Investing in the most ambitious founders who are building tomorrow

We are a relationship driven early stage VC investor. We invest in and form close partnerships with the founders we back.

Our investment approach

We make initial investments at Seed to Series A stage in highly ambitious, born global Irish software and medtech companies. We are hands-on and support teams across key strategic areas to accelerate growth.

In addition to providing institutional investment at an early stage, we reserve significant capital for following on in subsequent rounds. We go the journey with founders.

Our current fund is highly active, investing in some of Ireland’s most scalable and transformative tech start-ups at seed stage and beyond.  The fund is backed by a number of leading tech entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as Enterprise Ireland. We are investing in 7+ new start-ups every year, with the ability to invest up to €3m in an individual company through multiple investment rounds to drive growth in international markets. 

Get in touch below if you think your start-up might be a fit for Furthr VC.

Furthr VC In Numbers

20 m
under management
1 +
investee companies
1 m
of co-investment leveraged to date
3 +
new investments annually

Investment Criteria

Highly scalable, early-stage companies developing B2B software products and services, as well as Class I and II medical devices.

Meet the team in charge of the fund

Richard Watson

Managing Partner

Colm O'Sullivan

Managing Partner

Niamh Sterling


Eugene Smyth

Investment Partner

Saurabh Kumar

Investment Associate

Working at Furthr - what our VC team says

Portfolio Company Spotlight

Developing a novel drainage device to treat 'fluid on the lung', one of the most common complications of late-stage cancers
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Provides industry 4.0 SaaS solutions to significantly improve operational efficiencies and reduce cost in complex manufacturing environments
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Developing a novel medical device for removing all air bubbles from IV lines in healthcare settings
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Investment Portfolio

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Eugene Smyth

Investment Partner at Furthr

Eugene is an Investment Manager for Furthr Managed Funds, including the €53m AIB Seed Capital Fund where he manages the fast-growth technology portfolio. He has been a retained management consultant in the venture capital industry for over 15 years and is a consultant on a variety of European Commission initiatives for cross-border investment and technology-led programmes. His specialist areas include telecoms, new media, ICT, eCommerce, games and emerging platform technologies.

Saurabh Kumar

Investment Associate at Furthr VC

Saurabh is an Associate at Furthr VC. His role focuses on the origination, evaluation and execution of early-stage investment opportunities, leveraging deep knowledge of the ICT, IoT, Fintech, and AI sectors.

Previously an Investment Research Analyst at HBAN, prior to this Saurabh was a Senior Analyst in the global investment firm BNY Mellon, where he worked on a diverse range of technologies (Startups and Enterprises) used in financial institutions and led data science R&D projects for the BNY Mellon clients.

Saurabh holds a 1st class honours degree in Electronics Engineering with specialisation in Signal Processing & Wireless Communication from VIT, India and a 1st class MSc degree in Quantitative Finance from UCD Smurfit Business School and Yale School of Management.

Colm O'Sullivan

Managing Partner , Furthr VC

Colm is a Managing Partner at Furthr VC. He has over 10 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity, investing in companies across Europe and North America. Colm has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and management teams to successfully grow and scale companies.

Previously Colm was a Ventures Principal at OGCI Climate Investments, a $1B+ fund that invests in solutions to decarbonise the energy, industrial, and commercial transportation sectors. Prior to this Colm was an Investment Professional at Pioneer Point Partners, a pan-European private equity investor focused on the energy and environment sectors.

Colm holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Finance from University College Cork and an MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics.

Richard Watson

Managing Partner, Furthr VC

Richard is Managing Partner of Furthr VC, one of the most active early-stage VC investors in the country. He has worked in venture capital for over 15 years and, prior to this, spent almost a decade in industry in R&D and operations in the medical device and semiconductor industries in Sweden, Ireland and the US.

Richard has a 1st class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, a Research M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a 1st class MBA from Durham University.

Niamh Sterling

Partner, Furthr VC

Niamh has been a Consultant for the Halo Business Angel Network since 2017, with a responsibilities including sourcing, selecting and managing investment opportunities for the network, to deal closing. She manages HBAN’s 4 overseas syndicates – London, New York, Singapore and Dubai, and has lead HBAN’s promotion and awareness campaigns aimed at increasing the Irish female angel investors, closing the gender investment gap for a more resilient, innovative and successful economy.

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