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HBAN Hits £100m. Where do we start?

As true startup people ourselves, we look back with pride and gratitude at our role in working with InterTradeIreland in establishing the HBAN investment network in Ireland. Back in 2010 our programme team led by Diane Roberts started with a blank sheet, and with the support of the funders set out to establish a network of syndicated investors across the country. A network of investors that was going to change the face of the Irish startup community.

No website. No office. No staff. No investors. #NoProblem.

Diane R.
Flashback to 2010, Diane Roberts, inaugural national director of HBAN with KidSpotter founders Liam Darling and Andrew Dunnecourtesy of the Irish Times

An incredible journey took our team across Ireland to meet investors, build out the syndicated funding model, bring in international expertise to help educate startups and investors and create a network of those people positive enough to support active new business ventures.

These early days saw modest but powerful results, as we established 6 angel syndicates engaging with 80+ new angel investors.

With a significant milestone hit in startup investment by angel investors in Ireland , we want to say a high five and well done to everyone involved. Glad to be there at the start.

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