THE IRISH 
TECH STARTUP 
GUIDE 
BY 
WWW.FRONTLINE.VC @FRONTLINE
WHO IS FRONTLINE VENTURES? 
We are a venture capital fund based in Dublin and London that backs passionate 
Big Data 
WHAT...
IRELAND BY NUMBERS • 4 
A HISTORY OF ENTERPRISE • 9 
THE IRISH TECH ECOSYSTEM • 12 
IRISH STARTUPS • 16 
PEOPLE TO KNOW • ...
IRELAND BY 
NUMBERS
TALENT 
Access to the EU 
and its 500m 
population 
1/3 
of the population 
is under 25 -the 
youngest population 
in the ...
TRACK RECORD 
8/10 
top global ICT 
companies 
9/10 
top global pharma 
companies 
4/8 
top global financial 
institutions...
WORLD COMPETITIVENESS 
Best country to do 
business in globally 
Forbes 2013 
1st for FDI per 
100,000 population 
IBM Glo...
WORLD COMPETITIVENESS 
The investment by US companies into Ireland is greater than 
that made in Brazil, Russia, India and...
A HISTORY OF 
ENTERPRISE
Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon coined the word 
‘entrepreneur’ in 1730 and identified the entrepreneur’s role as...
When I came to Facebook 
and it was time to figure out 
where to put our international 
headquarters…we actually 
really o...
THE IRISH TECH 
ECOSYSTEM
ONCE UPON A TIME IN DUBLIN… 
1950-2000: Intel, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Citrix, Symantec, EMC2 ...
…THEN CAME ‘ IRELAND 2.0’… 
2000-2010: Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook, EngineYard, Ebay, Paypal, Salesforce, Aol, VMWare ...
…AND SUDDENLY IN JUST TWO YEARS: 
2010-2012: Dropbox, Twitter, LinkedIN, Zendesk, Etsy, Zynga, HubSpot, Gilt, LogMeIn, 10G...
2010 
Less than 30 people spoke 
There was 1 workshop 
THE WEB SUMMIT 
Just under 500 people showed up 
3 startups exhibit...
IRISH 
STARTUPS
ENTERPRISE/SAAS 
ACQUIRED 
ACQUIRED
SOCIAL MEDIA/CONSUMER WEB 
E-COMMERCE ED TECH
MOBILE FIN TECH HEALTH TECH 
ACQUIRED
MUSIC TECH GAMING
SOME HOMEGROWN SUCCESSES 
Connected to 300 mobile operators in 130 countries, reach of 3.5 billion mobile phones 
Processe...
SOME PEOPLE 
TO KNOW
Karl Aherne 
Wayra 
SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW 
Nick Ashmore 
NPRF 
Sean Blanchfield 
PageFair 
Ed Byrne 
Xenon Ventures 
Richard...
SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW 
Niall Harbison 
Lovin’ Dublin 
Eoghan Jennings 
Health XL 
Donnchadh Cullinan 
Enterprise Ireland 
Jo...
SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW 
Eamon Leonard 
Engine Yard 
Adrian Mullett 
Bank of Ireland 
Ray Nolan 
Hostel World/ 
Ultimate Rugby...
SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW 
Barry Smyth 
UCD 
James Whelton 
CoderDojo 
Anna Scally 
KPMG 
Aileen O’Malley 
SOvH Partners 
Barry ...
A FAMILY BUSINESS 
Brian 
Reeves 
Frank 
Reeves 
Patrick 
Collison 
John 
Collison 
Eamon 
Fallon 
Brian 
Fallon 
Martina ...
TECH PRESS 
Carmel Doyle 
Silicon Republic 
Mark Little 
Storyful 
Johnny Ryan 
Irish Times 
Adrian Weckler 
Sunday Busine...
TECHNOLOGY LAW FIRMS
STARTUP ACCOUNTANTS 
LARGER FIRMS INDEPENDENT
RECRUITERS 
BUSINESS/SALES TECHNICAL
FINDING CAPITAL 
& MENTORS
INCUBATORS/ACCELERATORS
BANKS & CROWD-FUNDING
ANGEL NETWORKS
LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL RESIDENT VCS 
OYSTER CAPITAL
CENTRES FOR SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECH 
CSETs help link scientists and engineers to industry and foster the development 
...
PLACES 
TO GO
CO-WORKING SPACES 
National College 
of Ireland 
Guinness 
Enterprise Centre 
The Digital Hub 
IADT Media 
Cube 
Dogpatch ...
STARTUP HANGOUTS 
KC Peaches Chop House Skinflint 
Jo’Burger 
Library Bar Crackbird 3FE 
No Name Slattery’s Food Game 
Sci...
MEETUPS AND CONFERENCES
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? 
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO BELONGS ON OUR GUIDE? 
FOLLOW OR TWEET @FRONTLINE 
WORDS BY: PRODUCED BY: ...
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The Irish Tech Startup Guide

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How much do you know about Irish tech startups? Which startups have the most buzz? Which tech giants have their offices here? And who are the Irish tech figures to know?

