The 2nd annual

Growth Capital Summit

Wednesday 4th November 2020

The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

8:50

Welcome from the Chair

Vincent Wall

Vincent Wall

Business Editor, Newstalk 106-108

9:00

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Growth capital: What is it and why does your business need it?

Understand how growth capital works, what it does, and how it helps your company develop from a small business to something much larger and stronger

Brian Caulfield

Brian Caulfield

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Chairman, Scale Ireland

Valuing your growth stage business

9:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

How to value high-growth businesses: Understanding business valuation

Understanding the value of your business is essential when seeking capital or considering a future sale. What are the key fundamentals that drive business valuation? What metrics do you need to be mindful of to get the most you’re your investment?

Ian Huggard

Ian Huggard

Institutional Equity Sales, Goodbody

Rory Quirke

Rory Quirke

Partner and Co-Head of Investments, MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland

Funding options for your high growth business

9:50

IPO PANEL:

Is an IPO the way you should go?

 Orla O’Gorman

Orla O’Gorman

Head of Equity Listing Ireland, Euronext

Jim Joyce

Jim Joyce

CEO and Co-Founder, HealthBeacon

Uniphar tbc

Uniphar tbc

10:20

5-MINUTE PITCH

Now is your chance to pitch your growth stage business to the investors in the hall…

10:25

PANEL DISCUSSION:

What are funders after? Understanding equity investments and debt financing

Accessing capital is essential for driving growth, yet, it can be difficult to navigate the process with the myriad of financing options available. Our panel of industry insiders will examine the options for taking your business to the next level.

Elaine Coughlan

Elaine Coughlan

Managing Partner, Atlantic Bridge.

Robert Stokes

Robert Stokes

Equity Analyst, Heights Capital Management Ireland

10:55

5-MINUTE PITCH

Now is your chance to pitch your growth stage business to the investors in the hall…

Speed Networking

11:00

Morning break and SPEED NETWORKING

Expanding your contacts and making the right ones is what this session is all about We’re taking an extended coffee break so that you can make contacts in our intensive Speed Networking session of short, 3-minute mini meetings.

Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn

Group Facilitator

11:55

Welcome back from the Chair

Vincent Wall

Vincent Wall

Business Editor, Newstalk 106-108

Legal issues

12:00

The legal aspects you need to consider when seeking growth capital

 

Lorcan Tiernan

Lorcan Tiernan

Partner and Head of Corporate and M&A, Dillon Eustace

12:20

Leaders Insight:


From a two-man band to a €100m turnover business…

John explains what brought Ergo from printer cartridge recycling 26 years ago, to being a leading Irish IT provider on track to hit the €100m revenue mark

John Purdy

John Purdy

Co-Founder and CEO, Ergo Group

12:35

Lunch

1:40

Welcome back from the Chair

Vincent Wall

Vincent Wall

Business Editor, Newstalk 106-108

Real life experiences of growth capital funding

1:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Beyond Series A – reaching exponential growth

If you’ve built the foundations for growth and can prove your company’s scalability, you are about to expand a business that’s already working. However, apart from capital, what else can support this growth? How can your fast growth company overcome the hurdles that will inevitably appear as you scale? Can investors provide more than capital support? And, what can founders do to make the most of their investor’s attention?

David McManamon

David McManamon

Chief Financial Officer, Cubic Telecom

Eoin Leonard

Eoin Leonard

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, I3PT Certification

2:15

Leader’s Insight:

2:30

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How can you be sure you’re getting a good investment deal?

Raising capital is one of the biggest challenges that any entrepreneur will face. So, once you do get an investor, how can you be sure you’re really getting a good investment deal? Whatever route you choose, you need to recognise a good deal from a bad one to avoid getting burned. Choosing the right partner and establishing the right terms is key to a mutually beneficial deal that will grow your business into a success. Plus, our panel will give their insights on the expectations of growth stage investors and what you need to know before you pitch your growth stage business

Alan Foy

Alan Foy

CEO, Blueface

Philip White

Philip White

Chief Financial Officer, Diaceutics PLC

3:00

5-MINUTE PITCH

Now is your chance to pitch your growth stage business to the investors in the hall

3:05

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Scale beyond borders – creating and realising value through international growth

Finding new markets for goods and services is critical to maintain a growth trajectory. What are the options for expanding your international reach and reputation? Through complementary acquisitions, a corporate investor? Our panel of entrepreneurs who have done it share their insights

Adrian McGennis

Adrian McGennis

CEO, Sigmar Recruitment Group

Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy

Chief Executive, Devenish

3:40

Closing remarks and summit close