is an entrepreneurial specialist at UCD Innovation Academy.
His focus is on facilitating and mentoring innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship for large Corporates, small to medium sized firms (SMEs), postdocs and Undergraduates. He practices design thinking, lean startup and business model innovation and specialises in stakeholder discovery, jobs-to-be-done, problem framing, ideation, value proposition design, business model innovation, prototyping and experimentation. He presented on ‘Mixing and Matching Ideas’ at the UCD EdTECx talks 2017 and received a UCD Teaching Excellence Award in 2017.
Fergal facilitates and mentors on Platform 4 Growth, an Enterprise Ireland (EI) programme specifically designed to challenge SME’s in the technology sector to scale. He has also worked on EI’s New Frontiers programme which supports high-potential startups. EI is a state agency focused on helping Irish-owned businesses to deliver new export sales.
Fergal is a growth planner and mentor at the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). SIF provides growth capital and supports to Ireland’s best social innovators including FoodCloud, ALONE and CareBright.
Fergal facilitated the US Embassy/American Ireland Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Future Leaders Summit 2017. He was Hack Leader at the Embassy’s Social Entrepreneurship Hackathon in 2015 and is a regular contributor to the work of the Embassy Youth Council. He has facilitated innovation sprints for ESB, New Ireland Assurance, Irish Stock Exchange, SciComm and at Deloitte Industry Day.
Fergal co-founded a financial services technology company in 2001 which was scaled and sold to one of Ireland’s largest financial services in 2014. Open Financial Services created a new innovative business model when it pioneered the Worksite Marketing distribution channel. The Company piggybacked on two rapidly emerging trends and technologies at that time; the profileration of Corporate Intranets and the provision of voluntary benefits by HR professionals of Ireland’s leading employers. Many leading multi-nationals facilitated Open’s services includOpen created a new innovative business model when it was founded in 2001 as it pioneered the Worksite Marketing distribution channel. The Company piggybacked on two rapidly emerging trends and technologies at that time; the provision of voluntary benefits by HR professionals of Ireland’s leading employers and the proliferation of Corporate Intranets.ing Apple, EMC, Dell, Oracle, Citi, Bank of America, JP Morgan, PwC, KPMG, Pfizer, Merck, Boston Scientific and Medtronic.
He has lectured at Dublin City University (DCU), the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Dublin Business School and facilitated programmes at the DCU Ryan Academy. He previously held sales and brand management roles at Pepsi, Kellogg’s and Nivea.