Venture Academy Coaches

Our 2021 Venture Academy Coaches


JIM BARRY is the Managing Director of Barry Group, one of Ireland’s most respected wholesale distribution groups. The company employs over 230 people at its state of the art headquarters in Mallow, Co. Cork.

BRUCE CLIBBORN has been an active angel investor with angel investment syndicate Boole Investments for the past 4 years. 

BRIAN CLUNE is an Angel Investor and Consultant Engineer with over 20 years experience in providing automation and project management expertise to the Life Sciences Industry.

PETER CROWLEY, founded Crowley Services and started Dyno Rod in Cork in 1975. Peter is currently working with CIT and Nimbus on two separate projects to develop new technologies in FOGs management and control and the pipe and drain cleaning and maintenance area.

TERESA CHAMBERS is an angel investor with the Boole Angel investment syndicate.  She has over 20 years’ experience at Director Level, leading Supply Chain and Operations, in-house and at Contract Manufacturers, in the Pharmaceutical industry.

GRAINNE KELLY is the CEO and inventor of BubbleBum UK Ltd, manufacturer of the world’s first inflatable car booster seat for kids. BubbleBum was founded in December 2009 and has rocketed to success, winning major worldwide awards. Grainne has already been named the Belfast Telegraph Business Woman of the Year 2010, EY Entrepreneur of the year finalist 2011 and Women In Business Award winner 2013.

PAT MCINTYRE graduated as a Chemical Engineer in UCD in 1985. He worked with a number of Pharmaceutical Multi-nationals and Engineering consultants on numerous capital projects and was Director of Operations and CEO for the DPS Engineering Group. Over the past few years Pat has shared his business and operations management experience with others including early stage start-up companies. He takes a pragmatic, straight forward but highly structured approach to moving businesses from concept to viability and growth.

CARMEL O’CARROLL is a highly experienced Entrepreneur and coach with a track record of building SME businesses over the past 30 years, operating as a consultant and in Non-Executive board positions. Senior adviser and mentor to growing and early stage businesses dealing with growth and turn around challenges. 

GER O’MAHONY is an entrepreneur who has accumulated significant experience mainly in technology but also in other industry sectors. He has been involved in a number of successful technology start-ups including being the founder of the software business Engage Technologies Group and its subsequent sale to NorthgateArinso (a FTSE 250 company) and also being the co-founder of the networking systems integrator Bridgecom Group and its subsequent sale to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Telecom. 

JOE O’SULLIVAN, is the founder and CEO of Ophir Mfg Solutions, a Singapore based company that provides Virtual Operations for both startup and mature companies introducing new technology, primarily in the wearables space.  Joe has over 30 years of Global Operations, Manufacturing and Procurement experience. Joe held the positions of Vice President, Consumer Products & Asia Operations at Apple, COO at InFocus, and most recently COO at Intelligent Energy.

ANTHONY QUIGLEY is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 30 years' experience developing, managing and leading successful businesses. He is a senior board-level advisor to venture companies and start-ups. Anthony founded and led Digital Marketing Institute (which was acquired in 2017), the global certification standard in digital marketing, with courses taught in over 80 countries. 

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