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Top 15 Publishing Startup Investors in Ireland

A list of 15 angel investors and VC funds that invest in Publishing startups based in Ireland. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Publishing companies from Ireland. We update this investor list every month.

Top 15 Publishing Startup Investors in Ireland

Investor Publishing Ireland investments
Enterprise Ireland 4
Act Venture Capital 4
AIB Seed Capital Fund 3
Tom Kennedy 2
Peter O'Grady Walshe 2
Enterprise Equity 1
Tony Smurfit 1
Gaingels 1
NDRC 1
Furthr 1
Finaves 1
Bloom Equity 1
John Corcoran 1
Barry Pitcher 1
Paddy Bolger 1
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Enterprise Ireland VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland · 12 investments in the past 12 months
Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and funding of the indigenous business sector. Their mission is to accelerate the development of companies to achieve strong positions in global markets resulting in increased national and regional prosperity. It was founded in 1998 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Information Technology
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Ireland, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Lative — Lative automates capacity planning, maximizing profitable sales growth & revenue efficiency for high-performance revenue teams.
  • Cytidel — Cytidel helps security teams reduce breaches, save time, and stay secure. Vulnerability Management and Cyber Risk Management, and Threat Intelligence Specialists
  • Positive Carbon — Positive Carbon provides an innovative solution for businesses to track, manage, and reduce food waste. With real-time analytics, CO2 calculation, and a comprehensive learning platform, we help you save costs and achieve sustainability goals. Request a demo today to start making a positive environmental impact.
Act Venture Capital VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Technology-focused, investing capital and expertise to fuel growth in the most promising ideas and companies. Raised c.€600m across multiple funds and invest from seed to growth.We look for companies with potentially cutting-edge, category-defining businesses in markets including application software, IT infrastructure, communications, Internetand mobile. We help founders create and scale businesses globally. We work as a small team with diverse strengths accessing a community of over 200 founders. The teams and companies we back scale their investor base as they scale their business execution and ambition. We work closely with them in this process. Over the past 25 years have built a broad network of US and European investors and founders that share our vision and approach.Act is based in Dublin, Ireland.Our most recent funds are supported by the European Investment Fund.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, SaaS
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series A
  • Ireland, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • CitySwift — CitySwift is a data-driven scheduling and planning technology for urban bus networks. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict journey times and passenger demand, making routes more efficient. Schedulers can create optimized timetables that take into account traffic, events, and hundreds of other external factors, ensuringon-time performance and increased passenger satisfaction.CitySwift was established in 2016 and is operating in Galway, Ireland.
  • GREYSCOUT — Safeguard your reputation and increase revenue with GreyScout, the scalable, always-on platform for fighting IP infringement and grey market sellers.
  • Spotted Zebra — Spotted Zebra's skills cloud powers skills-based organisations. Our platform ensures skills are the centre of every decision made about people. Whether talent acquisition, talent development or internal mobility, Spotted Zebra focuses people on skills.
AIB Seed Capital Fund VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
The AIB Seed Capital Fund was established in 2007 to provide venture capital for companies at the seed and early stages of development across a range of sectors throughout the Republic of Ireland. The Fund was established under the Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programme 2007-2012.The Fund has a total of €30m under managementwith AIB and Enterprise Ireland both committing €15m. It is managed by experienced managers with extensive expertise in making seed and early stage investments, adding value and facilitating business success.The Fund managers are empowered to make seed investments of up to approximately €500,000. Furthermore, the Fund has the capacity to make investments in later rounds to support the continued growth of investee companies.The Fund will be managed by Enterprise Equity Venture Capital and the Dublin Business Innovation Centre. This unique partnership brings together extensive regional and investment expertise.Enterprise Equity will evaluate and manage all investments outside the city and county of Dublin, as well as investments that require in excess of €250,000 from the fund within the city and county of Dublin.Dublin Business Innovation Centre (DBIC) will evaluate and manage all investments within the city and county of Dublin when the initial investment amount required from the Fund does not exceed €250,000.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Medical
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Ireland, United States, Jersey
Portfolio highlights
  • NewsWhip — The only real-time media monitoring platform that predicts the stories and topics that will matter in the hours ahead.
  • Offr — Offr is the new way to buy and sell property, quickly and transparently.
