Meet the Team: Tony O’Kelly

New Frontiers Programme Manager, Galway-Mayo

Tony O’KellyWhere are you from and how did you get here?

County Limerick.

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

I worked in IT for a long time, building software solutions. I accumulated a lot of business knowledge from SMEs to multinationals across a number of sectors. Start-ups are often lacking in this knowledge, so I felt I could add a lot of value.

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

Having started my own business in 2001 and running it for 6 years, I exited and wanted to pivot from pureplay IT services into business strategy. The role of EPP programme manager arose in 2007 and I saw it as an opportunity to pivot. I saw the idea of working in innovation with entrepreneurs exciting and an enticing challenge. I’ve not been disappointed!

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

Essentially, I am an expert analyst. I enjoy absorbing the landscape of every new project and respond with positive development advice. Experience working with many companies in the past together with project management mindset has proved particularly valuable to promoters.

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