About GCID

The Galway City Innovation District (GCID) is being led by a group of locally-based entrepreneurs and executives.

Board Members

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Maurice O'Gorman

Chairperson

Maurice has over 25 years of experience in financial markets, is a former central banker and investment banker and has led a number of large scale projects, including the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange.


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John Breslin

Director

Professor of Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway. John is also a Co-PI at the €47M Confirm Centre and the €49M Insight Centre, and an FI at the VistaMilk Centre. As an entrepreneur, he is Co-Founder of boards.ie and adverts.ie, and won two IIA Net Visionary awards.

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Niamh Costello

Director

General Manager of Galway Technology Centre. Niamh has 20 years of management experience in sales, marketing, staff management, company administration with both multinational and small indigenous ICT companies.

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David Cunningham

Director

David was the founder of the Lean Startup Conference in London and is the Founder of The Irish Fintech Forum. He is a partner in new Venture Capital firm Rockyshore Partners that works with and invests in Irish Technology startups. Co-founder of PorterShed.

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Evin Cusack

Director

Head of AIB in Galway and Mayo, leads over 200 colleagues in delivering the well-managed growth of a multi-faceted banking operation. Evin has 30 years of banking experience ranging from retail through commercial and corporate banking in Ireland.

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Conor O'Dowd

Director

Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Galway Prior to joining the Port, Conor was an Audit Director at KPMG. Specific areas of expertise include audit, financial reporting,
accounting, governance and financial planning.

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Mary Rodgers

CEO

Chief Executive Officer, Amplifying the Galway tech ecosystem. Lecture, entrepreneur, US market entry specialist. A recognised influencer in international business circles. Eager to connect people and always looking to pay it forward.

Team Members

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Aoife Cheung

Administration Lead

It’s pretty simple: office administration is my passion. Day to day; devising ways to streamline processes. Dedicated, approachable, reliable, personable and motivated.

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Bob Rosenberg

Entrepreneur in residence at PorterShed

Educator (Associate Professor) / Entrepreneur / Leader of angel communities / Entrepreneur in residence at PorterShed and BioExcel/ Mentor

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Anthony Shaughnessy

Digital Marketing Executive

Passionate about entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Fast adapter to new technologies. Owner Superfly.ie

our sponsors and partners

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Testimonials

"To us, The Galway City Innovation District is all about the community & network. Within 2 months here we had met our CFO, an investor and hired our first engineer!"

Liam Lynch
FleetOps

"Expanding our engineering team into Ireland was a challenging proposition. The Galway City Innovation District received us with open arms."

Devin Zimmerman
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