  • Metabolomic Diagnostics — Metabolomic Diagnostics is a deep-tech company specialized in the development of novel biomarker based diagnostic solutions for complex diseases. The company has developed an effective pipeline to firstly identify diagnostic biomarker panels and then translate these panels into clinical assays ready for application in the clinical laboratory.Thispipeline combines the biomarker multiplexing capabilities of Mass Spectrometry, a powerful analytical technology, with the company’s own informatics and statistics solutions to deliver diagnostic innovation. This is reflected in Metabolomic Diagnostics’ strong and versatile IP portfolio of technical innovations and biomarkers.Our VisionMetabolomic Diagnostics’ primary vision is to develop a portfolio of diagnostic solutions which can determine, early in a woman’s pregnancy,her risk of developing major complications much later in her pregnancy and thus enabling personalized care, adapted to each woman’s individual needs. Pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and in-uterine growth restriction, all have the potential to severely impact on the well-being of mother and child.The company’s innovative diagnostic solutions will assist clinicians in re-imagining how these conditions are managed: our novel risk assessment tools are specifically developed in conjunction with prenatal care providers to ensure they make a difference that really matters. This in turn will enable clinicians to improve pregnancy outcomes globally.Our solutions will empower pregnant women: accurate pregnancy risk information will allow a pregnant woman, in partnership with her care provider, to determine what prenatal care is best for her pregnancy.
Tom Kennedy Angel
Tom has a proven track record as an entrepreneur and in building a global e-commerce business from Dublin as a co-founder of www.hostelworld.com (Web Reservations International). Tom achieved a successful exit from Hostelworld.com in 1999, generating $500m in shareholder value. He previously owned Avalon House hostel in Dublin. When he’s notworking, Tom enjoys the gastronomic delights of life and the views of the Wicklow mountains from the saddle of his bicycle.
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Investment focus
  • Travel, Video, Retail
  • Seed, Funding Round, Series A
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • Gigable — Join the fastest growing delivery network. Signup as a business to access freelancers or signup as a freelancer to earn additional income.
  • Coindrum — Coindrum provides coin machines to spend your coin jars. No more manual counting, sorting or bagging!
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Peter O'Grady Walshe Angel · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Peter O'Grady Walshe - Chairman @ VideoElephant
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Investment focus
  • Video, Publishing, Social Media
  • Seed
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Enterprise Equity VC Fund · Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Enterprise Equity (or EEVC) is an excellent for providing capital to early stage and expanding business throughout Ireland.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, Medical Device
  • Funding Round, Seed, Series B
  • Ireland, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Phorest — Join 8000+ spas, barbers, hair, beauty and nail salon owners using the #1 management, scheduling, POS and appointment booking system. Try Phorest now!
  • SurgaColl — SurgaColl Technologies is a medical device company developing novel tissue regeneration products for the surgical treatment of diseases of the bone, cartilage and other human tissue. Based on technology developed at the Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG) of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), headed by Professor Fergal O’Brien,the company aims to become a leader in the field of regenerative medical devices.
  • Metabolomic Diagnostics — Metabolomic Diagnostics is a deep-tech company specialized in the development of novel biomarker based diagnostic solutions for complex diseases. The company has developed an effective pipeline to firstly identify diagnostic biomarker panels and then translate these panels into clinical assays ready for application in the clinical laboratory.Thispipeline combines the biomarker multiplexing capabilities of Mass Spectrometry, a powerful analytical technology, with the company’s own informatics and statistics solutions to deliver diagnostic innovation. This is reflected in Metabolomic Diagnostics’ strong and versatile IP portfolio of technical innovations and biomarkers.Our VisionMetabolomic Diagnostics’ primary vision is to develop a portfolio of diagnostic solutions which can determine, early in a woman’s pregnancy,her risk of developing major complications much later in her pregnancy and thus enabling personalized care, adapted to each woman’s individual needs. Pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and in-uterine growth restriction, all have the potential to severely impact on the well-being of mother and child.The company’s innovative diagnostic solutions will assist clinicians in re-imagining how these conditions are managed: our novel risk assessment tools are specifically developed in conjunction with prenatal care providers to ensure they make a difference that really matters. This in turn will enable clinicians to improve pregnancy outcomes globally.Our solutions will empower pregnant women: accurate pregnancy risk information will allow a pregnant woman, in partnership with her care provider, to determine what prenatal care is best for her pregnancy.
Tony Smurfit Angel
Tony Smurfit is the Founder & CEO of Smurfit Kappa.
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Investment focus
  • Video, Privacy, Software
  • Seed, Series A
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • Dataships — Dataships uses top level data privacy software to help your brand, no matter your location.
