Past events

Topic: Finding a mentor or coach

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

As entrepreneurs, finding someone that you can trust and look up to for support, advice and guidance in your business can be difficult. It has been said that finding a great mentor is like finding a great friend – it is hard to advertise for a great friend! In this month’s Entrepreneurs Anonymous we will help you find the qualities to look for in a mentor, how to engage with a mentor and how to make the most of the relationship with your mentor. We will also explore the differences between coaching and mentoring and the formal and informal ways of engaging with these supports for you.

Location: Huckletree D2 , The Academy on Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Time: 6:30pm on Tuesday 27th November 2018

Entry Fee: This is a free event, sponsored by Accountant Online

How To Book: Sign up here 

Or you can also become a member of Entrepreneurs Anonymous by signing up for this event on the Entanon website.

How many people go? The venue has a capacity of 70. Normally around 150 people sign up and about half of these show up, so we are usually a comfortably full room of friendly entrepreneurs.


Finding a mentor or business coach: Event format:

We will have 3 speakers who have professional and practical experience of the value and importance of mentorship and coaching in building a successful career and business life. Our MC Max Thiel will interview the speakers individually for around 20 minutes each and then the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions.

We will be exploring questions such as:

How do I find a mentor for my business and career? How do I know they are the right fit for me?

How do I approach a mentor and what do I ask them to do ?

Should I pay for mentoring? If so, how much?

Can I have more than one mentor? Is this a good idea?

What is the difference between mentoring and coaching?

What does a good mentor do? What are the qualities of a good mentor?

What can I expect from a business coach? What are the qualities of a good coach?

There will be around 60 friendly people at this event, and it is always overbooked, so do arrive early to secure your seat.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Conor McCarthy

Conor is a former software engineer, turned festival director and entrepreneur who coaches with Seth Godin’s team on the altMBA and Bootstrappers Workshops. He loves to innovate and accelerate with professionals as they become change agents for the future. As a coach, he is in direct contact with ordinary people who do extraordinary things, and he uses his multi-disciplinary background to help people move forward on the work that matters to them.

Ariana Dunne

With over 15 years experience in media sales, advertising and creative solutions Ariana Dunne has recently set up her own company ‘Mentor HR’. Spanning a range of specialisms including consulting, life and executive coaching, recruitment and sales training. In addition Ariana offers consulting services across a range of specialisms including brand strategy, creative solutions, digital media and celebrancy.

Her company motto is ‘Don’t aim for world domination, but aim to dominant your own little world’

Ariana has worked with some of the largest publishers in the world including The Daily Mail, Bauer Media, The Telegraph Group, Dennis Publishing, Maximum Media and Sheology. With a BA in Int. Journalism from LJMU she is also an accredited Life, Business and Executive Coaching and has a BTEC Dip in Manpower Planning.

Ines Gonzalez Galen

Ines is a career coach, mentor & trainer, and a regular speaker at events in the areas of communication, and career advice.She has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and professionals to help them reach their business and career objectives through careful planning and support. Co-founder of the Circle of Spanish Entrepreneurs in Ireland ( , a networking group to share experiences and help each other in business, and founder of Let’s Work Today ( initially helping Spanish speaking professionals moving to Ireland and now developing to assist multicultural professionals in their careers and businesses.

September’s Speakers

Topic: How Finding A Co-Founder Saved My Business

Daragh O’Shea

Daragh is a tech Startup founder and consultant, who founded Round Robot. Through Round Robot, Daragh helps early stage B2B founders turn their vision into a reality. Daragh is both tech and commercially focused and is passionate about  helping clients turn customer problems into viable commercial technology. Daragh has previous experience as a co-founder of travel tech app, Dynamic Res.

Ellie Doyle

Ellie is a highly experienced consultant who specialises in digital/interactive and eCommerce. Ellie is also a co-founder of digital and technology recruitment agency, Talent Hub. Alongside Talent Hub, Elle also advises Startups on the best ways to scale their business from a HR perspective.

