Fergal Brophy is an entrepreneurial specialist at The Innovation Academy.

Fergal co-founded Open Financial Services in 2000. Open is a Worksite Marketing company that provides financial advice to employees of Ireland’s leading multi-nationals including Apple, EMC, Dell, Oracle, Citi, Bank of America, JP Morgan, PwC, KPMG, Pfizer, Merck, Boston Scientific and Medtronic. Open has in excess of 8,000 mass-affluent personal clients. He sold his shares and exited the business in 2014.

Prior to that he was a founder shareholder and Director of Marketing at Spearpoint Technologies, a high-potential start-up that enabled European mobile operators to offer a wide range of value-added financial services to their subscribers.

Fergal lectures in Marketing, Business Research & Applied Statistics and Consumer Behaviour at Dublin City University and Institute of Public Administration (IPA). He was Head of the Marketing Faculty of Dublin Business School from 1993 to 2000.

He was Brand Manager, Pepsi from 1990-1993 and Brand Manager, Nivea Skincare 1998-1990 having started his career as a sales rep for Kellogg’s.

Fergal has rural enterprise in his blood. His father built a nationwide poultry business (Kellistown Chickens) which he sold to Manor Farm. He also developed a large Agri-Services business in Carlow & Laois and operated a main Toyota dealership in Wicklow.

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