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Richard Watson

Richard Watson

Managing Partner, Ireland Smart Tech Fund, Dublin BIC

Richard is Managing Partner of the Ireland Smart Tech Fund, Dublin BIC’s new seed and early stage fund. He has over 20 years’ experience in venture capital, medical devices and semiconductors. Richard was Investment Manager with the AIB Seed Capital Fund from 2009 to 2017 and prior to this, Investment Manager with UK-based NorthStar Ventures.

Richard started out his career in the medical device industry in Sweden, as Development Engineer for a Swedish diagnostics company, which was acquired by Medtronic. Following this he was R&D Manager for a Stockholm-based drug delivery start-up, working on the design of inhalers and pen injectors for pharma customers. He went on to spend four years with Intel in operations & systems development and was closely involved in the scale-up of Fab 24, one of Intel’s main global fabs.

Richard has a 1st class hons degree in Electronic Engineering from Trinity College Dublin, a Research M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a 1st class MBA from Durham University.