Investing in Ireland
We partner with people of vision and ability from first time founders to seasoned entrepreneurs. As they create clever new products and services, we work together, expanding their teams through the recruitment of exceptional people and enabling them to break into new markets and generate revenues of scale.
Our Team and Network
The Kernel Capital team of six full time Partners have led over 100 investments, are named inventors on over 30 Patents, are published in Scientific and Business Journals and regularly present at Venture Capital conferences (see Team). A key resource at Kernel Capital is our Alumni. Comprising of over 250 influential well networked people who held or currently hold an executive level position in a Kernel Capital portfolio company. It is a constant source of new introductions, a frequent catalyst for deal syndication and a driver of new business opportunities and added value to our portfolio. Combined our Alumni have held over 750 ‘C’ and executive level positions in Irish and global companies, including over 50 major corporations.
We accelerate value creation
Founded in 2002, we have raised over €170m (£140m) in funds and our associate life science firm, Seroba Kernel Limited which we co founded in 2009 has raised a further €62.5m (£52m). These funds are managed by our teams based in Belfast, Cork and Dublin. In almost all our deals we are the first institutional investor and with our assistance, our portfolio of 70+ companies have gone forward to raise over €500m (£415m) and employ over 1,100 people, most at graduate and post graduate level. Kernel Capital has co-invested with over 80 institutional investors, including international VCs, Private Equity firms, Family Offices, Global Multinationals and Venture Debt providers. Our Funds are raised from Pension Funds, University Foundations, State Agencies in Ireland and the U.K. and from the Bank of Ireland who are a cornerstone investor in all our Funds.