I’ve worked in the start-up sector all my life. In fact I grew up immersed in the world of (a then startup) Fexco — a family company that grew from humble beginnings in Killorglin, County Kerry into one of Ireland’s few homegrown Irish multinationals.

Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I have always been passionate about helping people make their visions come true.

Throughout my career I’ve seen all sides of the entrepreneurial journey, both the successes and the failures. I have been there when great ideas were first discussed, often over a casual coffee. …


It was the most exciting day of my career, without doubt.

Having worked at the vibrant startup hub Dogpatch Labs for the past three years it was an amazing opportunity to showcase our work to the Royal couple, and to the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s historic first official visit abroad as a married couple centred around the theme of learning about the country’s rich culture and heritage, as well as its bright future.

And our hub was selected to reflect this future. …


Captivated audience at Alex Tauber’s session on Culture

How Blackbox ‘Elevates’ Global Startup Founders in Two Weeks

Fadi Bishara seems to be one of the best connected and universally-liked people in Silicon Valley, and a few weeks ago I found myself sitting on the floor next to him — alongside a group of startup founders from around the world talking culture, values, mindset, and the founder’s journey.

This experience was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Blackbox ‘Partner in Residence’ representing Dublin’s Dogpatch Labs at Blackbox Connect — a two week residential programme that brings ambitious startup founders from around the globe to Silicon Valley, helping them understand…

Liz McCarthy

Passionate about Community & Economic Development. Most recently founder & CEO @ScaleIreland. Currently figuring out what to do when I grow up…

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