will accelerate our mission to transform cybersecurity with AI, including delivering additional innovations through our new Dublin R&D centre.

“Vectra had an incredible year in 2017, during which we achieved record revenue growth of 181 per cent over the previous year,” Mr Sheth added.