VC investment in Northern Ireland jumps to all-time high with rise in overseas backers

New data shows there were five funding rounds worth more than £10 million in 2022

Elaine Smyth, director of entrepreneurship and scaling at Catalyst, with Kieran Dalton, Catalyst’s head of scaling, and Pauline Timoney, chief operating officer of Automated Intelligence. Automated Intelligence was one of the NI firms that raised funding in 2022

Venture capital investment in Northern Irish firms reached an all-time high in 2022, with £139 million injected in growth-stage companies headquartered in the jurisdiction.

New figures from Catalyst, the Belfast-based non-profit that works with companies in the north, show the value of transactions is up 27 per cent compared to 2021, when £107 million was invested in NI-based firms, and is more than triple the £44.3 million figure for 2019.

The news comes as venture ...