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International investors, angels, accelerators and startups gather at Ignite X

By Business & Finance
09 April 2019
Nick Stocks, Julien Bek, Rodrigo Mallo Leiva, Edel Coen, Christina Bechhold Russ – Breaking Boundaries- Trends across Geographies panel

Ignite X, part of the Dublin Tech Summit, gathered 150 global investors for a day of talks and networking

Over 150 startup founders, global investors, angels and accelerators gathered at the Dublin Tech Summit (DTS) inaugural Ignite X event at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin today.

Ben Hurley, Niamh Bushnell, Steven O’Gara, Niamh Sterling, Orla O’Gorman – Ireland in the Global Investment Landscape panel

With speakers and panellists from companies such as Hubspot and Eventbrite as well as representatives from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), Enterprise Ireland and the European Investment Fund, the event is the first of its kind for Dublin Tech Summit.

CEO of Dublin Tech Summit, Will Brightling said,

Our goal with Ignite was simple, to create more value for investors attending DTS, to connect the international and local investment communities, and to drive more investment into our scaleup programme.

The panels covered topics such as Ireland in the Global Investment Landscape and Mental Health, and the M+A outlook for 2020.

Niamh Bushnell, Tech Ireland, speaking on a panel about Ireland in the Global Investment Landscape, lauded Ireland’s commitment to entrepreneurialism, saying, “Ireland is very pro-entrepreneurialism and competes only with Canada for our high entrepreneurial status.”

Adam Reeve, Amy Neale, Sami Moughrabie, Ben Marrel – David V Goliath: Role of Nano and Micro VC Funds in the Market

Speaking about trends for startups and looking to the future David Smith on the M+A 20:20 Outlook panel said that AI, IoT, machine learning and the integration of all of these are key to keep an eye on over the next few months.

Speaking at a Funding the Fund panel, Enterprise Ireland’s Donnchadh Cullinan spoke about the importance of diversity:

Enterprise Ireland now has a strategy around diversity and the first point is just to measure everything. From an Irish VC perspective it’s pretty good with the amount of female founders that are there – we’re probably ahead of European figures now.

Dublin Tech Summit takes place at the RDS 10-11th April, 2019. Find out more here.