16th NovaUCD 'Entrepreneurs Live!' Seminar Series (September 2011)

NovaUCD is delighted to annouce details of the 16th NovaUCD 'Entrepreneurs Live!' seminar series. This seminar series, which will be delivered in association with the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board, commences in September and runs over three months.

The theme for this series is “Just Start – Setting-Up and Running a Company in Challenging Times”

The September guest speakers are:  




21 September 2011 Dr John O’Dea Crospon
28 September 2011 Greg Byrne The Three Little Pigs Company

Podcasts of previous 'Entrepreneurs Live!' seminars are available.

All seminars take place from 1 pm - 1:50 pm (light lunch available from 12:30 pm) in NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Attendance at the seminar series is open to all especially undergraduate and postgraduate students.

**** As space is limited at these seminars advanced registration is recommended ***

To register to attend any seminar please contact: Caroline Gill,  t: 716 3715,  e: caroline.gill@ucd.ie

The NovaUCD 'Entrepreneurs Live!' Seminar Series is kindly sponsored by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board.


Speaker Profiles

Dr John O’Dea, Founder & CEO, Crospon

Established by Dr John O’Dea in 2006, Crospon is involved in the development and manufacture of leading-edge, minimally invasive medical devices for imaging and aiding clinically invasive procedures in the areas of bariatric surgery and gastroenterology. Crospon currently employs 20 people between its offices in Galway and California.

Crospon has received recognition for its technology and innovation over the last number of years including the Irish Medical Devices Association Company of the Year (2009) and Irish Small Firms’ Association Innovator of the Year Award (2010).

John has also been selected as a finalist, in the Emerging Category, Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  

With 20 years experience in the medical device industry, John has overseen the successful launch of seven electronic medical device products in the past thirteen years. He co-founded Caradyne, an Irish respiratory medical device company in 1998, which was selling products in 30 countries prior to its acquisition by Respironics Inc. in 2004.

He is a Board member of the Irish Medical Devices Association, Adjunct Professor of Medical Device Design in the School of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway and a Vice-President of Engineers Ireland. 

He holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Electronics Engineering, all from University College Dublin.

Greg Byrne, Founder & CEO, The Three Little Pigs Company

Greg is the founder and CEO of the marketing consultancy, The Three Little Pigs Company. Greg works with early-stage companies to help them enter markets and win leadership brand positions. 

Greg is also heavily involved in a number of networks to support entrepreneurship in Ireland and co-founded the http://www.smallbusinesscan.com/ community platform.

He founded the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Brand Programme as a platform for fostering entrepreneurship in Ireland.  Greg devised and implemented the strategy to create a leadership brand position for Ernst & Young in the entrepreneurial market in Ireland- building the Entrepreneur Of The Year ® Awards Programme as a ‘community-forming, development-through-knowledge platform’ for Ireland’s high-potential entrepreneurs. 

Greg was the founding general manager of Irish Life Home Loans, working with IIB Bank and Irish Life Finance Group in the marketing and sales area for many years.