Dee Coakley

Dee is a tech sector Chief Operation Officer. Dee has widespread experience in the strategic development of technology businesses from Startup through scaleup stage. Dee is passionate about supporting creative and inspiring founders in all types of tech ventures, at any stage of development. Dee is the founder of Lucid, which works with founders of scaling tech companies to help them define a clear path for where they want to go.

Previous speakers


June’s Topic Was: Work/Life Balance. The 4 hour work week – is it possible?

Jamie White 

Jamie White is an award winning entrepreneur. He has built up and sold numerous businesses including and, two fast growing youth websites that collectively reached over 100 million millennials weekly. He now works with brands worldwide on their social media marketing through his business Leading Social, hosts numerous events in the concerts and conferences space and shares his business journey / lessons that he’s learning along the way through consulting, public speaking and social media.

Orla McDonnell

Orla is founder of OMcD Consultancy and is an accredited coach, mentor and trainer. She works with ambitious retailers to grow their businesses and increase their profits. Orla works with startups to create business plans that ensure funding, scalability and growth for success. She is also the co-founder of the North East Business Academy, a networking group for business owners, executives and entrepreneurs to collaborate strategically for business success.

Speakers May 29th

Cillian Barry

Cillian is the Co-Founder and MD of SportCaller, which provides a Free to Play Prediction Games platform for the sports media and betting industry. SportCaller has built their Score Platform with a team of 30 people and now run games across multiple sports for their clients in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. The company has moved past its startup phase and is currently in the scale-up stage – focusing on building their team, revenues and business development. Cillian, a former commercial Director of and the Sunday Business Post, enjoys working with his team of sports fans, product people and engineers in Dublin and Kiev.

Julian Douglas

Julian is a serial digital entrepreneur. Founder and former director of the most popular online entertainment platform in Ireland, He is also founder and current director of web design agency Fusio, audio consultancy Big Bear Sound, digital strategy consultancy Bright Way Up and Home Care Direct, a platform for families to connect directly with carers in their community. Julian’s expertise is in strategy, technology, online development and digital marketing, working with many types of organisations from start-ups to multi-nationals.

Sinead Starrs

Sinead is Founder and CEO of The Lovely Little Label  a niche e-commerce business servicing local and International brides. They provide a curated selection of on trend modern wedding and Bridal Accessories. ‘The Lovely Little Label is not just a business that you buy from, we are a friend, a bridesmaid, advice givers, and stylists.’

Sinead is a participant in DCU Ryan Academy – High Fliers Accelerator for female founders and a former participant in New Frontiers Phase 1 – New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme, delivered at local level by Institutes of Technology and funded by Enterprise Ireland.

April’s Topic was ‘Why we love experimenting and why you will too’

Koren Stark

Koren is an Agile Coach and Manager at The Dock – Accenture’s innovation centre. She focuses on how teams work to enable the culture that allows innovators do what they do best – effectively collaborate across disciplines to ideate and research around a customer or issue, and from those insights create innovative solutions. A year ago, Koren moved to Dublin from Seattle, Washington where she worked on agile teams as a test engineer and/or agile project manager for startup projects within bigger organisations as well as consulting for actual start-ups. In her spare time she is exploring Ireland and other European countries.

Maryrose Lyons

Maryrose Lyons of Brightspark Consulting has been doing social media since it was invented.One of Ireland’s leading social media consultants, she is listed by LinkedIn in the top 1%. Recently named as one of the top 50 marketers, she will share her process on how she adopts a continuous experimentation approach for Facebook and Instagram ads.

Coral Movasseli

Coral Movasseli is the Managing Director of Girls in Tech Dublin, a dedicated platform for women-in-tech and entrepreneurs. A techie problem solver at heart, Coral co-founded a mobile transit app for Toronto’s transportation system to make it easier for users to get to their destinations on time.

March Topic: How I sold 1 million…..

Three speakers from the entrepreneur community shared their experiences of how they became successful at selling their products and services.

Joseph Borza

Is an award winning entrepreneur, engineer and co-founder and CEO of technology platform Energy Elephant. Joe’s mission is to  “Help People Make Better, Cleaner Energy Decisions Using Their Data”.

