Tech entrepreneur & investor
Mary McKenna
Tech entrepreneur & investor
I'm a technology entrepreneur & angel investor. I co-founded successful Derry based online learning company Learning Pool in 2006 on the back of a long government career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dotcommer. I exited the company in May 2014 in order to get back into startup land. I'm interested in helping start & grow indigenous Irish & British tech companies and especially in working with young and female entrepreneurs. I'm one of Said Business School's (University of Oxford) Entrepreneurship Experts, an Expert Advisor to the EU, Entrepreneur in Residence at St Mary's College in Derry and a trustee of CAST (the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology). I work as a consultant and expert advisor, usually to national governments but also for a small number of scaling technology businesses. I love the arts and have been a non executive director on the board of Derry’s Millennium Forum & Theatre for over 10 years. I'm also a trustee of the charities Young Enterprise Northern Ireland & the London based Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). I'm proud to be a member of the Global Irish Network. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours I was awarded the MBE by HM the Queen for services to digital technology, innovation and learning - which you have to admit is pretty darned cool. Right now I'm interested in talking to people about non exec positions in tech startups or scaleups and I'm happy to speak at relevant events or write articles for publication on any of my specialist topics. Drop me a line to connect but please give me some idea of what you're looking for from me - like everyone else I get a lot of connection requests from people I don't know and some background is always useful.