Shay Garvey

Partner, Dublin

Shay is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early-stage technology investors in Europe.

Shay has an interest in all things Latin – which makes him the in-house thesaurus, grammarian, and spellchecker for the Frontline team

Shay has had a wide and varied career – covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners, Frontline). In his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through 3 different economic cycles. Shay has invested in over 30 early-stage European tech companies and currently sits on the board of Qstream, Roomex, Linked Finance, AQMetrics, TravelNest and Finbourne.

Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and the University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Shay has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. He was Chair of the Science Gallery Trinity College (2014 to 2019). He is Chair of Genio (which manages the Service Reform Fund in Ireland) and is a member of the Board of the Irish Times.

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