Frontline Ventures (www.frontline.vc) created this guide to promote Irish entrepreneurship while offering a 101 guide for anyone visiting the country or starting out in their career.

It covers the most successful Irish startups and companies on the rise, Irish tech accelerators and meetups, Irish tech press, resident VCs, and the story of how our homegrown industry began.

If you have a suggestion to add to the list, tweet @Frontline and get in touch!

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  • Hi @SOSv, Thanks for the Invite, please let us know the details, timing location etc... SOS has been on the VC page since the first week we put it up. If you have a logo for SELR8R please send it across and we'll add it to the next update we do for sure.
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  • If you're interested in the startup guide you may also be interested in some of the content we've created at www.makeitinireland.com and www.makeitincork.com. Enterprise Ireland also run a campaign showcasing careers in indigenous software companies at www.itshappeninghere.ie.

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  • Consider yourselves invited to the SELR8R sales accelerator graduation July 9 in Dublin. That way SOS Ventures and SELR8R can be included in future editions of this excellent production. Contact us for details
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  1. 1. THE IRISH TECH STARTUP GUIDE BY WWW.FRONTLINE.VC @FRONTLINE
  2. 2. WHO IS FRONTLINE VENTURES? We are a venture capital fund based in Dublin and London that backs passionate Big Data WHAT WE INVEST IN Cloud Services TALK TO US 4 6582 1 9 software entrepreneurs and helps them build their companies Payments @frontline @wilp @willmcq @kim617
  3. 3. IRELAND BY NUMBERS • 4 A HISTORY OF ENTERPRISE • 9 THE IRISH TECH ECOSYSTEM • 12 IRISH STARTUPS • 16 PEOPLE TO KNOW • 22 FINDING CAPITAL AND MENTORS • 30 PLACES TO GO • 36
  4. 4. IRELAND BY NUMBERS
  5. 5. TALENT Access to the EU and its 500m population 1/3 of the population is under 25 -the youngest population in the EU 2/5 of the population is third-level educated - the highest rate in the western world, and compared to 29% EU average The only English speaking country in the Euro Zone The highest proportion of science and engineering grads in the world
  6. 6. TRACK RECORD 8/10 top global ICT companies 9/10 top global pharma companies 4/8 top global financial institutions 3/6 top global gaming companies have operations in Ireland Technology companies account for over 90% of venture capital investment in Ireland, compared to 31% in Europe
  7. 7. WORLD COMPETITIVENESS Best country to do business in globally Forbes 2013 1st for FDI per 100,000 population IBM Global Location Trends Report 1st in the world for most-highly employable graduates EC Study of International Recruiters 2010 1 1st for investment incentives for foreign investors GCR 2013 1st for business legislation for foreign investors GCR 2013 1st for real corporate taxes GCR 2013 1st for availability of skilled labour GCR 2013
  8. 8. WORLD COMPETITIVENESS The investment by US companies into Ireland is greater than that made in Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. RUSSIA INDIA CHINA BRAZIL IRELAND 1990 - 2011
  9. 9. A HISTORY OF ENTERPRISE
  10. 10. Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon coined the word ‘entrepreneur’ in 1730 and identified the entrepreneur’s role as a risk taker who is balancing the markets by predicting what buyers want. Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not? George Bernard Shaw
  11. 11. When I came to Facebook and it was time to figure out where to put our international headquarters…we actually really only looked at Ireland Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook Ireland is a great place to do business Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google
  12. 12. THE IRISH TECH ECOSYSTEM
  13. 13. ONCE UPON A TIME IN DUBLIN… 1950-2000: Intel, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Oracle, Citrix, Symantec, EMC2 powered by
  14. 14. …THEN CAME ‘ IRELAND 2.0’… 2000-2010: Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook, EngineYard, Ebay, Paypal, Salesforce, Aol, VMWare powered by
  15. 15. …AND SUDDENLY IN JUST TWO YEARS: 2010-2012: Dropbox, Twitter, LinkedIN, Zendesk, Etsy, Zynga, HubSpot, Gilt, LogMeIn, 10Gen, SumUp, Marketo, Ancestry.com, Groupon, Riot, Indeed, MasterCard powered by
