We plug your business into an international network of expertise and experience.


Global Programme with Global Teams and Mentors.

We’ve gathered a mentor team that is hard to match. Exited entrepreneurs. CEOs. Investors. Industry leaders. Professors. Authors. Dreamers.  You get access to a network of contacts and one-on-one support and advice. Learn from other entrepreneurs. Hear their stories. See new ways of doing things. Experience first hand their journey.

Think Big!

Each team will be assigned a specific mentor to assist them on their journey through the programme, bringing decades of experience, skills and domain knowledge.

  • Damien Callaghan


    Damien currently holds the position of Senior Director Solution Development, Internet of Things Group within the Intel Corporation. An award winning business development leader. Damien is a 30 year veteran in the telecommunications and high-tech industries, having worked in 3 countries, at worldwide staff levels, in roles requiring excellence in business development, strategy creation and implementation. He is currently leading the creation of Internet of Things (IOT) Solutions in EMEA on behalf of Intel Corp. IOT is the next great wave of technology paradigm shift following on from its predecessors personal computing, mobile telecommunications and the Internet.

    Previously Damien was in Intel’s Services Division where he led worldwide Business Development function and team in defining, sourcing, developing, contracting and managing the eco-system of business relationships to meet strategic needs and objectives. Prior to this role he was an Equity Deal Maker in Intel’s Venture Capital arm Intel Capital in 2000. Prior to Intel Capital Damien managed Intel’s Intel Inside® program and market development field organisation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before Intel, Damien worked in telecommunications most notably with Cellnet in marketing and sales roles.

  • Brendan Morrissey

    Serial Entrepreneur

    Founder & CEO at MobStar, Partner at eSchools, ProTunes, Juuce, Marvellous Films, MusicSync, Island Tech Capital & Bare in the Woods Music Festival.

  • Stephen Houston

    CEO at QuizFortune

    Seasoned and exited entrepreneur.  Angel Investor of the year 2013/14 @Halo_NI | Non-Executive Director @sophiasearch

  • Sheetal Walsh

    UKTI Dealmaker

    Deal Maker for UKTI’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.Investor -MetaCert.Board Advisor-UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. Advisor -London School of Economics

  • Marvin Liao

    Partner 500 StartUps

    Formerly of Yahoo !inc Marvin invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Fintech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Mobile startups across the globe.

  • Raomal Perrera

    Adjunct Professor at INSEAD & UCD, Entrepreneur

    Multiple entrepreneurial ventures and a professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD. Teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and management.

  • Norbert Sagnard

    Consultant, Mentor, Seed Investor in Technology

    Senior marketing professional providing strong leadership and strategy skills for 25 years globally in pioneering Tech sectors. 

  • John Kenny

    Investment Professional Delta Partners

    Focuses on ICT opportunities in the UK and Ireland.On the board of StitcherAds and Kidstart. Works closely with companies such as Blikbook, Fishtree and Kantan MT.

  • Philip Moynagh

    Vice President Internet of Things Group, Intel

    Over 15 years experience of various roles within Intel. Philip is an expert in IoT and views this as the merging of the physical world with the digital economy.

  • Jon Bradford

    Co Founder of F6S and

    Former MD of Techstars in London, Jon knows tech start-ups inside out. Passionate about helping start-ups and founders achieve their true potential.  

  • Sean O Sullivan

    Managing Director SOSV

    Investigates unfilled market needs. Focuses on accelerators, engineering innovation and hardware/physical products. Former Dragon on “Dragons Den”.

  • Seamus McAteer

    Mobile and Analytics Entrepreneur and Operator

    Successful entrepreneur and senior executive, 20 years experience building great companies in online and mobile sectors.


Guest speakers, experts, investors and practitioners

  • Sean O’Hare

    Interim Manager

    20 + years’ experience in Business Management and Project Management. Execution and delivery of major projects. High level negotiating and influencing skills.

  • Amanda Lennon

    UKTI Dealmaker

    A passionate connector of people and market opportunities, Amanda works with companies of all sizes, start-up to multinational.

  • Scott Kennedy

    Cleaver Fulton Rankin

    Specialties: advising on all types of corporate finance transactions including business sales and acquisitions

  • Nicola Byrne

    CEO 11890

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Call 11890 Ltd. Ireland’s third entrant into the Directory Enquiries Market in 2006.

  • Hal Wilson

    Pentech Ventures

    Hal has led and held directorships in include Avalon Instruments Limited, Audio Processing Technology Limited, APT Licensing Limited and Lagan Technologies Limited.

  • Leona McAllister


    Since founding PlotBox 5 years ago, Leona is helping to bring technology to an industry that has been overlooked in the digital age.


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