9:00

Welcome from the Chair

 

Vincent Wall

Vincent Wall

Business Editor

Newstalk 106-108

9:10

Supporting viable Irish businesses

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

Tániste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment

invited

Raising capital: What now for Ireland’s growth companies?

9:25

Raising capital in the context of Covid-19

Veteran investor Brian Caulfield shares his insights on the outlook for Ireland’s growth potential companies. He also discusses the steps to successfully raising capital during the Covid-19 crisis, how government can support growing businesses during and after the crisis,  what it can do to attract public and private capital investment in firms and support scaling Irish enterprises

Brian Caulfield

Brian Caulfield

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Chair of Scale Ireland

9:40

PANEL DISCUSSION:

The role of stock markets in funding scaling companies

Stockmarkets provide a permanent source of capital in good times and in bad. Irish public companies have raised almost €2bn from institutional and private shareholders since the start of the Covid crisis. Our panel discusses the key factors influencing investor demand at the moment, the IPO and follow-on fundraising markets and what steps a company considering listing can do to be “IPO ready” and attract equity capital. The panel will also discuss when is the right time in a company’s development to “go public”

Dermot Crowley

Dermot Crowley

Deputy Chief Executive, Dalata Hotel Group plc

Brian Caulfield

Brian Caulfield

Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Chair of Scale Ireland

Orla O’Gorman

Orla O’Gorman

Head of Equity Listing Ireland, Euronext Dublin

10:05

An entrepreneur’s insight…

From a two-man band to a €100m turnover business built over 26 years, John has survived many economic downturns. He shares his insights on surviving the current economic shock and building resilience for the future

John Purdy

John Purdy

Co-Founder and CEO, Ergo Group

10:15

Networking Break

10:30

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Perspectives on investing post-Covid and 2021 investor outlook

Our panel of industry insiders will examine the options for taking your business to the next level in the post-pandemic world and discuss opportunities for raising capital and how deal terms and investor engagement have changed post Covid-19

Robert Stokes

Robert Stokes

, Equity Analyst, Heights Capital Management Ireland

Elaine Coughlan

Elaine Coughlan

Managing Partner and Founder, Atlantic Bridge

Valuing your growth-stage business in a post-pandemic world

11:00

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Understanding business valuation

As valuations are impacted by the current environment, our panel examines the key fundamentals that drive business valuations. They’ll also discuss the metrics companies should be mindful of and the flow of capital to ESG investments

Ian Huggard

Ian Huggard

Institutional Equity Sales, Goodbody

Rory Quirke

Rory Quirke

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

Saving viable businesses and supporting growth slowed
by the crisis

11:35

Networking Break

11:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

Consolidation, restructurings and defaults

In every crisis,  it will be necessary for some businesses to consolidate and restructure. Our panel looks at the outlook for the private debt market going forward and the sectors that are more likely to be impacted by restructurings and consolidations. We’ll also discuss how traditional lenders and non-bank lenders are responding in the current environment

Mark Thorne

Mark Thorne

Partner, Banking & Capital Markets, Dillon Eustace

12:20

Lunch Break

1:00

Welcome back from the Chair

 

Vincent Wall

Vincent Wall

Business Editor

Newstalk 106-108

Real-life experiences adapting to the “new normal”
by the crisis

1:05

PANEL DISCUSSION: 

How have growth strategies changed and business models adapted during and post-crisis?

We hear from successful companies on how they have adapted to the new realities

Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy

Chief Executive, Devenish

Adrian McGennis

Adrian McGennis

CEO, Sigmar Recruitment Group

Eoin Leonard

Eoin Leonard

Founder and CEO, i3PT

1:35

An entrepreneur’s insight…

Speaker

Speaker

tbc

1:45

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. Our panel of entrepreneurs share what you need to know before you pitch your business in the current climate and how to successfully engage with investors in both public and private markets

Philip White

Philip White

Editorial Director, Bonnier News, Sweden

Alan Foy

Alan Foy

CEO, Blueface

Lorcan Tiernan

Lorcan Tiernan

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

Lulu O’Sullivan

Lulu O’Sullivan

Founder and CEO, giftsdirect.com

2:15

Closing remarks and summit close