NDRC Board welcomes two new faces

NDRC’s Board has been enhanced by the inclusion of representatives from both private and public investment bodies.

Nicola McClafferty, Investment Director at Draper Esprit, and Niall McEvoy, Manager High Potential Startup Dept (ICT), Enterprise Ireland, have joined NDRC’s Board.

Confirmed in Q4 of 2018, the duo bring a wealth of experience, with their knowledge of both the investment and entrepreneurial scene in Ireland adding to the overall Board’s expertise.

McClafferty joined Draper Esprit in 2017. Draper Esprit is one of Europe's most active venture capital companies, backing Europe's most ambitious entrepreneurs. It is backed by the Irish State Investment Fund, and floated in Dublin and London in June 2016.

Prior to joining the company McClafferty was co-founder and CEO of online retailer, Covetique, sold to ASOS plc. She spent five years as a venture capital investor with Balderton Capital and media-consultancy Ravensbeck, focusing on early stage technology and media investments.

McClafferty graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm in International Business and French, before starting her career as an investment banking analyst in the technology team of Jefferies International in London.

With her current portfolio of companies including Lyst, Roomex and Verve, McClafferty previously acted as a startup mentor on the Enterprise Ireland Retailer Ready programme.

Niall McEvoy heads up the Enterprise Ireland High Potential startup ICT Accelerate team, which focuses on supporting high growth clients in the two-year period post seed investment.

With a portfolio of more than 300 high growth and early stage scaling companies in ICT sectors, Enterprise Ireland provides wide ranging business development support services to high growth companies on their scaling journey.

Enterprise Ireland is also one of the most active seed Investors in Europe, in 2017 investing more than €30m in Irish startups.

Prior to his current role in Enterprise Ireland, McEvoy was CEO and co-founder at Irish sports technology company Teamer, a global leader in the provision of technology platforms for sports clubs, teams and leagues.

The outgoing Board members are Gearoid Mooney and Mark O’Donovan.