John is the National Director of the Halo Business Angel Network (www.hban.org) leading the team to over 400 deals with €85m invested.
WHAT WE DO
John Phelan manages the Halo Business Angel Partnership (www.businessangels.ie) and has, to March 2014, led the team to achieving 148 deals with €26m in private investment with a total of €66m invested. John also works with the €53m AIB Seed Fund, Enterprise Ireland and EU funding institutes to determine appropriate funding requirements (Grant, Debt, Equity or R&D)
John has extensive experience in start-up and growth businesses (three start-ups; one in the UK, two in Ireland and GM of a computer games company in Chicago). His first business was an Animation Studio in London focusing on Feature films, TV series and Commercials. The success of this venture led to his appointment as General Manager of a Computer Games company in Chicago.
His domain knowledge is in the MediaTech, New/Digital Media, Software, ICT, Games & Animation sectors, but has also engaged in early stage Research & Innovation sectors.
John devises strategies for companies and when required executes the strategy. Taking ambiguous ideas with commercial potential, he has the drive, energy and interpersonal skills combined with the financial and commercial acumen to create and deliver real results. He enjoys rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck in with the creative, the technology and the commercial teams putting structures and focussed outputs in place.