8:50

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Do you need to raise money to bring your business to the next stage? Our agenda is packed with insights from leading investment firms, successful entrepreneurs and growth-support organisations, all in one room as they share how you can secure funding for an established business with ambitions to grow.

Kingsley Aikins

Kingsley Aikins

Founder and CEO, The Networking Institute

Turning your expansion plans into reality: The IPO route

9:00

Navigating the how, what, where and when of a successful IPO

Finance is the fuel for scaling your business. As a company owner, how do you get the quantum and source of funds right in order to ensure success? In this session Orla discusses the financing landscape, key questions for business owners to consider and outlines what it takes to deliver a successful IPO.

Orla O’Gorman

Orla O’Gorman

Head of Equity Listing Ireland, Euronext

9:20

PANEL DISCUSSION: Is being a publicly listed company the right growth route for your business?

We hear a range of perspectives – an exchange, a plc and an investor – on choosing the IPO route. Plus, what are the key motivations and challenges when tapping global growth markets?

Lotta Edling

Lotta Edling

Editorial Director, Bonnier News, Sweden

Marcus Stuttard

Marcus Stuttard

Head of UK Primary Markets and Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange

Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett

Chief Operations Officer, Applegreen PLC

Other sources of funding

9:55

Could debt financing be an option for your growing business?

Conor discusses the more traditional option of regular business lending which is making a comeback and why a number of Irish firms have gone down the debt-financing route.

Conor Sheahan

Conor Sheahan

CEO, CKS Finance

10:05

Latest developments in the fundraising landscape

Owen Travers

Owen Travers

MD, AIB Corporate Finance

10:15

Reaching the next level with private equity

Leo discusses the option of minority equity, which sits at the intersection of private equity and venture capital: What is it? Which companies typically receive backing? What are the risk characteristics?

Leo Casey

Leo Casey

Head of Republic of Ireland, BGF – Business Growth Fund

10:25

Recent investments in growing Irish businesses

Mark discusses some recent investments and how private equity can help with international growth and succession dilemmas.

Mark Flood

Mark Flood

Director, Renatus Capital Partners Ltd

10:35

Legal insights on private equity investments

Lorcan will speak on some of the legal issues that commonly come up in private equity investments; How good preparation is key and he will share some insights on how well private equity delivers on its promises to management post transaction

Lorcan Tiernan

Lorcan Tiernan

Partner, Dillon Eustace

10:45

Q&A with speakers

11:00

Morning Break

Getting the right advice and keeping investors happy

11:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Should you hire an advisor to help you raise capital?

Our panel of entrepreneurs have been through the fund-raising process and share their advice and insights on how to choose the right advisors for your fundraising initiative.

Derek Butler

Derek Butler

CEO, GRID Finance

Mary O’Brien

Mary O’Brien

Co- Founder, VideoDoc

Sandra Whelan

Sandra Whelan

Chief Operations Officer, Immersive VR Education

Brendan O’Riordan

Brendan O’Riordan

CEO, Zutec

12:10

Maintaining good relations with your company’s investors

It goes without saying that you should be proactive in building solid, harmonious investor relations. Eavan provides insights on how to create a two-way communication channel and maintain great relations with your company’s investors.

Eavan Gannon

Eavan Gannon

Head of Dublin Investor Relations, Powerscourt

Insights from successful entrepreneurs

12:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: My funding journey: How I managed to raise the finance to grow my business

Pat has nearly 50 years’ experience in the hotel industry after starting his career with Ryan Hotels in 1969. After a tough start to his current business, launching at the start of the recession in 2007, Dalata has grown to become Ireland’s largest hotel group operating the Clayton and Maldron brands across Ireland and the UK. Pat shares his experience and insights from funding the growth of his businesses over the years.

Pat McCann

Pat McCann

Chief Executive Officer, Dalata Hotel Group

12:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to raise capital? Ask an entrepreneur

Raising capital can be one of the most critical aspects of building a successful business — and often one of the most difficult. Our panel of entrepreneurs have been through it all. They share the difficulties they encountered during fundraising and how they overcame them.

Chaired by Enda O’Coineen

Chaired by Enda O’Coineen

Chairman, Kilcullen Kapital Partners

John Flahavan

John Flahavan

Managing Director, E. Flahavan & Sons Limited

Caroline Keeling

Caroline Keeling

CEO and Managing Director, Keelings

Pat McCann

Pat McCann

Chief Executive Officer, Dalata Hotel Group

1:25

Lunch

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS – 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Get in-depth information and advice on raising growth capital for your business. Each table has a specific theme and is hosted by an expert in the field. Sign up to the discussion you want when you arrive on the day and come prepared with your questions! 

We’ll finish the day with a networking drinks reception.

Roundtable 1

Pitching to investors: How to secure that vital growth capital for your business

Leo Casey

Leo Casey

Head of Republic of Ireland, BGF - Business Growth Fund

Roundtable 2

Raising private equity growth stage finance

Dr. John Ghent

Dr. John Ghent

CEO, Sytorus

Roundtable 3

Government funded initiatives to support ambitious high-growth businesses

Dr Fergal McAleavey

Dr Fergal McAleavey

Senior Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)

Roundtable 4

IPO groundwork: How to get ready for an IPO

Orla O’Gorman

Orla O’Gorman

Head of Equity Listing Ireland, Euronext

Roundtable 5

Equity Crowdfunding for growth stage investment: How does it work?

Drew O’Sullivan

Drew O’Sullivan

Lead Equity Advisor, IntertradeIreland

Roundtable 6

Successful business architecture: What are the key pillars on which a successfully funded business will be built?

Claire Carroll

Claire Carroll

Senior Investment Advisor, Growth Capital, Enterprise Ireland

4:00

Closing Remarks followed by Networking Reception