According to PitchBook, there were 14 Irish PE-backed exits last year totalling €7.5 billion.

Vast majority of Irish deals recorded by PitchBook involved non-European investors

Seroba managing partner Peter Sandys

Seroba co-led a €29m Series B round for the company which was acquired late last week

Director of Innovation at KBC Bank Ireland Eddie Dillon said its new “digital first” service will be available within the coming weeks. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

New service enables customers to apply for loans without having to fill out paper forms

Anil Chakravarthy, chief executive of Informatica: “We’re increasingly realising that, as with other types of pollution, it is better to clean up the spills at source.” Photograph: Julien Behal

Informatica executive says businesses must take action to avoid drowning in a deluge

SOSV founder Seán O’Sullivan: “Food and agriculture are areas that SOSV has been particularly active in.” Photograph: James Horan/Collins

More than $10 billion invested in more than 900 deals worldwide in 2017

The US Capitol Building  in Washington DC. According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the value of Ireland’s foreign direct investment into the US  was €69bn in 2017. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Close to 800 Irish companies employ 100,000 people in the US, says Enterprise Ireland

John  and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe. The company is valued at $9.2 billion

Index builds card-present software, giving Collison brothers a product for offline sales

The inquiry resumes next week with former INBS chief executive Michael Fingleton’s former secretary  appearing.

Inquiry is looking at whether credit committee failed to adhere to internal policies

Moove has this week launched a fundraising campaign on the UK-based Crowdcube platform

Company launches CrowdCube campaign as it promises flat fees for property transactions

Informatica chief executive Anil Chakravarthy pictured at the company’s new European headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Julian Behal

Company this week officially opened European HQ here and named country manager

Google’s  head of commerce partnerships  said that while some banks might see Google as a possible rival, it is currently working with over 1,000 banking partners in 18 markets

Internet giant talks collaboration after link-up with KBC on instant account app

The leading platform last year was CrowdCube, which was responsible for 133 deals and a total raise of £87.3 million

InterTradeIreland issues guide on what start-ups need to know about crowdfunding

Of the total 2.4 million requests for links to be deleted by Europeans, 43 per cent have been granted, Google said

‘Irish Independent’ tops affected domains with 210 URLs deleted out of 553 requests

Mastercard employs 325 people in total in Dublin

Company to merge physical and digital payments team with knock-on effect locally

Alaina Percival of Women Who Code: “As we shake out the bad behaviour in the industry there will be opportunities for other people to rise up”

New initiative aims to increase funding for female-founded start-ups in Ireland

Photograph: iStock

Fintech funding rose 18% last year to $27.4bn, with jump in deals in the US, UK and India

Diaceutics chief executive Peter Keeling: “We are excited to be moving the boundaries with this highly innovative technology.”

Co Louth company announces diagnostic testing collaboration with Intel and Lenovo

The company’s technology works by passing water through a series of filters and then into a helical UV reactor chamber where the UV light inactivates all bacteria, pathogens and micro-organisms.

H20zone’s backers include Danu Partners, Louis Fitzgerald and the Bolger family

The procedures are aimed at ensuring faster detection of content while still ensuring fundamental rights such as freedom of expression are retained

Commission issues series of recommendations on illegal material for online platforms

Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi of Perfect Day, a company that is developing  synthetic milk

Company formerly known as Muufri is backed by Sean O’Sullivan and other major investors

 Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios pictured at South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Andrew Day is chief executive of Keywords Studios, the billion dollar company you’ve probably never heard about

Nest has developed a number of so-called ‘smart home’ products

Smart homes device maker was acquired by Google in early 2014

Arkphire chief financial officer Jimmy Dalton

Irish IT firm saw revenue rise from €20m to €74m over past three years

Additive manufacturing, which is more commonly described as “3D printing,” has been hailed in some quarters as part of the “fourth industrial revolution

Irish materials science centre unveils new additive manufacturing lab

Billy Hanley of Enterprise Ireland; Fidelma McGuirk, founder and chief executive of Payslip; Carolina Küng of Frontline Ventures; and Aoife Kelly of AIB

Former Taxback chief executive Fidelma McGuirk gets funding for latest venture

Circle, which last year announced plans to double its Irish workforce to about 40 people, is a former bitcoin start-up that in recent years has shifted focus towards social payments.

