Talent Garden welcomes its first VC in residence

Ireland’s first ever Venture Capitalist in Residence initiative will be launched in the digital innovation campus, Talent Garden, Glasnevin on January 24th. Entrepreneur, angel investor and VC, Brian Caulfield will host a fireside chat with members of Ireland’s tech community. He will share his global insights and expertise on what makes a good VC investment and the unique relationship of a VC and their investor companies. It is free to attend and open to the public, those interested should register on the Talent Garden website (here).

The fireside chat launches Talent Garden’s VC in Residence Programme. Serial technology entrepreneur turned venture capital investor, Brian is one of three to participate for 2019 and Talent Garden is proactively seeking female VCs to join the programme. The other two are Bill Liao, a General Partner at SOSV.com and Luca Ascani, founder and CEO of Lambda Alpha. They bring a combined business experience of close to 70 years across 6 countries. Their contributions will include mentoring members of Talent Garden and by sharing their connections and insights into what VCs are looking for when investing in businesses. Their professional expertise will be invaluable to help members scale.

The Dublin campus, which opened in October 2018, is the first in the European Talent Garden network to launch a VC in Residence programme, however it is likely to be replicated across the other campuses in the future.

Mark Bennett, Country Lead of Talent Garden Ireland, explains:

“Although coworking facilities will account for 30% of total corporate work space by 2030, our mission goes deeper, building a community of shared values. We host a dynamic ecosystem of digital innovation where members meet, work, learn and collaborate together. This is cultivated, in part, through events such as workshops, fireside chats with global tech leaders, expert advisory sessions, fundraising talks and panel debates. The VC in Residence Programme is a great example of how we leverage our network for the benefit of members. We will grow the panel of VCs to cover different industries and different levels of investing. In order to add the most value to our members we feel it is necessary to have a diverse panel of VC’s with different perspectives.”

“Most entrepreneurs have very limited insight into the way VCs make decisions and how the relationship between investors and entrepreneurs operates after an investment is made. The venture capital industry hasn’t traditionally done a very good job of educating the startup community on these issues. That’s why this initiative from Talent Garden to support its members is so important and innovative. This role is the first of its kind in Ireland and I really look forward to sharing insights with entrepreneurs and helping them to build winning funding plans for their companies,” Caulfield continues.

Talent Garden VC in Residence Panel will feature:

· Brian Caulfield is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor. He is a Venture Partner and former Managing Partner at Draper Esprit. Brian’s recent investments include Datahug, Movidius, MTT, Clavis Insight and Graphcore. He sits on the board of the Irish Times and is also a personal investor in a number of early stage technology companies including HyperGrid and Teamer.

· Bill Liao is an entrepreneur, leader and investor. He is a general partner at SOSV.com, an investment management and venture capital firm providing funding in the technology sector. He has established companies and led growth into the billions. He has also established multiple non-profit organisations devoted to addressing climate change, poverty and supporting the education of the youth.

· Luca Ascani is the founder and CEO of Lambda Alpha, an investment company focused on seed investment. Its portfolio includes, among others, Bear, the Apple Design Award winner notes app, S4M.io, a leading mobile retargeting company, GreenJinn the supermarket cash back app, BnBSitter and Eelway.com, the leading French BnB management and luggage mobility companies respectively. Recent investment also includes Gideon Brothers, Emma App and WeRoad. Recently Luca Co-founded Talent Garden in Dublin, with the aim to create the most important hub for startups in Ireland.

Talent Garden Dublin provides Irish members with access and opportunity to collaborate across a growing global network of 3,500 tech professionals, allowing them to scale up and internationalise rapidly. Talent Garden’s 23 campuses in 8 countries across Europe, as well as its planned new facility in San Francisco enable members to quickly maximise EU/US connections. Across Europe, the group hosts freelancers, start-ups and innovation labs of large corporates such as BMW Group, Google, Cisco, Vodafone and Electrolux who want to leverage the vibrancy of a coworking and digital innovation ecosystem.

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