Elaine is a co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Bridge with over 22 years of experience in running and scaling technology companies, including successful realisations through IPOs and M&A. She was co-founder and director of Glonav, a GPS company that was sold to NXP for $110 million. Elaine served as CFO or vice president of finance for three successful technology IPOs − Parthus, IONA and Smartforce – that realized more than $5 billion in value for investors. She is also a co-founder of the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund aimed at helping European companies scale in China. Elaine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a qualified Chartered Director. She was named as one of Europe’s Inspiring 50, one of Europe’s Top 100 Women in Technology and appointed by the Irish Government to the Board of Enterprise Ireland.
Mark is General Partner & CFO at Atlantic Bridge. Prior to this, Mark was CEO of Mentor Capital, a venture capital firm he founded in 2001 that specialized in investing in and mentoring seed and early stage technology companies. Mark has a successful track record of investing in and growing technology companies and has sold numerous companies, including OMI, Firecomms and Nanotech, to international buyers since 1997. Mark was also previously the Group Financial Director of Mentec Limited, an established Irish enterprise software company where he executed a number of merger and acquisition deals including a partial exit for shareholders Mark was Chairman of the Irish Venture Capital Association (IVCA) from June 2013 to June 2014. He holds a B. Comm from University College, Cork and an M.B.A. from University College, Dublin. In addition, Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Gerry is a General Partner at Atlantic Bridge and is an experienced Investor, Executive and Design Engineer with a thirty-year career in the technology industry. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, he was Vice President R&D at Parthus Technologies responsible for managing a business which included divisions in Ireland, UK and USA. Gerry joined the company in 1993 and played a key role in its transition from startup to successful IPO on Nasdaq. Gerry also held senior management roles at several technology companies including Philips and Texas Instruments. Gerry has a BA, BAI degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Peter co-founded Parthus Technologies plc (now CEVA Inc.) in 1993. He was Chief Financial Officer from 1993 to 2001 and EVP, Corporate Development responsible for significant merger and acquisition activity from January 2001 to October 2002. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of CEVA Inc., a NASDAQ listed company.
From 2003 - 2013 Peter was a member of the Board of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), an appointment made by the Irish Government and was also a member of the Audit Committee at the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Peter is a member of the Governing Board of Technology Ireland.
Peter is a Chartered Director and a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and a former Business Advisor on the Stanford University Executive Program, Strategic Leadership for CFOs, which was funded by Enterprise Ireland.
Paul joined Atlantic Bridge in 2012 and brings over 14 years’ operational experience in the Semiconductor industry. Prior to Atlantic Bridge, Paul spent 11 years in various engineering and management roles in the semiconductor industry. He worked for global companies as well as start-ups, including Analog Devices, Parthus, and Phyworks. At Analog Devices he led the development of fiber-optic communications products. Paul was also a key member of Chipsensors, an Irish fabless start-up developing environmental sensing devices, which was acquired by Silicon Laboratories in 2010.
Paul holds a First Class Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from University College Dublin and a Masters in Management from the Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin and is the holder of a number of US patents. He is a Kauffman Fellow having completed the program in Palo Alto, California as a member of Class 17 in 2014.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, Paul participates in many outdoor acivites such as hiking and orienteering and volunteers as a Mountain Ranger in the Dublin Mountains.
Helen joined Atlantic Bridge in 2015 on our University Bridge Fund. At Atlantic Bridge, Helen manages early stage investing and leads investments from University Fund I & II which are focused on early stage deeptech companies built from world class research generated at leading research institutions and universities.
Having successfully sourced and financed dozens of IP rich technology ventures in software (enterprise, cloud, mobile), hardware (robotics, semiconductors) and life-sciences (medtech, diagnostics), Helen brings over 15 years’ experience in early stage investing.
Helen is a Kauffman Fellow (Class 22, 2019) and in 2021 was nominated as VP of TechTour Deep Tech (Software). Active in the early stage ecosystem Helen is also a board member to several companies and a mentor and advisor to organisations including Knowledge Transfer Ireland, UCD VentureLaunch, NDRC, TechIreland and TechInnovate.
Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Helen was a member of the NDRC Investment Committee playing a key role in the allocation of €45m capital into new technology ventures with a particular focus health and ICT. Helen also held the position of Sales Director at Celtrak Ltd (acquired by Thermo King, 2015).
Helen was awarded 1st Class Hons. Electronic Engineering Degree from UCD and was then awarded her PhD from The University of Edinburgh in the area of AI based conversational agents and multimodal interfaces. Helen was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM in Ireland.
Senan joined Atlantic Bridge in 2021 as an Investment Associate, where he focuses on sourcing, evaluating and executing new investments. Prior to joining Atlantic Bridge, Senan worked at Bank of Ireland and was involved in the structuring and execution of leveraged finance transactions in the Irish market, as well as managing Bank of Ireland’s participation as a limited partner in a number of venture capital and private equity funds. Senan holds a BA, BAI and MAI in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Financial Advice (QFA) from the Institute of Banking and has passed Levels I and II of the CFA Program.