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Breda O’Dwyer | Manager

Breda O’Dwyer(BBS, MBA, NCEE Fellow in Entrepreneurship, Harvard University Certificate in Problem Based Learning, studying for a PhD in Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster). She leads and manages the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at the IT Tralee. Breda has designed and implemented multiple entrepreneurship programmes for different cohorts including post graduates and post doctoral students. She has worked in both the private and public sector with business start-ups. Breda is a key member of the executive group pioneering entrepreneurship in the Kerry region. She was a member of a national expert panel tasked with designing the national third level guidelines for entrepreneurial universities and Institutes and also contributed to the development to the European Entrepreneurship Educational guidelines.

Breda has research interests in the areas of creative problem solving, innovation, the entrepreneurial mindset and data management and analytics. She has written and published case studies in entrepreneurship with colleagues, which included an award winning case study. Her research to date has led to co-authored publications in the area of entrepreneurship education and mentorship. Breda is currently supervising 5 master research students in the area of entrepreneurship along with studying her own PhD. She is a director of a family business with operations in the retail, property development, construction and civil engineering sectors. Breda is a member of the board of directors of both profit and non-profit making organisations.

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Cathy Giles | iEER Coordinator

Cathy currently holds the position of Boost iEER Coordinator. iEER is an Interreg Europe funded flagship project gathering together 10 regions around Europe. Initiated by a majority of European Entrepreneurial regions, iEER aims to define smart paths and solutions for partners to boost and orchestrate regional entrepreneurship ecosystems supporting young entrepreneurs.

The project pays special attention to the support European Structural funds and regional authorities can offer to the making of a conducive entrepreneurship ecosystem for young entrepreneurs.Through exchange of best practices and peer learning in 2016–2018, iEER is to develop effective measures and regional policies to improve the regional entrepreneurship ecosystems through quadruple helix cooperation among the HEIs, the private, the public and end users in the partner regions.

Cathy has many years of experience in education and entrepreneurship having run her own business and being a past Going for Growth participant.  Cathy’s work in this role includes devising the interregional project methodology to capture a true picture of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in the ten partner regions through field research, best practice learning and peer to peer assessments in order to create action plans for each regions and contribute to young entrepreneurship tools and resources and policy recommendations. She also helps design and facilitate the regional learning camps and peer evaluations visits throughout Europe. Cathy holds a Bsc (HONS) in Education and Training and a Masters (HONS) in Art and Design Education.

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Catherine Keane | Administrator

Catherine currently holds the position of Administrator at the Tom Crean Business Centre. Catherine is responsible for Administration and client support on a day to day basis.  A graduate in Office Information Systems from the Institute of Technology Tralee, Catherine has over 15 years experience in various Administration roles e.g. Accounts Payable, Sales & Customer Service, Purchasing, Finance & Personal assistant.


Dr Colm O’Doherty | Lecturer

Colm is a Lecturer in Applied Social Studies at IT Tralee. He began his professional career as a social worker in Coventry and developed a family support service in the inner city there. After leaving Coventry Social Services he worked as a social worker and manager in West Wales and Cork City and County where he continued his involvement in family support and community development practice.


Anne Looney | Marketing and Enterprise Officer

Anne is currently Marketing & Enterprise Officer at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, with responsibility for the development, implementation and monitoring of IT, Tralee marketing activities. Her enterprise remit includes management of the New Frontiers (Enterprise Ireland) Entrepreneur Programme and the on campus incubation centre the Tom Crean Business Centre.

Anne also engages in collaborative initiatives with enterprise development companies and state agencies to drive the County Kerry enterprise agenda.

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Máire Costello – Vieux | Postgraduate Researcher

Máire is a postgraduate researcher at CEED. Her research is based upon, the entrepreneurial training in Ireland for business start-ups. She has a Bachelor degree in field of Marketing and Higher Certificate in Office Information Systems.

Máire has a work experience in different areas such as Retail, Business and Event Management, Public Relations, Publishing, Advertising, Sales and Marketing. She also was an owner of Fish Processing Plant. Máire speaks English, French and Italian languages.

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Shay Ryan | Postgraduate Researcher

Shay is a postgraduate researcher at CEED. He has a Bachelor degrees in fields of English Literature and Information Systems Management.

Shay is working with research for business purposes. He has work experience in fields such as Digital Marketing, Retail, Logistics, Customer Service.




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