Meet the team

We are a highly experienced team with different backgrounds and career paths.

We bring all of this together to drive you Furthr, faster.

Richard Watson

Managing Partner

Managing Partner

Richard Watson

Managing Partner, Furthr VC

Richard is Managing Partner at Furthr VC, one of the most active early-stage VC investors in the country. He has worked in venture capital for over 15 years and, prior to this, spent almost a decade in industry in R&D and operations in the medical device and semiconductor industries in Sweden, Ireland and the US.

Richard has a 1st class honours 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.

Colm O'Sullivan

Managing Partner, Furthr VC

Colm is Managing Partner at Furthr VC. He has over 10 years’ experience in venture capital and private equity, investing in companies across Europe and North America. Colm has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and management teams to successfully grow and scale companies.

Previously Colm was a Ventures Principal at OGCI Climate Investments, a $1B+ fund that invests in solutions to decarbonise the energy, industrial, and commercial transportation sectors. Prior to this Colm was an Investment Professional at Pioneer Point Partners, a pan-European private equity investor focused on the energy and environment sectors.

Colm holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Finance from University College Cork and an MSc in Philosophy of the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics.

Niamh Sterling

Partner, Furthr VC

Niamh is a Partner in Furthr VC.  Previously, she was Co-Founder and Board member of Interact and H2O Solutions. Trading in Ireland and the Middle East, both companies were acquired by South African Company Bidvest Noonan in 2021.

Niamh was also previously shareholder and board member of her family’s Engineering firm Leo Lynchs, which was acquired by US Private Equity firm, Cathexis Holdings in 2022.

Prior to joining Furthr VC, Niamh was a key member of Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) for over 5 years, where she was responsible for deal origination, curation and management through to deal closing. In 2022 HBAN invested over €33 million into 80+ deals.

Niamh has previously mentored pro bono for the European Innovation Council and  She was the Barclaycard UK retail woman of the year 2018.

Saurabh Kumar

Investment Associate at Furthr VC

Saurabh is an Associate at Furthr VC. His role focuses on the origination, evaluation and execution of early-stage investment opportunities, leveraging deep knowledge of the ICT, IoT, Fintech, and AI sectors.

Previously an Investment Research Analyst at HBAN, prior to this Saurabh was a Senior Analyst in the global investment firm BNY Mellon, where he worked on a diverse range of technologies (Startups and Enterprises) used in financial institutions and led data science R&D projects for the BNY Mellon clients.

Saurabh holds a 1st class honours degree in Electronics Engineering with specialisation in Signal Processing & Wireless Communication from VIT, India and a 1st class MSc degree in Quantitative Finance from UCD Smurfit Business School and Yale School of Management.

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