Circle has acquired the Boston-based cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan. The recent withdrawal of Eir from the Government’s procurement process, has raised questions over the competitiveness of the tender. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company reports 65% fall in operating profits following accounting changes

Eurofins is headquartered in Brussels and employs more than 30,000 staff in  400 laboratories across 42 countries.

Belgian laboratory giant adds City Analysts to portfolio after buying ELS last summer

Revolut: the banking start-up said it is signing up between 6,000 and 8,000 customers a day

Fintech says it now has 1.5m customers in Europe, as transactions climb

Michael Fingleton arriving at the Irish Nationwide inquiry in Dublin earlier in the week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Meetings of committee chaired by Fingleton ‘uneventful’, inquiry hears

Dublin’s Guinness Enterprise Centre where more than 500 people work

Country’s largest single-building enterprise centre wins international award

Samsung retained its lead over Apple last year despite a dip in fourth quarter sales

Samsung remains top smartphone maker while Android has 86% of mobile OS market

Ardagh, which listed in New York last April, and which is led by Paul Coulson (left), recorded pretax earnings of €1.34 billion for the 12 months to the end of December.

Irish-led group reports 20 per cent jump in revenue as 2017 earnings rise to €1.34 billion

Datapac general manager service delivery Karen O’Connor and director Patrick Kickham

Deals bring annual revenues to about €60m for Dublin-headquartered company

CarTrawler chief technology officer Bobby Healy: “We’re already in 174 countries but there is still plenty of growth possible.”

Chief Technology Officer Bobby Healy says company is ‘a galloping horse that keeps winning trophies’

Founded in 2003, Ammeon employs about 165 people currently, with the majority based in the company’s Dublin headquarters

Company looking to expand its software engineering and consulting divisions

Following the investment Oneiro is to base part of its core technology team in Dublin.

Latest investment comes a month after Cosimo invested $1m in Dundalk-based Gecko

Oireachtas finance committee chairman John McGuinness intends to call PTSB and other lenders to appear before the committee.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lender to cite confidentiality agreements as reason why it can’t attend

DecaWave chief executive and co-founder Ciaran Connell

Company looking to expand further in China, which accounts for 50% of its revenues

Dylan Collins, founder of Super Awesome.

Super Awesome, established by Dylan Collins, reported 70% growth year-on-year

Kathy Gallagher of Jefferson University, Minister Heather Humphries and Dominic Carolan, chief executive of NIBRT

NIBRT to collaborate with university to train about 2,500 people annually at new centre

PTSB said many of these loans are owned by customers who have not engaged with the banks, whose mortgages are unsustainable, or who have been unable to meet terms

Bank says that, on average, loans are three and a half years in arrears

While Ireland might not initially appear as a hub for space technology, more than 60 companies have contracts with ESA

New space strategy to be unveiled as employee numbers in sector to double

Interim dividends totalling a combined €366.6 million were paid out in the months following the end of the reporting period

Newly filed accounts also show turnover for the subsidiary rose 22% to €1.2bn

“Ireland’s macro-economic imbalances continue to unwind amid strong economic growth and following policy actions”

Post-bailout report says recovery strong, but warns of dangers from tax changes and Brexit

Donegal Investment Group: also considering the sale of its Nomadic specialist dairy business

Company starts share buy-back after Monaghan Mushrooms payment

Dropbox said its foundation will have an initial endowment of about $20 million, but that this is expected to grow over time.

US tech firm includes Goal in four primary partners for philanthropic initiative

Monzo said it had no immediate plans to open an office in Ireland, although it hasn’t ruled out doing so in the future, depending on how Brexit works out

Company has raised more than £100m from backers including the Collison brothers

Power City recorded pretax profits of €5.3 million last year as against €5.9 million a year earlier

Family-owned consumer and electrical goods retailer 11 stores in the Republic of Ireland

Pollen Street has invested over £1.2 billion over the last decade in a range of companies

Company that previously acquired Capitalflow buys Vision Blue for undisclosed sum

Facebook and Twitter have only agreed to provide a dedicated e-mail address that national authorities can use to notify infringements

Social media giants found to not have fully complied with changes sought by EU

Virgin Media Ireland’s vice president of commercial Paul Farrell. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Latest figures show rise in broadband and mobile subscribers

Webio’s Paul Sweeney predicts businesses will soon have to get more conversational with those using their products or services.

