Co-founder of @AwakenHub, entrepreneur, pollinator, people collector, blogger, MC, connector, non exec, cheerleader, friend, investor, mentor, mentee

Co Tyrone/Co Donegal 🇮🇪
Joined February 2009
My 5 min guest address to the #SharedIsland Dialogue invidious.fdn.fr/7vaQeKiiQLU I talk about: 🚀unlocking the economic power of women 🚀how @Entirl & @InvestNI could benefit from stronger links with #socialenterprise 🚀how talent is equally distributed but opportunity isn’t
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"My research shows the importance of women only networks when starting off as they are good for building confidence and reducing the isolation associated with starting a business." - That's why #socialenterprise like @AwakenHub are so valuable a resource!
5 things women should know before starting a business. @MauraMcadam @DCU @IrishResearch on how how budding women business owners and entrepreneurs can overcome the pitfalls and challenges they face rte.ie/brainstorm/2022/0809/…
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Our little man got his first set of wheels today. When he looked in the mirror at today's appointment he said "I look like Adam King!" Disability visibility is so important. Thank you @AdamKingIRL Rían loves your books!
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Feels kinda good to be back nibbling around the edges of #elearning again after a long absence - 3 or 4 interesting new wee projects bubbling along
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Thanks for the generous help everyone - you are all very kind
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Little bit of help needed please friends - does anyone in my network know anyone at the inward investment arm of British Columbia? - equivalent of Invest NI or the IDA - thank you 🙏 (@LaureenRegan @jackiegilna @declanmacfadden)
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The Royal Academy of Engineering is looking for a talented programme manager to help make a difference in Northern Ireland. Apply by 22 August if you're ready to take the next exciting step in your career & join @RAEng_Hub @ormeaubaths. Details at: cloudonlinerecruitment.co.uk…
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That’s been a busy day - one Board call, one Board meeting, one podcast recorded, one journalist interview given, one founder mentoring call, a bit of Twitter mischief & a call with other #eLearning collaborators about the dark side of the LMS industry #fun Great to see everyone
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The #GovTechAwards are driven by a mission to share best practice & recognise the ecosystem supporting leading innovators and global policymakers 🌎 Apply today to get the recognition you deserve & the chance to showcase your project live on Main Stage 🏆 govtechsummit.eu/govtech-awa…
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Thread I mentioned earlier @ChasTaylor - makes for an interesting read …
I think we might actually over-support tech startups in Wales to a problematic degree. We often keep them alive too long with irrelevant support and hype, when they should have pivoted, closed, or tried with something completely different. And here's why that might be a problem.
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Government money being wasted on … government money 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️
HS2 sets aside £9.5m to cover cost of IR35 non-compliance bit.ly/3deAWEL via @computerweekly
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Interesting read for Irish #startups (some of you may recognise yourselves!) - still @NeilCocker - it keeps the civil servants & the armies of “mentors” on all those lists off the dole queue !!
I think we might actually over-support tech startups in Wales to a problematic degree. We often keep them alive too long with irrelevant support and hype, when they should have pivoted, closed, or tried with something completely different. And here's why that might be a problem.
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Good luck with #Outbox2022 @Stemettes - here’s a little throwback to #Outbox2015 “putting the tea in #STEM”, a very apt message for one of our co-founders @MMaryMcKenna (how on earth can that be 7 years ago @aimafidon @marycarty ?)
One day to go 🤩... until @Stemettes Outbox Entrepreneurs powered by Futuremakers by Standard Chartered offering business skills for 16-25 year olds 🎉. We can't wait! #Outbox2022 #scfuturemaking #WomenInSTEM
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A wee daily reminder to have a looksee at #AwakenHub #SheGenerate open Expressions of Interest - very early stage women founders - all island Ireland - any sector - 8 months wraparound support Watch this 2 min video to see Yr1 impact (so far) Apply awakenhub.com
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Today we decided: “It isn’t who you know, it’s knowing who knows what” … my version of @jkhoey’s “It’s not who you know or what you know, it’s who knows what you know” #networking #BYDN @BYDNetwork #cuttothechase
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I spent a splendid & uplifting day in @CatalystNI_ in #Derry with two fabulous #Donegal based early stage founders brainstorming & generally helping out - the best possible sort of day - AND I got a sliver of @natashaohea’s time too #startups #perfectday (@cxeireland)
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Is @SlackHQ having some sort of meltdown? I don't hear from them for months & now I'm getting daily messages about policy amendments & changes to the service being offered ... any recommendations for good alternatives? 90 day rolling won't work for us ... thanks in advance 🙏
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The Aurora made an appearance last night to give a glimpse of its beauty in summer. Photo taken from Gortmore on Binevenagh Mountain, Limavady at 00:30 this morning @VisitCauseway @angie_weather @barrabest @WeatherCee @Louise_utv @WeatherAisling @aurorawatchuk @CCAGTourismTeam
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How the hell are you @jkhoey - I’ve just realised how many months it is since we last had a proper chat - missing that wicked cackle & emailing you now!!!
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For our #SheGenerate 1.0 accelerator, women from 23 of the counties in Ireland participated (5 of the 6 in NI - (sadly no-one from Fermanagh) & 18 of the 26 counties in the South) … 20 spaces up for grabs on #SheGenerate 2.0, begins October
We are on a mission to make sure a #femalefounder from every County in the Island of Ireland has the chance to apply &will be tagging lots of you to show your support - spread the word. We know there is so much talent out there. Now is your time! Apply! awakenhub.com/shegenerate2
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And inhale #meadowsweet … ahhhhh
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