Since EnergyElephant was launched in 2015, it has grown to manage close to €1 Billion in energy across the world.  EnergyElephant is an Enterprise Ireland HPSU company and graduate of the New Frontiers Hothouse programme. Joe  shared his experience of starting a startup, pitching at TechCrunch Disrupt to ~2,000 investors, media people and even Sir Alex Ferguson, and helping people notice the ELEPHANT in the room!

Pamela Newenham,

Founder and Co-CEO of Girl Crew an online and offline community for women with more than 100,000 members in 44 cities worldwide.

Peter Turley

Is the owner of Sales Talk and is a leading sales trainer, speaker and thought leader in sales – shared his valuable insights into how we can grow our businesses.

February’s topic was ‘Funding your startup business’

Our speakers answered questions such as:

  • How did you raise money?
  • What are the important things that entrepreneurs should keep in mind when raising capital for their business?
  • Did you make mistakes in raising funds, that you would like others to avoid?
  • What challenges did you have raising funding? How did you overcome these challenges?


Steve Flynn Founder & CEO of Skytango

Steven Flynn is an Emmy Award winning Filmmaker: Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, and drone pilot. With a background in electronics and photography he honed his skill both as a photographer and editor, forming his own post-production company in 1996.

Skytango has been successful in accessing New Frontiers and NDRC CSF funding. Steve  will share his experience of applying for funding and his experience of being offered and (turning down1) VC funding.

Jannetje van Leeuwen Co-Creator of NOSO Journal for Teens

Jannetje and her sister Marie-Anne a spent 2017 working on a big passion project – creating a journal just for teens: NOSO Journal.

They called the journal NOSO – Not On SOcial (Media) – a place to go when you unplug from the digital world.

Their goal is to help share the life-changing benefits of journaling with teenagers through NOSO Journal. They will also be donating 10% of all future journal sales to mental health initiatives for teens.

They managed to fund the project through Kickstarter

Jannetje will share her story of how they got 159 backers to pledge €16,025 to help bring this project to life.

Richard Whelan  CEO and co-founder at Popdeem

Popdeem (established in 2012) is a social rewards platform that allows brands to reward their customers for connecting and interacting with them on social media. By rewarding customers for sharing these experiences online, brands can turn their most loyal customers into brand advocates.

Popdeem’s client list includes restaurant chains from around the world including Kung Fu Tea, Ribs and Burgers and Heine Brothers Coffee. Popdeem has raised over €1 million to date from investors including Delta VC, Enterprise Ireland and Wayra.

David Power Founder and COO of Hiri

Hiri is an email client that saves you time, helps you organise your day and makes you a better communicator.

David McDonnell
 of New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme

David runs the New Frontiers Programme  at the Synergy Centre in IT Tallaght and he will speak about the New Frontiers Programme. The New Frontiers Phase 2 programme offers €15,000 of equity- free funding for 6 months from Enterprise Ireland for successful applicants.

In January we were delighted to welcome members to the beautiful Iconic Offices in The Greenway, just off St Stephen’s Green. The entrance is next to The Unitarian Church. 

January’s Theme: Plan your success in 2018

Laurence Campbell – Performance and Development Coach 

Laurence has a passion for developing people’s potential and drive for achievement to become their best self. She has worked for 20 years in multinational organisations namely Shell, British Telecom, Telefonica and Paddy Power between France, the UK, Spain and Ireland, where she held various International management positions in sales, business development and marketing. This strong and diverse experience enabled her to launch her own Coaching & Consulting Business three years ago.

She is a qualified Business & Executive Coach at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) senior practitioner level, is trained in Gestalt coaching and holds an MBA from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Tours in France.

Eddie Walsh – Business Coach at ActionCOACH Business Coaching Ireland

Eddie is an Award Winning Business Coach, Trainer and Business Growth Expert. He is passionate about helping Irish Business Owners take their business from Good to Great. He coached Irish Business Owners/Managers on a daily basis, helping them increase their profitability, build better teams and systemise their business so that it can run efficiently without them.

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