Meet the Team: Alison Walsh

New Frontiers Programme Manager, Cork

Alison Walsh New Frontiers CorkWhere are you from and how did you get here?

I was born and raised in Cork, and with a Degree in Food Business from UCC, and as a new graduate I went to work in Australia with Groupe Pernod Ricard, and then onto Irish Distillers in Dublin. Next, I moved to London to join Ford Motor Company for several years, and then back to Dublin working with SAP. I joined Enterprise Ireland in 2002 and worked as a Senior Development Adviser for 10 years before relocating back to Cork and joining the Rubicon team in CIT. The roles I have held over my career have been in international sales and marketing, relationship management, change management consulting and in enterprise development with indigenous Irish companies with a special interest in leadership and management development.

What is it about business and start-ups that so interests you?

I admire the energy, drive and determination of start-up founders and I get huge satisfaction working with them to them build their skills, knowledge and network to support their business success.

When did you become a New Frontiers PM and what inspired you to become one?

In January 2017, after a short career break, I joined the Rubicon team to manage ‘Exxcel’. ‘Exxcel’ is an Enterprise Ireland supported STEM sector programme for female entrepreneurs. I was totally inspired by them as a group of founders and loved the role and knew I wanted to continue to work to support exciting new start-up businesses – both male and female founders! The Rubicon centre is a special place which provides a very supportive and welcoming environment for start-ups and there is always a wonderful buzz about the place – so I didn’t want to leave!

What do you feel are the qualities you bring to the role?

I have a good mix of commercial ‘in- industry’ experience and a depth of skill in business development gained across my career which I know will help founders in their development journey. I like to feel that the support I give to the founder themselves is as important as the formal functional content and training support that they receive. I love building good relationships and think people appreciate that I am a straight talker.

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