Sure Ventures plc

Sure Ventures plc
Shard Capital AIFM LLP
Closed Ended Investment Company
Technology & Media
1.25 %
0 %
Fund Size
£ 4.74 million
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The investment policy of the Company is to seek exposure to early stage technology companies, with a focus on software-centric businesses in three chosen target markets: Augmented reality and virtual reality; Financial technology; The internet of things. The Company may invest directly in investee companies or obtain exposure to such companies through investment in collective investment vehicles, including the Suir Valley Ventures (a sub-fund of Suir Valley Funds ICAV) and any further funds, which have investment policies that are complementary to those of the Company.
Shard Capital AIFM LLP
EC3M 3BY, London, United Kingdom
Legal Structure
Closed Ended Investment Company


Barry Downes
Joined 01/19/2018

Barry Downes is the CIO of Sure Ventures PLC and Managing Partner of Suir Valley Ventures. Barry is also Chairman of TSSG (previous CEO), a leading technology Research Institute, Incubator and Accelerator which has raised over €90 million to date. Previously Barry founded FeedHenry Limited, a mobile cloud software technology company that was acquired in 2014 by RedHat Inc (NYSE:RHT). Barry has worked extensively in Silicon Valley as a Partner of SVG Partners, a San Francisco based investment and advisory firm that helps its clients with innovation, strategy and technology consulting. Barry started his career in software with Infinium Inc in Hyannis, MA and prior to joining TSSG, Barry was the Vice President of Software Services for Waterford Technologies a leading provider of cloud software, headquartered Waterford, Ireland and in Orange County, California. Barry holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School UCD, a BSc in Applied Computing from WIT and has executive qualifications from Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley (in Venture Capital), Henley Business School and also Harvard Law School. Barry is also a Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) from the Institute of Banking. Barry was recently named one of the top software superstars by Silicon Republic.

Brian Kinane
Joined 01/19/2018

Brian Kinane is an experienced industry software executive, tech entrepreneur and investment manager. Brian has extensive corporate technology experience from his product management roles at global telecom companies such as Ericsson Group and Telenor Group. Additionally, Brian has deep operational experience from being a founding shareholder and board director of a number of high tech start-ups backed by international VCs including FeedHenry where he worked with Barry Downes. Finally Brian has had a successful track record as a hedge fund growth capital investment manager funding over 60 companies. Education includes BA Mod Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin and MBAs London and Columbia Business Schools.

Graham Stirling
Joined 01/19/2018

Graham Stirling has over 25 years as an experienced financial professional having spent the last eleven years as an Investment Manager with two leading family offices where he sourced and managed a portfolio of private investments and Venture Capital as well as sitting on the Board of a number of these investments. At the Veddis family office, Graham was responsible for venture capital investments in software start-ups and has worked closely with Brian since 2012. Prior to that he held a number of strategic and financial roles in Insurance, Private Equity, as well as two of the big 4 accounting firms principally in Corporate Finance and Audit. Graham has a wide variety of international experience including working in UK, Poland, Spain and Gibraltar. Graham is a UK qualified Chartered accountant (ICAS), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has an MBA (Finance). He is fluent in Spanish.

Toby Raincock
Joined 01/19/2018

Toby Raincock is the CEO at Shard Capital Partners. Toby has over 20 years experience in Finance. Prior to joining Shard Capital Toby was Director, Head of CASS Operations Regulatory Control at Barclays Capital. Previously he was the Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Securities, a regulated financial services company (part of the Evolution Group plc) where he spent nearly eight years, initially as Financial Controller. He has also worked at Schroders and qualified as an auditor from KPMG in 2001. Toby is a member of the Great Britain Rifle Team, most recently successful in their third consecutive defence of the Palma World Championships held in Camp Perry, USA in 2015.

James Lewis
Joined 01/19/2018

James Lewis is the Founder and Managing Partner of Shard Capital Partners and Owner of Rubrics Asset Management. Group AUM exceeds Euro 1.1 billion. Prior to entering the Asset Management sector, he expanded a boutique Dutch brokerage from a handful of staff in Amsterdam to a diversified brokerage company with over 150 personnel spread across 9 countries, transacting deals covering a wide range of financial instruments including high grade/ high yield fixed income and loans, structured products, and exchanged traded equities. With steady organic growth over the last 5 years Shard now operates several teams of high quality executives executing fixed income, stockbroking and direct lending strategies, combined with a strong focus on the client driven business.

Gareth Burchell
Joined 01/19/2018

Gareth Burchell began his career in the insurance industry and spent three years at RBS Insurance prior to beginning his career in investment advice and management. Mr. Burchell is currently Head of Shard Capital Stockbrokers and chairs an investment committee that specialises in providing funding for both listed and unlisted small companies. Gareth has had a focus on the small cap arena for 15 years and he and his team have provided £90 million of funding across 221 companies. He has an in-depth knowledge of the UK listing process of various small cap exchanges.

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