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Laura Enache - Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers TU Dublin Tallaght CampusWhere are you from and how did you get here?

Firstly, if I may take this question literally, I am originally from Bucharest in Romania and I flew into Dublin over 11 years ago. On a more serious note, after finishing my bachelor’s in Bucharest, I moved to Ireland to further my studies in Marketing. I discovered a vibrant city, which has become my home.

After completing a master’s in Marketing, I moved into working in commercially focused roles with Bord Na Móna and marketing agency Dara Creative. I became even more and more interested in entrepreneurship and over the last couple of years, I worked on building a technology-focused startup.

It is my belief that learning is a lifelong continuum and we should all permanently seek opportunities to develop as individuals. It is also my belief that volunteering helps you grow and also opens the mind and a lot of doors. I have therefore invested in being an active member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) and taking various leadership roles.

In a nutshell, I think and feel the key is to be hungry for knowledge, hungry for connecting with people and, of course, the truth is I am still learning (I am sure Michelangelo does not mind if we have a similar approach to life).

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

I have always had a deep interest in the business world; in particular as I have realised economic growth is the foundation of a strong society. Businesses play a hugely important role in achieving a better and more sustainable future and of course, achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

I have a deep appreciation for entrepreneurs and for startups. I admire their passion, determination, creativity, resilience and their vision for a better world and society. Every single person who takes the leap of faith and embarks on the entrepreneurship journey is a person with courage and boldness, a person who has the outlook and confidence in a better future. These people inspire me!

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

I became a New Frontiers Programme Manager in November 2019 and I think there are three main reasons or sources of inspiration for this, namely:

  • I had the New Frontiers experience myself and I can understand the ups and downs, the opportunities and the challenges, the highs and lows entrepreneurs go through, in particular at the beginning of their journey.
  • I am passionate about enabling those ‘Aha!’ moments and I really like putting my entire time, energy and effort into working with people for discovering those moments.
  • In a nutshell, the role of New Frontiers Programme Manager is super exciting!

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

  1. Emotional intelligence
  2. Business acumen
  3. Wish and dedication towards seeing entrepreneurs succeed