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Irish Venture Capital Association chair believes we should consider new measures to free up institutional funds for high-growth sectors like venture capital

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Leo Hamill is the new chair of the Irish Venture Capital Association. PHOTO: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Leo Hamill is the new chair of the Irish Venture Capital Association. PHOTO: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Leo Hamill is the new chair of the Irish Venture Capital Association. PHOTO: FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

AS the world braces for a recession, venture capital faces a few big questions. Is the fountain of cash that seemed almost immune to previous recessions still guaranteed? Can it see Ireland through some potentially difficult times?

Even if it does, will startups and scaleups see valuations slide further? And what are the prospects for more Irish unicorns – privately held startups with a value of over $1bn – and ‘soonicorns’, those hoping to make the leap into that category?


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