The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) of Ireland and China’s sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corporation (“CIC”), today announced the establishment of the China Ireland Technology Growth Capital Fund (“the Fund”).
The Fund’s strategy will be to make minority equity investments in fast-growing technology companies in Ireland that have a substantial presence or strategic interest in China, and in Chinese companies that have a substantial presence or strategic interest in establishing a presence in Ireland as a gateway into the broader European market.
The Fund will be co-managed by WestSummit Capital, a leading technology growth capital investor based in Beijing with an office in Silicon Valley, and Atlantic Bridge, a leading technology growth capital investor based in Dublin with offices in London and Silicon Valley. The Fund will be capitalised with equal commitments from the NPRF and CIC, with CIC’s investment coming from assets managed on its behalf by WestSummit Capital.
The Fund will target companies operating in core technology sectors such as Internet, software, semiconductors and clean technology as well as areas of technology for which the “Ireland to China” and “China to Ireland” strategy is uniquely positioned including but not limited to agriculture, food, medical and financial services.
Speaking today, National Pensions Reserve Fund Chairman Paul Carty said: “China is now Ireland’s largest Asian trading partner as a result of strong bilateral trade growth in recent years. The NPRF is very pleased to partner with CIC in the Fund, which will aim to assist Irish companies in accessing the Chinese market and facilitate investment in Ireland by expanding Chinese companies.”
The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. welcomed the establishment of the Fund: “I am very pleased to see the NPRF partnering with CIC of China in this way. The recent successful state visits to and from China highlighted the potential for increased economic activity and job creation. The cooperation between these two dynamic economies and creation of this Fund exemplifies that opportunity.”
The National Pensions Reserve Fund
The NPRF was established in 2001 to meet as much as possible of the costs of Ireland’s social welfare and public service pensions from 2025 until at least 2055. Under the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund initiative, announced in June 2013, the Government plans to reorient the NPRF and make its €6.4 billion of resources available for investment on a commercial basis to support economic activity and employment in Ireland. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will leverage its resources by attracting co-investment from third-party investors.
About WestSummit Capital
WestSummit Capital (www.westsummitcap.com) is a premier China-based, global growth stage technology investment firm. WestSummit invests in the Internet, mobile, cloud computing and IT-enabled clean tech sectors with a focus on rapidly growing enterprises that have a substantial presence in or a strategic interest in China. Sponsored by major financial institutions in Asia, Europe and North America, WestSummit closely partners with leading companies across the globe to realize the full potential of developing their businesses in Greater China. WestSummit operates from offices in Beijing, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.
About Atlantic Bridge
Atlantic Bridge is a growth equity fund focused on technology investments with offices in Dublin, London and Silicon Valley. The investment team comprises a unique multi-disciplinary team of industry professionals and serial entrepreneurs with deep domain knowledge and international know-how. The firm's investors include the founders, leading institutional investors and private investors with a track record of successful technology investments. For more information, please visit: http://www.abven.com.