Business Investment

We are is in the business of building businesses

Our Business Investment Fund provides equity investment and loan finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in our region.

We invest across a range of sectors, including:

  • Cleantech (Clean or green technology)
  • Creative industries
  • Food and natural resources
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Manufacturing and internationally-traded services
  • Medtech and life sciences
  • Tourism

Equity investments

We want to talk to you about equity investment if you have a commercially sound business with good growth potential, a marketable product or service with a unique selling proposition, intellectual property and a strong management team with a proven track record and the ability to generate a return on investment.

We provide funding to start-up, scale-ups and expansion phase companies. We can make an equity investment in your business of between €100,000 to €1 million with first-round investments of usually €250,000 to €500,000. In return, the WDC Investment Fund takes a minority shareholding and look for a return appropriate to the level of risk taken.

All equity investments are made under the Market Economy Investor Principle. This means that any equity investment we make is on a ‘pari passu’ basis with private sector investors, i.e. we invest on the same terms and conditions as the private sector investors.

The WDC Investment Fund can invest with other public sector bodies but the total combined investment from the public sector must not exceed 50% of the total investment round.

Loan finance

If you have a business project that can demonstrate positive cashflow and an ability to repay a loan over an agreed term, then talk to us about loan finance.

We usually lend from €25,000 to €300,000, repaid on an amortised basis (i.e. by monthly direct debit) over three to ten years, although we will consider shorter and longer loan terms in exceptional cases.

Assessment criteria

When you apply to WDC’s Business Investment Fund for equity investment or loan finance your project will be assessed according to its commercial viability, growth potential and its ability to provide the WDC Investment Fund with the appropriate financial return for the investment risk taken.

We also look for a strong management team, with a proven track record of success, a product or service with its own intellectual property, competitive advantage and high growth potential plus, in the case of loans, the project’s repayment capacity.

WDC loan interest rates

All of our business loans are made at commercial interest rates – the prevailing EU reference rate for Ireland plus an approximate margin depending on the risk profile of the project (assessed by the WDC Investment Fund executive). Interest rates are variable and are reviewed on an annual basis – the current EU reference rate for Ireland is -0.15%*.

* WDC policy is to use a base interest rate of zero when the EU reference rate for Ireland is negative, and then we add the appropriate margin.

Application procedure

If you wish to apply, then you should first of all assess your project against the criteria outlined above.

You will need to forward a completed and signed application form with an up-to-date business plan to:

WDC Investment Fund
Dillon House
Ballaghaderreen
Co. Roscommon
F45 WY26

investment@wdc.ie

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