There are a couple of initiatives coming on line in Ireland that will be of use to both entrepreneurs and investors.
The first is the Dublin Investment Summit (@DublinInvest) on Sept. 30. This event aims to bring together entrepreneurs and VCs or Angels in a matchmaking event. The website promises a “packed schedule of investment pitches.” Noting the difficulties starts ups have in finding the right investors, the summit aims to take the randomness out of the process.
It has already held two evenings of practice elevator pitches. Entrepreneurs were given feedback from a panel, and there were also potential investors in the audience. Both events were free and open to everyone.
The second event is the official launch of Angel Holdings (@Angel_Holdings) Nov. 14. The new company helps investors build business plans and present them to investors. It will leverage its existing network of business angels and mentors to assist entrepreneurs.
Headed by Adele Hinze, the organization will go live in October but is waiting for Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is between November 14 and 20, to launch officially. According to an Angel Holdings press release:
“The availability of seed funds to invest in Irish companies in 2011 is at its highest level in 30 years. This is an extremely vibrant time for Irish VCs and that there has never been a better time to start up a business in Ireland.”