James Ahern of Laidlaw

James Ahern is an investment banker, venture capitalist based in New York City.

James serves as managing partner of leading healthcare-focused investment bank Laidlaw & Company UK Ltd., and is the founder of venture capital subsidiary company, Laidlaw Venture Partners.


What Is a Startup Investment?
It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, but how is a startup investment defined?


Business incubators serve a function that is sometimes overlooked in the birth of a startup, but for a fledgling company they can be the difference between success and failure. They can be defined as organizations that support the development of start-up companies in their very earliest stages—effectively, they turn an idea into a functioning business, transforming an embryonic startup into a confident and independent company.


All indications are that we’re heading toward an historic year for VC investment in healthtech. Looking at the US alone, the healthcare sector as a whole counts for 20% of GDP — a massive $4 trillion. One of the fastest growing parts of this sector is digital healthcare. Some estimates put the global market at $350 billion in 2019, with predictions for rapid growth over the next five years.


In the past, celebrities usually grew their wealth and status by acquiring real estate, opening restaurant chains, or launching fashion lines, but today’s celebrity is more likely to purchase cryptocurrency or invest in a high tech startup.

There is no doubt that over the past two years, since the global Covid crisis began, the world has changed and may never be the same again.


Laidlaw Venture Partners Portfolio Company AerWave Medical, Inc. Closes $4 Million Series A Financing Round

 Laidlaw Venture Partners (“LVP”), the venture capital arm of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., today announced the successful closing of a $4 million Series A financing round for its portfolio company AerWave.

Algorithm Sciences, a Laidlaw Venture Partners Portfolio Company, Announces Key Management Appointments

Laidlaw Venture Partners (“LVP”), the venture capital arm of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd., today announced key management appointments for its portfolio company, Algorithm Sciences, Inc.

Laidlaw Venture Partners Continues Strategic Growth with Addition of Jeff Conroy and George Serafin to its Board of Advisors

Veteran board additions bring expertise to generate value and liquidity in the portfolio – Business Development – Regulatory/Compliance
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