  16. 16. 2010 Less than 30 people spoke There was 1 workshop THE WEB SUMMIT Just under 500 people showed up 3 startups exhibited 4 international investors showed up Attendees came from 1 country: Ireland 2014 More than 600 people spoke (a 20x increase) More than 150 workshops (a 150x increase) 20,000 people showed up (a 40x increase) 2200 startups exhibited (a 730x increase) 600 international investors attended (a 150x increase) Attendees came from 109 countries (a 109x increase)
  17. 17. IRISH STARTUPS
  18. 18. ENTERPRISE/SAAS ACQUIRED ACQUIRED
  19. 19. SOCIAL MEDIA/CONSUMER WEB E-COMMERCE ED TECH
  20. 20. MOBILE FIN TECH HEALTH TECH ACQUIRED
  21. 21. MUSIC TECH GAMING
  22. 22. SOME HOMEGROWN SUCCESSES Connected to 300 mobile operators in 130 countries, reach of 3.5 billion mobile phones Processed over $24bn in online transactions last year Leading developer of physics engine used in over 500+ top selling video games and many blockbuster movies 250,000 beds are booked a month through its platform and used in over 165 countries Used by 80 governments globally to manage social welfare payments AND MANY OTHERS: Biggest public online bookmaker in the world
  23. 23. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW
  24. 24. Karl Aherne Wayra SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Nick Ashmore NPRF Sean Blanchfield PageFair Ed Byrne Xenon Ventures Richard Barnwell Digit/Jagex Gavin Bourke Nebula Ventures Keith Bohanna IIA John Breslin NUIG Simone Boswell Enterprise Ireland Paul Campbell Tito Dylan Collins Box of Awesome Donal Cahalane Trustev Terence Bowden Propellor Accelerator Sean Baker Incaplex Russell Banks Investor Sheet Brian Caulfield DFJ Esprit Niamh Bushnell Startup Commissioner Tim Arnold Hailo
  25. 25. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Niall Harbison Lovin’ Dublin Eoghan Jennings Health XL Donnchadh Cullinan Enterprise Ireland John Egan Archipelago / Weller Paddy Holahan Newbay Karl Aherne Wayra Dermot Daly Topado Paul Hayes Beach Hut Tom Cusack Enterprise Ireland Sonia Flynn Facebook Andrew Hunter SVB Joe Drumgoole Feed Henry Daire Hickey Websummit / F.ounders Mary Cronin Thousand Seeds John Dennehy Zartis John Herlihy Google Paddy Cosgrave WebSummit / F.ounders Martin Kelly IBM / Health XL
  26. 26. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Eamon Leonard Engine Yard Adrian Mullett Bank of Ireland Ray Nolan Hostel World/ Ultimate Rugby Gary Leyden NDRC LaunchPad Kieran Moynihan CIT Garrett Murray Enterprise Ireland Colm Lyon Realex Payments Darren Mulvihill Startup Grind Barry O’Brien SVB David Lawrence Pegasus Steven McIntyre Twitter Gene Murphy Startup Ireland Dave Kelly Websummit / F.ounders Barry Maloney Balderton Capital Connor Murphy DataHug Vincent Lyons DubStarts Joan Mulvihill Irish Internet Assoc. Deirde O’Brien O’Brien & Associates
  27. 27. SOME PEOPLE TO KNOW Barry Smyth UCD James Whelton CoderDojo Anna Scally KPMG Aileen O’Malley SOvH Partners Barry O’Dowd IDA John O’Dwyer AIB Paul O’Dea Selected Strategies Noel Ruane Polaris Pat Phelan Trustev Nicola Riordan Nua Marketing Raomal Perera Thousand Seeds Ronan Perceval Phorest
  28. 28. A FAMILY BUSINESS Brian Reeves Frank Reeves Patrick Collison John Collison Eamon Fallon Brian Fallon Martina Skelly Michael Skelly Jonathan Ruane Jason Ruane Jennie McGinn Sarah McGinn Grace McGinn Kate O’Daly Aoibheann O’Daly Emer O’Daly
  29. 29. TECH PRESS Carmel Doyle Silicon Republic Mark Little Storyful Johnny Ryan Irish Times Adrian Weckler Sunday Business Post Karlin Lillington Irish Times Tom Lyons Irish Times Chris Horn Irish Times Ciara O’Brien Irish Times John Kennedy Silicon Republic Gavan Reilly TheJournal.ie Pamela Newenham Irish Times Gavin Daly Sunday Times Philip Connolly Sunday Business Post
  30. 30. TECHNOLOGY LAW FIRMS
  31. 31. STARTUP ACCOUNTANTS LARGER FIRMS INDEPENDENT
  32. 32. RECRUITERS BUSINESS/SALES TECHNICAL
  33. 33. FINDING CAPITAL & MENTORS
  34. 34. INCUBATORS/ACCELERATORS
  35. 35. BANKS & CROWD-FUNDING
  36. 36. ANGEL NETWORKS
  37. 37. LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL RESIDENT VCS OYSTER CAPITAL
  38. 38. CENTRES FOR SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & TECH CSETs help link scientists and engineers to industry and foster the development of Irish technology companies.
  39. 39. PLACES TO GO
  40. 40. CO-WORKING SPACES National College of Ireland Guinness Enterprise Centre The Digital Hub IADT Media Cube Dogpatch Labs Liffey Trust Hub
  41. 41. STARTUP HANGOUTS KC Peaches Chop House Skinflint Jo’Burger Library Bar Crackbird 3FE No Name Slattery’s Food Game Science Gallery
  42. 42. MEETUPS AND CONFERENCES
  43. 43. WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO BELONGS ON OUR GUIDE? FOLLOW OR TWEET @FRONTLINE WORDS BY: PRODUCED BY: PICTURES BY: Fuchsia MacAree @phewsha Roisin Kiberd @ro i s i nthemirror

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