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RDS Entrepreneurs' Club

The RDS Entrepreneurs’ Club (REC) is a new initiative in which the RDS provides a space where emerging entrepreneurs can connect with established business professionals to share ideas, and exchange expertise, to help Irish scale-up ready businesses succeed.

We hope that the REC can make a positive impact on Ireland’s economic development by creating a supportive community where scale-up ready entrepreneurs can learn from the experiences of established business professionals in a creative and welcoming environment. 

We see huge potential in combining the best entrepreneurial talent from the Irish scale-up scene with the outstanding business experience, and expertise, we have within the RDS. The RDS has over 3,500 members and a growing number of corporate members from a wide range of industry backgrounds. These members are looking for an opportunity to pass on their years of invaluable knowledge, skills, and experience, to help growing businesses succeed.

Each event in the series will feature three entrepreneurs who will share their stories and experiences of running some of the most vibrant and dynamic scale-up ready businesses in Ireland. Food and drink will be provided by homegrown up and coming craft beer and artisan food companies to assist with networking and the continuation of discussions in a relaxed environment. 

Whether you want to network, listen to inspiring Irish scale-up stories, or meet with your peers to brainstorm ideas, we believe the REC has the potential to be an instrumental resource for the Irish scale-up community.


Previous Presenters

REC 1. Vivid Edge – Tracy O’Rourke, Horus IoT – Brendan Looney, Drinks Sponsor - Michael Cowan of Mont (Manor Brewing Company).

REC 2. ProU - Michael Murphy,  Engager – Charlie Byrne, Drinks Sponsor - John Kearns of Priory Brewery.

REC 3. Governor Software - Richard Pike, Assure Hedge - Barry McCarthy, Blanco Nino - Phil Martin, Drinks Sponsor - Simon Browne of Wood Key Brewing. The winner of the RDS Silver Medal was Richard Pike of Governor Software.

REC 4. Popertee - Lucinda Kelly, CiviQ - Vanessa Liston, Kraydel - Lisa Smith, Drinks Sponsor - Nichola Beresford of Anchor Spirits. The winner of the RDS Silver Medal was Lucinda Kelly of Popertee.

REC 5. Medmodus - Deáglán MagFhloinn, Croí Valve - Lucy O'Keefe, Travaplan – Lewis McMahon, Drinks sponsor - Aidan Murphy of Galway Hooker. The winner of the RDS Silver Medal was Lucy O'Keefe of Croí Valve.

REC 6. Fierce Fun - Peter Lynch, Soluxr - Maoilíosa O'Culachain, Bloom Magic - Nicholas Jensen & Killian Lannen, Drinks sponsor - Jack Teeling of Teeling Whiskey. The winner of the RDS Silver Medal was Killian Lannen of Bloom Magic.

REC 7. The Future of Scale-Up Funding in Ireland, Kevin Sherry, Enterprise Ireland, Orla O’Gorman, Euronext, Maeve Kneafsey, Cloud KPI, Gary McCarthy, Spark Crowd Funding, Cillian Hilliard, Atlantic Bridge. Drinks Sponsor – Alex Pierce of Powerscourt Distillery

REC 8: The Future for Female High-Flyers, Niamh Collins, DCU Ryan Academy, Lewize Crothers, ExitEntry, Ciara Donlon, Theya Healthcare, Rosanne Longmore, Coroflo, Ciara Sheahan, ORB Media, Drinks Sponsor- Marie Byrne,Chinnery Spirits. Tuesday, January 14, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, RDS Minerva Suite.

Upcoming Events:

REC 9: The Future of Scaling in the United States, Mark Redmond, American Chamber of Commerce, Leonora O'Brien, Pharmapod, Dr John McKeon, Allergy Standards, additional panellists will be announced in advance of the event. Tuesday, March 3, 6.00pm-8.00pm, RDS Library.


For further information, please contact:

Paul Farrelly
RDS Enterprise Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7215 /+353 (0) 12407206
Email: enterprise@rds.ie 

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