Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Yield Lab, Europe
Nicky Deasy is the managing partner at Yield Lab Europe. She oversees day-to-day operations, including investments, fundraising, portfolio and company operations. This includes raising capital, dealing with the limited partners and investors, maintaining and managing a deal pipeline, running the due diligence process and coordinating investments into portfolio companies. She also works to establish accelerator programming and supports those companies with financial mentoring, commercial mentoring and scaling support and overall fund management.
Deasy served for 7 years as associate director at KPMG Corporate Finance in Dublin, where she ran the food and beverage M&A team before moving to EY Galway to set up a corporate finance practice for EY’s regional offices as director of corporate finance. After 5 years in that role, Deasy left to run her own corporate finance practice in Galway. She was a mentor to the EI HPSU, through which she assisted companies going to market to raise equity. She has worked with many early-stage companies across a variety of sectors to raise seed and Series A equity capital, having advised on rounds totaling hundreds of millions of dollars over her 20-year career. She has extensive links with the venture capital and business communities in both Dublin and Galway, Ireland.
Deasy established a charity called Foundation Nepal in 2006 that supports impoverished lower-caste women in remote areas of Nepal, helping them become economically self-sufficient via micro-business, micro-finance and intensive mentoring programs. The charity supports a total of 10,000 women and their dependents each year.
Deasy graduated at the top of her class from Trinity College Dublin with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1995, and she came in fifth place in Ireland in the finals of the chartered accountancy exams in 1999.