Dublin start-up Webio teams up with Limerick’s Avvio for hotel booking chatbot

Nuritas founder Nora Khaldi at First Friday for Start-ups: “The life-sciences industry is based on evidence and yet very little evidence is used – it is a big paradox.”

Artificial intelligence to have biggest impact in biological sciences, says start-up founder

According to figures supplied by PitchBook, some €458m in venture capital was invested in the Republic in 2017. This is down from €620.5m in 2016, but the second highest in more than 10 years.

Pitchbook finds €458m invested in 2017 and expects stronger funding rounds in next 12 months

Parisa Tabriz: “I generally think there is something really beautiful about checking assumptions, which is what hacking is all about.”

Cybersecurity expert Parisa Tabriz oversees Chrome browser defence

Boxever co-founders (left to right) Dermot O’Connor, Dave O’Flanagan and Alan Giles

Dublin-based company’s accumulated losses hit €14m as it expands into other sectors

Helen McBreen of Atlantic Bridge, John Beckett of Channelsight, Patricia Scanlon of Soapbox Labs and Jonathan McCrea

Start-ups should be prepared to hear ‘their baby is ugly’ – Channelsight’s John Beckett

TCD’s endowment fund has grown from €47 million in 1996 to more than €190 million last year.

University seeks independent advisers as it restructures €190 million endowment fund

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan and Andrew Anagnost, chief executive of design software group Autodesk

Company behind design software package AutoCAD, opening new facility in Ireland

Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit CEO and MoneyConf founder, at the official launch of Web Summit’s fintech event MoneyConf which will take place in Dublin’s RDS from June 11-13th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Web Summit chief executive discusses tax changes, rent crisis and MoneyConf event

The top fundraising deal in Northern Ireland last year was for Belafst-based B-Secur

New figures show companies in the North raised over €20m in 2017

Irish Life said it paid out almost €610 million last year on policies in relation to  illness and death.

Net earnings of €63 million for fourth quarter up from €61 million a year earlier

As part of the new deal, Theravance is to receive an upfront payment of $100m and will be eligible to receive up to an additional $900m in potential payments

The company, whose parent is listed on the Nasdaq, to do study on Crohn’s disease

Brian Caulfield of Draper Esprit in Ireland warned that “if you are a company looking to raise private equity money, then you’d better have a China strategy in place”.

Tech veterans believe traditional view of PE firms as asset strippers no longer fits

Ger Goold, chief operating officer and partner, Kernel Capital; Frank Smyth, chief executive, Pilot Photonics and  Kevin Healy of Bank of Ireland

Company to expand after winning European Space Agency (ESA) contract

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of RSE Ventures, a VC firm that has just purchased cybersecurity company Oxford Solutions, which will be renamed Skout Secure Intelligence. Photograph:  Getty Images

Billionaire buys cybersecurity firm Skout from Aidan Kehoe, who hails from Laois

Financial services expert Chris Skinner said banks are “just paying lip service” to digital change.

Cultural change on digital strategy needed in financial services, expert says

Travel Department managing director Sara Zimmerman and the rest of the executive team is to stay on following the deal

Tour operator, which was established in 1996, had revenues of more than €40m last year

The European Union  announced plans to increase funding on  blockchain technology research  from €83 million to as much as €340 million by 2020

Funding jumps to €340m as tender is put out for EU Blockchain Observatory

Ergo co-founder and chief executive John Purdy

Company, which is targeting turnover of €100m by 2020, is led by John Purdy

NDRC chief executive Ben Hurley: “NDRC’s offering of capital investment and specialist expertise in the nascent stages of Irish start-ups is what makes the organisation so effective.”

Early stage tech investor has backed more than 250 start-ups over the last decade

John Griffin, head of Ericsson Ireland, and Madalina Suceveanu, chief technology officer at Vodafone Ireland, demonstrated 5G speeds of the future at an immersive exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

Telco successfully demonstrates the latest mobile technology at Dublin event

Dave and Ger O’Meara of Spirable: Established in 2014,  the London-based start-up’s clients include Diageo, Domino’s and Unilever

Spirable creates video content for use primarily on social media channels

Google’s Mark Risher said: “Putting a resume online to say you work at a  cryptocurrency company, or sending out a pro-crypto message on a social media network, leads to users getting more targeted attacks.” Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Google says hype leading to increase in phishing attacks on those talking about it online

Cut out for success: Innerstrength chief executive and co-founder Avril Copeland

Company behind TickerFit received a mix of private investment and funds from EI

Epic, which also houses a genealogy centre, has been shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year Award 2018 and nominated for the Children in Museums Award 2017

Digital museum located in Dublin’s CHQ building expects at least 150,000 visitors this year

Building firms spent about 35 per cent less on UK goods and services in November

Firms spending less on imports in move that could have knock-on effect on house prices

Irish whiskey, led by Jameson, is currently sold in 135 countries and exports are expected to double to 144 million bottles by 2020

Irish whiskey one of the star performers among spirits as volumes jump 11.3%

Eight out of 10 Irish businesses surveyed expressed an interest in using banking system innovations if offered.

