Dublin BIC today announces the appointment of Michael Culligan as its new chief executive officer. The new role sees Michael step up from general manager at the organisation and positions him as the leader of an umbrella organisation that includes some of Ireland’s most influential start-up support bodies, including HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) and GEC (Guinness Enterprise Centre).

Following his appointment, Michael will work on further boosting Dublin BIC’s role in putting Irish start-ups on an international stage by equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills and mentors to become global successes. Under his guidance, Dublin BIC will build on – and create – valuable links between early-stage indigenous companies and large multinationals to help them scale internationally.

Michael has extensive experience working with investors and entrepreneurs and has worked directly with hundreds of high potential start-ups in Ireland; developing and implementing strategic business and marketing plans, providing business coaching, securing access to finance and helping them to expand to international markets. He will use this knowledge to help propel nascent Irish businesses forward as they target international success.

In partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Dublin BIC works closely with state agencies and private sector investors to support entrepreneurs and assist with investor-ready business planning for growing internationally-focused start-ups. Entrepreneurial successes under the Dublin BIC umbrella include Storyful, Brown Bag Films, Havok, OpenJaw Technologies, Spanish Point Technologies, Jam Media, Brite:Bill, Learnosity and Newswhip.

Dublin BIC manages GEC – recently awarded the world’s ‘Top University Associated Business Incubator’ – where Michael is a board member and played a central role in its development over recent years. Meanwhile, HBAN, where Michael was National Director for the past four years is supported by Enterprise Ireland and IntertradeIreland and is dedicated to raising the profile and growing business angel investment on the island. Dublin BIC also established Ireland’s first seed venture capital fund and co-manages the AIB Seed Capital Fund.

Michael commented: “Dublin BIC has a deep entrepreneurial heritage developed over a quarter of a century. It has been a pioneer and innovator in providing business advisory and financial supports to tech-centric, internationally focused start-up and growth companies. I look forward – with the support of all our stakeholders – to continuing to develop and provide the most innovative supports in the marketplace to Irish start-up and scale-up companies.”

Michael is an MBA graduate of the Michael Smurfit Business School in UCD and has lectured on Business Strategy for the MBA and other post graduate programmes at the University. He has a background in international business development in the telecoms, software and finance sectors. Michael has practical business experience from Europe, North America, China and Japan.

Speaking about his appointment, Michael Culligan continued: “I am honoured to be selected by the Dublin BIC board to lead the organisation into the next exciting phase of development, at a time when Ireland’s entrepreneurial landscape is brimming with energy and opportunity. I look forward – with our inspiring team at Dublin BIC – to working with our Chairman Prof. Frank Roche, The Dublin BIC board and all of our stakeholders to further innovate and help to grow a new generation of successful Irish companies. I pay particular thanks to our visionary outgoing CEO, Desmond Fahey.”

Dublin BIC Chairman Frank Roche commented: “I’m delighted Michael has agreed to lead Dublin BIC on its very exciting next chapter. His experience in growing businesses and connecting investors with high potential start-ups, coupled with his passion for entrepreneurship, mark him as an ideal person to lead our organisation.”

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