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Gaingels VC Fund · New York, New York, United States · 66 investments in the past 12 months
Gaingels is a leading venture investment syndicate in support of diversity, inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies in the venture capital space.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Information Technology
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • United States, Canada, Mexico
Portfolio highlights
  • Patlytics — Patent discovery, analytics, comparison, and workflow. Simplified via Artificial Intelligence.
  • ValidMind — ValidMind is the most efficient solution for governance & risk management of AI and LLMs. Automate model documentation and validation for all model types.
  • Summer​ — Summer partners with employers help their populations navigate and reduce student loan debt. Summer is a certified B-Corp.
NDRC VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
NDRC builds high-impact new ventures. By providing the people, time, space and investment needed at the earliest stages of dedicated commercialisation work, NDRC is creating companies worthy of commercial investment and with the ability to scale. The NDRC team has the breadth of knowledge and expertise in technology and markets. NDRC worksside-by-side with researchers, entrepreneurs and venture teams to turn great ideas into successful new ventures.By the end of 2014, NDRC’s portfolio of startup ventures had secured a cumulative €88m in follow-on investment from commercial investors, with a combined market capitalisation of approx. €220m.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Information Technology, E-Commerce
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Convertible Note
  • Ireland, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Hiiker — Find 1000s of the best backpacking and hiking adventures, with reviews, photos, and great places to stay.
  • Dataships — Dataships uses top level data privacy software to help your brand, no matter your location.
  • Ceartas DMCA — Ceartas is the leader in piracy protection for creators, brands & enterprise. Powered by AI, we have the highest removal rate in the industry
Furthr VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Furthr provides long-term support to startups and SME businesses in Ireland. We support Irish entrepreneurs who excel in innovation and international trading.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Web Development, Analytics
  • Funding Round, Series A, Seed
  • Ireland, United States, Luxembourg
Portfolio highlights
  • NewsWhip — The only real-time media monitoring platform that predicts the stories and topics that will matter in the hours ahead.
  • CroíValve — CroíValve is a developed a safe, effective, easy to use, percutaneous solution for treating all patients with severe Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Finaves VC Fund · Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Finaves brings together IESE expertise, investors and entrepreneurs to foster new enterprises.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Recruiting, Information Technology
  • Seed, Funding Round, Angel
  • Spain, Argentina, Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • Taclia — We help companies manage all their repair and maintenance
  • Apartool — housing supplier with accommodation for staff
  • Ixoriguè Technologies — Ixoriguè Technologies are into livestock business.
Bloom Equity VC Fund · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Bloom Equity is a group of experienced entrepreneurs who invest as a type of angel network in early stage Irish Technology companies.The members of the group have already successfully founded, developed and exited from technology companies and try to bring this experience as a value add to their investee companies often in the form of a boardseat.
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Investment focus
  • Software, SaaS, Sustainability
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • Ireland, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Umba — With an Umba account, you have everything you need from your bank. Spend, pay bills, get loans, and cashback all from your phone.
  • Payslip — Payslip is a Global Payroll Management Platform, leveraging AI-powered automation to harmonize payroll operations for multinational organizations.
  • Iconic Translation Machines — Iconic Translation Machines is a language technology software company. Iconic specialises in developing best-in-class Neural Machine Translation solutions.
John Corcoran Angel · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Dublin-based John Corcoran (89) co-founded the hugely successful Paddy Power chain of bookmakers in 1988 along with David Power and Stewart Kenny. At a time when big brands were taking over the market, the three men joined their three independent chains to become a force to be reckoned with. Corcoran remains a shareholder in Paddy Power Betfair,although he has sold off tranches for 'estate planning' purposes in recent years. John died in June 2019.
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Investment focus
  • Video, Publishing, Social Media
  • Series A
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Barry Pitcher Angel · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Barry Pitcher
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Investment focus
  • Video, Publishing, Social Media
  • Seed
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
Paddy Bolger Angel · Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Paddy Bolger - Chief Financial Officer @ CWSI
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Investment focus
  • Video, Publishing, Social Media
  • Seed
  • Ireland
Portfolio highlights
  • VideoElephant — VideoElephant offers ready-to-monetize video content solutions to advertising technology providers, publishers, and advertisers. Its online marketplace enables users to access a library of video contents comprising various short and long-form videos, such as TV shows, movies, documentaries, and short videos. the company was founded in 2012 and isheadquartered in Dublin.
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