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Irish Chamber

Finance for Growth - What Businesses Really Need!

May 5th, 2021 12:30 PM   through   1:15 PM
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Finding Finance to grow your business, it can be confusing at the best of times. With so many types and places to find funding today, the IACC has partnered with Irish fintech Swoop, to develop a Members’ Finance Finder, where you can easily discover the right funding solutions for your business.

Join us on 5th May at 12.30pm to hear from experts across the finance industry to find out everything you need to know about growing your business through loans, equity investment or grant funding.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Stephen Mullan, Strategic Partnership Manager at Swoop. Stephen will be joined by:

      Jim Ahern, Director Third Party at Judo Bank

      Rachel Van Ketwich, Head of R&D and Grants at Grant Ready

      Alan Crabbe, Co-founder at Birchal






Jim Ahern has over 25 years’ experience in Commercial and Asset Finance prior to joining Judo Bank in February 2020.  He was a Senior Manager at the ANZ for the last 10 years.  Jim has also held Leadership and Relationship roles in Commercial banking at Westpac, NAB and Macquarie Bank. Jim lives in Melbourne but has previously lived in Brisbane, Sydney and Dublin. Jim is a member of:

  • Chartered Banker -Charter Bankers Institute UK
  • Fellow of Institute Public Accountants
  • Turnaround Management Association

Rachel Van Ketwich is an R&D tax and grants specialist with a background in engineering. She supports organisations across a number of industries to access the R&D Tax Incentive and to identify and apply for other grant funding. Prior to joining GrantReady, Rachel worked as a senior R&D Tax and Grants Consultant at KPMG and Ernst & Young. She also has over 8 years industry experience in the design and management of civil infrastructure and construction projects. Rachel has a keen interest in government policy and in particular how it relates to business and innovation in Australia.

Alan Crabbe is the co-founder of Pozible & Birchal. Originally from N Ireland, Alan introduced Crowdfunding to Australia and Asia pacific in 2010. The Pozible & Birchal platforms were developed to help individuals, groups, entrepreneurs and social change-makers engage with audiences, raise capital and help realise their purpose and ambitions.

Pozible, a reward-based crowdfunding platform, has hosted 8000+ successful creative endeavors. Birchal, a newly licensed equity crowdfunding platform helps Australian consumer brands and startups connect with investors online. Together, the platforms have distributed over $120 million.