John has extensive experience in growing businesses (three start-ups; one in the UK, two in Ireland and GM of a computer games company in Chicago). His domain knowledge is in the MediaTech, New/Digital Media, Software, ICT, Games & Animation sectors.
Taking ambiguous ideas with commercial potential, he has the drive, energy and interpersonal skills combined with the financial and commercial acumen to create and deliver real results. He enjoys rolling up the sleeves and getting stuck in with the creative, the technology and the commercial teams putting structures and focussed outputs in place.
His involvement with start-ups and growing businesses also brings immediate interfacing with Dublin BIC (inc 200 other EU BIC’s) access to finance including the Halo Business Angels, the AIB Seed Fund (€53m fund), Enterprise Ireland, the CEB’s and the Venture Capital community.
John is the National Manager of the Halo Business Angels Partnership program (www.businessangels.ie) leading the team to 148 deals with €65m invested.
He evaluates the ICT/ Creative industries H2020 calls for the EU Commission and is also a board member of ‘FilmBase – The Irish Film Resource Centre’. He brings fresh views, a creative approach and no nonsense language to creating and developing real and practical business opportunities.
Specialties: Rolling up the sleeves getting stuck in and delivering on business strategy, objectives and sales. Also people skills, financial analysis and funding.