Ireland combines an innovative domestic Agri-food industry with the European home of Silicon Valley’s tech giants. This rare pairing underlies the best AgTech start-up ecosystems making Ireland a natural home for Finistere.
All of the supporting pieces to build disruptive AgTech businesses are found in Ireland: excellent research institutions, a young, highly skilled talent pool, an energetic diaspora, large Agri-food businesses and adjacent technology industries. A limiting component has been access to early stage funding capital. Finistere is excited to build the bridge between Ireland, the EU and the Californian innovation ecosystem to support the next world-beating AgTech companies.
THE IRELAND AGTECH FUND
Finistere has partnered with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to create the €20M Ireland AgTech Fund (IAF). The IAF is seeking world class entrepreneurial teams and technologies with the potential for rapid growth in companies that are:
- Domestic Irish start-ups
- Overseas companies seeking to establish a presence in the E.U. leveraging Ireland’s talent pool, research partnerships and market access
- Start-ups anywhere around the globe that can create value for Irish farmers and food producers
The IAF aims to make these investments in collaboration with both local and international investors where our Irish presence allows us to take a leading role in syndication. The Fund size reflects our view that a targeted pool of capital supporting both local tech and inbound investment will be effective for both building the AgTech Island vision and delivering financial returns.
WHO WE ARE
KIERAN FURLONG, Partner IAF, Dublin
Kieran heads the Finistere Ventures E.U. office based in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to his activities in Ireland and the rest of Europe, he is focused on the application of biologicals in crop protection and animal health. Kieran brings a wealth of international experience from large chemicals companies and biotech/cleantech start-ups to the Finistere team. Read more
ARAMA KUKUTAI, Partner, San Diego
Arama Kukutai is a co-founder and Partner at Finistere Ventures a pioneer in the Agriculture and Food technology sectors founded in 2005 and actively investing from its second fund. Read more
SPENCER MAUGHAN, Partner, Silicon Valley
Spencer Maughan heads the Silicon Valley office based in Palo Alto, California. Previously Spencer has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at KPCB working alongside members of the Green Growth Fund on AgTech opportunities. Read more