Shay Garvey (Chair)

Venture Capitalist

Shay Garvey is chair of Science Gallery Dublin. He is a founding partner of Frontline Ventures and one of the most active and experienced early-stage technology investors in Europe. Shay has invested in over 30 early-stage European tech companies; notable exits include Toucan Technologies (acquired by PMC Sierra, NASDAQ: PMCS), Exceptis Technologies (acquired by Trintech, NASDAQ: TTPA), DRM Data Management (acquired by P&O UK, LSE: PO), Improveline (acquired by Homeserve UK, LSE: HSV) and, most recently, Logentries (acquired by Rapid7, NASDAQ: RPD). Shay currently sits on the board of Qstream, Roomex, Linked Finance, and AQMetrics. Shay has engineering degrees from University College Dublin (BSc) and University of New Brunswick Canada (M Eng). He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Shay has had a wide and varied career, covering corporates (Exxon, Corning, McKinsey), startups (Glentara Foods, Irish Seafood Producers Group), and venture capital (Delta Partners). Throughout his career in venture, he has been part of teams that have raised eight funds, totalling a combined $500 million through three different economic cycles.  

Shay has long been interested in the convergence of startup culture and society, as well the internationalisation of companies and ideas. In addition to his board membership at Science Gallery, he is also chair at Genio, an Irish non-profit that manages the Social Reform Fund in Ireland. When not investing, Shay likes to walk the hills of Wicklow. He also likes reading English literature and has an interest in all things Latin.