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HPSU FOUNDERS FORUM

FOUNDERS HELPING FOUNDERS SCALE INTERNATIONALLY

Meet the Founders Forum Team

Rachel James

Rachel James

HPSU Founders Forum Manager Enterprise Ireland

Rachael recently took up the role of managing HPSU capability programmes for Enterprise Ireland clients, including the HPSU Founders Forum. She brings a strong knowledge of startups and their needs to the Forum having previously worked as a senior development adviser with the HPSU Industrial & Life Sciences team.

Paul O'Dea

Paul O'Dea

Facilitator & Programme Director

Facilitator & Programme Director Paul O’Dea is a founder of a number of startups that have scaled internationally.  As part of his role in Select Strategies, he advises companies on strategies to scale.  He is a published author on growth and is HPSU Founders Forum, Programme Director.

Emer O'Donnell

Emer O'Donnell

Facilitator & Programme Manager

Facilitator & Programme Manager Emer O’Donnell. A director of growth firm Select Strategies Emer has had a range of leadership positions in the technology sector. Over the past decade she has led multiple international growth transformation projects for clients seeking to scale.

Samantha Cantwell

Samantha Cantwell

Founders Forum Project Manager

Samantha has joined Founders Forum as programme co-ordinator. Samantha has a broad range of experience in client and stakeholder management including 10 years as Operations Lead for the technical department in Royal College of Surgeons.

Harry Largey

Harry Largey

Founder Forum Facilitator

Harry Largey is an MBA qualified Entrepreneur, Board Member and Coach with thirty years’ experience with a range of high growth Irish and Global software and services companies.

Sean Baker

Sean Baker

Founders Forum Facilitator

Sean Baker is an ICT entrepreneur and he co-founded IONA Technologies plc. He is the chairperson of NDRC, and has been a board members of a number of Irish software companies.

Elaine Connolly

Elaine Connolly

High Performance Executive & Leadership Coach

High Performance Executive & Leadership Coach, Entrepreneur and Mentor with 30 years’ experience across a wide range of industries.  Elaine is a Facilitator on HPSU Founders Forum and Business Advisor on Enterprise Ireland’s International Selling Programme.

Caelen King

Caelen King

Founder Forum Facilitator

Caelen King is an experienced founder (built WhatClinic to $6M in revenue) and executive (NewBay & Baltimore) with extensive onshore and offshore team building experience. Caelen currently works with a range of scaling companies at board level and had made a number of angel investments.

Barry O'Neill

Barry O'Neill

Founders Forum Facilitator

Barry O’Neill has extensive growth, fundraising, and exit experience in Europe, Japan, USA, and China across multiple ventures. His career has predominantly focused on consumer facing entertainment and edtech ventures.

Fiona Slevin

Fiona Slevin

Founders Forum Facilitator

Fiona Slevin has over 20 years’ experience as founder, CEO, COO and Director growing life sciences and technology start-ups, as well as careers in consulting and international corporates.

Barry Walsh

Barry Walsh

Founder Forum Facilitator

Barry Walsh has 16 years experience facilitating business owner peer groups helping them to help each other grow and make their businesses more profitable. Barry has held leadership roles in a number of successful businesses including his own..

Alan Kelly

Alan Kelly

Founder Forum Facilitator

Alan Kelly is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working with multiple early stage  and growing companies. His expertise is in M&A, Funding and Finance.