We are a pioneering early-stage venture capital firm, believing in ideas and investing in passion.

Frontline Ventures is focused on the needs of the new wave of technology entrepreneurs.

We only invest in the best teams, who build capital-efficient businesses in high-growth markets.

We build long-term trusted relationships with the people we invest in and seek to develop a community which fosters them and other budding entrepreneurs.

What we offer

First

We aim to be the FIRST institutional investor, as we understand that getting the capital culture of how investors and entrepreneurs work together right is crucial.

Fast

A founder’s time is a limited resource and we try not to waste it. We spend time building knowledge and networks so that we can make FAST decisions.

Follow

We have a fund of sufficient size and flexibility to FOLLOW our successful investments through to scale.  We also have existing relationships with the best later-stage VC funds around the world.

We offer capital, mentorship when needed, and a network of people that will assist founders in building their companies. We spend time working with companies to win reference customers, make key hires, and develop the strategy for gaining access to commercial partners.

With our backing, founders can focus on customer discovery and development from the outset and get to proof-of-performance within months, not years.

What we look for

We at Frontline are believers at heart, but are highly selective about the companies we work with. We look for founders that:

  • Are passionate about their business
  • Are curious and creative
  • Have the ability to listen
  • Are clearly able to communicate their vision
  • Are willing to give back to the entrepreneurial community

The businesses that we fund must:

  • Solve a big existing or emerging market need
  • Be simple to explain and have clear value for customers
  • Use advances in product distribution and marketing to change the pace of growth
  • Be capital-efficient as they scale, especially in early stages

What we invest in

  • We believe that the way startup technology companies are funded has changed dramatically, driven by cloud computing and the open source movement. This change will accelerate.
  • We invest at Seed and Series A stages. Typical seed investments will range from €100k-€750k and typical Series A will range from €1m-€2m.
  • We invest in software companies that are targeting opportunities in the following four areas - Big Data, Cloud Services, Internet, and Mobile.
  • Frontline Ventures invests across Europe and has offices in Dublin and London.

Our process

We are looking for exceptional outcomes from our investments and, therefore,
only invest in a very small percentage of companies that we engage with.

Our process is not perfect, but it allows us to be efficient and respond to the
volume of enquiries we receive in a timely fashion.

  • Contact:

    Our process starts when we receive your business plan/overview or are introduced to you through our network.

  • Call:

    If your business matches with our investment criteria, we will contact you within a week to set up a call.

  • Meet:

    If after a call we believe there may be a fit, we will arrange a meeting (again, within a week).

  • Decision:

    If the fit looks good, we will enter a two-week intensive due diligence period and will reach a conclusion on our interest at the end of that period.

Investments

You should judge us by the company we keep. The founding partners of Frontline Ventures have led
investments in 30+ early-stage technology companies across Europe and the US.

We believed in these people and the potential of their companies. Here are some of their stories:

Boxfish

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  • Kevin & Eoin

    Boxfish

  • Ben, Jonny, Jack, & Tim

    Drop

  • Narinder & Tom

    Raising IT

  • Dave, Alan & Dermot

    Boxever

  • Brett, Sean & Jonathan

    CurrencyFair

  • Trevor  & Viliam

    Logentries

  • Tony, Matt & Ian

    Orchestrate

  • Duncan & Barry

    Qstream

Building strong VC syndicates is important which is why we are delighted to have invested with the following venture funds already and actively work with many other like minded funds.

News/Blog

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[Deck] The Series A Board – Learnings from the Frontline portfolio and team

17 Nov

Kim Pham

Every quarter, the Frontline Ventures team organises a CXO event – a two-hour, portfolio-wide workshop focused on topics relevant to startup entrepreneurs. Our latest event was titled “The Series A Board” – about how to create, manage, and update your …

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Photos: Frontline Ventures office-warming

22 Oct

Kim Pham

Many thanks to the friends of Frontline for joining us last Thursday as we unveiled our and Logentries’ new office in Dublin’s city centre! The night was full of great conversation, live music, delicious bites, and drool-worthy beverages. Check out …

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Our Team

Shay Garvey

Shay is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early stage technology investors in Europe. He was part of the core team of Delta Partners that raised 4 funds and €235m between 1994-2007. He has invested in 25 early stage tech companies and achieved exits over a number of cycles. He has deep networks among investors and the entrepreneurial community in Ireland and USA.

Earlier in his career Shay worked in industry with Exxon and Corning before joining McKinsey. Shay then returned to Ireland and spent seven years in the Irish start up scene as a founder/investor in two companies and CEO of a major food exporter before joining the venture capital industry.

Shay has served on the boards of the Irish Venture Capital Association, the Trinity College Science Gallery and the Harvard Business School European Leadership Council.

Linkedin

  • Shay Garvey

    Partner

  • Will Prendergast

    Partner

  • William McQuillan

    Partner

  • Kim Pham

    Head of Platform

Jobs

We know the the secret of successful companies is the people and the way they work together, so our partner companies are always on the lookout for the best talent.

Here are the current roles available at Frontline and our investee companies.

Contact US

If you think your business fits our investment criteria and are interested in speaking more, please contact us via email.

We have offices in Dublin and London, but spend a lot of time on video conferences and flights - so we should be easy to reach.

Dublin office

26-28 Lombard Street East
First floor
Dublin 2
Ireland

London office

7 Stratford Place
London W1C 1AY
UK