New research shows more than two-thirds of businesses expect to change lender

The average wholesale price of electricity in the Irish market in January declined by more than 11 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier

New survey shows gas prices are 14% lower than December while electricity down 10%

Stripe chief executive Patrick Collison: “We have a great national strength in being outward-looking.” Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Dublin engineering team to focus on online payments firm’s core product

Ryanair said the new routes would collectively deliver almost 500,000 passengers to Amman and Aqaba.

Irish low-cost airline to operate 14 routes to Amman and Aqaba from early March

The SSE group has invested more than €2 billion in the Irish market since 2008

Newly filed accounts show turnover down at SSE Airtricity as pretax profits increase

According to IFG, around 500 of James Hay’s clients invested a total of about £55 million (€62 million) in Elysian Fuels

Shares down 17% at one point but recover in later trading

Revenues for the company declined 2 per cent on both a quarterly and six monthly basis to €322 million and €638 million respectively

Revenues decline 2% on both quarterly and half year bases as ebitda up 4% in Q2

At the launch of The Irish Times KPMG Business Awards for 2018 are Liam Kavanagh, managing director The Irish Times, Shaun Murphy, managing partner KPMG, Carmel Logan, tax partner KPMG and Ciarán Hancock, business editor The Irish Times. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Inaugural gala awards night run in association with KPMG, to showcase best in business

The aviation industry is forecasting a global shortage of more than 600,000 maintenance engineers over the next 10 years.

Shannon-based company bounces back after being acquired out of examinership

Vodafone’s fixed broadband customer base rose 2.4 per cent year-on-year to 264,800

Company gains 18,000 mobile customers as growth seen in fixed-line and enterprise

Unemployment in the capital fell to 6.1 per cent during the fourth quarter

Latest Dublin Economic Monitor shows rising employment but housing issues persist

Who said moo? Cainthus uses breakthrough predictive imaging to monitor the health and wellbeing of livestock

Cargill takes minority stake in Dublin-based machine vision company focused on agtech

The Central Bank said credit union boards looking to diversify their investments must ensure that they are taken without exposing member funds to undue risk.

Three new investment classes to be introduced under revised Central Bank rules

The Tanzanian government has set up  a new ePassport service for its  56 million citizens that is modelled on the Irish system

Tanzanian government rolls out new ePassport developed and produced in Ireland

Keywords had €30.5 million in cash at the year end having used €18.3 million of its €35 million rolling credit facility

Group made 11 acquisitions last year and expects pretax profit of €22.5m

The company, which caused outrage when it first opened for business opposite the GPO on O’Connell Street, Dublin, almost 19 years ago, sells a wide range of lingerie, apparel and adult toys

Retail group runs five so-called “pleasure emporiums” across Ireland

Valued at $150.8 billion, Amazon saw its value increase by 42 per cent from $106.4 billion over the last year

No Irish firms make top 500 but ‘Ireland Inc’ seen as one of the world’s leading brands

Irish Venture Capital Association director-general Sarah-Jane Larkin said Government support was required for the success of any venture-capital fund of funds. Photograph: Chris Bellew

Sarah-Jane Larkin named as new director-general of Irish Venture Capital Association

Speedtest: Ookla ranked Ireland 62nd of 123 countries for its average mobile-download speed and 81st for upload speed at the end of 2017. Photograph: Getty

Internet speeds rise, particularly in Leinster, but are still slow in rural areas

Under the agreement, Microfinance Ireland will provide unsecured business loans of between €2,000 to €25,000 for commercially viable plans

European Investment Fund agrees deal with Microfinance Ireland to back 2,100 firms

Evonetix chief executive Tim Brears

Evonetix is a Cambridge-headquartered firm developing a novel gene synthesis platform

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