Bizcamp Dublin Panel Discussion: You’re never too young to start a business

May 26th, 2010 | BizCamp Dublin | alanorourke | No Comments


“You’re never too young to start a business”

2pm – Guinness Storehouse

Moderator: Gavin O’Flaherty – Mason, Hayes + Curran

Helen Treacy, P.G.Dip. B.D., CEO & Founder of Cognitive Science Partners

Helen Treacy is the founder and CEO of Cognitive Science Partners. CSP was formed in November 2009 to bring science to life. CSP have engaged with a leading psychology researcher and president of the European ABA Association to develop an evidence based, online teaching application for children and adults with autism. Since incorporation, CSP have secured first round investment and are currently working with their DA in EI HPSU to maximise funding opportunities.

C.S.P. currently employs 5 full-time and one part-time employee and are busy recruiting two more full-time developers to ensure our September 1st product launch.

Cognitive Science Partners’ mission is to launch three evidence based products successfully in the market in five years with an estimated turnover of 10 million by 2015.

John Matthew Holt, (29) CEO Waratek Ltd.

John Matthew Holt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Waratek Ltd, and principal inventor of Waratek’s RAIS technology.  He founded Waratek in Sydney, Australia in 2002 to research a radical new design for high-performance computing (HPC) systems, opening a Silicon Valley research and testing office in 2006.  Through 2002 to 2007 the company invented and prototyped a radical high- performance computing architecture called Redundant Array of Inexpensive Servers (RAIS), which it tested around the world with leading IT vendors, analysts, and academics.  In 2008 Waratek closed a Series A investment round with Mangrove Capital Partners of Luxembourg and in December 2008 re-incorporated Waratek from Australia to Ireland to drive the world-wide commercialization of Waratek’s RAIS technology.  Today Waratek Ltd operates with staff and associates in Dublin, London and Sydney, and will be shipping its first RAIS computing systems to early-adopter customers in Q1 2011.

Rob Ryan (26), LadyUmbrella Ltd.

Rob is the co owner and director of LadyUmbrella ladies t-shirts ( which launched in January 2010. He has been involved in every aspect of the business and is an advocate for social media as a marketing tool. Using social media Rob has been able to get the word out about LadyUmbrella and has resulted in LadyUmbrella being mentioned in national papers both here and abroad. Outside of his work with LadyUmbrella he blogs about social media and is also a member of an international podcasting group which discusses effective use of social media.

Stephen O’Leary (26), O’Leary Analytics

Stephen O’Leary is the 26 year old owner of O’Leary Analytics, an online media and social media monitoring and analysis company. Having gained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications from Griffith College Dublin, Stephen spent a year working with The Irish Examiner in Cork, before returning to Dublin to take up a role with Meltwater News, a Scandinavian Media company. He worked in London and Amsterdam, and returned to Dublin to join Green 17, as a sports agent. In November 2009 he set up O’Leary Analytics, an online media and social media monitoring and analysis company. Using a range of monitoring and analytical tools, they track and report on coverage from over 120,000 online news-producing sources, and over 220 million social media sources – including Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Message Forums.

John O’Dea, Manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Start-up Division

John O’Dea is manager in the Start-up Division of Enterprise Ireland, with responsibility for early stage projects in various industrial sectors.  Enterprise Ireland promotes entrepreneurship provides advisory and financial support to High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) businesses.  EI has supported and invested in a wide range of new businesses and we believe Ireland has huge further potential to generate significant numbers of new, world class, start-ups. As an engineer with an MBA, John has worked in a wide range of sectors, mainly in early stage companies.

Leave a Reply

* Name, Email, and Comment are Required