Diane Hurley New Frontiers programme managerWhere are you from and how did you get here?

I’m originally from Rathfarnham, Dublin.  I went on to live and work in Spain, Japan and Germany before returning to Dublin in 2015. Between my own entrepreneurial ventures, I have been working in programme and project management for over 20 years. My enterprise journey began in 2007, when I ran a translation company specialising in translating consolidated financial statements for large multinationals and their subsidiaries.

I then moved onto a role as Manager in a global Founder SME network across fifteen cities in Europe supporting entrepreneur leaders to run their networks.  I also supported training across Bahrain, Pakistan, UAE, Israel and the US.  During that time I got to apply global business best practices and learn a wealth of business know-how from top entrepreneurs. Joining a client, I launched a parking marketplace startup based in the Netherlands and Germany. We were early stages in Ireland when we decided to close due to a slow and expensive scale. I learnt some valuable lessons across every aspect of business, that supports me in mentoring other start-ups in their business planning.

I am a DCU BA graduate of Applied Languages, German and Spanish, I have a post-graduate in Entrepreneurship from TCD and I completed the Female High Fliers Programme with DCU Ryan Academy.

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

I like the solutions orientated approach of startups, focusing on solving a problem and the impact that this can have globally. I find entrepreneurs generally hard-working, focused and dynamic and I enjoy being around this energy. Most of all, I enjoy helping people succeed.

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

On closing a startup, I started working as a business consultant. I worked with TU Dublin across enterprise and incubator projects including as acting New Frontiers Programme Manager on two occasions, among other projects. The New Frontiers Programme Manager role felt like a right fit and I was more than happy when the opportunity came up this year to join TU Dublin full time as Programme Manager. I am delighted to be a part of the TU Dublin New Frontiers team.