Meet the Team: Ann Marie Phelan

New Frontiers Programme Manager, Dún Laoghaire

AM Phelan IADT New FrontiersWhere are you from and how did you get here?

That’s a long story! I was born in Donegal, grew up in Kildare, and now live in Dublin. I have also worked abroad (Europe, America, China) and in a variety of regional locations in Ireland (Waterford, Athlone). In addition, I have worked in a variety of self-employed roles as both a founder of a company and in a professional services capacity as a barrister. I have also worked in the enterprise development sector having run the forerunner to the New Frontiers Programme in both Waterford & Athlone and having established and managed the Midlands Innovation & Research Centre at AIT. Seeing the change in the legal profession and its inability to modernise, I returned to the fast-paced environment of the enterprise sector. I now work in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology.

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

I enjoy the fast-paced environment of the high-tech start-up sector. I also enjoy being able to share in the journey that entrepreneurs undertake. It is particularly satisfying to be able to make a difference and add value to those start-ups that are disrupting technologies and business processes.

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

I actually became a programme manager in 2000 (feeling my age now). Having founded a company myself, I wanted to share the hard lessons I had learnt and help others avoid making the same mistakes!

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

I enjoy listening and working with the entrepreneurs and facilitating opening doors to others through various enterprise networks. I am good at distilling the main issue that needs to be addressed when a challenge arises.

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