Eoghan is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship. Having graduated as an Electrical Engineer from University College Cork in 1997, Eoghan began his career designing integrated circuits with one of Ireland’s most successful R&D teams in 3Com Technologies.
In 2005, Eoghan began working with one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs, Declan Ryan, in Ryan’s 10-year limited-life venture philanthropy fund, The One Foundation. As Director of Investment Impact, Eoghan worked with over 25 Irish and Vietnamese non-profit companies over the lifetime of the fund, leading in over 25 multi-million euro investments and working with senior management teams to improve company effectiveness to deliver significant social impact.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Niamh Collins is the Chief Operations Officer at the DCU Ryan Academy, with overall responsibility for programme coordination, delivery, event management and quality customer experience. Over the last two years, Niamh has also led the Academy’s first female entrepreneurship accelerator programme, Female High Fliers. Prior to joining the Academy in 2009, Niamh worked for IBEC where she spent 10 years as a Senior Executive in the Business Sectors Division, before joining Investnet, as Senior Events Manager.
SALES & EVENTS COORDINATOR
Maura is the DCU Ryan Academy’s Sales & Events Coordinator with responsibility for event organisation and delivery, venue hire and customer liaison. Maura is the first point of contact for everyone visiting or attending the Academy and ensures that everyone is given a warm welcome. Maura joined the Academy in 2012 after a successful career working in insurance compliance and underwriting.
Siobhan is the newest member of the DCU Ryan Academy team, joining as our financial coordinator. Siobhan has enjoyed an extensive career in the finance sector and brings a wealth of expertise to the role.
Catriona is responsible for the Academy’s two current European funded projects – Welcome, an initiative to create a pan-European startup ecosystem and Startup Scaleup, an online IoT accelerator. Catriona has been working with startups & participants in various roles in the Ryan Academy for the last four years, in every area from finance to technology. Catriona is excited about the new opportunities in Europe for Irish startups as a result of the Ryan Academy’s involvement in EU projects.
Paddy is our Accelerator Coordinator and a self proclaimed ‘reluctant native of Laois’. Paddy has managed the DCU UStart programme from its inception and has oversight across our other accelerator programmes. Paddy is also responsible for HackDCU, our student-only hackathon which is held each semester in DCU. Paddy was literally born into entrepreneurship and was involved in family businesses from as far back as he can remember. To date, he has mentored over thirty startup companies in a professional capacity. Talk to Paddy if you are thinking of applying to one of our startup programmes or if you need any advice regarding your fantasy football team.