The Media Cube’s VC in Residence
Enterprise Equity Venture Capital (EEVC)
Enterprise Equity Venture Capital (EEVC) is a venture capital firm with funds under management totalling €100m. EEVC has invested in almost 90 companies with over 300 tranches of capital, with many of our CEOs and founders based in or significantly operating from North America and other locations.
As an early-stage Tech investor, EEVC invests in IoT /ICT, big data, enterprise B2B, SaaS, wireless/mobile, FinTech and MedTech enterprises. The EEVC team is led by Conor O’Connor and Tom Shinkwin in Dublin (both based in the Media Cube) and by Frank Walsh in Cork.
EEVC have investment syndication experience with North American and European investors.
For further details about EEVC see www.enterpriseequity.ie
Our Role with the IADT Media Cube
As the in-house VC, Enterprise Equity works closely with Media Cube personnel in co-ordinating the popular networking event VC in Residence Series which involves a series of short lunch-time sessions with a panel of funding experts who seek to address everything a start-up needs to know about raising funding.
In helping to further develop the start-up innovation community and ethos at the Media Cube, EEVC plays an educational role with start-ups, and actively seeks to mentor with some of the participants and Cubists as appropriate. We see our role as helping to guide start-ups and their promoters in their initial and/or subsequent approaches with funders. We facilitate start-ups to become ‘investor ready’ through ongoing engagement.
EEVC has been on the judging panel of several IADT Student Enterprise Bootcamps, and has guest lectured to the business and entrepreneurship class to encourage more business ownership among the IADT campus students.
The EEVC team
Conor O’Connor - Partner
Conor is a General Partner with Enterprise Equity VC which he joined in 1991.
He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of CFA Society Ireland, CFA Society UK and CFA Institute.
Prior to joining Enterprise Equity VC he worked with PwC Ireland and in corporate finance.
Conor has led, structured and negotiated many of Enterprise Equity’s 300 tranches of equity capital in 88 portfolio companies.
Through a number of Funds Enterprise Equity has typically invested €250k to €2m in high growth Irish SME’s.
Enterprise Equity has invested in many of Ireland’s high growth technology companies including;
StoryToys (acquired by Team17), Keelvar (holding acquired by consortium of US/UK/European growth capital investors; SensL (acquired by OnSemi); Phorest (holding acquired by Susquehanna Growth Equity); Movidius (acquired by Intel); EMBO Medical (acquired by Bard); Duolog (acquired by ARM); FMC Tech (acquired by GE).
Conor has served two terms as Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association as well as representing Ireland on the Board of Invest Europe.
Conor is a keen open water swimmer and occasional tennis player.
Tom Shinkwin - Partner
Tom is a General Partner with Enterprise Equity, Ireland’s longest established VC firm, and he is based in Dublin.
His experience covers cloud based and real time intelligence software and chip based technologies deployed in consumer applications and other general software applications.
Tom works closely with the Boards of a number of investee companies in the software and mobile communications areas including Alpha Wireless and Polecat, and previously with the boards of Phorest, Movidius (acquired by Intel), and Converser (acquired by Swrve).
Tom has over twenty five years’ experience covering banking, property and early stage technology VC. His expertise includes corporate finance and M&A, as well as working with and investing in new start-ups and established businesses.
He worked for many years in London and Dublin with Morgan Stanley and Ulster Bank Group, as well as in the past with a civil engineering contractor and was co-founder of an active boutique corporate advisory firm.
An honours graduate of both UCD and Trinity College Dublin, he enjoys many things French and is a regular skier and cyclist in the Pyrenees.