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The ISIF investee series goes under the bonnet of the projects, platforms and enterprises that ISIF is backing in the Irish economy right now and explains the vision and ambition behind ISIF’s unique double bottom line mandate. You’ll get to hear from the ISIF investment leaders, the entrepreneurs that ISIF is investing in and the international and domestic co-investors that are making this investment happen.

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In this episode, ISIF’s Joanne Butler and Fearghal Ó Ríordáin, Founder and Managing Partner of Ilen River Partners discuss how ‘The Irish Whiskey Growth Fund’ is supporting Irish whiskey through a unique financing structure allowing business owners to focus their efforts on producing quality whiskey and achieving scale.

The Irish Whiskey Growth Fund was established in 2018 by Ilen River Partners and is supported by ISIF. It is the first fund established exclusively to lend to independent whiskey distilleries and other businesses operating in the whiskey sector across Ireland.

During its heyday in the early 19th century, Ireland was viewed as the ‘whiskey capital’ of the world. However, the introduction of new taxes and the advancement of cheaper whiskey alternatives eventually forced the industry into decline and almost disappearance. A major distilling revival has gathered pace over the last decade and shows little sign of abating. Given the long-term nature of the whiskey production cycle, the industry now faces a unique challenge requiring financing solutions suited to a long-time horizon to achieve scale. With the right support and investment could Ireland once again become the ‘whiskey capital’ of the world?

Through both direct and indirect investment, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) provides capital to some of the most innovative and forward-thinking projects in Ireland.

Episode 4: The Irish Whiskey Growth Fund

Episode 3: SilverCloud Health - Digital Mental Healthcare at Scale

In this episode, James Brennan, ISIF Investment Director, and Ken Cahill, CEO and Co-Founder of SilverCloud Health discuss how SilverCloud’s use of digital mental health care delivery is paving the way to effective mental healthcare for all.


As the conversation around mental health and wellbeing continues to grow, an increasing area of focus is how best to deliver support to those in need. With digital transformation and digitisation disrupting more and more industries – can the digitisation of behavioural healthcare provide a possible solution to the mental health challenge.

Through both direct and indirect investment, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund provides capital to some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in Ireland, including SilverCloud Health. With headquarters in Dublin and abroad, SilverCloud provides accessible, scalable, digital behavioural healthcare. Working with healthcare providers such as the HSE, NHS and private providers, SilverCloud aims to address unmet mental health and wellbeing needs and help build capacity for organisations to better support people with their increasing health and wellbeing needs.

Episode 3: SilverCloud Health - Digital Mental Healthcare at Scale

Episode 2: ApisProtect - Using IoT and AI to #SaveTheBees

As bee populations continue to decline and demand for food pollination seems set to grow exponentially, can the use of IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) help solve this global issue and ultimately #SaveTheBees?

Through both direct and indirect investment, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund provides capital to some of the most innovative and forward thinking companies in Ireland, including ApisProtect. Headquartered in Ireland, capitalising on innovative and award-winning academic research, ApisProtect uses cutting-edge science, engineering, and advanced business processes to bring honey bee-saving technology to every corner of the globe.

In this episode, Joanne Butler, ISIF Senior Investment Manager, and Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO and Co-Founder of ApisProtect discuss how ApisProtect’s use of IoT and AI is revolutionising commercial beekeeping and the importance of honeybees for the global food industry.

Episode 2: ApisProtect - Using IoT and AI to #SaveTheBees

Episode 1: ISIF: The 'Golden Age' of Venture Capital

Ireland is set to play a leading role in this the 'golden age' of European and global venture capital. Through both direct and indirect investment, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund provides capital to some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in Ireland and forms an integral part of the Irish venture ecosystem. Join Joanne Butler and James Brennan from ISIF as they discuss the venture capital landscape in Ireland and their upcoming interviews with ISIF investees who have benefitted from this 'golden age'.

Episode 1: ISIF: The 'Golden Age' of Venture Capital